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Posted 04/24/2013   11:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Zuzu to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I participate in a website that facilitates mail and craft swaps, and I received these three postcards from a partner in France. (The swap was for artist's trading cards, but she sent along several extra items that she thought I might enjoy.)

I took French in high school, but that was *cough*20yearsago*cough*, and I haven't even tried to decipher the handwriting on these. I'm looking for any information anyone can provide.

Post 1 of 3 - La Rochelle

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Posted 04/24/2013   11:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Post 2 of 3 - Anniversaire (does not appear to have been postally used)

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Edited by Zuzu - 04/24/2013 11:57 am
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Post 3 of 3 - Roses (does not appear to have been postally used)

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Card #1 - F.M. = Franchise Militaire ("free" mailed by a soldier). Finistere is in the extreme westernmost part of France, in Brittany. The city of Pont du Buis had important gunpowder mills.

Notice the return address included "38th Depot of Artillery, 3rd Battery" at La Rochelle, which is 100-150 miles due southeast of Finistere, directly on the coast.

The round marking in the "message" portion is a military censor's stamp. "Gare" on the picture side means the train station.

This website http://cousinages.boudehen.free.fr/...ie/n2850.htm contains the names of several members of the "l'Hours" family (in Finistere), although all of an age to be the young woman's (Josephe) parents or grandparents.
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Posted 04/24/2013   1:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That's wonderful, Doug - thank you!

Very roughly translated, I think it says something along the lines of "good morning from the one who does not forget you" ... ??
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Posted 04/24/2013   2:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ncbuckeye to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also collect postcards - those are really nice. Thanks for showing them!
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Posted 04/24/2013   2:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add doug2222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Zuzu, yes that's a good translation.
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Posted 05/24/2013   11:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampfan9 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
To add to Zuzu's fine selection. All unused but last card (no stamp).













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Edited by stampfan9 - 05/24/2013 11:45 am
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Posted 05/24/2013   6:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bas S Warwick to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have many card boxes full of old French PC's. They provide a great history lesson.

stampfan9. The colour PC looks like a Tucks Oilette which was produced from 1905 - Very nice cards.

Another Oilette


Just a few of my France




With WW1 pencil censored town


Paris 1902
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Edited by Bas S Warwick - 05/24/2013 6:39 pm
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Ougree





Floating Cafe.
Byrrh advert on the side - its a wine-based apéritif made of red wine, mistelle and quinine, created in 1866, and popular as a French apéritif.

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Edited by Bas S Warwick - 05/24/2013 11:23 pm
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Posted 05/24/2013   10:40 pm  Show Profile Check Battlestamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Battlestamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's some that I have:













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Posted 05/24/2013   11:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bas S Warwick to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice animation Battlestamps

Heres a few from early 1900's with stamps showing.







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Posted 05/26/2013   11:29 am  Show Profile Check Battlestamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Battlestamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another French postcard that I thought was interesting. It's a general Christmas greeting, but the reverse side shows the cards purpose and historical significance.


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