Thursday, December 29, 2016
This photograph is of the French bearded lady Madame Delait, (curiously spelt ‘Delay’ in the title), which declares her to be a member of the bicycling club Cycle Thaonnais. Was this an unusual pastime for a French lady of the time? I know not, but perhaps it was all the more unusual for a lady bicyclist to have a beard.
Even more interesting is the reverse of the card, which bears what appears at first glance to be a postal cancellation stamp. Closer inspection shows this stamp bears the lady’s own name, "Mme. DELAIT", and the date of 28 December 1906.