Monday, March 31, 2014

An interesting pair of shoes…

…With wishes for the new year by Achille Mauzan. He was a French artist who moved to Italy. Member of the Art Deco movement, he designed over 2000 posters.

Unfortunately these cards have a lot of foxing(rust marks) on the back as well as a child’s scribbling.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sweet peas

Catharina Klein was born in Prussia in 1861.  She specialized in painting flowers and fruit and many of her works were used as postcard illustrations.  Before the war of 1914 many postcards were produced in Germany.  Later she was sometimes known as Catherine and worked in Berlin until her death in 1929.  During World War II many of her original paintings were destroyed by bombing by the allies. 

Her postcards are quite common, but I’ve not been able to find another postcard online like this one, posted in 1903, of sweet peas.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

By coincidence

I came across this postcard today depicting a terrible storm back in 1904 in a town in the North of France. As a result of a storm, high winds and a deluge of rain, the little river that went through the town turned into a raging torrent. Houses that overhung the river were destroyed as their foundations were washed away. There was plenty of flooding and damage throughout the rest of the town too. 21 people died that day. A reminder perhaps, that we have always been at the mercy of nature.
(Whether the government be right or left!)

Friday, January 24, 2014

A quiet road

I think that I would like to spend a warm afternoon in spring taking a stroll down this road.

I looked on Google Earth.  There are still plenty of trees and also plenty of houses.  It’s a busy main road nowadays, so not much chance of a peaceful walk.  Did I find the same houses with steps leading up to them?  I can’t be sure…

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Children playing in the park

Just over 100 years ago these children were enjoying themselves in a park in Paris.

These are exactly the kind of postcards that I would collect if I could afford them.  There again, if I didn't sell postcards like these I would never have had the chance to see them, let alone share them on this blog!

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Angelus

This is one of a set of postcards depicting the life of a family in their garden full of roses. If only all families could lead such a pleasant life…

Monday, November 11, 2013


We’re almost at the centenary of the very first battles of the First World War. Here are a few pictures to remind us why it was called a “World War”.

English friends

They came from the mountains...

... and from the Steppes.

They came from India (Hindou bakers)...

Not to mention Americans, Australians, Canadians, Africans ….