Eventail (Hand fans) from the first quarter or so of the last century to tell your story for you. Or not. French. All for sale and taken from the website of Fan d’éventails, Paris.

Hand fan with the paper-fabric leaf painted and the top of the guard made from wood.
Hand fan with the paper-fabric leaf painted and the top of the guard made from wood. 1900-20. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2749-faience.html
Advertising fan for Grands Magasins du Royal-Haussmann. 1920-30.
Advertising fan for Grands Magasins du Royal-Haussmann. Wooden sticks with the paper leaf printed by Chambrelent. 1920-30. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2744-pub-chien.html
Poppy fan. Bone sticks and painted fabric leaf. ca. 1900-1910.
Poppy fan. Bone sticks and painted fabric leaf. ca. 1900-1910. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2741-pavot-eventail.html
"The Concert," hand fan with a painted paper leaf and wooden sticks. 1904.
“The Concert,” hand fan with a painted paper leaf and wooden sticks. 1904. Joliot, maker. Signed “Joliot ’04.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2748-concert.html
The hand-kissing, fan with mother of pearl sticks with a silk leaf embroidered in color threads and painted.
The hand-kissing, fan with mother of pearl sticks with a silk leaf embroidered in color threads and painted. ca. 1900. Signed “RB” and “MB.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2742-baise-main.html

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