Friday, June 22, 2007

Little girl for sale

This isn't really in the baby series I wanted to show you but I couldn't resist this one. I wonder if they had many offers? I'm not sure whether is was sent in 1914 or 1924 the post mark isn't very clear.

Talking of babies, congratulations to Titania who is looking forward to being a Grandmother!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Zut! Je rentre

Amongst the cards we bought at the auction last weekend were quite a few funny 'baby'cards, this one really amuses me. Roughly translated it reads “Damn! I’m returning”, it’s from a series “Around the world in an egg”; I wonder if I’ll find some more? The card was used to order ‘funny stories’!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Aother town, another auction

At the weekend we went to another auction in a different town. It was nice to play the tourist and enjoy the weather at the same time. I’m beginning to recognise some of the people now, mainly dealers in coins, I’m glad to say! The auctioneers are beginning to know who we are too...

This is a card from one of the lots we bought. The artist was A Schlomka, I haven’t been able to find out more, except for another postcard online dated around 1911. I was touched by this one because as a mother of three children and having two sisters and a brother myself, I know that co-operation between siblings is rare.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Mystery car

Does anyone know what the make of this car is ? The back of the postcard is blank and the printing is in English and then French. There are no details of the publisher either. If you have any ideas please let me know.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Saint Catherine

I couldn’t understand why we’d collected so many Saint Catherine cards. They were addressed to girls with lots of different names, but not Catherine!. My favourite English student who is a retired history and geography teacher (history and geography are taught together in France) was able to explain the tradition. There are several St. Catherines on the French calendar, but one in particular in the autumn is the patron Saint of unmarried maidens. This is why lots of young girls used to send cards to each other on the celebrated day. Today, I think it would be hard to find a St Catherine card to send.

This one is a ‘semi modern’ card sent between friends.