A Closer look at two Franco-British Exhibition Post Cards.

 

            I recently had some correspondence and scans from Ken Rumsey pointing out some interesting things on two Franco-British Exhibition cards that I had not noticed when I wrote my magnum opus on the White City. The cards were published by A. N. Paris. (Believed to be Alphonse Noyer.) This is an up-dated version on my A. N. Paris. book entry.

 

            R/Photo hand tinted with white border, black back with ‘CARTE POSTALE’. These cards are published in France and they all have the same title. They are hand tinted, and the dresses can be found in different colours. They feature the national symbolic figures Britannia and Marianne holding hands. As is usual with hand tinted colours these can vary. Two different pictures were published, in the first (Type 1.) the two ladies are both facing the camera, in the second (Type 2.) they are facing each other.

            At a first glance it would appear that the pictures of the two women facing the camera come from a single negative, but a closer examination shows that although the models have remained stationary Marianne has moved her head slightly and also her eyes. On this post card the manuscript title has been written in a different way at least four times. The title writer had difficulty in spelling British Exhibition and in all cases it is spelt Bristish Exibition. They were also not too sure about where to put hyphens and full stops.

                 

Type 1                                                 Type 2

 

            

      Eyes looking to left           Eyes looking down       Pattern to yellow dress                 Red dress

 

            It now appears that both type 1 and 2 of A.N. cards were published with matt and glossy surfaces, the front of the glossy cards were whiter than the matt cards which were of a greyer white. In type 1 the glossy cards show Britannia in a white dress, while in the matt cards her white dress is covered in dark spots in groups of three. In type 2 the glossy cards  show Marienne’s blue dress without spots while in the matt cards the blue dress is covered in spots in groups of eight.

            Another thing I noticed was that the spots on the dresses of both matt cards seem to be different, certainly when I got them blown up on the computer screen they were not all the same.        On the first series of cards where the women are facing the camera 1  is different from 2 and 3 which are the same, although 3 is slightly feinter, and 4 is the glossy type without dots.

In the type 2 where the women are standing sideways, 1 and 2 are the same, 3 and 4 are the same although 4 is moved over slightly, and 5 is the glossy type without dots.

            It seems to me that the dots were added to the negative at a later time as the patterns of dots do not follow the folds in the cloth

Type 1. Women facing camera

 

                                      

1                                  2                                  3                                  4

 

Type 2. Women sideways to camera

 

                    

  1                        2                           3                         4                         5

 

A.N. Type 1A. Featuring national symbolic figures Britannia and Marianne holding hands standing facing the camera. Glossy surface. Two negatives were used, in one Marianne has moved her head slightly and also her eyes and is either looking left or downwards..

N.n.     A         Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco Bristish-Exibition 1908. London. (Eyes down, with stop after 1908. and London. and one hyphen measures 51 mm.)    Vert. left.

N.n.     B          Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish-Exibition 1908 London (Eyes left, without stops after 1908 and London and two hyphens measures 52 mm.)    Vert. left.

N.n.     C          Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish-Exibition 1908 London (Eyes left without stops after 1908 and London and two hyphens measures 54 mm.)    Vert. left.

 

A.N. Type 1B. Featuring national symbolic figures Britannia and Marianne holding hands standing facing the camera. Matt surface. Britannia’s white dress and train is now decorated with black or grey dots in groups of three.

N.n.     A         Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish-Exibition 1908 London (Eyes left, without stops after 1908 and London and two hyphens measures 52 mm. In addition to the black dots (1) the red part of the dress now has a white irregular pattern)    Vert. left.

N.n.     B          Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish-Exibition 1908 London (Eyes left, without stops after 1908 and London and two hyphens measures 55 mm. black dots (2. No white irregular pattern to red part of dress.)    Vert. left.

N.n.     C          Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish-Exibition 1908 London (Eyes left, without stops after 1908 and London and two hyphens measures 55 mm. In addition to the black dots (3) the red part of the dress now has a white irregular pattern, not the same as type A)    Vert. left.

 

A.N. Type 2A. Featuring national symbolic figures Britannia and Marianne holding hands standing sideways to the camera. Glossy surface. The title was re-done several times.

N.n.     A         Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish Exibition 1908 London (Without stops after 1908 and London and one hyphen measures 52 mm.)    Vert. right.

N.n.     B          Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish-Exibition 1908 London (Without stops after 1908 and London and two hyphens measures 54 mm.)    Vert. right.

 

A.N. Type 2B. Featuring national symbolic figures Britannia and Marianne holding hands standing sideways to the camera. Matt surface. Britannia is in a  yellow and red, dress, while

            Marianne’s blue dress has black spots in groups of eight.)

N.n.     A         Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish-Exibition 1908 London (Without stops after 1908 and London and two hyphens measures 53 mm. black dots (4)    Vert. right.

 

A.N. Type 2C. Featuring national symbolic figures Britannia and Marianne holding hands standing sideways to the camera. Matt surface. Britannia is in a red dress with black markings while Marianne’s blue dress has black spots or black and white spots in groups of eight.)

N.n.     A         Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish Exibition 1908 London (Without stops after 1908 and London and one hyphen measures 52 mm. black spots (2))    Vert. right.

N.n.     B          Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish Exibition 1908 London (Without stops after 1908 and London and one hyphen measures 52 mm. black and white spots (1)              Vert. right.

N.n.     C          Entente Cordiale. Remember Franco-Bristish-Exibition 1908 London (Without stops after 1908 and London and two hyphens measures 54 mm. black spots (3))    Vert. right.