REAL PHOTO POSTCARD OF THE FITZGERALD FAMILY ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA, FROM ZELDA TO HER MOTHER

Fitzgerald, Zelda & F. Scott

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Place Published: Valescure, San Raphaël, France
Publisher: S.i.
Date Published: [1924]
Book Id: 3469

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Original real photo-postcard, measuring 14cm x 9cm (5.5" x 3.5"); archivally matted and framed beneath double-sided UV Plexiglass. Brief holograph note in Zelda Fitzgerald's hand on verso - "This is in front of the bathing beach," addressed to her mother, "Mrs. A.D. Sayre / Six Pleasant Ave. / Montgomery, Ala / Etats Unis." Pinpoint wear to corners, verso postally used, with two illegible words in red pencil in an unknown hand; Near Fine.

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Superb photographic portrait of Scott, Zelda, and "Scottie" Fitzgerald, along with her English governess, seated together in a 1923/24Renault KJ1 Tourer on the beach in Hyères. The Fitzgerald's left the U.S. for France in mid-April of 1924, visiting Paris first, and leaving in May for the French Riviera. "We reach Hyères, the town of our destination, in the blazing noon, aware immediately of the tropic's breath as it oozed out of the massed pines. A cabby with a large egg-shaped carbuncle in the center of his forehead struggled with a uniformed hotel porter for the possession of our grips. "Je suis a stranger here," I said in flawless French. "Je veux aller to le best hotel dans le town"" ("How to Live on Practically Nothing a Year," Saturday Evening Post, 20 Sept.1924). Hyères, identified by Zelda as "the bathing beach," was separate from the Grimm's Park Hotel where the family took up temporary residence after their stay in Paris. They were searching for a home in the area, and by June of that year had settled in Villa Marie in Valescure, San Raphaël (cf.Matthew J. Bruccoli's chronology in Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald). It was there that Scott was finally able to work in earnest on the manuscript for The Great Gatsby, and where Zelda spent much of her time at the beach, where she seemed happiest. (Provenance: From the estate of Frances Scott Fitzgerald, to Matthew J. Bruccoli, and through the trade to us.


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