In a world of mass-produced postcards, literally published by the billions during the Golden Age of Postcards, to find a one-of-a-kind is a thrill. This one has been customized with its own love message, using pieces of a C.E. Shand* postcard. Fortunately, the sender didn't cut off the artist's name. However, Shand's style is so easily recognizable even without her name. Thanks to Google archives, I was able to find a photo of what the original card would have looked like. Perhaps the yellow background got soiled or perhaps the card had been sent to the sender and she wanted to recycle it in her own artistic manner. She definitely succeeded. The cream background made of threads is a new one on me, and I've been collecting/buying antique postcards for about 15 years. The sender painted the edges silver on all the pieces: the blank 'carte postale' along with each piece she cut out from the Shand card as well as her message. The French text says, as best as I can translate: "To have near to oneself the object of your love, it is to be more than a king. It is to be happy always." Verso, the card is dated Nov. 24, 1920-something (1921 or 27?) Happy Birthday (Heureuse Aniversaire to Mademoiselle Marguerite Hubert, a friend, M.D.) Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
*Cecily Elmslie Shand (1898-1979), born in Newcastle on Tyne, Great Britain, is known for her Art Deco illustrations, which have a charming fairy tale quality about them.
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