Fernande 1910s Nude Model
Fernande was one of a myriad of French postcard models who's heyday was
about 100 years ago. Fernande is to early 1900s pinup postcards what
Bettie Page is to 1950s pinup. Fernande had hauntingly beautiful eyes,
pouty lips, an infectious smile and a bountiful body. Fernande's career
lasted possibly about 15 years. She was the most prolifically
photographed French nude model from the early 1900s. Most of Fernande's
work was published by Jean Agelou whose familiar "JA" can be seen
stamped on many postcards of the period. Many of his Fernande photos
were reproduced by rogue postcard manufacturers who would alter his logo
or simply cut Fernande out and place her on a different background.
Postcards surface from time to time with Fernande's address on the
reverse. I believe that during Fernande's day, she was well known
amongst the circle of French photographers. Since this is most likely
true, I think that her address printed on the back of the card was for
another type of customer.