This Art Deco postcard, hand-dated March 13, 1936, is an illustration depicting another time: a late 1880s Victorian lady in a very exaggerated bustle. The French script at the bottom translates as "We often need a smaller one than ourselves." I'm assuming that refers to the little dog in tow carrying a small hat decorated with flowers.
Now, many postcards lead me down rabbit holes. That's what I call it when I begin researching information online about the subject matter or the artist. And I was determined to find out about Denise Millon because her style is distinctive and postcards of her work are hard to find. Some paintings and watercolors come up on auction sites but biographical info ends with birth and date. Fortunately, my efforts to learn about Mlle. Millon were rewarded, thanks to a French web site called Babelio.
Mlle. Millon was a lady of multiple identities! Born in Paris on July 29, 1897, her given name was Elise Denise Milton. An author and illustrator of children's books, she was active from 1932 to 1968. (She died in September 1983.) She signed her art as Millon and also used the pseudonym Elsie (which she signed with a long-tailed "e.") In 1941 she married writer Henri Collin-Delavaud. They collaborated on some writing projects, simply credited as "Elsie and Henri." I've included a close up view of the artist's signature on this postcard: Elsie Denise Millon. My sleuthing talent ends there, however; I couldn't find what book this illustration comes from.
This postcard is overall excellent condition considering its age and light-colored border. There is a scratch/line verso that creates a light impression/ridge/ripple on front. Depending on the light, it looks like a dark shadow or nothing! A couple of small creases at the corner tips. This card is about 3.5 by 5.5 inches with a deckled edge.
The message verso is in English, rather interesting, philosophical and a wee bit humorous. The sender describes a recently received postcard of Schubert's Serenade as "joolish" (ghoulish). "No, I would rather have tons of love than tons of coal. I need it more. And it is much rare, the genuine article. I know yours is real too." I like her sign-off: Much love from the Ancient Brily.
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