No one is precisely sure who photographer Julian Mandel was. Most everyone is sure the famed photographer of tasteful and meticulously posed nudes was a pseudonym, but no one is certain for whom. Some people think he may have been Julian Walery, another photographer who meticulously lighted his subjects, but used a pseudonym when he worked in the erotic postcard market.
Of course, during his heyday, they were sold as pornography, but they possess a really lovely old master sheen.
What is odd, is that they were signed at all, and all of Mandel's postcards were, prominently. It is thought he died in 1935.