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Nice Carnival 1953

1953 Eight photographic postcards of the "Carnaval de Nice," each recording a float presenting a fable of La Fontaine with mention of its producer. Les Éditions "MAR," Nice. $80 from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne Ricouart, France, Sept., '18.

These lively photographs bring back happy memories of a few days on the French Riviera and one very short evening and night in Nice. In good carnival fashion, regular old human beings are on these floats along with the bigger-than-life figures central to each fable. FG tends to be a bit on the racy side. Notice that the photographs were taken generally in front of the "Casino Municipal." A close look at the "main float" will show that characters from many fables have made their way onto that float. The grasshopper and ant are closest to us. And I seem to see two doves perched on the king's hand. And there is a tortoise on the left front of the float.