happy monday everybody! glad we’re all here to share another one ;p
yesterday i met a wonderful couple at the lincoln road antique show here in miami beach, francis and monica. they’re from the south of france and travel the world selling their incredible collection of french post cards. they’re in town twice a year and yesterday was my lucky day! you know i had to ask if they had any leo fontan, and of course they did. it’s a little banged up and used and i love it. at $10, how could i refuse?
i couldn’t read most of the note. then again maybe i’m not supposed to!
anyway i forgot what a thrill postcards are. tangible, living text messages.
they’ve always been the rage in paris. these old shots are from the cartes du timbres show at the champs-elysées that’s happened every sunday for a century, just like it will this weekend.
they’re fascinating to collect cause so many are one of a kind. the buzz has hit the states and there’s going to be a big show at the hotel new yorker in the city in may and the couple is back to paris june 4th and 5th for the carte expo at Mutualité. (the building and the metro stop).
and for all you postcard aficionados who won’ t be able to make either one, check out postacard world magazine . they just published their second issue. congratulations and best of luck, you recognized a genre that needed love!
oh wow, where did the day go? more soon!
there’s always someone and something new to discover. these adorable illustrations are by Leo Fontan, 1883-1965. i found them on flickr searching ‘risque french’ and just fell for them. It’s a set 6 that owner frank long found in a secret compartment of his grandfather’s desk. he believes they’re souvenirs of the Great War. i think they’re early flappers.
well, i have to a deadline but saw them knew you’d love them! do you know the artist? i didn’t. gonna google him now. ok, bonne nuit!