This postcard could appeal to a variety of collectors. If you're simply looking to add to your "oldest" category, a postcard hand-dated March 9, 1894 should be impressive! If you are a collector of perfume or beauty products memorabilia, the name Charles Monternier should mean something to you. He opened shop in 1883 in Montpellier, in southern France. A "Perfumer Chemist," his company, which was in operation for almost a century, also provided "complete supplies for hairdressers." Verso, Monternier writes, "Please I beg you to return immediately to Mrs. Victor Klotz, Boulevard Strasbourg 37, 1 oz antephelic milk." Antephelic milk or toilet milk guaranteed to remove spots, cure freckles, whiten the hands and arms (according to antique ads I found online:) To be honest, I thought this was quackery, but it was a wonderful surprise to learn that Candès and Company is still very much in business and has been since 1849. However, they do seem to have peddled back a bit on the hyperbole sales pitch. No freckle cure, but the cream can fade pigment spots.
Business and beauty products aside, if you're a Francophile or artist (or both) whose heart skips a beat at the word "Paris" in flowing, beautiful calligraphy, then this card is for you, too!
5.5 by 3.5 inches. Fine antique condition.
This is one of several antique French postcards I have addressed to the Candès company. The last photo gives you a glimpse of the others I have available. Use the word "script" or "Candès" in the word search box to see them all.
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