The Art of Photography. This is a French “phototype” postcard from a series “Les Arts.” A woman, the spirit of photography, stands behind a camera. She stands on a platform. On the platform and the ground are various objects including a very large feather [!] and pieces of chemical apparatus, plate holders, etc. Attached to the tripod are ribbons with the names Daguerre, Niepce, and Poitevin. This seems like a strange trio, as Poitevin wouldn’t come to mind as having such a central role. But Alphonse Louis Poitevin discovered the light sensitive properties of bichromated gelatin, that led to photo-lithography, photogravure, collotype and carbon prints. His discovery was the origin of the process in which this carte postale was made. There’s a message in French on the recto.