Poulain

1910?  Four trade cards advertising Chocolat Poulain.  H. 217.  Gold background.  Children pictured in a painted scene from a La Fontaine fable.  €20 in St. Ouen, June, '19.

The scenes look familiar, even though they occupy only about 60% of the front of the card.  The rest is "Chocolat Poulain: Goutez & Comparez" along with the title and first 25 words or so of the fable, presented in prose.  I continue to struggle with the taste that has a male child acting the role of the dying father entrusting his treasured land to his children, or a female child acting the "old woman" here – elsewhere she is a nurse or mother – threatening to give the child to the wolf.  The fable of the "travelers" here is the story of seeming to see a ship from afar that turns out, on closer inspection, to be some floating sticks.  The verso repeats the beginning lines from the front, complete with a moral.