This is one of several antique French postcards I have which feature beautiful script, addressed to that City of Lights. I was initially attracted simply to that magical word "Paris" making this such an artistic piece of ephemera. However, after researching online, I found myself in a time-warp rabbit hole and learned way more than I dreamed of!
This card was mailed from Chambery, France, from E.D. Michon's, an iron and hardware store, offering "articles of Paris." I have a couple more cards from this same Michon, but with a different business stamp. I can't figure out if the requested order for "6 bottles of Candès" was personal or for resale. Candès & Company is still in business, still selling skin cream. On their packaging, it says "since 1849." Back then, the product was known as 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 it was quackery, but obviously the skin care company is doing something right to have been operating all this time. This card was mailed on March 30, 1890. About 5.5 by 3.5 inches. The lavender postcard is prestamped. 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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