This postcard is intriguing on multiple levels. A French "carte postale" printed in Paris with a Spanish title noted on the front, mailed from Spain to a Polish count! It is a high quality color lithograph print produced by the Kunzli Brothers (K.F./Kunzli Freres in French) and we would expect nothing less from the collection of Count Benedict Tyszkiewicz (1852-1935). Apparently the Count, who called Paris home, was like every other Parisian in August, on vacation! Hand-dated Aug. 25, 1907 with the notation "Saint Sebastien," a coastal city in Spain just 20 miles from the French border. "A Los Toros" -- To the bulls. Matadors headed to do their dirty deed (sorry if my prejudice shows; not even Hemmingway can convince me of the beauty of the bull fight:) But I digress... . A colorful scene, no doubt a souvenir of the Count's vacation?
The Count was of Polish-Lithuanian nobility and he was a famous photographer. Google his name and you'll get many references! In 2009, an exhibit at Minsk featured 86 of his photos of Belarus from the turn of the century. He lived in Paris and was a member of the Paris Photo Club. He was also an art collector. He would often buy lithographic postcards, put his return address stamp on them, and have them delivered to the artist to be autographed!* This card shows wear on the corner tips as to be expected for something more than a century old. There is also a light crease verso, which fortunately, doesn't show up on the front; it's more feelable than seeable. Overall in very good antique condition. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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