From the top of the Eiffel Tower, 300 meters in altitude, I send my best kisses to my pretty Rosa, to my pretty Renée, and to my dear little Raphaël.
Paris 2 8(August) 1889
I came across the postcard in The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection, where I learned that originally, the Eiffel Tower’s highest public viewing platform had “a circle of desks…and accommodations for writing notes, post-cards, and telegrams to be posted and sent from the ‘Top of the Eiffel Tower.” (quote from the 1891 autobiography of one Thomas Ball)
Belle Epoque Paris thrived on the melding of high and low culture. Is it any wonder that it was also the heart of the postcard frenzy? Because postcards are art in a pedestrian form. Isn’t it apt, then, that way up in the crown of Belle Epoque Paris, there was a place to send a postcard? And that one of the most common postcard subjects is the Eiffel Tower?
At the pont d’Iéna. This un-showy postcard is one of my favorites. It looks like a perfect Parisian spring day–active clouds, boats on the Seine, and blossoms on the cherry trees.At the port de Suffren
With Champ de Mars park
From my own visit as a young snail.
By the most recent information I can find, there is no longer a mail center on the Eiffel Tower’s top viewing platform, but there is one in the south pillar at the base. Send me a postcard!