I've chosen this card for this week's Sepia Saturday entry on the basis of the picture of a young woman/girl and an animal.
As you may be able to see, there is a quote from the song "Phil the Fluter's Ball": Miss Aileen Mac Carthy and her private ass and cart. In fact it isn't a direct quote because the song makes reference to the beautiful Miss Bradys in a private ass and cart so I've no idea where Miss Aileen Mac Carthy came from. I wonder if she's the model.
The card appears to date from somewhere between 1902 and 1907. It allowed a message to be written on the back "except to the United States, Japan and Spain". The regulations to allow it changed for British cards in 1902 and for US cards in 1907.
The writer of the song was Percy French (1954-1920) who was a successful entertainer in Ireland and elsewhere. I remember many of his songs from my youth in Ireland: "The Mountains of Mourne", "Come Back Paddy Reilly, to Ballyjamesduff", and my father's constant favourite used on many occasions, "Are ye right there, Michael, are ye right?".
But I'll leave you with the chorus from "Phil the Fluter's Ball"
With the toot of the flute, and the twiddle of the fiddle-O!And I'll be singing it for the rest of today.
Hopping in the middle, like a herrin' on the griddle-O!
Up! down, hands around, crossing to the wall!
Hadn't we the gaiety at Phil the Fluter's Ball.
Updated to add some links to the song:
Ronnie Drew (most authentic to my ear)
The Bachelors (with words)
The High Kings (modern arrangement)