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This is one of two postcards I have by Chéri Hérouard (1881-1961). Both of these cards pay homage to the American soldier -- with a little risque touch -- as one of France's allies during WWI. This one is entitled "A Helping Hand." The soldier lifts the French lady up in his arms. She's looking quite seductive in black stockings and a red-orange bed jacket. But there's a patriotic touch: she's waving the US flag in one hand. Printed by Lapina of Paris, this card is in near mint condition. A couple of light smudges on the cream white background, but overall: astoundingly preserved with bold colors. About 3.5 by 5.5 inches. To see the other Hérouard postcard, just use his name in the word search box on my shop home page.
"Chéri Hérouard was a French illustrator who was most famously known for his forty-five-year work for French society magazine, La Vie Parisienne. Born as Chéri-Louis-Marie-Aime Haumé in Rocroi on 6 January 1881, Hérouard's father died in a hunting accident just before his birth. His mother remarried to a Hérouard, who was a descendant of the doctor of Louis XIII, and Chéri took the new name. Herouard's first printed artwork appeared in Le Journal de la Jeunesse in 1902. ... Hérouard stood out for his fairytale characters, and was also a pioneer in the comics format. He was approached by Charles Saglio, who had just purchased La Vie Parisienne, to become an illustrator for the magazine. At first he resisted, saying he didn't think he was skilled enough. Two years later, Hérouard's first illustration for La Vie Parisienne was published on Nov. 9, 1907. The cover illustrations for the magazine were divided among several illustrators, with Hérouard contributing most frequently between 1916 through 1930. He continued his work with the magazine until 1952." Thank you, Wikipedia.
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WWI American Soldier and French Sweetheart with US Flag by Chéri Hérouard
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