in Antibes, a unique place packed with hundred of postcards from many countries each one telling a story.
This was a unique place where visitors viewed art, humour and discovered history.But the museum has been closed since August 15th 2010; all because the ceiling has been damaged and nothing can be done until the tribunal and the insurance can come to an agreement.
Christian Deflandre, owner and founder is a sad man.
“My ceiling got damaged when they were repairing the apartment upstairs. I have no idea when visitors can be allowed in again,” he said.
This private collection started over 40 years ago when Christian lived in Paris.He said: “There was a time when you could pick post cards up easily just wandering through the kiosks along the Seine in Paris. It was a great time for people like me.”
His collection, when open to the public is divided into three sections
-A historic introduction to the postcard
-A century of human life in France
-A temporary exhibition
Although many of the postcards are now in boxes, Christian was eager to share his passion. A window to the past, it allowed me a view of life of how our ancestors lived; to appreciate the quality of the artistic and technical skills, the evolution of printing and most of all, a pictorial history of how things used to be – woodworking, music, publicity and fashion of course
Smartphones seem to be replacing postcards these days with fewer people buying and sending post cards.
Post cards however, reflect cultures and lifestyles – a great source for historians. For this reason Le Musée de la Carte Postale which shows only authentic documents needs to be up and running.