Who doesn't love a man in uniform:)
As Father's Day approaches, I've been thinking about Dads and how we always envision our Dads as, well, as Dad, always grown-up. But at one time, they, too, were just little boys ....
My postcard isn't dated -- likely early 1900s. It was sent by Emile and Adeline to their sister Berthe Majerlin. Many postcards from the Golden Age have that drab, dark gray/black background. I love the warm golden columns in the background in this scan. I confess I did color his eyes blue. I couldn't help myself.
They wrote to say that they wouldn't be able to come see Berthe the next day, but they were sending this "gentil petit garcon qui t'apportera nos meilleurs basisers." [sweet little boy who brings you our best kisses.] They had heard through Maurice that Berthe was getting better and better (apparently had been ill?) and that she was leaving next Monday. Emile and Adeline wrote to assure her that they would be over to see her the Sunday before she left. "In the meantime, we embrace you tenderly, your brother and sister."
In the loving spirit of Emile and Adeline, send this petit garcon to someone you love!
I can't thank everyone enough for all the comments about how to best display the postcards for retail sale!! Your perspective and insight are most appreciated. I confess that at the moment I'm taking the easy way out and getting my card inventory updated to entice Billie to buy them all at a discount price so she can sell them ever how she wants!ha! We are still in the discussion stage and she is so agreeable, to either buy them outright or to let me sell them through consignment. But whatever we do, you've given me so much food for thought and I especially like what Debbie of DaqaDoodles posed in regard to making antique postcards fit in with Ikea-style decor. An Art Deco card -- no problem. But an Edwardian/Victorian image? That sounds like a real decorating challenge.
Just FYI by way of explanation on how the random generator thingie works. Here's how I've decided to count the comments to make it feasible for me. I was up till midnight several weeks ago teaching myself how to alter the HTML coding on my blog so that each comment has a number. Actually, after the fact, I realize I needn't have put myself through that:) Each day's post starts the numbering all over.....IF I were hosting a big giveaway and choosing from among hundreds of comments (like during that annual international blog hopping event that I can't recall the name of, One World....????) on a single post, then yes, the numbered comments format will be invaluable. But since I'm choosing from comments posted throughout the week, what I'm doing is counting the total comments posted and using that as the end number range for the Random Number generator. And again, just so as to not be so time consuming, I've decided I'm not deleting double posts or excluding my own comments. IF the random number generator lands on my comment, I'll pick another.