Postcard from Paris

Anyone care to make up a caption?

The illustration was drawn by the artist Elisabeth Branly (1889-1971) in 1911. It was presented as part of the exhibition celebrating the work of female artists and artisans at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. I thought that it was ideal for our Women in Perfumery series!

Photography by Bois de Jasmin



  • Karen A: Ahhh, merci beaucoup! August 21, 2017 at 7:14am Reply

  • Iuliana: “And at the next spray of violets you will come out of the fragrance-induced trance…” August 21, 2017 at 9:39am Reply

    • January: “Goodness! I’m all wet!” August 21, 2017 at 12:14pm Reply

  • kayliz: Rigor mortis? No problem with Reveille-Toi Cologne! August 21, 2017 at 9:48am Reply

    • Nick: This is so funny! August 21, 2017 at 10:02am Reply

    • January: Haha August 21, 2017 at 12:12pm Reply

  • Nina Leto Mayleas: Never underestimate the sense of smell!! August 21, 2017 at 10:12am Reply

  • penny: Really Mademoiselle again!! all this fainting just to get a free sample? August 21, 2017 at 10:29am Reply

  • Aromaology: This reminds me of Homer Simpson’s invention – the makeup gun. August 21, 2017 at 11:01am Reply

  • Sharon: Knockout in round one in the Perfume aisle! August 21, 2017 at 11:04am Reply

  • spe: Perfect. Now one to the bosom and one to the ankles and I’m on my way. Thank you, Jeeves. August 21, 2017 at 11:56am Reply

  • January: “Intro-ducing Vampires Vaincus” August 21, 2017 at 12:18pm Reply

  • January: “So you dowse the whole bottle costing only $700 just once and it will last a lifetime.” August 21, 2017 at 12:21pm Reply

  • January: It reminds me of an amazing book with history on perfume advertising, “Perfume” by Richard Stamelman, and the glorious though infamous Tom Ford directed advert of a naked Sophie Dahl for YSL Opium. August 21, 2017 at 12:50pm Reply

  • Kristina: Take all my money. I want that bottle.
    Love the illustration. So well done August 21, 2017 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Maya: Death by an overzealous sprayer. August 21, 2017 at 6:30pm Reply

  • ClareObscure: Caption: the gentleman says, “I certainly did not expect ‘the swoon effect’ to happen that quickly. Messieur Guerlain did say his new perfume could be hypnotique.” August 21, 2017 at 9:14pm Reply

  • Joseph: “Well. Now I really do have the vapors.” August 21, 2017 at 9:50pm Reply

  • maja: “Oh, no, not another flanker!” *faints* August 22, 2017 at 3:50am Reply

  • Victoria: I’m in tears laughing! These are hysterical. August 22, 2017 at 4:15am Reply

  • Alicia: Not quite comme il faut, but in la belle époque erotica this might have been labeled “la petite mort.” August 22, 2017 at 6:09am Reply

  • Eudora: Charming… La belle epoque was really belle. August 22, 2017 at 9:43am Reply

  • Sylvie Bordet: Eau du ciel…

    (After checking, I see that this is actually a real perfume – I don’t mean to imply anything about its effects, it just seemed like a funny caption.) August 22, 2017 at 1:15pm Reply

  • SHMW: can’t think of a thing, too mystified by her lack of anatomical reality… like what is she sitting on…..and why isn’t she sliding prone to the floor… Also just how tall would she be, always assuming she could stand on those weird little trotters? August 23, 2017 at 9:46am Reply

  • Lorna Carrier Smith: This is how I feel when I smell the handful of scents that are 5* holy grails. Transported. Out of body. Transcendent. September 4, 2017 at 6:05pm Reply

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