Art Nouveau Artist Signed Eiffel Tower Postcard with 1892 Summit StampArt Nouveau Artist Signed Eiffel Tower Postcard with 1892 Summit Stamp

Here is a rare and unique Eiffel Tower postcard. It has so much going for it, it's hard to know where to start. First of all, the art nouveau design was created by Gustave Fraipont and his signature is at the bottom left. I especially appreciate the way he incorporated "Tour Eiffel" into the writing space in a light geometric design, mimicking the Eiffel's iron grid work. Now, it is a shame that purple ink has bled through to the front, but ... once you flip the card over, that shame transfers to a wee bit of pride and delightful surprise to see that purple ink is from a special franking to verify that the card owner made it all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower in June of 1892! Typical antique postcard size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Any signs of wear seem to an insult to point out considering its age:)

Gustave Fraipont (1849, Brussels – 1923, Paris) was a painter, sculptor, illustrator and poster-designer. Born in Belgium, he later became a naturalised French citizen. Professor of drawing at the Maison d'éducation de la Légion d'honneur, he was the author of numerous books on the art of drawing. In 1885, he provided illustrations for the series Le Littoral de la France at the publisher Victor Palmé (fr). He also illustrated books on Paris and the French regions. He produced books for young people such as 'André le meunier' (Andre the Miller') and 'et Yves le marin (Sailor Yves). He also illustrated the Letters from My Windmill, Perrault's Histoires ou contes du temps passé, Robinson Crusoe', Câline by Zenaide Fleuriot.

He painted numerous posters for railway companies, including Chemins de fer de l'Ouest and Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord, as well as official documents and paper securities. His poster Pierrefonds, North company was reproduced in the magazine Les Maîtres de l'Affiche (1895-1900). He contributed to many newspapers and magazines, such as French and Paris Courier. In 1905, he was appointed Navy painter.

During World War I, he produced several compositions for the newspaper L'Illustration. (Thanks to Wikipedia for this biographical information.)

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