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The Motion Picture Kiss – series of 5

1920s romance postcard. Private Collection.

1920s romance postcard. Private Collection.

I spent quite some time restoring this amazing and rare Italian series of romantic postcards. The originals have all kinds of white speckles that are not too bothersome to the naked eye, but scanned…heh! The postcards also have a pin hole on the left of each card at the same spot, as if they were all stacked and pinned on a wall to take down when the mood strikes. I can see a soldier doing this on the wall of his bunk bed, but that’s my fertile imagination talking. :)

I call this gorgeous series The Motion Picture Kiss because all 5 postcards back to back look like a kiss in motion of the man making his way to the woman’s lips.

Publisher: Casa Editrice – Ballerini e Fratini. Firenze (Florence). Italy. This publishing house was established in 1912.

Romance in the Moonlight – series of 4

“Psss…don’t stop with the necklace!” – Private collection.

This man’s got a dangerous look on the postcard above. Must be that creepy little thing on that chair whispering things into his head! :) I didn’t even notice it until I scanned the pictures. Yikes!

If I saw just one of the postcards instead of all four, I’d think an artist painted the backdrop. Instead, this photoshoot looks like it happened by a real seaside under the moonlight. You can see the moon going up the sky, the changing clouds and a few sailboats passing by. The lighting was expertly done, because this really does look like an indoor studio setting…or was it a photographic trick with a film playing behind them, the couple placed behind the projected screen?

Foto Ars was an Italian publishing company.

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Digital restoration work titled Romance In The Moonlight – series of 4 by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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