Thursday, November 11, 2010
I translate the title as "A Tribute from French Artists and Writers to the United States of America". I don't speak French though, so I could be wrong. The whole card is an excerpt of something written by Denys Cochin, who was a deputy of the French Academy (of Sciences, I reckon).
Denys Cochin was a writer & politician, and apparently a defender of the Catholic Church in France, which I found interesting. I'm no expert in French history, but I thought with the exception of a few violent periods, the Catholic church was a dominant institution in France, especially since the time of Louis XIV. To me defending the Catholic Church in France would be like defending the Communist Party to Josef Stalin.
OK - I am NOT equating the Catholic Church with communism or anybody or anything to Josef Stalin. I'm just wondering what he felt it necessary to defend it from. Of course, we're talking late 19th & early 20th century here, and there were lots of things going on then in Europe. I'll put this on my list of things to read up on.
I don't know the exact age of this card, but there's a good chance it is pre-WWI. And it's for sale. If you're interested, click on the title.