After 20+ years of collecting and selling postcards, I love it when I can say, "I've never seen those before!" This series of four postcards all feature a real photo of a lady from the Belle Epoque era. I think they are likely stage stars but I can't identify who's who. What's really unique about this set, of course, is the setting: the deeply embossed Greek temple design used to frame each beauty. And what do you think of the color scheme? There is a variance in the shade of purple from lavender to almost pale pink. Blue columns and green trees on a yellow-creamy background. These series was mailed to Aurelie, "the cook" (cuisinere) at the house Mr. Reynard. The undivided back dates the printing of these cards to 1903 or earlier when the backside was reserved exclusively for the address. Actually mailed in 1906, the sender wrote "friendship" on one and "Guess who?" on another. What a tease?! For their age, these cards are in very good antique condition. You'll see some specks, some signs of age, but overall, impressively well-preserved.
Typical antique postcard size of about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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