Poissons d’Avril — April Fool

Devinez qui Vous l’envoie? (Guess who sent it to you?)

These are  old French postcards for April 1, April Fools Day. The postcards usually include the words 1er Avril (April 1st) or Poissons d’Avril (April Fool). Other words on these cards often relate to expressions of love. Sometimes the cards just feature fish, with or without other words. Fish are featured because, in France and some other countries, the April Fool’s Day tradition is known as “April Fish.”  The custom involves attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed. 

Vous savez combien je vous aime! Mais il est bien lourd tout même. (You know how much I love you! But it is very heavy all the same.)


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I am a longtime postcard collector who has been creating websites and blogs based on my postcard collection since 1998.
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