This is a hard-to-find French postcard, a charming fantasy of an Edwardian child posing as the god Neptune. A photography studio set up, the child has a huge fake fork as a trident. I keep saying 'child' because I'm not sure if this is a boy or a girl, despite the pink wrap. It's not always easy to determine male or female in antique postcards because back then little boys did have long ringlets and wear dresses and after all, this is Neptune!:) Color tinting makes this fantasy pop, with golden yellow, green and pale blue. If the red stamp bothers you, it can be removed (usually) with a damp cloth and light but persistent rubbing. Postmarked 1912, this card does show signs of age and wear on the white border. There are a few specks and spots, a scratch on one tine of the fork, but nothing that can take away from the charm of the image. What is your tolerance level when it comes to blemishes on a postcard? In the last photo, I've included a side by side comparison of my card in my collection. I prefer this one with the pink and green handpainting myself! How about you?
Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.