MISS FANNY FIELDS : JEWISH AMERICAN SINGER, DANCER, AND COMEDIENNE (FIVE PHOTO POSTCARDS)

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This vintage real photo postcard features American singer, dancer, and comic performer, Fanny Fields (1880-1961), who was a successful performer in British music halls and pantomimes in the early 1900s. During her career she was frequently billed as “Happy” Fanny Fields. She was born, Fanny Furman, in New York City, to a Jewish family. She first appeared in variety shows in NYC sometime around 1899. In her act, she sang and told stories. In 1902, she performed in London and had a very positive reception. One reviewer described her as “one big bubble of mirth and merriment”. She toured with Welsh harpist, Nansi Richards. She also performed “The Suffragette”. In an accompanying monologue, she encouraged woman to make a stand for their rights. In 1912, she performed in front of King George V. She also starred in a silent film short entitled “Happy Fanny Fields and the Four Little Dutchmen” (1913). She retired from the entertainment business in 1913. She returned to the United States and married Dr Abraham Rongy (1878-1949). He was a gynecologist and set up maternity hospitals. In 1933, he published one of the first books proposing the legalization of abortion. Fanny became an active fundraiser for Jewish medical organizations.

Postcard 1 features a close-up portrait of Fanny Fields. She looks pretty in this color tinted photo postcard. The postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no.4007 C). The message on this postcard indicates that the sender sent the postcard for someone to add to their collection. This postcard has a postmark from 1906.

Postcard 2 is a vintage real photo postcard portrait of Miss Fields. The photograph is color tinted. The performer is just beaming for the photographer. Her hat is quite an extravaganza. This postcard was published by Philco (London) as part of a series (no.3213 D). The photographer was Lewis R. Protheroe. He operated a studio in Bristol, England. He was working as a photographer, at least between 1901 and 1917. His father, Thomas Protheroe founded the studio between approximately 1876 and 1900. The postcard has a 1906 postmark. (SOLD)

Postcard 3  is a vintage real photo postcard portrait of Miss Fields. The performer has an adorable smile. Note her long braids. This postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no.4385 N). (SOLD)

Postcard 4 features Fanny Fields displaying a warm smile. Note her long braids. Lewis R. Protheroe who operated a studio in Bristol, England. He was working as a phototgrapher, at least between 1901 and 1917. Thomas Protheroe founded the studio between approximately 1876 and 1900 This postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no.4007 G). The card is in very good condition (see scans). (SOLD)

Postcard 5 is a vintage real photo postcard portrait of Miss Fields. The performer is once again displaying her wonderful smile. Note her long braids. This photograph captures Fanny in costume, playing the role of Gretchen in “Aladdin”.

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FOUR MEN IN SUITS AND THEIR FOUR BICYCLES : REAL PHOTO POSTCARD

This vintage real photo postcard features four men and their bicycles. These men are well dressed and by today’s norms, they would not bike wearing dress suits. During the era seen in this image, men would wear bands on the bottom of their pants to avoid having their pant legs getting tangled in the spokes of their bike. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans). 

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MARGUERITE CHAPMAN : FILM SERIES : ACTRESS : BIKINI : RISQUE ; RWP CARDS : 2003

This vintage real photo postcard features American actress, Marguerite Chapman (1918-1999). She was born in New York. While working as a telephone switchboard operator, she began to pursue a career in modelling. She was involved in national advertising campaigns. She approached Howard Hughes about appearing in one of his films. The film was never made but he showed her screen test to some Hollywood people and in 1939, she was signed by 20th Century Fox. In 1941 she did a brief stint with Warner Brothers and between 1942 and 1948, she worked for Columbia Pictures. Her film debut was in 1940 and for a couple of years she appeared in small roles of various films. Her 1942, she was signed for a lead role in a Republic Pictures in a twelve part adventure series. More leading roles followed. During World War II she entertained the troops and sold war bonds. In the 1950’s her work mostly included supporting film roles and in the 1960’s she appeared on many television shows. Chapman was married and divorced twice. The IMDb gives her 76 credits in her filmography between 1940 and 1977. She is credited with originating the concept of traveling autograph conventions. This postcard was published by RWP in 2003. It is in very good condition (see scans).  

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PRETTY WOMAN LIVES HARD KNOCK LIFE IN MUNICH, GERMANY : CABINET CARD

 

A pretty woman poses for her portrait at the studio of Alois Koestler in Munich, Germany. She is shapely and beautifully dressed. Her facial expression gives her the appearance of someone who is extremely stressed. It is as if her eyes are saying “I can’t take much more of this pressure!”. She look frazzled and exhausted. I wonder if this is just pure personal projection on my part or if other observers of this photograph see this young woman as appearing overwhelmed?  Hopefully, some visitors to the cabinet card gallery will leave their impression in the comment section. It is interesting to note that this photograph may have been taken during difficult times in Munich. Pre war was certainly tense and stressful times. Following the outbreak of World War I (1914); the Allies blockaded Germany and there were food and fuel shortages in Munich. Perhaps the subjects “hard knock life” appearance has to do with the stressful impact the war had on civilian life. This vintage cabinet card portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans)

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DOG CART : DELIVERING MILK : FLEMISH MILK MAID : THREE DOGS : BELGIUM

This vintage real photo postcard features a couple delivering milk transported by a dog cart. The wagon is being pulled by three large dogs. The caption printed on the card, “Laitiere Flamande”, is translated as “Flemish Milk Maid”. The woman on the cart is wearing traditional Flemish clothing. This divided back postcard dates back to around 1907 to 1915. Note the light crease in the upper right hand corner of the card. Overall, this vintage postcard is in good condition. 

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MISS JULIE SUEDO : PRETTY BRITISH ACTRESS : “PICTUREGOER SERIES”

This vintage real photo postcard features English film actress, Julie Suedo (1902-1978). She played a number of glamorous roles in the 1920’s and 1930’s. She usually occupied a supporting role, rather than a starring one. The IMDb credits Suedo with 43 film appearance between 1923 and 1945. This postcard was published as part of the Picturegoer Series 88 (no.330). This photo postcard is not a common photo of Miss Suedo and it is in excellent condition (see scans).

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FABIENNE : PRETTY STAGE STAR : PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL BOYER : COLOR TINTED

This vintage real photo postcard features lovely edwardian stage performer, Fabienne Darlay. Her photograph was expertly taken by the celebrated French photographer, Paul Boyer (1861-1908). He was based in Paris, and photographed many celebrities during his career. This postcard was published by Societe Industrielle de Photograpie (SIP) of Rueil, France, and was part of a series (no.1441). The image was hand tinted. This postcard dates back to circa 1904-1908. Note there is minor cornerwear and a light crease in the upper left hand corner of the card. The postcard is in overall Very Good Condition (see scans).

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN SEATED IN A CHAIR : CYKO : POTTSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA

This vintage real photo postcard features an attractive dark complexioned young woman seated in a chair. She is wideeyed and displaying an inquisitive expression. She is nicely dressed, wearing a checkered skirt and a light colored blouse with a lace collar. She posed for her portrait at the Mueller Studio in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. The postcard has a Cyko stamp box indicating that the photo was taken sometime between 1904 and 1920. This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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MALITA UNDERWOOD: PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL IN JERSEY SHORE, PENNSYLVANIA

This vintage photograph features an adorable little girl. She looks seriously inquisitive as she stares at the photographer and camera. The child was photographed at the Schindler studio in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. Charles Schindler (1874-1949) was listed in the Williamsport (Pa.) business directory between at least 1896 and 1910. A pencilled inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that the girl’s name is Malita Underwood. Research found a woman in Jersey Shore named Malita Underwood, but she is clearly a different person than the girl in this photograph. Malita Underwood (1849-1906) can not be the little girl seen in this image because this image was photographed after 1900; a time that the identified Malita Underwood was a middle aged woman. This vintage photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL WHITE CAT : ROTARY PHOTO

catThis vintage real photo postcard features a beautiful white cat. This regal looking feline deserves “best of show” honors. The postcard was published by Rotary Photo which was located in London, England. It was produced in the 1900’s decade and was part of a series (A.710). The Rotary Photographic Company was founded in London in 1901. It was a major publisher of real photo postcards. This vintage postcard is in good condition. 

 

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