Saturday, March 27, 2010

A mystery house

There is no clue whatsoever as to the whereabouts of this house. Why was the photograph taken? Could it be a guesthouse in the suburbs of a tourist town? What time of day was it? What day of the week? Which year? There are roses but not too many leaves on the trees. Springtime perhaps?

We’re putting the card online for sale. Someone somewhere might have something to say and let us know….

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bragou bras

Bragou bras were working trousers which were worn throughout France at one time. By the time this postcard was made, just over a hundred years ago, the custom had just about died out. Plonévez Porzay is in Brittany.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

And you thought that pollution was a new problem

This really is a wonderfully detailed card from Aix-les-Bains. The postcard dates from around 1900 and is in exceptional condition. Can you see what the man is doing in the foreground? I suppose that someone had to do it. Before the arrival of the motor car the pollution from house manure in London was such a big problem that it was discussed in parliament. You can only grow so many roses….

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