Friday, February 05, 2016

An advertisment

For a furniture depot in Bordeaux.  I wonder why they chose this picture as an illustration.  Perhaps their chairs are especially comfortable?

Saturday, December 05, 2015


Two portraits of a little girl.  I can't read the dates on the postmark but my guess is between 1905 to 1913.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 11th

Searching through postcard images on my computer for today 11th November I found plenty: Pictures of soldiers, pictures of ruins, pictures of cannons, pictures of battlefields, pictures of graves… Here are just a few:

Soldiers dream
 I dreamed kind Jesus fouled the big-gun gears;
And caused a permanent stoppage in all bolts;
And buckled with a smile all Mausers and Colts;
And rusted every bayonet with His tears.

Wilfred Owen

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I'd keep these!

If I had the choice, this is a pair of postcards that I would keep for myself. I love the way in which they've been coloured. Such a pretty little girl too.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Posted before 1900

Two postcards from Paris posted before 1900. There aren’t many postcards that have survived this long.

The Moulin Rouge opened in 1889, just 10 years before this postcard was sent. The second postcard of  Les Invalides was posted in 1898.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Celluloid postcards

Four celluloid fantasy postcards. These are quite common, as objects made from celluloid were fashionable for a while. They seem to have been quite versatile. Here we see gold printing, collage, glitter, scalloped edges and the card in the bottom righthand corner looks to be very skillfully hand painted.

Celluloid is considered as the first plastic and was widely used as an ivory replacement. It was used in the film industry until replaced by acetate films in the 1950s. Table Tennis balls are made of celluloid!