SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards
SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards

SOLD Antique Postcard Collection, French, Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat 1905-1914 78 Cards

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Antique Postcard Collection Of Marie Goubin Of Aux Aussat France Between 1905-1914 78 Cards Excellent Condition

This a rare and delightful history of post card correspondence between Miss Marie Goubin, who lived in the tine village of Aux Aussat in the Gers region of France, and her cousin, her friend and her fiancee.

The dates on the cards range from 1905 to December 31st 1913. The last card is very poignant as it wishes Marie and her parents a happy and prosperous new year - on the eve of the great war that was to engulf all of Europe in 1914.

These beautiful cards are housed in a special album which has kept them well preserved for over 100 years. The album pages fold out and are double sided. On one side there are 48 picture post cards, many of which are black and white or sepia which have then been hand tinted. All hand written and mostly from the fiancee of Marie.

Several of these cards were sent on 1st April and show young ladies holding a fish. April Fools' day in France, is called “Poisson d'Avril” (April Fish) and like many countries, it's designated as the day to play pranks and jokes on unsuspecting people. A common prank, especially among school-aged children is to draw a fish (usually hand drawn) onto the backs of unsuspecting victims.

On the other side are the cards from her cousin as she travelled around the Gers, Lourdes, Paris and even as far as Tunisia. It is a picture postcard journey through the towns of rural France in the early part of the 20th century. There are 30 of these cards.

I noticed that one of the cards was posted in Mielan which is only about 5 kilometres from Aux but, of course, this was in 1905 so hopping on a bus was not an option. I live in the Haute Pyrenees which, like the Gers and several other regions in south west France, are right in front of the Pyrenees mountains. A quick look on Goodle earth will show just how many valleys flow out from the mountains. This makes travel from one valley to another difficult unless one has a car and back in 1905 it would have been very arduous.

Perhaps a little less so for Marie as her family owned a large farm and winery so would have had access to horse and cart.

Many of the cards also have their original stamps but some have no stamp at all so would have been given by hand to the post coaches that passed by and they would have paid the driver.