This unused antique French postcard is a scene of a Belle Epoque couple entering the "Restaurant Opéra." The gentleman is a standout in particular in the bold black overcoat and top hat against a sea of golden yellow and red-orange. Notice the band playing in the upper left corner. This postcard is a mystery on multiple levels. There was no restaurant at the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris until 2011, so this must represent a opera house restaurant in another French city? Also, the artist's signature is a very distinctive monogram, but despite many search efforts online, I've found no answer. I have seen this signature attributed to Toulouse-Lautrec, but I believe that is incorrect. From the looks of the postcard verso, there must have been some hungry mice at this restaurant:) I have come across a couple of other copies of this card and both were franked 1907. Except for said paper nibbling and a top right corner crease, this card is overall in very good antique condition for its age. Typical antique postcard size, about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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