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Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Post Card Museum in Antibes

Once upon a time there was a Post Card Museum, le Musée de la Carte Postale
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.






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