This is one of the rarer photo postcards by Albert Monier. Do you recognize the artists? I believe those are Janicott's cancan girls (or Alice Huertes?) and perhaps that's a pin up girl by Domergue or Digimont?! A tantalizing slice of 1950s Paris in this Monier scene of the bouquinistes near Notre Dame. Continental size: about 4-1/8 by 5.75 inches. Wear at the corner tips, but overall for its age, in fine vintage condition.
A site dedicated to the French photography refers to Monier as the "cursed photographer." In Monier's own words, he explains, "I put art back in the postcard, and that they will not forgive me!" Using postcards as his medium earned him "the rejection of the art photography community." And he apparently had trouble even finding postcard publishers that would work with him. According to HL Photo Gallery, Monier "worked outside the established world of commercial printing, creating his own postcards on photographic paper in his own lab. Using a small number of images, he managed to gain a popular foothold in the world of postcard photography." Popular indeed! Despite such a rocky start, before his death in 1998, "more than 80 million of his photos and 10,000 posters have been sold around the world."
Mexichrome is a trade name for the continental sized photochromes that were printed in France in the early 1950’s for the Fischgrund Publishing Company in Mexico. (Thanks to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York for this information.)
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