French postcard

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For the 1979 film, see French Postcards.

A French postcard is a small, postcard-sized piece of cardstock featuring a photograph of a nude or semi-nude woman. Such erotic cards were produced in great volume, primarily in France, in the late 19th and early 20th century. The term was adopted in the USA, where such cards were not legally made.[1] The cards were sold as postcards, but the primary purpose was not for sending by mail, as they would have been banned from delivery. French street vendors, tobacco shops and a variety of other vendors bought the photographs for resale to tourists.

French postcard images[edit]

A number of photographers and studios produced French postcards, with some of them featuring particularly popular models.

Orientalist images[edit]

Many photographers and studios specialized in images with an Orientalist theme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Color of Words: An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Ethnic Bias in the United States, Philip Herbst. Intercultural Press, 1997, page 86
  2. ^ De l'académisme à la photo de charme, Christian Bourdon. Paris: Marval, 2006 ISBN 978-2862343945
  3. ^ http://papericons.com/fernande/index.html

Further reading[edit]

French Postcards: An Album of Vintage Erotica, Martin Stevens. Universe Books/Rizzoli, 2007

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