Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tuberosa - 1908


Yesterday afternoon I went for a long, aimless walk in Rome, taking side streets that I don't usually follow and generally enjoying the gorgeous sunshine of a beautiful spring day. As it happens, my wander took me to a second-hand book shop that I didn't know and which also had a small stall of vintage postcards set-up outside. I discovered this stunning real photograph flower postcard of a white Poliamtha Tuberosa and thought it would be a perfect image to share right away. It reminds very much of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of flowers...

I assume that it was printed in France, although the card was written and probably hand delivered - if it ever actually reached its destination at all - in Rome, Italy. It is addressed locally to a certain Amalia M. Rocca on Via Conte Verde, with Rome indicated merely as "Città" (city), but there is no sign of there having ever been a postage stamp. It appears to be a bromide print judging by the overall matte surface with some metallic-looking tarnishing towards the edges of the postcard.

If you look very carefully in the bottom left hand corner on the front of the card there is a tiny publisher's logo - NRM above a coat of arms - although I've been unable to discover anything more about them.


Beth's postcard blog - The Best Hearts are Crunchy - has a floral theme too for Postcard Friendship Friday this week!

Postcard Friendship Friday

4 comments:

Christine H. said...

It makes me want to breathe in deeply of that wonderful tuberose scent.

Tattered and Lost said...

And to make it even lovelier is the script calligraphy on the back. So formal.

Beth Niquette said...

This postcard is exquisite. How absolutely lovely. And I love the script writing in the back--such utter elegance! No one writes like that anymore...

CafebyJW said...

I admire the beautiful handwriting, really beautiful.

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