Aesop's Fables  >  Aesop's Artifacts >...> Postcard Series  >  S.I.P. WL


1905?   Four photographic postcards – from perhaps a set of six? – depicting "Le Loup et l'Agneau."  S.I.P. 175/1-6?   $40 from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne Ricouart, France, Sept., '18.

It can be hard to understand the interpretation and the sequencing of this story as it is presented here.  The problem is exacerbated by the fact that, on one card, the stamp covers the card's numbering.  The other three cards are all in Series 175 and are numbered 1, 3, and 4, respectively.  A major clue toward resolving some of the quandary comes in recognizing that this card changes La Fontaine's text at a crucial point.  La Fontaine starts his fable with the promythium that the argument of the stronger is always the better and then says immediately: "Nous l'allons montrer tout à l'heure": "we will show that right now."  The card with a hidden identifying number has rather "Nous l'avons montré tout à l'heure": "we have shown that right now."  I presume therefore that this is the last card in the series.  I still have trouble understanding the role of the male in the first and last photos.  Is he just a friend sympathizing with an abused maid?  What does his gesture portend in the last photo?