One of the things that fascinate me with those old postcards is the way people used to look a century or so ago. Did they really look this different, or do the clothes, the haircuts, make-ups and such create the illusion of such a difference in facial features?



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David was born and raised in the French South West. After a few years in the US and a few more in Paris, he finally settled down in Japan. He blogs here about his various experiences and travels, with an emphasis on his home country, France.

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2 thoughts on “Correspondence

  • Rachel


    It’s the way in which they were taken. The images were printed on metal plates.
    If you manage to take a photo of yourself using normal 35mm film, it will also look vastly different from the digital images we are so used to seeing.

    Thanks for sharing your collection of old cards. I see many of these cards in flea markets and I also have a few that were written to some people in the early days but were ‘unsent’, possibly the address was wrongly written.