Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Annette Poulard



Monsieur et Madame Poulard ran a Hotel at the Mont Saint Michel. Annette Poulard became famous for her omelets, so famous, that she put up a notice warning people to avoid copies of her recipe. Her omelets were eaten by thousands of people including King Léopold II of Belgium. Georges Clemenceau was a regular visitor.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas is coming


A Christmas card sent over 100 years ago with a seaside theme. From a mother to her son.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Gateways

My father sometimes used to make wrought iron work, so I’ve always appreciated the hard work that goes into it. How many hours, I wonder, went into creating these two masterpieces?


The gateway at the prefecture in Tours can be seen today. It originally came from the Abbey at Beaumont-lès-Tours and was classed as a historical Monument in 1917. 


 This gateway at the Château des Perrais is still there too, although the Chateau is now a private Catholic school.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lady in a green dress


I sent this postcard as a birthday card to someone. I love the way that the dress sweeps round. I wonder what colour it was in real life.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Flower Market, Nice



As well as being a popular destination for the jet set (even Queen Victoria enjoyed Nice), Nice was famous for its flower market.

This card comes from the collection of an Artist; Antoine-François Cosyns. It seems that his friends sent him the most interesting postcards they could find on their travels., including this one.

Another postcard of the market

Monday, July 07, 2014

Embroiderer of headdresses


I think that this is a peaceful postcard. She’s working quietly away at a headdress. Notice the lace on her sleeves and her own bonnet.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Can you hear the birds singing?


A postcard of a farm in Normandie. It looks an enchanted place. The card was sent to a Belgian artist, AF Cosyns, who worked in France from 1911 to 1950.

He received many interesting postcards from friends on their travels.