Mermaid Montage Hand-painted Real Photo Antique French PostcardMermaid Montage Hand-painted Real Photo Antique French PostcardMermaid Montage Hand-painted Real Photo Antique French PostcardMermaid Montage Hand-painted Real Photo Antique French Postcard

This is a rare design among antique April 1st French postcards. And I've got two of them! The second one, as seen in the last photo, is listed here:
https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-7584/1907-French-April-1st-Mermaid-Postcard

This postcard is a montage of real photo mixed with illustration and it's all been hand-painted and meticulously detailed. Metallic gold highlights on the brown letters and elsewhere. There is a light curved crease across the mermaid's hair and the top of the "A." Looking straight at the card, you can't see it. With the glossy finish, I can't even get a photo to show up the crease. But if you hold the card under a light at the right angle, you'll see it. It's more feelable than seeable. Postmarked 1907, verso the sender wrote his name in a rather unreadable scribble and said simply "from a friend." At the turn of the century, in French culture, April 1 was the day for secret admirers to send such teasing notes! The fish and/or mermaids were the common motif used on postcards to bring this message of love.
The artist initialed his montage: note the EU within a circle at bottom right. Size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches.

Please note that I don't use the word "rare" frivolously in describing postcards. My other card with the letters painted in orange has been listed in my shop for ... a long time. I acquired this latest one while on my trip to France this past March. It has taken me literally years to find this second card and hence the "rare" designation.

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Mermaid Montage Hand-painted Real Photo Antique French Postcard

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