Love postcards are a trend that, since the dawn of time, get exchanged between lovers, or aspiring so. The Valentines, for example, were envelopes decorated with flower motifs already since 1500 but that became extensively popular in all 1800 thanks to the technology of the Mass Print with low cost. With the arrival of photography even the love postcards became a more explicit message, and during the first years of 1900 people started to exchange letters with poses that, for the time, could totally be seen as explicit.

The collection of pictures shows 22 snaps to couples while exchanging loving effusions. Probably some of those were couples in real life too, but others were mere actors playing the role as a job. Sadly the information about their names and the relationship between the subjects are not accessible, so there is nothing left to do but admiring the photographs and imagine them, or not, united even in their day to day life.

Many of these pictures were taken in Paris, probably not randomly the city is still known as the “City of Love”. Even when today the subjects of romantic postcards are very different from the ones depicted in this collection, it is interesting thinking about what sentences might go along with such images in the early 1900s.

As for other pictures, they were meant only to preserve the memory of a love story in youth, a snap of a kiss or a hug to safeguard throughout time like a precious fragment of the time that once was.

Even if unusual, still to this day and despite technology and social media, there is still who sends letters and love postcards.

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All pictures are in the Public Domain

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Matteo Rubboli

I am a publisher specialised in the digital distribution of culture and founder of the portal Vanilla Magazine. I don't wear a tie or branded clothes, I keep my hair short so I don't have to comb it. That's not my fault but just the way I've been drawn as...

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