Rare French Advertising Postcard 'Sarah Bernhardt' 1903.
Featuring the 'Divine Sarah', this lovely Art Nouveau French issue Postcard is stamped, franked and hand dated 1903.
It features the iconic French actress Sarah Bernhardt, in a stunning stage costume, admiring a tiny statuette of herself.
It is amazingly an advertising postcard for a shoe shop in Lyon. Even the Divine Sarah wasn't above a bit of paid promotion. I have several other cards from this rare series. See NN367, NN368 and NN369.
Referred to as 'the most famous actress the world has ever known', her reign began in 1862, at the Commedie Francaise, and continued on many of the great stages of the world, until her death in 1923. Even the amputation of a leg in 1915 did not stop her and she is commemorated by a star in the Hollywood walk of fame.
Printed by Imp Lemercier, Paris and signed by the artist lower centre, it is the exclusive property of the Societe des Chaussures Raoul, a shoe shop in Lyon (see pic# 3).
With some corner bumps it is in good Antique condition.
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