This postcard is part of the vintage "Paris par les Peintres" series, circa 1980s-1990s. Most of the other cards I've offered in this series are by French artist Andre Renoux. Interestingly, this scene from one of Paris' covered passages* is by Austrian artist Franz Zadrazil (1942-2005). It's entitled "Au Rendez-vous des Detectives," but no actual address or business name is given. Inspired by Adrien the private eye who accepted "all missions," (I'm sorry to say I don't think his shop is still there) I'm happy to say that my own sleuthing paid off. This postcard is Passage des Princes, located at 5 Boulevard des Italiens. I love the huge pipe hanging next to Adrien's sign. I can't tell from the perspective if that pipe belongs to another business or if it's part of Adrien's shop, hommage to Sherlock Holmes?:)
About 5.75 by 4-1/8 inches. Two available. Wear at corner tips but overall, near mint unused condition.
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*If you ever visit Paris, I highly recommend visiting the covered passages rich in Art Nouveau architecture. I had the privilege of visiting several while in Paris this past January. There are several close together; they are what I consider to be like Belle Epoque shopping malls. Google "Paris passages" and you'll find many blogs and tourist sites that map out where they are. Here's info from the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau web site on this particular passage: "The history of the Passage des Princes has been very eventful. Built in 1860 and then destroyed in 1985, it was finally rebuilt to look exactly the same in 1995. A stone's throw from the Palais Garnier opera house and the large Parisian departments stores, its architecture goes perfectly with the beautiful Haussmannian buildings found in this district. Considered as the Mecca for games, this covered arcade houses numerous shops dedicated to toys, scale models, video games and more. A delight for children but also for adults who are still children at heart. It is also accessible via 97 Rue de Richelieu." NOTE the Rue de Richelieu 87 address on the wall in the black arch in the postcard. One of my clues:)
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