Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 1st (Fools Day) - French Hand Tint Postcard

1er Avril
s'il vous fait plaisir vous me le direz
Qui le reçoit a droit a un baiser


April 1st
if it makes you happy you will tell me
Who is entitled to receive a kiss

Fabricattion Francaise

This is a 'French Tint' postcard that is unused, but there is a lot of writing on the back. The year on the card is 1919.

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April Fools' Day is celebrated every year on the first day of April.  It is celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.

In some parts of the world, April 1 tradition is often known as "April fish" (poissons d'avril in French or pesce d'aprile in Italian). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim's back without being noticed. Such fish are featured on many late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fools' Day postcards.

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To hand tint a postcard, they would take a black-and-white image and then they would use watercolor paints and stencils to tint it.

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