Monday, March 21, 2011

A chromolithograph

Chromolithography was a process by which multicoloured images were produced in the 19th century.

This is a little card which had been printed to celebrate a first communion in June 1895. Even today in France cards are printed and presented as souvenirs, but the best part is the sugared almonds…

Sunday, March 20, 2011

If it's food it's got to be French.

France has always been proud of its culinary heritage. Here are four little collector’s cards illustrating the departments and what edibles they are famous for; wine, pâté,cheese, fish, soup, vegetables and fruit, sugar and beer.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Do you remember this?

I was born 8 years after the Kon Tiki Expedition, but during my school days we were captivated by the story of Thor Hayerdahl and his crew on their voyage across the pacific ocean.

This is what is known as a semi-modern postcard. Often in black and white and sometimes in colour, they are gaining in popularity as people remember how things used to be when they were young through the postcards.

At this very moment there is a modern expedition, An-Tiki,  led by an 84 year old to raise money for Water Aid. They set off on January 30th and are crossing the Atlantic ocean. There is an An-Tiki blog and website.