This is a very hard-to-find Art Nouveau postcard. I have a copy in my personal collection and I've always called it "Dreaming." There is a waning yellow moon in the background, but I think one can still daydream even at night:) She looks so pensive, lost in her thoughts. If the artist of this card were ever identified, I dare say the value would increase many times over. The Art Nouveau style rivals any of the big names out there, in my opinion. In my almost 20 years of selling postcards, I believe this is the 6th copy I've discovered. Printed by A. & M. B., that's for Albrecht & Meister of Berlin, a major German postcard publisher at the turn of the 19th century.
The Neoclassical design is rich in detail, compounded by gold detailing on the lady's flowing gown. Richly muted colors. The dark brown in her gown has a hint of a pink undertone. The flowers are lightly pink and yellow, leading up to the yellow moon hiding in the background behind the trees. Subtle flesh tones. I've included a closeup photo to highlight the gold detailing. Along with the direct scan, I took a photo under bright sunlight. Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
Now, I may be reading way too much into this, but the franking is rather confusing. Marie was sending best wishes for a new year as she wrote her message on Dec. 31, 1907. But if you look at the red stamp franking, it looks to be dated 12/30/07. Verso, the partial franking looks to be "03," but I'm assuming that's a faded "08" or else Marie was recycling a 5 year old postcard:) Nonetheless, the undivided back does indeed date the actual printing of this card to 1903 or earlier.
The bottom left corner is creased and the white writing space lightly damaged/stained. Not as pristine as previous copies I've sold, but I've priced her accordingly and she's still a gem!
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