just when you think you’ve seen it all

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!

March 24, 2010. flappers, illustration.


  1. A Gift Wrapped Life replied:

    Are you sure these aren’t the original naughty pics? Maybe not……don’t think the shoes are too sexy-lol!
    Just having some fun, they are lovely Claudia ~xo
    Maybe they were ads for hosiery?


  2. theparisapartment replied:

    hey sande! i don’t think those shoes will ever come back in style but the garters never left and never will. funny how some things stick.


  3. ahelluvamama replied:

    You always find the best!


  4. Vicki Archer replied:



  5. yvonne replied:

    Fantastic, love,love,love them..



  6. julienne replied:

    Frank Long’s Grandfather was obviously a leg man!!!!!


  7. Karena replied:

    Love these,they remind me of Vargas’ works!

    Art by Karena


  8. Bonjour Romance replied:

    Bonjour Claudia,
    Risqué French? My how times have changed. I’ll stick to this idea of risqué thank you. Great photos of all those wonderful stockings.
    Bonne journeé,


  9. Christine replied:

    The pictures remind me of the scene in “It Happened One Night” where Claudette Colbert shows Clark Gable how to hitch a ride!!!


  10. Ro replied:

    I guess they would have been considered porn in that era!


  11. theparisapartment replied:

    the leg…another something that never changes, especially since it has some taboo allure or something. as they say (or said): in olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, now heaven knows….anything goes!
    can you imagine their parents when they saw what radicals their daughters were?!


  12. sacredcheryl replied:

    Beautiful illustrations, what a great find !!


  13. sundaygirl24 replied:

    Naughty Grandpa long! what a kinky old dog! Vintage porn is so much more appealing than the horrible images you get now. These have a touch of romance, passion and tease. Surely that is more sexy than the vulgar displays spread across Hustler and the like?



  14. Elaine Power replied:

    Gorgeous what a great find! Elaine :)


  15. Berlin replied:

    Ooh these are fetish cards! Lovely yet naughty!


  16. Lauren replied:

    These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Love the story behind them too!


  17. ElizaWard replied:

    The shoes remind me of these Clarks pumps that came out a few years ago. I actually kind of like them!


  18. Terresa Wellborn replied:

    One word: gorgeous. Thanks for the intro to Leo Fontan!!


  19. Paulette replied:

    Oh I found these so fabulous I had to look Mr Fontan up on Google and found some of his fabulous postcards for sale on Ebay. The very same images…here is one of the links…beautiful for any collection: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/art-Leo-FONTAN-Erotic-n-Nude-Stockings-1910s-postcard-b_W0QQitemZ380205018992QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5885fc2f70

    Thanks so much! xoxo, paulette


  20. theparisapartment replied:

    oh they’re fabulous aren’t they?! thank you so much for sending that link!
    i want to buy them but want the whole set!


  21. the zhush replied:

    These are so great, retro risque…gotta love it!


  22. La Petite Plume replied:

    Your Majesty,

    These are just wonderful images and what a find! I do so wish we could just wear our stocking like this again! What a great collection to frame:)) thanks for sharing:) Have a great weekend Queenie:)



  23. Dandelion Daydreamer replied:

    sometimes you just cant beat the oldies! Thank you for sharing, my first visit to your lovely blog, I live in France yet am still drawn to everything french online too :) Have a nice weekend!


  24. viva la sk replied:

    These are so wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us :)


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