I have two different versions of the "bird cage" lady available. In this one, she's looking up and the cage door is open. This is a sepia photo that has been colorized by hand. Note in particular all those little dashes of gold pigment highlights on the cage bars! Lovely subtle colors of pink, green and blue. Please note that I've included photos, which make the image lighter but I like to show you the details, nothing to hide here! For color accuracy, consider the direct scan in the first photo. A few errant specks here and there, corner tip wear, but overall, this card is in fine antique condition. No creases and virtually no surface wear.
Note verso the carte postale fine print "tous les pays ... ." All foreign countries do not accept correspondence on the front side, ask the Post Office. France and Germany were among the first countries who allowed messages on the back, circa 1903/1903. The US was late to the party, not allowing the new format until 1907. So, although this postcard is unused, that message helps us date this card from about 1904 to 1907. Published by E.L.D: that's Ernest Louis Désiré le Deley of Paris. Monsieur Le Deley was a photographer who opened shop in 1900; the Deley family were well known throughout France for their publishing work. (Thanks to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York for that historical information.) Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
In the last photo, you see the second version available, which is listed separately. REMEMBER: If you BUY MORE, you can Save More! Add another item to this purchase to make your total at least $50 and you'll get a $10 discount off your purchase. Details on my home page.
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