Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tea anyone?

This would be a pleasant place to take tea on a hot summer’s afternoon. Bagnoles-de-l’Orne is in Normandy and the terrace belongs to the Grand Hôtel. I couldn’t find any up to date pictures which indicate whether the tree is still there. This is the closest I can get…

Click on the image to see more detail

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Les petites Wackes

You’d have to go back to 1932 to see this little gang on the streets of Strasbourg. Wackes is an Alsacien word and means ‘urchin’ as far as I can translate. Click on the image and look at those lovely smiles – despite not having shoes to wear.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Saint Valentine

In August 1905, a young lady called Marie received this card. On it someone had written “I love you silently”. I wonder what happened next…?

May your Saint Valentine’s Day be filled with love and romance!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Is it or isn't it?

As you are probably aware I spend as much time looking at the back of our postcards as I do looking at the picture at the front. The signature on the front of this card caught my eye – could it really be?….

Rob spent ages trawling the internet to find documents which were actually signed by Alfred Dreyfus. There were plenty of documents about him – he was wrongly accused of treason in the late 19th century. His main crime was being Jewish and from Alsace (There are certain regions of France where the people weren’t considered really French). He later served for his country during the first world war and received the legion of Honour.

We think that it might just be his signature and so we’ve put the card up for auction on ebay in the autograph department. The card itself announces the opening or the Palace Hotel in “French Brighton” at Cayeux-sur-Mer.

I'll let you know what happens next.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Mystery card

I must admit I'm not too keen on this card. there are no clues to the artist, the publisher or even when it was published. Anyone passing who has an idea?