I had no idea when I bought it what the vehicle was, but it soon narrowed down to either a Leon Bollée, or the same made under license by Hurtu, tandem two-seater three wheeler, from around 1897-1899. A nice addition is the fringed shade and the (picnic?) basket over the rear wheel. Pulnoy is more or less a suburb of Nancy, in the Moselle area of France, and probably very little of this landscape remains. The other things that make it interesting, is Hilaire is standing and holding a large scythe and a rather fine tartan patterned hat in the other hand. His wife(?) at the rear of the vehicle, appears to be holding some opera glasses - a rather strange scenario! I love the composition of this photo with the road meandering away into the distance - it makes a good panoramic view on a print, and a cropped version on a postcard shows the detail.
|Léon Bollée tandem three-wheeler postcard|