MADIA BORELLI: BEAUTIFUL FRENCH DANCER (PORTRAIT BY REUTLINGER)

“Madia! I’ve just met a girl named Madia. And suddenly that name. Will never be the same.” With apologies to Leonard Bernstein, I just couldn’t resist. This vintage real photo postcard features dancer Madia Borelli. She was a Parisian dancer active in the early twentieth century. The photographer of this portrait of Miss Borelli was the famed photographer Leopold Reutlinger of Paris, France. The postcard was published by S.I.P., which is the Societe Industrielle de Photograpie of Rueil, France. The postcard is part of a series (no. 1239). This postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN OLD MAN WEARING A “NECK BEARD”

This carte de visite features an old man wearing a “neck beard”. This style of beard was popular in the 19th century. This gentleman is in good company. Other neck bearders include Richard Wagner (composer), Henry David Thoreau (Essayist, Poet, Philosopher), and Horace Greeley (Author, Statesman, Newspaper Editor). It is interesting to note that in today’s culture, “neck beard” is a perjorative term for social awkwardness or pretentiousness. The subject of this cdv photo is well dressed. He gives the appearance of a kind good humored man. The photographer of this image is the Rodgers studio, which was located in Hartford, Connecticut. The Connecticut Historical Society’s online site provides some information about Hart J. Rodgers (1831-1905). During the 1850’s he worked as a daguerreotypist in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1855, he married Grace A. Rodgers. By 1871, he was operating a photo studio in Hartford. Interestingly, in the 1880’s he was the owner of a skating rink. This cdv image is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO PRETTY GEISHAS STANDING IN A GARDEN

This vintage real photo postcard features two pretty geisha women standing in a garden. The women’s portrait provides an excellent view of their traditional clothing. The postcard is color tinted and made in Japan. The postcard is in very good condition.

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EIGHT GOOD OLD BOYS IN POLO, ILLINOIS

Eight good old boys pose for their portrait at the studio of Samuel S. Johnston in Polo, Illinois. These fellows are dressed like they are workers. Their work clothing includes a various assortment of hats and many of the guys are wearing suspenders. It is apparent that these men are not desk workers. They clearly have jobs requiring physical effort. Samuel Johnston was born in Ohio in 1826. His name appears in the 1870 census and he is listed as a photographer living in Polo. His name and photography business also appear in a number of business directories from the 1870’s. Sam was married to Sarah J. Johnston. The town of Polo was named after Marco Polo. The town was incorporated in 1876. This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY TREE (AKA INITIAL TREE)

This vintage real photo postcard features a family visiting the “Initial Tree”. This family is not content to have a passive sight-seeing visit to the tree. Instead, this experiential family preferred to climb the tree and have their portrait taken. Three members of the family stand at the base of the tree while four others are perched on limbs or branches looking very much like human ornaments. The message on the postcard and the date on the postmark both disclose that the card was written and mailed in 1910. The postcard is from Aunt Dora to her niece, Tilly, in Portland, Oregon. The postmark discloses that the card was mailed from Nahcotta, Washington. The town is located on Willapa Bay, on the eastern coast of the Long Beach Peninsula. Nahcotta was settled in 1890 and named after an Indian chief. This real photo portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).  SOLD

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THE MOST LOVING AND PROTECTIVE SISTER IN MOUNT PLEASANT, PENNSYLVANIA

This is a particularly nice cabinet card photograph for a couple of reasons. First, the photographer has captured the loving and protective emotions of the older sister toward her baby sister. Second, the photographer did an excellent job of photographing the children (dressed in white) against a dark background. The intimacy that the older child feels for the younger, is obvious in this image. Big sister has one arm wrapped around her sibling’s shoulder. She is also holding the baby’s hand. The photographer of this cabinet card portrait is Oliver C. Kough. He operated a studio in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Oliver was born in Pennsylvania in 1873. He attended public school until he was twelve years old, whereupon he joined his father working in the mines. He received a number of promotions during the several years he worked the mines. In 1893, he decided that he wanted a different job and he went to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and received training and worked in a photo studio. At some point in his time at Uniontown, he partnered with a photographer with the last name of Leeper. Kaugh then opened his gallery in Mount Pleasant and operated the business until 1901. His next job move was to return to Uniontown where he took over the studio of McClellan Leonard. Kough was a member of the National, State, and County photographer associations. He was married to Ella Kaugh (1897). The Bulletin of Photography (1912) reveals that Kough had a tragic accident “when attempting to make a flashlight” of a fraternal group at their lodge. As he was about to set off the powder, there was a blinding flash in his face which resulted in him losing his sight in both eyes. How could such a devastating accident happen? Apparently, Kough was using flash powder, a mixture of magnesium powder and potassium chlorate. This technique was introduced by German inventors in 1887. A measured amount of powder would be placed in a pan and ignited by hand, resulting in a brief brilliant flash of light. This explosive event produced both smoke and noise. This method of producing a flash could be life threatening, especially if the powder was damp. This photo is in very good condition (see scans).

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BEAUTIFUL ANGLO-GERMAN FILM ACTRESS LILLIAN HARVEY

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 Real photo postcard #1 features Anglo-German actress and singer, Lillian Harvey (1906-1968). Her acting base was in Germany. Harvey was born in Hornsey, England to an English mother and a German father. During World War I her family was “trapped” in Magdeburg, Germany and Harvey was sent to live with her Swiss aunt. After the war she finished school in Berlin and than studied voice and dance at the Berlin State Opera. In 1924 she earned a role as a revue dancer in Vienna. This was followed by her first movie role which was in an Austrian film named “The Curse”. Thereafter, she starred in multiple silent films. Her first leading role was in “The Passion” (1925). Because of her voice training, Harvey was able to make the transition into “talkies”. She and actor Willy Fritsch became the “dream couple” of German movies. The pair acted together in eleven movies. In the 1930’s Harvey’s films appeared in both German and English and she became popular outside of Germany. She went to Hollywood and made four movies for the Fox Film Corporation (this postcard is from that period). In 1935, Harvey returned to Germany. She appeared in several more films and soon she was under the watchful eye of the Gestapo. Harvey had many Jewish friends in the film industry  and she was supportive of them. By 1939, Miss Harvey was forced to leave Germany, leaving behind valuable real estate holdings. She went to France where, in 1940, she made two movies for director Jean Boyer. In 1943 she was stripped of her German citizenship because she had performed for French troops. When southern France was occupied by the Nazis in 1942, she emigrated to the United States. During the war she did some theatre acting and also worked as a homeside volunteer nurse. After the war, Harvey relocated to Paris. She went on a world tour as a singer and in 1949 made appearances in West Germany. She spent her retirement on the French Riviera (Antibes) where she had a souvenir shop and raised snails for escargot. Harvey was married one time. Her four year marriage to theater director Hartvig Valeur-Larsen ended in divorce. Eventually she settled down with her female partner Else Pitty Wirth (1907-2007). Interestingly, the two women are buried together in Antibes. The imdb gives Harvey 54 acting credits between 1925 and 1940. Interestingly, Lillian Harvey’s name is mentioned in Quentin Tarantino’s film  “Inglorious Bastards” (2009). One of her songs is played on a phonograph and in addition one of the characters in the film mentions liking Harvey’s performance in a film and Joseph Goebbels becomes angry and insists her name never be mentioned in his presence. Click on the link below to hear the Lillian Harvey/Willy Fritsch duet used in the Tarantino movie. The 1936 song is titled “Ich Wollt Ich War Ein Huhn” (I Wish I Was A Chicken). Now would be a good time to discuss this postcard portrait of Miss Harvey. She is looking quite decorated in this photograph. She is wearing a garland of leaves in her hair, a very ornate necklace, a number of large bracelets, two giant rings, and a jeweled clasp on her dress near her cleavage. Note her very notable eye lashes. She is wearing a somewhat provocative dress and it is clear that the aim of the photographer is to emphasize Miss Harvey’s sexiness. The photographer and Miss Harvey succeeded in accomplishing this goal. The postcard was published by the German firm Ross Verlag and was part of a series (no. 8679/1). The postcard credits Fox films.                                                 SOLD                                                                                                                                                                          

The second postcard (postcard 2) features Miss Harvey in a risque costume. She is showing a “lot of leg” which is quite provocative for her time. It is likely that this image captures her in one of her film roles. The postcard was published by Argenta, which was located in Munich, Bavaria.                                                                                                                  SOLD        

The third postcard (postcard 3) presents Miss Harvey is a sexy pose. Note her dark gloves and large hoop earrings. The postcard was published by Ross Verlag and is part of a series (no. 4288/1). Note the advertising logo for the German film company UFA, located on the bottom right hand corner of the image.

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The fourth postcard (postcard 4) showcases Lillian Harvey’s beautiful smile. Miss Harvey’s not quite plunging neckline was clearly aimed to add a bit of a risque element to the photograph. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag (Berlin) and is part of a series (no. 1019/2). This portrait was taken by the talented photographer, Alex Binder. The photographer of this terrific image was Alexander Binder (1888-1929). He had the largest photo studio in Europe during the late 1920’s and the 1930’s. Many of his entertainment star portraits appear on Ross Verlag postards. It is thought that Binder was of Swiss origin. He was of the Jewish faith. He studied engineering but did not complete his studies. From 1908 to 1910 he studied photography at a school in Munich, Germany. After the completion of his photography studies, he went to Berlin and in 1913 opened his first photography studio. Before long, he became one of the premier photographers in Berlin.  He primarily focussed on fashion and celebrity photography. Since Berlin was the capital of the European film industry, Binder photographed all the stars of the European film industry including, Lilian Harvey, Conrad Veidt, and Lya De Putti. Many of his images were used in popular film portrait postcards. His photographs could be seen in postcards published by Ross Verlag and Photochemie. Binder died in 1929 but new photo cards bearing his signature continued to be published until 1937. 

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The fifth real photo postcard (postcard 5) features Miss Harvey wearing a bathing suit and sitting in a beach chair. Her shoes and stockings don’t seem very appropriate for the beach so it is a good thing that she is actually in a photographer’s studio and sitting in front of a beach backdrop. Obviously, the mission of the photographer was not to convince viewers that Miss Harvey was at the beach. The intent of photographer Alexander Binder was to present Lilian Harvey in a provocative and sexy pose. Mr. Binder certainly succeeded in accomplishing his goal. This photo postcard was published by Ross Verlag.

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Postcard #6 features a hand colored portrait of Miss Harvey published by Ross Verlag. The postcard is part of a series (no. 3543/4). She looks fantastic wearing her print dress and plaid long scarf. I’m not convinced the dress and scarf are matching, but her beauty overcomes any mismatch. As in Postcard #3, the logo for the German film company UFA, can be seen on the lower right hand corner of the image. This photo postcard is from the 1930’s and is in very good condition (see scans).

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GORGEOUS WEDDING PORTRAIT OF A GERMAN COUPLE

This vintage real photo postcard features a very handsome looking German wedding couple. The bride and groom look very serious on their special day. They are both very well dressed. The bride is wearing a beautiful veil and note the lovely bouquet of flowers that she is holding. A faint embossed stamp gives a clue concerning the photographer. The word “Birkenfeld” is visible. “Birkenfeld” is the name of the location of the photographer’s studio. The photographer’s name is Stadelmanz. The message on the reverse of the postcard appears to be written to Fritz, the signer’s friend. Hopefully a cabinet card gallery visitor (the vast unpaid research department) can leave a comment with a translation of the message.This vintage postcard portrait is most likely from the 1920’s or 1930’s and is in excellent condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A FRENCH BOY AND HIS BICYCLE

This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed young boy posing with his bicycle. The boy is wearing a black armband. Black armbands were first utilized as a sign of mourning in 1770’s England. This postcard is of French origin and was published circa 1910. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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YOUNG MAN WEARING A FUR COAT AND FUR HAT IN SEAFORTH, ONTARIO

The young man in this photograph is well prepared for a cold Canadian winter. He is wearing a fur coat and fur hat. The photographer who took this portrait is William F. Tate who operated a studio in Seaforth, Ontario, Canada. This vintage photograph measures about 6″ x 4 1/4″ and is in very good condition.

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