The first postcards were created in Europe in Austria in the years 1860. In France, the postcards development was taking place a decade later.
In January 1873, it was possible to buy a postcard in France (law of December 1872).
Before 1904, the front of the postcard is dedicated only to the address. After 1904, it is possible to write a few words.
One stamp is also a further indication for the postcard's dating.
The most interesting postcards are those from 1873 to the first world war.
Local people in the foreground in the main street
The church in the background
The town hall with on the right the coffee shop: "Café de l'Hôtel de Ville" (City hall Coffee shop)
Hornas street with cafe sign on the left "LOYER DEBITANT"
LOYER family name and DEBITANT for beverage-vending.
The embroidered postcards will become popular from the first world war and during the second world war, until the 50s. Those are the embroidered silk cards that will be successful with the soldiers, they will buy them to send them to their relatives to keep a souvenir.
It was easy to buy them with many models dedicated to the valiant combatants, the glory of the allies, the regiments, with flags of several countries. England, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands will also sell these cards.
Some cards were hand-made, made on card stock. The majority of the cards were manufacture on the embroidery machine invented by a French engineer from Alsace:
Mr. Josué Heilmann, more than one million postcards were sent every day during the war.
Photo credit Isabelle Godard
Photo credit Digital Library@Villanova University