This is a hard-to-find postcard by Italian artist Alberto Bianchi (1882-1969.) My favorite postcard site, the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York, says "Bianchi was a painter and illustrator of posters and postcards. Many of his postcards were issued as propaganda during World War I, but afterwards he concentrated on fashion and glamour cards." In this postcard, he's done a superb job of combining both patriotism and haute couture. Doesn't our lady look quite sexy? Maybe this was Bianchi's way to honor the American cavalry fighting in WWI. This card is in near mint condition. Virtually no surface wear. The message verso adds to the sweetness and historicity of the card. Dated July 4, 1917, I'm assuming this is a young French soldier writing. He addresses his godmother as "most dear and sweet." He says he has received her charming letter written in English. "I had difficulty with the numbers [perhaps he means 'words'], but I comprehended it just the same ... You are truly charming and full of such good sentiments for me that I cannot be more sensitive [literal translation; I understand it to mean he is touched beyond words.]
Typical antique postcard size; about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
Please note that I'm requiring insurance on this card due to its rarity. The direct scan reflects the colors of the card more accurately. Photos taken at the window under natural daylight make the colors look much lighter but clearly show its outstanding condition.
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