In France, the name Peynet* is a household word. He created what has become an icon of romance, the poet and his companion, simply known as The Couple of Lovers. This oversized postcard features the nameless "companion" in doll form, holding a dove and a Paris hat box on one arm. She is a working girl, making a delivery marked "urgent." This card measure just under 6 inches across by 7.75 inches tall. Unused, dated verso 1962, it is in overall fine condition for its age. Hints of wear as to be expected on the edges. The other other Peynet cards I've included in the photos to illustrate size comparison and will be listed separately.
Below are excerpts from Wikipedia about the artistic life of Peynet and also if you google his name, you'll find his official web site.
"Raymond Peynet (November 16, 1908-January 14, 1999) was a French cartoonist born in Paris and died in Mougins. He is known for having created the couple of lovers in 1942 which he represented on many mediums, including ceramics, posters, jewelry, postcards, and postage stamps. ... The "lovers", the poet and his companion, were created by Peynet in 1942, in Valence, inspired by a music kiosk known since then as the Peynet kiosk. ... In addition to numerous illustrations of books, Peynet also focused his work on the production of advertising posters and in the 1980s lithographs representing lovers in various scenes and etchings representing "the signs of the zodiac". ... The lovers were depicted in stamps in 1985 in France, Cancellation at the post of Valentine's Day in the Indre every February 14 and in postcards. The French stamp of 1985, "The Valentine's Day of Peynet", is pastel colors. The rural scene depicts a couple of lovers near a heart-shaped mailbox in which two angels post envelopes. In 2000, La Poste Francais took over these two characters for a tribute stamp to the deceased illustrator, this time representing the two characters near a music kiosk. ... In France, two museums are devoted to Peynet: one in Antibes and one in Brassac-les-Mines, the birthplace of his mother."
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