One of my dear, sweet friends found a birthday card with this image. (Ha! Yes, my birthday is due — but don't feel bad about not knowing, since I have quit publicizing it YEARS ago…not to mention that she jumped the gun by SEVERAL weeks.)
You can find it from the greeting card maker Nouvelles Images. Obviously it's from the 1930s, and oui, it is French in origin. Don't you just love the way her leg flies straight up and out, to signal her shock over whatever it is she is reading?
And look at the fabulous styling! The striped piping on the oversized chair; The way her chocolate catches the light. How her candy dish shines. The pleats of her skirt. The appliques on her top…
And of course, her stuffed dog sidekick.
My friend wrote:
Here's to a good book (written by Josie Brown), a box of chocolates, and a big comfy chair.
I'll drink to that!
Which brings up one item sorely missing from this photo: a glass of red wine.
The story is in the details, ducky!