I have a high standard for antique postcards that I offer in my shop. But sometimes 'shabby chic' is just as endearing as pristine. This postcard franked 1904 is a perfect example. While postcard publishers did have employees who hand-painted postcards, many people decorated and customized their postcard purchases themselves. This sender went all out, with lots of silver paint, glitter, a Happy New Year die-cut sticker and even a pastel blue ribbon. The detailing on the round glass vase stands out, too. The French at the bottom says "Faithful love." As if all of this isn't enough, there's the fact that this is a reproduction of a Paul de Longpré floral print. De Longpré (1855–1911) was a self-taught floral artist from Lyon, France, who made his home in Hollywood.
Dear Customers: Your input and preferences are appreciated. Do you prefer batches of postcards or individual listings? Do you like postcards postally sent with franking for authentic verification or do you prefer no stamps on the front of your cards? How do you feel about writing on the front of a postcard? I'm happy to customize postings for you. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have a favorite artist or subject you like to collect. I just might have exactly what you're looking for in my 10,000+ postcard stash! And if I don't have it on hand, I can scour my French connections and get it for you!