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Images: Paris postcards sent in 1919 to my Aunt Midge from her American soldier father

|| 26 Jun 2022

Paris Postcards

My Aunt Midge was an honorary aunt, but since she considered my mother a sister. I was, by extension, a niece. When Aunt Midge died at three months short of 100, a number of her possessions came to me. Among them was her postcard scrapbook begun (by her Aunt Stella) almost as soon as she was born.

The scrapbook is now more than 110 years old and very fragile. Crumbling in my fingers as I ever so gently turn pages.

In the photo above you see the scrapbook open to Paris postcards sent to Aunt Midge by her father, an American soldier stationed in Paris during the time between the Armistice in November 1918 and including the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

The postcards feature familiar sites: Notre Dame, Place de la Concorde. L'Opéra de Paris and, lower left, a charming little French girl with the gorgeous hair.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone