I’m always on the lookout for new illustrators whose postcards really stand out, and this time I came across those of Jean Chaperon.

An illustrator and painter born in 1887, he was the son of painter Eugène Chaperon.

Nicknamed Chap, he also appears to have been behind a number of postcards, including a culinary series under the name Jean Paris.

As Jean Chaperon, he specialised in humorous postcards, and was keen to use them to mark events in history. This is how he illustrated the First World War. He also worked as a caricaturist for a number of French newspapers, including ‘Le Rire’, ‘Le Journal’, ‘Le Temps’ and ‘La Baïonnette’.

Alongside his humorous work, he developed a much more classical style, reflecting the Parisian ‘belle époque’.

He died in Nice on 25 January 1969, leaving behind many postcards that I hope you will enjoy seeing on Delcampe.

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Written by Héloïse

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