French Postcards: Chronology

Figure 1.--French post cards depicting children with fancy clothes was most popular in theearly 20th century. This French post card was postally used in Spain duting 1960.

HBC has not yet been anle to acquire much information on the histoy of the French postcard industry. We believe that pstcards were bein made in the 1890s, although we do not know when the first cards wer made. We also do not know when children in fancy clothes became a popular subject. The first examples we have of children as subjects on postcars date from the 1900s. Many of the outfits depicted, however, seem a rather idealized image of contemporary fahion. We note especially large numbrs of postcards from the 1910s. Children were very popular as subject through the 1920s, but this began to decline in the 1930s. While childre as the subject of postcards became much less common than before World War II (1939-45). These cards did not disppear entirely. We have noted scattered modern cards from the 1960s and 70s. The modern cards notably tend to depict the children in clothes that appear to have been closer to what they ctually might have worn.

Christopher Wagner

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