Erotic French Postcards from the Hill Collection

  • This collection of antique postcards pays homage to the timeless beauties of the Belle Epoque
  • Known as the Hill Collection, this collection contains 363 erotic French postcards
  • It is considered among the finest of its kind, second only to that of Hugh Hefner
  • Many postcards were lost due to decay and censorship, making this collection a true rarity
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Item No. 30-3217

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This seductive collection of vintage erotica is a rare and delightful treasure that pays homage to the timeless beauties of the Belle Epoque. Known as the Hill Collection, this collection of 363 erotic French photographs is considered among the finest of its kind, second only to that of Hugh Hefner. Originating in the original “City of Sin”, these risqué postcards offer a voyeuristic glimpse into the racy side of Paris at the turn of the century.

Widely viewed as obscenities in their time, today these intriguing postcards are highly sought after treasures on the modern market amongst a wide range of collectors. Many postcards of this kind were lost due to the decay of time and the censorship of the era, making a collection of this remarkable size an extraordinarily rare find. Moreover, as it was also illegal to send these erotic postcards through the mail, many are free of postmarks and writing, remaining in pristine condition.

At the turn of the century, Paris was recognized as being both liberal-minded and lavish. The Moulin Rouge, the Folies Berfere and other racy nightspots contributed to this perceived decadence, and many postcard publishers in Paris quickly began capitalizing on these tantalizing attractions. Featuring well known models such as Kiki of Montparnasse, Miss Fernande, and Jeanna Juilla, this collection offers a nostalgic glimpse into a titillating bygone age.

A limited edition book written about the collection, French Nudes: 1850-1925, is included and marked “6/1,000”.

Circa 1850-1925
Provenance:
The Hill Collection
From the Hill Collection, these postcards pay homage to the decadence of turn-of-the-century Paris
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America

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