Titled "First Snow," this postcard is a stunning illustration in blues of an elegant couple dressed in 18th century refinery: muff, fur, tricorne. Looking very French indeed. Verso we see this card was an advertisement giveaway for a company in Le Raincy, France, a "surburb" of Paris about an hour east. Now, Google and I had trouble translating the business info, but from what I can deduce this was a dry cleaners, specializing in using steam cleaning. Or, option No. 2, it's a dyeworks company and how steam would be used in dying fabric I haven't a clue. "Deuil en 10 heures" literally translates as "mourning in 10 hours." Which leads me to believe this place was indeed a dry cleaners and they're guaranteeing to have your mourning outfit cleaned within 10 hours. Hmmm... :)
The undivided back helps date this postcard to late 1890s to 1903. Typical antique postcard size of about 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Almost mint condition save for a white paper patch on the lady's fur dangling down.
IN THE LAST photo: for fun, I wanted to share with you an example of what can be done with postcards. I have this postcard in my personal collection. I digitally altered it to add the Eiffel Tower in the background. I turned First Snow into Carnival, and had it printed as poster!
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