“This is probably going to get serious”. 1904 postcard. Private Collection.
I would call this series How to Discreetly Show Interest in a Gentleman on the Omnibus.
The cute series starts out quite innocently…and ends with the sure promise of a second meeting. I am missing #5 of the 6 postcards though. I wish I had it! But the story is quite simple, really, and the person who sent these postcards could not resist putting words into the gentleman’s head!
So I added what she’s thinking before the translated comments.
Oh no, I have to sit next to a stranger…/ What indifference and timidity, don’t you think?
Hm…/ Her look!
Well, look at this, could he take more space looking for his handkerchief? / What cute little face she has, hm?
“Would you like mine?” /Hm…a nice smile!
“And this, take this too.” / This is probably going to get serious.
Both models were sitting on chairs, with the design of the omnibus line added later. The third has a misspelling too! But the line did exist, and if you’re curious to see what omnibus these two would have been on, here’s an image of the Madeleine-Bastille line omnibus of the era:
PC Paris #1925. Postcard. Private Collection.
What an interesting French romance postcard! The man is the same as on these two postcards, but I’m not sure about the woman. Between them is a porcelain doll she is using to touch the man’s neck. The doll itself is giving her a side glance!
This is the first time I see a doll prop on these, and I absolutely love how the photographer used it! It’s a bit surreal, almost as if the doll is alive too.
(My thoughts today are with my family and friends in Paris and France. These are uncertain times, and my heart breaks for my country.)
Sepia Embrace. PC Paris. Postcard. Private Collection.
Another beautiful French postcard. Here the woman is leaning above her admirer with drama. To me her gesture reminds me so much of the stereotypical way women acted in silent films.
I have what I think may be the same couple on another. He’s wearing the same shirt too.
1920s P.C Paris postcard #1511. Private Collection.
Like the Blue Kiss, the postcard company decided to publish this one in a way that wouldn’t present the models on top of each other when they obviously are, except this time the man is below the woman. She’s wearing patterned robes reminiscent of East Asia, and he pajamas. A sexy postcard enhanced by the choice of tint.
I have a tamer one with these two I’ll be posting soon. On it she wears different robes and he the same pajama shirt.