|Above: One of three of a series of real photo postcards produced in France, probably the first quarter of the 20th Century depicting a young actress in the role of Jeanne d'Arc (Joan
of Arc). This and the examples below are from a series that probably chronicled much Joan's life. I am not certain how many cards made up the total set but I have seen at least eight
differing scenes. Both cards bear the number "955" beneath the studio's monogram and this must represent the series number.
The quality of the cards is exceptional from both a technical and creative perspective. The model's armor appears to be real and not simply studio props and the painted backdrop is an
exceptional example of the type. The cards are subtly hand colored differing in details and quality of color application which seems to indicate that these cards come from separate
colorists and probably separate production batches.
As is almost always the case no information regarding the identity of this attractive actress/model has been found.
Real Photo Postcards
Early 20th Century