This is a nice Nice set of postcards. Sorry, I just had to say that. These are Tuck "Oilette" cards in the "Villes de France" series featuring the watercolors of London-born Henry Wimbush (1858–1943), landscape painter, book illustrator and postcard artist. Aline sent these to her children in 1918. With a little tenacity and Google translate, you could unravel a mini-travelogue a century old. Her writing is quite readable. Typical, she mentions the weather: It rained today; Beautiful sun; Yesterday, in the rain I made a visit ... to the sea. I wanted to see its color without the sun.
"We write in haste at the hotel table, waiting to be served lunch." St. Antoine, Mont Boron, visiting the palace of the prince (back in Monaco?) and the Oceanography Musuem. Something about Papa doing quite a workout on his legs, walking 4 kilometers? Finally, she notes, "No time to write this morning: we return to Monaco." Almost impossible to believe a war was going on! Each card is typical antique postcard size: about 5.5 by 5.5 inches. The Nice flower market scene is the only one with a creased corner. Overall, this series is in unbelievably fine condition!
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