The Lowestoft Collection

THE FORTIER COLLECTION IN LOWESTOFT

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The collection began in August 2001 with a view to collecting postcards originating in sub-Saharan Africa, with many being aquired from diverse countries. These ranged from Madagascar in the east, to Angola in the west and from South Africa to the two Congos. We quickly became aware of the beautiful eroticism extant in many of these cards. This inevitably led us to the cards published by Edmond Fortier in Senegal. We now collect only in Fortier cards, especially the early (pre 1910) cards.

The collection now numbers well in excess of 1500 with over half from those early years. We were fortunate in obtaining copy of Parts 1 and 2 of Philippe David's 'Inventaire Générale des cartes postales Fortier'. This is a wonderful reference work of research into the complete production of Fortier from 1900 to 1910. A third part, which we have also seen, covers the reprints and reissues between 1914 and 1924. The catalogues have comprehensive cross-referencing but contain a number of gaps. We have been indeed fortunate to find numerous cards filling some gaps and adding to the known examples (see Series 1-B; FD-24). We are also in the process of translating the catalogues into English and re-illustrating the examples wherever we have the cards. We have kept to the excellent numbering system developed by Philippe David to identify the cards displayed in the gallery.

We were also fortunate to discover the excellent website of Jaques Krekelaar known as 'Centre Edmond Fortier'. This site has several permanent exhibitions of Fortier cards which are well worth viewing. ~Centre Edmond Fortier