There really isn't much information circulating about Visa in its original version, as the new one (with which it shares only its name) takes up all the airspace. It is often attributed to Germaine Cellier (Bandit,Vent Vert, Fracas, Jolie Madame) who I researched a bit and thought that she must be one of the coolest perfumer of all time. Here is what Helg of Perfume Shrine at the end of her wonderful piece about the perfumer --
"It is difficult to imagine how perfumery would have been today without Germaine Cellier (or how she would react to today’s perfumery of focus groups and discussion panels), such was the defiance with which she paved her own way and became one of the most rebellious names in fragrance creation. And for that we’re truly thankful."
Denyse on Grain de Musc reveals to us that Visa was composed instead by the influential Jean Carles (also Cellier's arch rival it seems) and looking at his list of perfume accomplishments, I can sense the connection between Visa and Tabu, Miss Dior, Shocking and Tailspin. But I’m disappointed that my new treasure isn't a Cellier Gem.
And a Gem it is -- the masterfully blended aldehydes, rich florals, in an amazingly rich base of earthy woods and herbs, and an animilic hit unlike anything else I know, add up to a truly great almost forgotten scent that I am thrilled to own.
Vintage scents abound on Ebay and at The Perfumed Court, and I encourage anyone who is moved by these historical wonders to do anything to obtain them while we can!