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"102 CHATEAU DE BLOIS -- Caehot oú fut assassiné le Cardinal de Lorraine. -- ND" showing an assassination site, unused postcard, brownish paper. The murder occurred in 1588. $2.50 mf(b)h
"103 ROUEN (Seine-Inférieure) / La Tour du Beurre" striking scene in which a gargoyle overlooks a large tower, post card on yellowish paper, mailed there 1937 to Belgium, spots of toning back & front. $3.25 (mf)%
"1224 PARIS. Notre-Dame, Chimère. // ND / Phot." showing a close-up of a macabre statue, black & white carte postale in vertical format, numeral written at top front center, 4 long creases, as is. $1.00 f(p)m
"15 Cathédrale de Reims -- Figures grotesque ornant les clochetons / " with 2-line caption in red, inconspicuous corner crease. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (mf)
"167 LE PARC DE SAINT-CLOUD (Artistique) / Détail de la Cascade - Une Chimère" black & white post card, unused, 3 linear marks on back. $3.50
"180 VÉZELAY. -- Eglise de la Madelaine, / Château du quatriéme Pilier de la Nef, " black & white postcard with writing on back. $3.00
"216…C. D. Flavitzky. La Princesse Tarakanoff noyée dans sa prison. Galerie…" real photo postcard of a striking painting depicting the supposed 1777 death in a prison flood of Yelizaveta Alekseyevna, pretender to the Russian throne; Edit. Dubrowitz, unused, slight oxidation. The name given in the caption is derogatory & she did die in prison, but of tuberculosis some 2 years earlier. $15.00 parm*
"280. - Afrique Occidentale / Montanes du Macina / Sépultures de Habibès à l'intérieur les plus / retirés et les plus inaccessibles de la / falaise." showing a native boy & several skulls at the entrance to cliff caves that once served as burial places for Tellern hunter-gathers & Dogons who conquered them. Then in French Soudan, now in Mali; surely one of the most inaccessible places on earth. The village of Yendouma is probably nearby at the base of the cliffs. The terminology 'Montanes du Macina' is not in modern usage & the burial of Habibès tribe members as stated in the caption is problematic at best. Despite these errors, publisher Fortier in Dakar Sénégal counted this amongst his best views, adding advertising to the back as follows: 'POST CARDS / Great choice of wiews(sic) and / natives of whole / West Africa. / COLLECTION FORTIER / on sale at FORTIER / CLOSE TO POST-OFFICE'. Because of the errors we mention, it is not likely that many were distributed like this. One of the best African postcards we have ever seen, and worthy of the finest collections of French West Africa. There is a faint small corner crease that is hard to detect from the front because it blends in with the rocks. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 fmmcc
"325 BLOIS -- Le Château. -- Cariatide. -- LL." black & white post card, greenback, writing on back. $3.50
"3 Collections des Monument Historiques / NARBONNE -- Église Saint Just, mise au Tombeau." French art showing Saint Justus being lowered into his tomb, unused circa-1910 carte postale with divided back, minor corner rounding, back paper starting to brown lightly & evenly with age. $2.50 f(n)c(s)m
"4. - PARIS. -- Notre-Dame. - Chimère. A. L. / Notre-Dame Church - Chimere." black & white postcard, unused, greenback, much corner & edge wear. $2.00
"445 PARIS. -- Notre-Dame. -- Une Chimère. -- LL." black & white post card, unused, greenback. $4.00 m*. Same but lightly toned back. $3.75 m
"445 PARIS. --Notre-Dame. -- Une Chimère. -- LL." black & white carte postale with green back, unused, green back is lightly toned. $3.75 mf
"550 Château de BLOIS. / Aile François Ier, Gargouilles. ND Phot." Showing several gargoyles from below, black & white post card, unused. $4.00
"636 MUSEE DU LUXEMBOURG / Théodule RIBOT / Le Bon Samaritain" art showing his body, sepia-tone post card, unused. $2.00
"807. - VANNES. - Vannes et sa Femme / Maison ayant appartenu á Gilles de Bretagne" showing 2 adjacent gargoyles, sepia-tone on green back postcard, unused. $3.00
"891 - ROMA - MOSAICO color MOTTO 'CONOSCI TE STESSO" showing a skeleton in a mosaic, mailed to France, continental post card, corner crease, scrapes on face. $0.50
"Abomey, Bénin / Egoungoun [revenant] / Photo ©François Guibilato" unused continental post card, minor wear at 2 corners, tiny spot near the stamp box. The costumed person is a member of a voodoo cult, supposedly becoming an animated corpse that has returned from the grave to help people who are alive. Several can be seen at special celebrations, including funerals, dancing & performing magic tricks, dispensing flattery & good wishes for donations. Egoungoun is also seen spelled egungun & egoun goun. Rare card on a rare subject: nothing like it, offered or even displayed, when we searched the Internet. $10.00 bm
"ACCUSATION OF A WITCH / Inlaid and painted wood picture " postcard mailed 1979. $1.00
"A DESERT TRAGEDY - CALIFORNIA" showing some skeletal remains, real photo post card from a Pomona photographer, unused, small spot on back edge & pencil writing on back. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg (154,166 bytes) or .tif format. $1.50 (c(u)dm)
"After the Battle at Matamoros, Mexico--June 4th, 1913" showing a crowd gathered around a pile of dead Federal soldiers, unused STRATTON real photo postcard, corner rounding. One of Robert Runyon's historic photographs documenting the fight to establish a constitutional republic--in this case, the day following the capture of the Federal garrison by General Lucio Blanco & his rebels. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 m(t)pmh
"Andréa SOLARIO -- La Tête de Saint-Jean-Baptiste. / Head of St.-Jean Baptiste" art showing the saint's head on a platter, sepia-tone post card, unused; 2 long marks within the brown background are hard to see, explain, or appreciate. $1.50 ma(s)
"B. F., Paris / Cabaret du Néant - Paris-Montmartre - no 3, Caveau des Trépassés, 1er phase" showing a small group of seated people viewing a vertical coffin with occupant, unused carte postale in black & white, paper browning with age, minor corner wear & rounding. This bizarre Cabaret of Death was publicized with photographs of Eugene Atget. In another room, onlookers could watch a human corpse in a similar display turn into a skeleton with optical trickery. $10.00 fm
"Boot Hill / Cemetery / DODGE CITY, KANSAS" including some legible tombstones & Hangman's Tree, unused chrome postcard from Photography House, light brownish paper near bottom back edge, minor wear at 1 corner. $1.00 (mc)-%
"Bovedas, lugares que se oncontraron algunas / momias, convento de Desierto de los Leones. / México" showing doors to 2 underground chambers were mummies were found beneath the former Carmelite monk residence; unused DOPS real photo tarjeta postal. Now a national park located entirely within the Federal District of México. Numbered 6 in a very hard-to-find series which provoked a lot of unfounded speculation -- and, we suppose, its early withdrawal from circulation. $7.00 m(d)cm
"Cavalry Killed at Agua Prieta / by Villa's Guns." including their dead horses, looking towards the USA; sepia-tone real photo post card mailed 1918 at Nogales Arizona, oxidation consistent with age, 2 stress marks in the sky at the upper right front. The Second Battle of Agua Prieta occurred 1 November 1915 against the forces of Carranza. $35.00 m(s)mh
"C. V. - 68. - ROUEN. - Cathédral Statues à la tour de Beurre" first & last letters very hard to read, black & white postcard, English translation writing on back. $3.00
"CATACOBES DE PARIS: / La sortie." black & white post card, unused, soft corners. $4.00
"CATACOMBES DE PARIS: Port-Mahon: côté Nord" black & white post card, unused. $3.75
"CATACOMBES DE PARIS: / Le tombeau dit de 'Gilbert'" showing a tomb decorated by 3 skulls, unused postcard, light toning on front. $4.00
"Cathédral d'Amiens / Couronnement du contrefort du / Cadinal de la Grange (XIVe siècle)" showing a small gargoyle, black & white post card, edit. E. Regnaut, unused. $2.00
"Château de Blois, Aile de François Ier / Sall oú fût assassiné le Duc de Guise. -- ND Phot" showing an assassination site, black & white postcard, undivided back, writing on back, heavily toned front, heavily toned back. $1.75
"Château de BLOIS. -- Cariatide" black & white post card, unused, but 1 corner worn away. $1.50
"Chillon -- Chambre de la Torture en 1255" depicting a torture chamber, black & white postcard, unused, small red check mark in ink on back. $2.00
"Cité de Carcassonne / Logis de l'Inquisition - Salle de torture ou / d'interrogatoire " a torture chamber where inquisitions were held in the Aude department of France, sepia-tone carte postale, unused, good edges. A chilling sight even when not in use. $4.50 pfm
"Cloister of the Ossuary of DOUAUMONT.--Cell of the Tombs ." black & white post card with green back, brownish paper at edges, tiny ink spot on back. $6.50
"Costume della Misericordia Firenze" showing a funeral procession with open coffin, writing on front dates to 1899, This burial confraternity survives to this day, carrying out the burial of the dead & friendless as an act of charity. The costumes used are deliberately fashioned to hide the identities of the members. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg (297.610 bytes) or .tif format. $1.50 ims
"COSTUMES WORN BY NIGHT RIDERS / ON THE NIGHT OF THE MURDER OF CAPT. RANKIN / AT REELFOOT LAKE" black-and-white post card on browning paper with edge toning both sides. corners worn & rounded, 2 long internal creases. Reelfoot Lake is between Lake & Obion Counties in Tennessee. The night referred to was October 19 / 20 1908. Some of the settlers around the lake formed the Night Riders to combat the land company that was asserting its lake rights due to old land grants issued by states before the area was submerged by a significant earthquake. Captain Quintin Rankin was hung & shot in this incident; another man, a land company lawyer the Night Riders were intent on killing, escaped. For obvious reasons a rare postcard. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 stmg*!!
=> Special: All 4 of the above postcards for $17.25 m <=
"Deux Têtes de Criminels / La Père et le Fils" hand-colored/tinted real photo, soldier holds severed head, another head on his bayonet, much writing on back in French, name of Louis J. Bumer written at the soldier's knees (as best we can read it). Writer's docketing places the probable location in or near Péronnas, a commune in the Ain Department of France. Our date comes from the only other example we have ever seen which was postmarked 1915; also, starting in 1916 we are told the French wore blue trousers. This is a World War I propaganda postcard, with the mustachioed head being that of Kaiser Wilhelm II Emperor of Germany & the bayoneted head being his son, the Crown Prince Wilhelm. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 mf(p)w
"Die eiserne Jung- / frau // Gruss / aus Alt-Nürnberg" with signed E. Schotte art depicting a dungeon scene in which 3 hooded men lead a nude woman (who has been caned) to the 'Iron Maiden' torture device; Postkarte with undivided back, upper corner crease, mild corner wear elsewhere, very light toning. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 mbg
"Die fünfte Ecke des Turmes von Innnen." Showing weapons used to execute prisoners, black & white postcard, undivided back, mailed from Bavaria to New Jersey, corner wear & rounding, lightly toned back, light album impressions at the corners. Hard to find! $7.50 pm
"El Templo de Quetzalcóatl / San Juan Teotihuacan, México" showing 3 grotesque gargoyles, unused chrome postcard, round corners as issued. $1.00
"Execution Ground, Canton 'SANBRIDE'" sepia-tone post card mailed at Canto 22 JUN 05 (clear socked-on-nose cancel on 4-cent stamp) to Chicago Illinois, partial Hong-Kong & Seattle transit markings on back, long crease not into the image, uneven toning both sides. Man in the foreground brandishes a blade while a head dangles from his other hand. $25.00 cm
“Exposition MAN RAY / Rotterdam 1971 – Paris 1972 / Portrait imaginaire du Marquis de Sade (1940)” unused continental postcard, copyrighted, a little edge wear. $1.50 a(r)m
"FIRENZE - Chiesa del Carmine - Storie di Massimo, di Tiburzio e di Valeriano; Spinello Aretino. 993" depicting the beheading of 3 Third-Century saints, black & white fresco art on a postcard with very late usage at Sulphur Kentucky. $2.75 mic(s)
"Gabr. Max. ~ Der Anatom." real photo postcard of the 1869 Gabriel von Max painting 'The Anatomist', showing a beautiful dead woman about to be dissected, the sheet covering the corpse is being lifted so as to expose her face & much of her breasts. Numeral penned in neatly in the left front margin, pushpin damage & nearby short internal creases detract from the center of the lower edge, rounded corners, minor edge wear, small spots of dark toning on back. As is. Edgar Alan Poe wrote: 'The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.' Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 mn
"Gargoyle on Melrose Abbey" in Scotland showing one jutting out quite far from the building, post card with much writing on back. $4.00 ms(m) Same but unused, album marks on the back corners, a little edge wear. Shown. $4.00 ms(m)
"German Dead / Dead Man's Hill" small photo (about 1.5"x2"), no postcard back. $1.50
"HANGMAN'S TREE" showing a scene at Boot Hill Cemetery in Dodge City, unused chrome postcard. $1.00
"J. K. 142. México. / Regist. / Guanajuato: Las Catacumbas" color post card, showing many standing mummies, undivided back, unused. $7.50
"Kindlifresserbrunnen Bern Fontaine de l'ogre Berne" showing a child-eater statue on a fountain, black & white postcard, unused. $2.50 ^
"Klagenfurt Lindwurmbrunnen (Kärnten)" with a view of the Lindwurm dragon sculpture in monochromatic green, post card mailed there 1927, numbered 1834 on back, crisp cancel, minor edge wear. The mythical winged dragon was supposed to have devoured virgins until it was killed by 2 men who founded this Austrian city near the site of its death. $5.00 fsma
"LA BASILIQUE SAINT-JOSEPH DU MONT-ROYAL / SAINT JOSEPH'S BASILICA OF MOUNT ROYAL / Brother André's Heart" showing a woman piously touching the glass urn in which his heart is plainly seen; carte postale in vertical format, mailed 1957 to Ohio (Canadian stamp removal causes thin on back), edges worn, small corner crease in a dark area. $3.00 cqm
"La Zona Arqueológica de San Juan Teotihaucan / vista desde el fabuloso Templo de Quetzalcoatl." showing a gargoyle in the State of Mexico, unused chrome-era postcard, rounded corners as issued. $1.00 mm(m)
"Las Catacumbas--Guanajuato--MEXICO" color multiview post card undivided back on brownish paper, published by Sonora News Company. $8.50
"Les Catacombes de Paris," booklet exterior that used to hold 12 views for 10 fr." Toned with worn edges, but interesting. $1.00
"Murder Room / Historic Walker Tavern, U. S. 112 at M. 50, Irish Hills, Michigan 8B9-n" unused white-border era postcard, tiny corner crease, otherwise quite fresh. $2.00 m(i)mi(h)
"MUSÉE DE CLUNY / Margelle de puits (XVe siécle) 7" sepia-tone showing a gargoyle sticking out from a fountain, unused post card, ding in one edge. $2.00
"MUSEE HISTORIQUE CANADIEN INC. MONTREAL, CANADA / Jeanne Mance et Marguerite Bourgeoys traitant un scalpé.--Nursing a scalped soldier." color postcard, unused, unusual subject matter, album adherences on back, 2 spots thinned from album removal. $2.50
"PARIS. -- Notre-Dame. Chimère." black & white post card, light toning on front, writing on back, slightly brownish paper. $3.50
"PARIS..EN FLANAN / La Tour Eiffel vue des Jardins du Trocadéro " postcard. PLEASE INQUIRE.
"Police are here shown recovering bodies / from between decks of the ca sized(sic--missing p) / Steamer Eastland" with a man's body being hauled up with the aid of a rope, Chicago River Illinois. Black & white post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 dlis(l)m
"Pompei - Impronta di cadavere di uomo sorpreso dalla lava." Showing a person who died in a volcano erruption, black & white postcard, mailed 1915 from Napoli to Ohio, Hôtel Metropole et Villa violet cachet on back. $2.75
"Rear view of Memorial Church, built by Colonial Dames / of America in 1907 This sycamore is largely over 100 / years old. It sprung up between the tombs of Commissary / Blair and his wife and dismembered them." color postcard, circa 1915, unused, minor corner wear & rounding. $4.00
"ROMA - Cimitero dei Cappuccini - Il CAPPELLA" showing a chapel decorated by numerous skulls & bones, unused sepia-tone postcard, fairly fresh. $6.00
"ROMA - Restaurazione interna dell'Anfiteatro Flavio oggi detto vulgarmente Il Colosseo" art showing a battle waged for spectators, sepia-tone post card, unused, light toning on front, light toning on back. $2.00
"Spooky" The Hague Netherlands QSL with Runnin' Bare style commissioned art depicting a ghoul at a cemetery, used 1978 by Gerard Van Der Meer, fresh appearance. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 nm
"T-27--Indian Mound, showing Part of Burial Ground, / near Tuscaloosa, Alabama" inset showing skeletons. Unused linen-era postcard. $3.25 (am)
de mort" meaning 'Head of Death'; unnumbered & unused PFB post card made in
Germany with a couple sledding from within the skull, slight oxidation, very
lightly toned back, good edges. $15.00 mm
"The Devil looking over Lincoln" gargoyle in sepia tones, unused postcard. $3.00
Uncaptioned real photo of art showing a man holding a skull, no post card back. $2.00
Uncaptioned sepia-tone Azo real photo (triangles both ways) showing a baby laid out at its funeral, datestamped Nov 22 1920 on back, toned back, name written on back is hard to read, heavily toned back, mild yellowish paper. A sad scene. $15.00 mcc**
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo showing a scene from the Capuchin chapel with many skull & bone decorations, government postal card. $7.00
"Venezia / Palazzo Ducale / Finestrone nella porta della Carta ed il / Doge foscari" showing a winged lion statue on a building, monochromatic green, unused. $2.50
Wanted to buy--postcards depicting hangings. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros! *c
"Warwick Pageant: Guy's Trophy. From a Water Colour Drawing by J. N. Bolton" showing the monstrous head of the Dun Cow pf Dunsmore Heath (Warwickshire) on a trolley, part of its story printed on back; signed art on an unused divided back post card, minor corner wear, lightly toned back. $3.50 a(b)me(d)
"XI. 7 / MARIO FINIGUERRA. / The Death of Absalom. / British Museum ..." unused sepia-tone postcard, good edges. $2.50 r(a)mm
"XI, 12 / MASO FINIGUERRA. / The Death of Aeschylus" unused black & white postcard from the British Museum, fairly fresh with good edges. $2.25 amm
"YOU CAN / GO TO THIS / FELLOW--" showing red devil standing near couple, mailed 1911, corner & edge wear, heavily toned back. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 md
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1 ° ABR 98 clear cancel on 2-avos bilhete postal (Igregja dos Jeronymos view, da Gama 400-years issue) sent to France, a little wear to the bottom right corner. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 m-m. Same, but unused, good edges, shown right. $5.00 m-m
12 ABR. 1898 2-avos Da Gama postal card to France, lower left front corner has 2 small creases, a little wear on the front right edge. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 m-m
9 AGO 04 PROVISORIO bilhete postal (2-avos revalued to 1-avo) with 3-avos stamp added to make the rate to Leipzig Germany, view is Igreja dos Jeronymos from the Da Gama 400-year issue, upper right corner heavily creased, small faint crease to the top left corner, minor wear to the bottom left corner, bold Leipzig receiving mark 9.9.04. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 m-m
6 JUL 09 1-avos postal card with 3-avos stamp added to The Nineteenth Century Newspaper Publisher in London England, 2 corners furthest from stamp multiply creased, corner nearest stamp creased. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 m-m
"Macau / BEMVINDO! WELCOMES YOU" unused continental postcard publicizing the former www.macautourism.gov.mo website, Near mint. $2.00 mc
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Wanted to buy--new or used post cards from Macao. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars, postpaid to Columbus Ohio!
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