Monday, April 13, 2015

A real gem!



We went to a auction in Bordeaux last Friday. It was a really good day. We managed to get some good lots and amongst the postcards was this one. There were two postcards made of the artist, Alfred Renaudin, at work on the banks of the river Moselle in the Lorraine region of France.

This is the rarer of the two. Alfred Renaudin (1866 – 1944) was a French landscape painter who was most active between the wars although this postcard was sent in 1905.

I looked on the internet to see if I could find the final painting, nowhere to be seen. Perhaps it’s in a private collection.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A stroll by the beach


Around 115 years ago Royan would have looked like this. Most of it was destroyed by the allies in WWII. I can’t help wondering if the ladies talking their walk would have been affected by the train passing so close just above them. It would have been very noisy, to say the least.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The happy father


Even in the dark times of war there is a glimpse of hope and light. A happy soldier on leave holds his baby. The drawing on the postcard was made in 1917 by Luchard. I haven’t been able to find anything out about the artist.

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.