This damsel in violet is one in a 4-card series produced by Phoscao, a French company that produced a chocolate drink that promised to be the perfect elixir for digestion. The text verso says: Le plus exquis des dejeuners, le plus puissant des reconstituants. (The most exquisite of breakfasts, the most powerful of fortifiers.)
This card is in overall mint, unused condition. Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Circa 1904-1914.
In the last photo you'll see all four cards available. I have two full sets and am offering one complete set and others individually. I can't figure out a theme. There's birds, bats and butterflies, but no creatures with the lady in violet. The seasons, perhaps? Whatever, each one is lovely in her own way. Buy one or more or get the complete series.
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Trivia: This postcard is one of about 50 I bought from a dealer at a flea market in Antibes, France, this past spring. The French Riviera is not all sun and sand. The "Siberian Express" brought snow to the area for the first time in 15 years. The morning of this flea market my fingers were chilled to the bone and numb digging through a mish-mash of postcards in shoe boxes! What a surprise to find this series looking untouched for the past century!
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