I want to say this is a superb example of Parisian chic, but she could be an Italian from Milan! That would be more fitting considering the artist is Giovanni Nanni (1888-1969). He began designing postcards when he began his career as a painter and illustrator during the First World War. While he produced many advertising cards, he is best known for his glamorous fashion cards. (Thanks to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York for this bit of bio background.) His signature is on the card but barely visible, obscured by the French stamp. Printed in Italy, but mailed in France 8/8/18, as in 1918. So, OK, technically this card hasn't turned 100 years old yet, but I'm still going to call it an antique. The lady with the beauty mark in the fur coat doesn't look a day over 30 in my opinion:) 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Torn stamp, speck and some scuff marks on the left side. I have to point that out or else you won't notice because the smoky-eyed fashion icon with the full red lips demands your full attention! Seriously, I'd still classify this card as in fine antique condition. Nanni was a prolific artist but this one in particular is a rare standout!
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