Postcards from Le Puy
The two postcards here turned up in an ebay auction in November 2003. They come from a series produced by "Édition d'Art Léon Margerit, Le Puy"; quite a large series if the numbers are anything to go by. So far we don't know anything more about them. They were sent together, presumably in a covering envelope (there are no stamps or postmarks) by two people on holiday at Le Puy in Central France, to an English friend. Judging by the handwriting and the context, we might guess at a date in the 1930s or 1950s; but we'd welcome any additional information, particularly if the images should still be in copyright. Meanwhile, here they are. We won't be attempting a translation of the dialect just yet.
Qué Saÿ Venia Doun Fa
"As you may suppose from these cards, we are in Le Puy, in the centre of France. The little song on the back is a regional dance tune and is played on the viol * which the old man has on his lap. It makes a noise something between a violin and bagpipes and when played properly has a lot of character in it."
* French vielle or vielle à roue: the hurdy gurdy.
"This is another regional tune played on the viol."
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