TRADE CARD ADVERTISING “AU BON MARCHE” IN PARIS, FRANCE: THE WORLDS FIRST MODERN DEPARTMENT STORE

TRADE CARDThis vintage trade card advertises “Au Bon Marche” located in Paris, France. The translation from French to English is “At the Good Market” or “The Good Deal”. The shop was founded in 1838 and it sold lace, ribbons, sheets, mattresses, and other miscellaneous goods. The store opened with twelve employees. The entrepreneur Aristide Boucicaut (1810-1877) became a partner in the business in 1852 and instituted many innovative changes in the business. The store became more and more successful evidenced by its rising revenue. The store is known as the first modern department store. Interestingly, Gustave Eiffel, creator of the Eifel Tower, was involved in the redesign of the store. A drawing of the Au Bon Marche can be seen on the back of the card. The picture on the front of the card features a Black woman in a fancy dress and wearing feathers in her hair. She is walking into the store and is being directed to the entrance by a well dressed gentleman. The caption on the right bottom of the trade card states “No Purse”. Apparently this woman is going into the department store without any money. This trade card was published by Testu & Massin. This vintage trade card is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF AN INQUISITVE TODDLER IN ROANNE, FRANCE (CARTE DE VISITE)

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This Carte de Visite features an adorable child displaying a skeptical but very inquisitive expression. The toddler is sitting on a chair and wearing a short gown with strings across his/her shoulders. The child’s attire would be unacceptable today due to safety concerns. The photograph was taken by Jean Emile Dessendier of Roanne, a city in central France. The cdv was produced in 1889 or later as evidenced by the printing on the bottom border of the photograph which states that Dessendier won a photography medal at the 1889 Exposition at the University of Paris. This cdv portrait is in good condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF MISS BERTHA OLIVER: PARIS MUSIC HALL PERFORMER

This vintage real photo postcard features stage performer, Miss Bertha Oliver. She is beautiful and has a wonderful smile. This photograph was issued for Alhambra, a popular music hall in Paris, France. This postcard portrait was expertly taken by the celebrated French photographer, Paul Boyer (1861-1908). He photographed many famous people during his career. This postcard is published by Societe Industrielle de Photograpie (SIP) of Rueil, France and was part of a series (no. 1009). The postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).                                                                                     

 

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VIANNA LORENDA: A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WITH A HIDDEN PAST

The young woman in this vintage real photo postcard portrait is Vianna Lorenda (her scripted name is difficult to decipher). Preliminary research did not reveal any information about this beautiful young lady. Her eyes are gorgeous. I suspect that she is an actress, singer, dancer, or some combination of the three vocations. The photographer of this photo is Paul Darby. His studio was located in Paris, France. Research yielded very little about Mr. Darby. “Photographic Times” (1903) contained an announcement of a book written by Darby. The book was about “the principal manipulations of the carbon process”. This postcard photo has exceptional clarity and is in good condition (see scans).

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ART DECO PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

This vintage real photo postcard features of an art deco portrait of a beautiful mother and her adorable daughter. This postcard is French in origin and it has an art deco style. The photo postcard is likely from the 1920’s and highlights fashion of that time. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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TWO ADORABLE BOYS WEARING TRADITIONAL CLOTHING IN COLMAR, FRANCE

Colmar is a town in the Grand Est region of northeastern France. It is located near the German border. Photographer, Severin Schoy operated a photo studio in Colmar. Writing on the reverse of this cabinet card photograph indicates that in 1907, Schoy photographed two young boys. Their names were Hans Malte and Herbert Crede. The lads were wearing traditional outfits from their region. They look adorable and both have wonderful smiles. This cabinet card is in very good condition. (SOLD)

 

 

 

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PIERRE CALLOIR: FRENCH BANTAM WEIGHT BOXER

This vintage real photo postcard features French bantam weight boxer, Pierre Calloir (1898-?). He fought between 1919 and 1929. Calloir was no champ, but he also was no chump. His record in the ring was 23 Wins (11 by knockout), 28 losses (10 by knockout), and 11 draws. This postcard was made in France and published by DIX in Paris.  (SOLD)

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ADORABLE GOLDEN HAIRED LITTLE GIRL GIVES HER DOLLS A BATH (REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard falls under the category of  “incredibly cute”. The photograph shows an adorable curly and golden haired little girl giving her porcelain doll a bath in a wooden barrel tub. Two additional dolls are seated in a chair beside her awaiting their turn in the tub. Behind the little girl is a clothes line from which the doll’s clothes are hanging to dry. Scattered around are some unused clothes line pins and under the small table holding the tub, one can find the doll’s shoes. The scene is terrifically posed. The postcard is of French origin and published by Fauvette (#1302). The postcard is postmarked in 1913.

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MADIA BORELLI: BEAUTIFUL FRENCH DANCER (PORTRAIT BY REUTLINGER)

“Madia! I’ve just met a girl named Madia. And suddenly that name. Will never be the same.” With apologies to Leonard Bernstein, I just couldn’t resist. This vintage real photo postcard features dancer Madia Borelli. She was a Parisian dancer active in the early twentieth century. The photographer of this portrait of Miss Borelli was the famed photographer Leopold Reutlinger of Paris, France. The postcard was published by S.I.P., which is the Societe Industrielle de Photograpie of Rueil, France. The postcard is part of a series (no. 1239). This postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A FRENCH BOY AND HIS BICYCLE

This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed young boy posing with his bicycle. The boy is wearing a black armband. Black armbands were first utilized as a sign of mourning in 1770’s England. This postcard is of French origin and was published circa 1910. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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