The National Past-time of France

You gotta
love the French.

And one of the
main reasons
you gotta love
the French:

— is that when
the French
love something,
they do it up right.

You can see it
in their literature.

You can see it
in their cuisine.

You can see it
in their architecture.

Take a trip down
to the Chartres
and tell me you
can’t see it.

You can see
it in their art.

Take a tour through
the Louvre Museum 1910
and tell me you
can’t feel it right
down to the tile floor
in the Richelieu.

You can feel that
very special vibe
walking though
the streets of

Taste the food
and the wine
and tell me
you don’t get it —-

And most especially,

the French

I’m a big fan of vintage
French postcards,
as you probably know…..baiser

And my
favorite series
had to do with
that very subject.

Lovemaking —
Douce AMOUR.

As the French
would say:

” Que mes baisers soient
les mots d’amour
que je ne te dis pas
. “

( Let my kisses tell you
what my words can’t say.) 

I dunno why we
as Americans
have been so stuffy
about the subject,a2

because I think
the French definitely
have had the right
idea all along.

And they’ve developed
a whole system of
understanding seduction

— and the art of petting —

and the methodology
of doing it well.

Take this vintage
REX French
post-card from
the 1920’s:

Les Baisers d’Amourbaisers
( ” The Kisses of Love ” ) .

There are six varieties
of kisses illustrated,
each with it’s own
special description
of how it feels….

( or perhaps,
it’s end effect, no ?)

In order from
left to right,
top to bottom:


that’s some
stuff, huh ?

Despite the fact
that this card
is about a
hundred years old,
it still cuts pretty much
right to the chase, right?

And that’s another
charming aspect
of the French.

They take their
pleasure serious,
very serious indeed.

Makes sense to me, man.

As a further
evidence of this fact,
I present this card –

Called ” Les Baisers
( ” Kisses ” )

this card specifies
more varieties,
– and further illustrations –

for the aspiring
in the amorous arts.

It includes:

The Surprise Kiss
The Sincere Kiss
The Lingering Kiss
The Fiery Kiss
The Warm Kiss
The Impassioned Kissa1

(notice they
don’t show you
where the guy’s hands
are on that last one…. )

And, yes —
it does seem like
the combination
of all those kisses
might be working
wonders on the chick
in the rose-colored

It’s amazing whatbaisers
one can learn from
postcards, ya know..

Like how all
this chemistry
comes together —

Le Langage
Des Baisers
” —

The Language of Kisses “,
explains how :

Kisses of happiness
brings about blushing of cheeks
Lovers kisses slowly
build to a powerful arousal
Kisses on the neck makes us fools
(for love)
— and after that —
Lips united in infinite ecstasy. 


And of course,
as we all know,

Love is something
that’s good
anytime of the year.

Just consult
Le Langage des Nuits

When spring comes along
It can be very exhilarating
And it can pass away
Just as intenselynuits

When the summer passes
One last kiss
Marks love’s ending
With the rising sun

Wild autumn nights
So full of passion
Astonishing the heart
With so much happiness

The winter nights are mild
When, for heat,
Mouth to mouth
Meet for a long kiss a4


I just hope the
French speakers
among you
will pardon me for the
shortcomings of my
high school French-class
-level translations……..

But the rest of you
certainly get the idea.

So, like I said —

The French absolutely
love the acts of love.

And who can
blame ’em?

HOY !!!!!


And remember –

Le prix d’Amour, c’est seulement Amour,
Il faut aimer si l’on veut être aimé.



Love 1907 Style

Hey gang!

I found a very
appealing and
fascinating set of
postcards from
1907 , featuring
off on their first
adventure together :

– their honeymoon.

These cards
were published
by the Julius Bien
& Co. Lithographic
firm, which was
in business between
1850-1915 in
New York City.

Bien himself
was originally
an immigrant
from Germany,
and a graphic artist,
a graduate of the
Kassel Academy.

His first claim
to real fame
in the United
States was
a series of lithographic
prints featuring
James Audobon’s
“Birds In America”.

Later in his career,
he expanded the
company and printed
a large variety of color
and b/w materials
including maps, posters,
handbills, trade cards,
music sheets, adverts,
and of course,

After his death in 1909,
the company was
acquired by Heywood,
Strasser & Voigt Litho
Company in 1915.

The postcards on this set
are really quite beautifully

Julius Bien Company in
the early 1900’s was at
the top of their game,
and this is clear in this
1907 series.

are seen in 8
scenes relating
to their marriage
ceremony and
honeymoon –

– with all the
wonder and
excitement they
must have been
apparent in
each one.

And note the
moon phases.

I have to say, this is
one of my favorite
postcards on this

!!! HOY !!!

Happy Valentines Day

February 14?

It can only
mean one
thing :

It’s Valentines
Day again.

!! YAY !!

I love the
whole V-D thing.

but, it’s hard to
come up with a
way of celebrating
it here on the
Muscleheaded Blog
that we haven’t
already done….

If you don’t believe me,
check out our previous
Valentines Day posts
like this, or this one,
and you’ll see what
I mean.

I thought for a
mo or two
that I’d milked that
particular cow dry,
but then, I thought
to commemorate
the day by looking
some very cool
vintage posters that
were used to advertiseneckers
Mutoscope Company
and Exhibit Supply
cards dealing with
romantic subjects
during the 1940’s.

These were usually
cartoons or gag cards
that were found in
arcade dispensing
machines –

— you just put a
penny in the slot,
and you got one,
or you could buy
them by the set.

And as you can see,
there were a large
variety of themes
to choose from…..

not as many of the
individual cards have
survived the years as
one would one like —
but the posters have
done much better.

It might seem a
bit strange to us
today, but these
things were very
popular with
Servicemen during
World War II –

– and there was a
brisk business for
them, especially
the more risque

But collecting em
was one thing for
a sailor or soldier
in the barracks or
his sea bag —

– and another having
them around the
house at home after
the war, which I guess
goes far to explain
their relative rarity

!!! HOY !!!