Friday, 21 January 2011

Wedding Party

I've shown the first love, the arguments and now things are running smoothly with a marriage.  The picture is of a wedding in Brittany near the coastal town of Auray. The wedding couple, their maids of honour and grooms-men gazing into the camera as we gaze back across time to the turn of the 20th Century.  I like the man with the jauntily angled hat and the variety of expressions of the wedding party.

This is not a card I own but a publicity leaflet in the form of a card which I picked up last year in France. It was advertising an exhibition that had taken place in 2009 on the theme of marriage (seems not many people had picked up this card!).  I then discovered there was a museum of postcards in the town of Baud, yippee, but I was due to go back to England and would not have time to visit, groan.  But on the back of the card,
apart from saying that they have 60,000 regional cards, it also gives the address of their website, happy days, they are running a weekly theme at the moment (if your French is a bit iffy, I may mean mine there) put the name Cartopole in a search and let Google translate). The collection consists of mainly postcards of life in Brittany before the 1920s, but they are also involved in putting cards not owned by the museum on the web.  It is still not quite the same as seeing them for in the museum for they also are interested in correspondence, the other side of the card. This year's special exhibition is 'Farming' and the life of local people in Brittany at the turn of the 20th Century.  But after brief thought of going to northern Spain for our holidays we are returning to France this year and may not be too far from the town of Baud and Cartopole with, as my new guide book puts it, their 'petits trésors' (small treasures). I can think of no better description of postcards that that term.

Beth of The Best Hearts Are Crunchy is the hostess of Postcard Friendship Friday



Christine H. said...

I love their beautiful costumes. And how I would love to visit that museum; I hope you have a chance to do it on your next visit. Sigh, I can almost taste the butter and the cheese.

Postcardy said...

I would consider that "leaflet" a card, and I would rather have that in my collection than the "original."

Tete said...

Wonderful post and I love their clothes! Happy PFF!
Hugs- Tete

Snap said...

Great, fun post. I love the costumes of Brittany... such distinct fashion. I have enjoyed your *love* series! Happy PFF!

viridian said...

May i use the term little treasures in regards to stamps? :-)
Remember: My new meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night.
You are welcome to join us.

MrCachet said...

Great post! This 'card' looks almost like a piece of Faux Mail Art.

Terry said...

Happy PFF !
Oh waht a wonderful post to sahre with us today .
Thank you for all the information .
Little treasures is such a great phrase .
Have a fantastic rest of the weekend .
Until next time
Happy Trails

Aimee said...

Love it. A museum of postcards??? I'd like to visit that!

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