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Art Nouveau postcard

May 30th, 2013 by

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This beautiful postcard image is from the studio of Charles Kerry & Co. It is a montage made up of a portrait of a woman and surrounded by some plant and flower forms in the style of Art Nouveau. This, coupled with the woman’s ‘cottage loaf’ hairstyle indicates that it would have been produced in the early years of the 20th century, possibly in the years before World War I.

By the early 20th century the popularity of the postcard was well-established. This image, with the woman’s smiling face and the decorative surrounds would have had wide general appeal for the postcard buying public.

Photography by Kerry & Co

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