View of Monaco from Monte-Carlo, 1908
The message on this used, divided back postcard is dated 4 March 1908. An interesting thing about this date is the date of the painting on the front of the card. Hugh H. Cameron (1835-1918), a Scottish artist, has dated his painting January 1908 making this card almost an instant printing. It was possible and popular at that time for individuals to have postcards made from their own photographs or a painting. That together with the message “with the author’s compliments, Hotel Bristol” suggests it is not too improbable that Cameron may have had the card made to send to a friend, Guy Repton, staying in nearby Cannes at the Hotel Bellevue.
Running along the left margin on the reverse is an identifying number, 10480 together with the name of the publisher/printer, Locq, Mathorel & Ch. Bernard, Paris. Many of the examples of cards produced by this company are paintings of animals, flowers, scenes such as this one, and people.
Green, Louis II profile stamp, 1908
Monaco stamp with the International Circus cancellation, 2017
Principality of Monaco, aerial view, 1939
Early 1930s, blue Peace Stamp, French
Trivia: The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297. The only times since then that Monaco was not under the House of Grimaldi was when the French annexed it during the French Revolution and during World War II when it was under Italian control before being liberated. In 1419 the Grimaldi family purchased Monaco from the Crown of Aragon and solidified their rule. In 1612 Honoré II began calling himself Prince of Monaco. In 1630 he had to ask the French for protection against the Spanish and Monaco then became a vassal of the French kings. After 1814 the Grimaldi family returned to the throne. There was a revolution in 1910 that forced adoption of a constitution in 1911 turning Monaco into a constitutional monarchy, at least on paper. It has become known as a tax haven for the wealthy. Similar to Las Vegas and Nevada, Monte Carlo and Monaco have had great success with the gambling industry. French, Italian, English and Monégasque are all languages widely spoken in Monaco. Prince Rainier III married the American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. The current ruler, Prince Albert II, the son of Prince Rainier, has a son and daughter, twins, assuring the continuation of the Grimaldi line for at least one more generation. Included in the links below is one to the family tree of the House of Grimaldi.
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