This is another matt-textured hand-tinted photo postcard that I bought some time ago. I love it – in fact, it’s one of my favourite cards. Click the image a few times to see it larger and in more detail and you’ll see how these hand-tints trick the eye! The tinting isn’t done as carefully as it appears but that really doesn’t matter as it’s the effect that the original artists and publishers were aiming at that’s more important.
I’ve done the bare minimum of restoration on this – just got rid of the worst of the dust and blemishes. Most of my work on it, after that, was just to enhance the contrast and intensify the original colours, but I did also add a little colour of my own, to her face and hair though, hopefully, not enough to detract from the charm of the original.
I’ve been trying to find out more about the ‘Mignon’ series of postcards, but haven’t had much success apart from finding a lot of examples of them on Pinterest, etc, so if you can – do please let me know!