Artist-signed, this hand-painted pen and ink illustration is for the Francophile at heart. An adorable child sailor stands in front of the red, white and blue French flag. His beret is emblazoned with the word "France." In the close-up photos, you can see the depth of the scratch marks in the watercolor postcard paper! Although not dated, the fine print message under Carte Postale on the back offers a clue: Correspondance on the front is not accepted by all foreign countries. Inquire at the post office. One of my favorite French postcard history sites, Abelard, says this was found on postcards until 1907. The divided back was legalized in France in November 1903. So, I think 1904-1907 is pretty solid guess-timate as to the age of this card. Verso, the message Germaine sent to Jeanne was "affectionate souvenir of a friend." Pre-printed postcards for "aquarelles et dessin" were sold during the Golden Age of Postcards, usually in packets of 6, for about 10 centimes, depending upon the quality of the paper. As you can see, this paper has the deckled edge. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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