Here is an intriguing item for the Georges Stein collector. Antique postcard size of 5.5 by 3.5 inches, but verso there is no carte postale graphics. If you look closely at the left side of the bottom edge, you'll see a wee bit of paper overhang. So I'm inclined to wonder if someone didn't make this card by gluing a Georges Stein print to the back of sturdy cardstock? Perhaps this was a print in a magazine? Or maybe it was a freebie insert in a magazine? Whatever the case, it doesn't feel hand-made. The mystery is further compounded by the name and date: Bauman Christian 1897. Was it Monsieur Christian who noted on the front of the 'card' that this was the "Concorde Champs Elysées"? The Place de la Concorde is the largest public square in Paris. It is at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées, with the Arc de Triomphe at the other end. And as we all know: the Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world! Although this card raises some questions, I am certain of one thing: this is a rare design of Ms. Stein. It is not her typical style as seen on other postcards, like this set of 20 I have listed here: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8348/20-Georges-Stein-Postcards-Original-Envelope
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