One of the most exciting topics of early photography in the second half of the 19th century was artistic nude photography. Early techniques like the daguerreotype were limited by costs and technical problems like exposure time and need of fast processing, thus requiring a large and heavy equipment. Reproductions of daguerreotypes were very expensive.
Such cards came to be known informally as "French Postcards" in the U. However, such postcards were actually illegal to send via mail carrier in the U. Thus, they were traded very discreetly in stores and by French street traders.
I am not simply referring to the overpriced reprints of Doors concert posters from the s or the tacky plastic souvenirs hawked to tourists alongside gems of 19 th century publishing; they also sell wares of a decidedly naughtier—but equally historically important—kind. Reprints that date to the s, these postcards have a frisson of worldly sexiness tempered with the charm of a bygone and supposedly more innocent era, when a Parisian woman in a slip and stockings was as exciting as things got. But as the very same bouquinistes could have shown us if we were perusing their wares some years ago, those halcyon days of sepia-toned innocence never existed.
Taking erotic pictures and then sending them to your partner seems like something people have always managed to do. Newer Post Older Post Home. Browse by Decades s s s s s s s s s s s.
Men mainly would trade postcards with scantily clad women on them, most of the cards were made in France and shipped overseas, hence became known as French Postcards. These cards were not fit for travel by post, so for that reason had to be procured through trade, or an introduction to a native French merchant that was dealing in these seedy prints. The models were also anonymous, often times not even living the country in which their image was circulating.
An erotic journey through an exceptional collection of early twentieth-century postcards, with some provocative short stories to raise the temperatureand the eyebrowsen route. In this seductive album of vintage erotica, stunning reproductions of postcards from pay homage to the great classic fantasies. All styles of fetishismfrom thigh-high boots to a particularly spectacular garter belt vie for the readers attention. The conquest of a demure secretary is played out in five scenes on a series of cards.
Martin Stevens is the former art director for Revlon and avidly collects vintage photography. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?