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Happy April Fool’s Day from France

March 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

An Antique April Fool's Day Holiday Postcard from France

Happy April Fool’s Day! During the “golden era” of postcard collecting, from about 1901 to 1915, the French loved to send one another postcards celebrating this improbable holiday. April Fool’s Day postcards were quite fanciful and often featured fish, traditionally associated in France with memory improvement. This scarce c. 1915 to 1920s real-photo fantasy post card depicts a flying fish with airplane wings, who transports a young girl while holding a peppermint candy in his mouth.

(Thinking: Drugs? Who needs drugs, with an imagination like this?)

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 newsguy // Jul 1, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I was wondering, do you know why fish were used?

  • 2 VintagePostcards // Jul 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Fish, high in protein, were considered even then to be healthy and good for one’s memory. Putting a fish symbol on April Fool’s Day postcards was thus supposed to be a reminder / prank to people about their bad memory and how easily they could be fooled.

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