This postcard is part of a very early Dwig series from 1902. The publisher is H.T.C. & Co., and unfortunately I can’t find very much information about them. The front of the card has print and was also written on, as this was an undivided back card. It happened to be mailed not until 1906.
“The beauty of a woman’s mind/Is chief among her graces;/Yet minds are not made up, we find,/So readily as faces.”
The woman is putting makeup on, using a stack of books (including Darwin & the Bible) as her stand. A love letter and some money has also fallen out from the stack.
I happened to find this card in an eBay suggested listing of a lot of 3 women postcards. This is the only mailed one I have seen from this series- a few were listed on eBay unused for $40/each.