Monthly Archives: April 2017

Merry Christmas card, Germany

This illustration is of an idealized winter setting with a rural home lit up for the Christmas celebrations.

There is no description on the back of this card. The phrase on the front translates as “Merry Christmas”.

This card was purchased in East Germany and sent as a gift to a recipient in the Soviet Union.

The card was used but not mailed separately, so has no date. However, it is of the same series as the previous posting, and likely dates from the 1950s.

Oldest Bookseller in Paris, France

This image is of the small shops that lined the Seine in Paris, featuring a very old man who was known as the oldest bookseller, referring to his age and not the age of the books.

Editions d’art MONA, av. Victor-Emmanuel, Paris

The description states, in rough translation:


Quai Voltaire. The oldest bookseller of the quays. The poet bookseller Charles Dodeman.

The oldest bookseller.

–These sorts of stalls exist today along the Seine. Such sellers are known in French as “les Banquinistes”.

This postcard was used and is dated 25 July 1930.