This postcard is an advertisement for "maltosan" (a malt extract) supplement. While one might turn their nose up at the product, the art of Adolphe Willette could sure sell you a bottle! What an endearing pen and ink illustration of two pierrots, an angel and a toddler playing leap frog with one another. A sliver of the moon hangs in the background. Orange highlights on cheeks, the girl's bow and framing the black backdrop. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. The deckled edge tells me this card was either torn from a postcard booklet or perhaps it had a discount coupon attached to use for the product. There is a hint of an impression, what looks like a curved shadow just above the angel's left wing. But overall, for its age and especially with the light cream background, this card is in fine condition.
"Adolphe Léon Willette (30 July 1857 – 4 February 1926) was a French painter, illustrator, caricaturist and lithographer, as well as an architect of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. ... He decorated several "brasseries artistiques" with wall-paintings, stained glass, &c., notably Le Chat noir and La Palette d'or, and he painted the highly imaginative ceiling for La Cigale music hall." Thanks to Wikipedia for this biographical information.
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