Nov 23, 2010

Postcards from France IX: French Christmas Cards

We don't have Thanksgiving here in France, so my thoughts are squarely on Christmas this time of year. I thought I'd share some good old fashioned French Christmas cards.

The card above was created in the pre-child labor laws era. Amazing what used to be acceptable in polite company. I'm kidding but I think the postcard is funny.

This one's just plain darling, though I don't know if this sweetie's a little boy or a little girl. Love the outfit and the handpainted green color.

Girls and their dolls on Christmas. I love this one, everything about it and I find the painted nature scene in the salon pretty interesting... unless this is an artist's studio and he added the living room props for the Christmas card.

Dolls and ponies and their mistresses, again in a living room.
In France it is far more common to send around New Year's cards than Christmas cards. I think the idea is fantastic - who has time for writing 30 cards in December? Now in January.... this makes sense to me.
I'll feature some of my favorite French New Year's cards in an upcoming post.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S.!


nora - treasurehuntvintage said...

LOVE old postcaerd, and your selection is stunning. Thanks for sharing!

Callooh Callay said...

What fantastic postcards--I love this era!