William Barribal was a postcard artist in the first half of the 20th
century and specialised in pretty girls often daring for the period between the
two world wars. He used his wife as his model however the
range of girls illustrated would indicate that he was surrounded by pretty
women although in the postcard illustration above it almost certainly is her.
His range of subjects ranged from wartime humour to provocative scenes on
the beach and a fair smattering of children’s portraits, as well as Military
themes right through the 2nd World War when patriotic fervour was a
favourite subject to keep morale high in war torn Britain.
I chose this postcard to illustrate this post as the girls eyes are the
feature that are smiling and illustrate the beauty and promise of youth that
was Barribal’s forte.
Illustration from author's own postcard collection