Thursday, May 22, 2008

Our shop!

Anyone who reads any of my four blogs on Blogspot for the next day or so will see this identical post. After humming and ha-ing for several months Rob and I have decided to open an eBay Shop for our postcards. A lot of people have asked why we haven’t done it before. The simple reason is that we sell small price items and a shop isn’t always viable in that case. As there have been recent changes to charging on ebay accounts for professionals in France we thought we’d give it a go.

If you have a moment could you please have a look and tell me what you think of the colour scheme etc. I know it’s in French, that’s our main market, although we do sell all over the world. Please leave a comment if you have anything to say or a question on any of the cards.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Something a little different

This card breaks with the usual tradition as there is no image. The reason for this is when the card was sent postcards did not have pictures on*. It was posted in March 1880 to someone in Leipzig from Bern. In those days post was stamped at arrival too. The writing is hard to read, at first I thought that it was written in German but I’m not sure. The card is in excellent condition for it’s age.

*I’ve discovered that the first images were 1870, but they weren’t common.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Jardin du Luxembourg

Before we came to live in France, Rob and I spent an Easter weekend in Paris. We saw lots of sights, the weather was warm and sunny and there weren’t too many tourists. We sat out and ate at the Franklin D Roosevelt restaurant neat to the metro station of the same name (if I remember rightly) it was really as romantic as everyone says. My favourite place was le Jardin du Luxembourg; a famous Parisian park. This is what it was like in 1907.

Thursday, May 08, 2008


What a lovely job, harvesting the jasmin. The micro-climate around Grasse on the Côte d’Azur is ideal for growing flowers and you can visit the various perfumeries in the area today. These ladies were gathering the harvest around 1909.

This is my 100th card!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Belle Epoche

This pré 1903 postcard from Monte Carlo (where else?) really captures the spirit of the belle epoch. Should our gambling friend choose the red or the black? Even the artist Albert Guillaume’s signature is a work of art, I think. Click on the card for a better view.