Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vintage European scenes postcards

Vintage postcards from Europe

A very generous blog reader in Connecticut sent me these postcards. If I recall correctly, the writer supposed that a relative had brought them home as souvenirs after a tour of military service overseas. Is my historical photograph/paper age sense incorrect, or do I surmise that these may date closer to WWI than WWII? I believe the scenes are from France; they are not all labeled but the ones that are seem very French. There are a couple of chateaus. (Chateaux?) I just know that they are so gorgeous I'm not even sure I'll be able to use them! My favorite one is on top, the dungeon-looking door with the light shining through... spooky yet lovely.

Unused vintage postcard, back

Here's the back of one...

Unused vintage postcards, back

...and here's another. I am honored to be the recipient of someone else's history!

9 comments:

  1. Okay I can tell your from sister mary margarets french class these are french even though my french is rusty yes def french and I would be a very proud owner of one of them if they were mine too . wow how generous of someone to send to you . Lovely . thanks for sharing and posting .

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  2. They may be younger than they look-- they're apt to have been printed on the cheap, and the low-grade materials (pH 3 paper, for example) can age at an exaggerated rate). I have a photo bought at the Grote Kerk in Breda, NL in 1998 which has the same sort of image quality as the two on the lower left.

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  3. Wow, it looks so cool. It doesn't look German, that's all I can say. I never saw a French castle, so I can't tell you if it is from there ;)!

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  4. stopping by for the first time and totally enjoying reading up on your blog ..and these are some lovely postcards you've recd :)

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  5. Glad you stopped by, Simply Me - and thanks for the compliments.

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  6. ooo I love it. I have this deep affection for the back sides of antique post cards. There's something so captivating about their design aesthetic.

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  7. I like the "dungeon" gate also. It does look like prison bars, but at the same time the quality of the light flowing in through it has a sense of freedom and airiness to it. Seems more like a window than a doorway as the bars look as though they are cemented into the archway. Gives me more of a feeling like a convent than a prison.

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  8. Really nice set of vintage cards you got!

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  9. The dungeon looking door would be called a portcullis. :-)

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