Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lady with hat and umbrella

I always enjoy looking at how people were dressed, so I was pleased to find this card amongst a lot we bought at auction. I noticed the signature under the chair when I was scanning the card and looked it up. The photographer was Henri Manuel (1874-1947) who was famous for his work and you can still buy posters today. I haven’t been able to find a biography of him though.

On Saturday we’re off to another auction in la Rochelle. I can’t wait to see what interesting cards we come home with.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Flight of fancy

A different type of card today. This postcard was based on a poster for Air France around 1948, just when the world was opening up again after the Second World War. I love the colours, I wonder how many people were inspired to travel by it?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"The Shell Seekers"

Years ago I read 'The Shell Seekers' by Rosamunde Pilcher. It’s a book I’ve revisited many times. I was delighted to find this card, that in my imagination at least, represents the painting around which the book is written.

Saturday, September 08, 2007


I know that this card has seen better days – it is 105 years old! The reflections on the water are fascinating, especially as they are in sepia. Segré and the old bridge today.