Across the top, the sender (who seems to be named Ethel, but I can't be sure) has written, "We passed this chateau today it is very large and interesting."
Large and interesting? Surely you can say more about the place? How about some comments on the weather? Local color? The food?
Actually, the lack of interest in any of those things, as well as the chateau itself, is probably a sign of a greater issues with the whole trip.
It makes you wonder why Ethel was in France...Mom and Dad made her go? Whatever trauma they inflicted upon her, I bet I can top it with my stories about cross country treks in a station wagon with 6 brothers and sisters, Mom, Dad and a cooler full of bologna sandwiches.
And one more thing: the card is addressed to a gentleman and his address is listed as: Central Park, Long Island, New York, Amerique. Was New York small enough in 1911 that a postcard could be that vague and still be delivered? Wow.
About 9 months ago, I found a Victorian-era set of playing cards from a game called Logomachy, or War of Words. They had pretty, rather sweet illustrations of children and couples. I thought that was the only style produced...until I spotted and grabbed some black and white bird cards at an antique show a few months back.
About a week ago I saw a color set of Logomachy bird cards on eBay and had to have them. The bidding (ok, sniping) was close, but I was lucky enough to squeak past and won the auction.
The cards arrived today, and are gorgeous. Someone else would find them too beat up, but that's their charm. They're an incredible find, at least as far as I'm concerned.
So, I strung some together for a temporary banner...I'll have to see what I can do with it. After I've enjoyed the cards for a while I may share or sell some, but not just yet...