Monday, January 16, 2012

The French Influence

These are American trade cards from the 1880s with French writing on them. But who reads French anyway? Best pretend not to,  or you may see yourself featured in some unflattering television spots.

 Here's what the back of the cards looks like.
 I'm not sure what Arnaud sold, but I would love to see what the shop looked like.


  1. What a naughty little boy, drinking champagne!

  2. Speaking French, like Mittens? Only in America can being educated be a handicap. And I agree with the above post; I waited until I was 12 to drink my first champagne. Actually, it was sparkling wine.

  3. That little girl has her priorities right-- a stack of books!

  4. Little Napoleons in training, cute! It is a good idea to keep the general populace as ignorant as possible Steven, makes keeping them in line alot easier... Freedom Fries anyone?

  5. ....there is something common in their eyes

  6. The boy on stilts refers to a very specific French peasant tradition. The Landes region in SW France has boglands that were so challenging for shepherds that they invented stilts to navigate the marshes. There is a pisture of them at the Wikipedia entry:



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