In 1905, Ellen received this adorable German-print of a monkey eating a lobster (or some type of crustacean). It is lightly embossed with incredible detail. Ellen was perhaps indulging in that French ritual, wherein Parisians make a mass exodus for coastal areas in the summer. This card is franked August 26, 1905. Talmont Vendee is now known as Talmont St Hilaire; it is located on the western French coast. With the undivided back reserved exclusively for the address, the sender "SN" simply wrote 20 exclamation points on the front of the card! Typical antique postcard size, about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Overall, in near mint condition!
Note the printer's small PFB symbol verso. Here's some interesting detail courtesy of The Postcard Album: "The postcard publishing and printing business of Paul Finkenrath from Berlin is well known to collectors of quality chromolithographic printed cards; at least the initials ‘PFB’ are popular. PFB is also a good example of a typical German export orientated postcard company of the time. ... PFB (8 litho presses, 40 other machines, 180 workers in 1907) made good profits but when the exports faded, inland market crammed full with overproduction cards, the company was wound up by late 1910. Final liquidation dates from March 31, 1911. ... In late 2013 I visited Berlin and to my great surprise much of the original factory complex (erected 1899) where PFB was found, was still standing."
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