Charles Baret (1863-1934) was a French theater director and show organizer. He started his touring theater in 1891. Theater posters and memorabilia for Tournées Baret are highly collectable. This is one of his company's advertising postcards. It's quite the eye-catcher in the multiple red tones (blood red, Chinese red?). It's the dickens to capture the details and coloring accurately, but I've included scans as well as two photos. There are white specks inherent to the printing and also a couple of scratch marks (under the arm onto his chest). In hand, the blemishes take backstage (pun intended:) to the bold color and design of the usher with his candle lamp! Money back guarantee if you think the specks are too distracting!
The French text at bottom announces Baret's tour with "Raffles," the gentleman burglar! Apparently, the owner of this card wrote himself a reminder that he was going to see Raffles on March 8 with Dola.
The undivided back helps date this card to 1903 or earlier.
Album impressions but overall, in fine antique condition. 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
I have another item from the Baret collection: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8200/Jane-Hading-Mini-Portraits-Pseudo-Postcards
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