This lovely old postcard is from the early 1900s. I love the romance and the staging. Back in the 1900-1910 era it appears to have been quite common to dress in costume and pose with your horse. Maybe that should make a comeback? I know several people who might really enjoy that!
Hand tinting was also very popular back than. Not surprisingly, the tinting was done primarily by women who did complex cards in an assembly line — each person was responsible for a color. Sadly, there was a downside: the women typically cleaned their brushes by putting them in their mouths and the lead in the paint slowly poisoned them.
This is one of the images that I have made available at Le Cheval Nouveau as a greeting card or postcard.