While we postcards typically showcase beautiful spots and places of interest, back then, there were also postcards that depicted romance through photographs turned artworks. If you're not feeling the love tonight, you might just feel a little bit of it seeing some romantic postcards from the 1920s after the jump!
I know we’re still far from “celebrating” Valentine’s Day, but I would like to share with you my recent vintage postcard find: romantic postcards from the 1920s, made in France but also became popular in England.
Vintag.es didn’t have any information about these postcards, but a bit of research led me to a blog called The Passion of Former Days, whose owner showcased the postcards from his/her personal collection for this year’s Valentine’s Day. I also found some more over at another blog called Wonderings, which also provided some more information about this postcard trend.
The romantic postcards, whose production began in the late 1900s, were called “fantasies” in France and featured famed singers/actresses. Production stalled after 1910, and ceased during the World War I. When production resumed in the 1920s, the postcards were done in vibrantly colorized and elaborately designed, and featured anonymous models instead. While postcards of couples lost in moments of love were common, there were also postcards of ladies on their own during the early days of this trend.
While I’d very much rather send a witty postcard to my valentine, the photography and color work (they are all hand-painted) are pretty interesting, don’t you think?