Deauville. 1912 written in ink on front cover. Landscape album, with card covers bound with olive green cord and tassels. 12 leaves each mounted with one black-and-white photograph to recto (approx. 16 x 11 cm), backed with white border. 1 black-and-white photograph loosely inserted, mounted on card. 13 photos in total. 185 x 260mm (7¼ x 10¼"). 0.35kg. . French. Very good; light wear to covers; photos remain crisp with strong tonality, edges of some showing signs of browning; loose photography creased at lower corners, with light surface wear.
The 12 photos contained in the album are made up of 4 landscape street scenes and 8 portraits of a lady in very fashionable dress. A pencil note on the inside cover reads 'Hobbs. Casino owner Monte Carlo. Photos of his wife'. The street scenes show a large crowd of fashionable people in front of the Deauville Casino and the Hotel Normandy in what is now the rue Lucien Barriere, Deauville. Both buildings were built in 1912 and these images could very well show the opening of these luxurious establishments during the Deauville Summer and racing season. The portraits of Mrs Hobbs show a woman dressed in the height of fashion, likely attending the races. Her changing wardrobe includes wide brimmed hats, single ostentatious feathers, strings of pearls, smart jackets, slim long skirts, lace and embroidery, furs, handbags and binoculars. In the backgrounds are smartly dressed men in top hats and tails. (Chanel was to open a boutique in Deauville in 1913.) The album appears to be a souvenir for Mrs Hobbs of the 1912 Deauville season. It is a fascincating record of the end of the Belle Epoque, a time when high society flocked to Deauville to be seen and to have fun.
The loose photograph shows Mrs Hobbs in evening dress with pearls posed on a stone staircase with an elaborate iron balustrade.
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