In the early 20th century, handpainted postcards (carte postale) were the rage in France. Photography studios used these cards to promote their photography, which was becoming a serious profession for many artists at the time. Prior to color photography, artists would take black and white photos depicting French life and hand-color them using unique tints that have a particular charming, desaturated effect, or they would employ a technique that we would call “spot color” today. This is a set of 16 vintage French postcards featuring beautiful women in romantic scenes with seemingly lustful men. Both passionate yet innocent, these images were restored, retouched and enhanced and are in .jpg format. They measure 20″ at their long sides (6000 pixels), 300 dpi.