JEWISH TEMPLE : CLEVELAND, OHIO : WILSON AVENUE : TROLLEY : JUDAICA POSTCARD

This vintage lithographic postcard features the Wilson Avenue Jewish Temple, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Note the trolley coming down the street as well as the pedestrian traffic.This temple, Tifereth Israel (Glory to Israel), was founded in 1850 and is Cleveland’s second oldest active Jewish congregation. In 1924 the the congregation left the Wilson Avenue location to move into a new synagogue. This postcard is from the 1910’s. It was published by the Cleveland News Company but printed by a German firm (Litho-chrome). (SOLD)

MARY ASTOR : PRETTY FILM, TELEVISION, AND STAGE ACTRESS : TRAUMATIZED BY FAMILY

This vintage real photo postcard features American film, stage, and television actress and musician, Mary Astor (1906-1987). She played many memorable roles but she is most associated with her performance in “The Maltese Falcon” (1941). Astor also wrote five novels and an autobiography. She began her film career as a teenager by appearing in silent movies during the early 1920’s. Her career continued with the introduction of “talkies”. In 1936, Astor’s career was almost ruined by a scandal in which she had an affair with playwright George Kaufman. A custody fight with her ex-husband stigmatized her as being an adulterous wife. She managed to overcome the poor PR and in 1941, won an Academy Award fo Best Supporting Actress in “The Great Lie”.  Astor was born in Quincy, Illinois. Her father was a German teacher and her mother taught drama and elocution. Astor was home schooled by her father who also taught her the piano. In 1919, she sent her photo to a beauty contest in Motion Picture Magazine. She was chosen as a semi finalist. When she was fifteen, she and her family moved to Chicago where she took drama lessons and performed on the stage. She and her family moved to New York City so she could act in motion pictures. A Manhattan photographer asked Astor to pose for him and the resulting photographs led her to be signed by Paramount pictures. In 1921, at age fourteen, she made her film debut. In 1923, she and her family moved to Hollywood. During the filming of one movie, the underage actress was wooed off set by the significantly older actor, John Barrymore. She became a “WAMPAS Baby Star” in 1926. In Hollywood, her controlling parents kept her a virtual prisoner and lived lavishly off her earnings. They gave her a five dollar a week allowance while she was earning 2500 dollars a week. Her father was emotionally and physically abusive. She did not gain control of her salary until she was 26 years old. However, this resulted in her parents suing her for financial support.  In 1928 she married film director Kenneth Hawkes. In 1928, he was killed in a plane crash while filming sequences for a movie. After Astor appeared in a few more movies, she suffered a nervous breakdown related to the loss of her husband. She married the doctor who treated her for her psychiatric illness. By 1933, she had a child, and was seeking a divorce. Her personal life was coming apart at the seams. That is when the aforementioned scandal occurred. She continued to appear in films during the 1930’s but had entered the early stages of alcoholism. By 1949, she entered a sanitarium for alcoholics. In 1951, she experienced her third suicide attempt. Astor’s filmography credits her with 155 film appearances between 1921 and 1964. The IMDb reports that she appeared in two Broadway plays between 1945 and 1954. Astor was a very successful performer but was plagued by problems in her personal life. This photo postcard was published by Picturegoer as part of a series (no.240b). The firm was located in London, England. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans). 

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN : RISQUE : “COME HITHER EYES” : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features an attractive young woman in a low cut dress. Considering the era, this postcard is risque. The postcard was published by Edgar Schmidt as part of a series. The firm was located in Dresden, Germany. The postcard has an Austrian postal stamp. The card is in very good condition (see scans).

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A MAN AND HIS HORSE AND WAGON (VINTAGE OCCUPATIONAL REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage real photo postcard features a man and his horse and his partially covered wagon. Judging by the man’s clothing; he is a working man. Perhaps he is a delivery man of some sort. He is wearing a white shirt, bow tie and smock. I believe that he is wearing long heavy gloves. The gloves probably pertain to his occupation. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that when it was published, the postcard postal rate was 1 cent. The one cent rate was in effect until World War I when it was raised to 2 cents on a temporary basis (1917-1919). The rate was again raised between 1925 and 1928. The rate became permanently two cents in 1951. As a result, the stamp box in this case, is not helpful in establishing the date that this postcard was produced. However, the style of the front of this postcard indicates that it was produced not long after the 1900’s or 1910’s. This postcard certainly documents history. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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THE APPANOOSE COUNTY COURTHOUSE : CENTERVILLE, IOWA : (1915)

This vintage real photo postcard features the Appanoose County Courthouse. The building is located in the county seat of Centerville, Iowa. The courthouse was selected to be on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The cornerstone was laid in 1903 and the building was dedicated in 1904. The Courthouse has a two-stage central clock tower. Worth noting is that in the background are two interesting advertising signs. Note the signs for “Coca Cola” and for an “Automobile and Buggy” shop.  A third sign is also evident but it is partially obscured by the courthouse. The sign appears advertise the “Davison Brothers Hardware” store. The postcard message is from a wife to her husband. She was away from home and reporting on her trip. The postcard appears to be from circa 1915 and is in very good condition (see scans).

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ETHEL OLIVER : BRITISH STAGE AND SILENT FILM ACTRESS : GAIETY THEATER : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features British stage and film actress, Miss Ethel Oliver. She is wearing a costume from one of her performances. Little information is readily available about Miss Oliver. She is listed as being a chorus member in the play at the Gaiety Theater, “The Orchid” (1903), In 1917, Oliver starred in the musical comedy “Pomponette at the Newcastle upon Tyne Theatre Royal. The IMDb reports that she acted in two films; “The Return” (1921) and “A Soul’s Awakening” (1922). Oliver was also a dancer. She was a sitter for twelve portraits in Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. This vintage close-up portrait postcard was published by Philco as part of a series (No.3260 E). This postcard is in very good condition (see scans). 

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JAPAN: SCHOOL PRINCIPAL : 10th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS HIRING PHOTO : KATO : 1910

This vintage real photo postcard honors a Japanese school principal celebrating his tenth anniversary of employment at an Agricultural school in Kato, Japan. The city of Kato is in the Chiba Prefecture. A printed stamp on the reverse of the card indicates that it was published in 1910. This postcard has corner wear from being a former resident of a postcard album. The postcard is in overall good condition (see scans).

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DRINA VERCHESI : BRITISH BEAUTY & ACTRESS : ROTARY PHOTO : RISQUE : 1910’s

This vintage real photo postcard features British beauty and actress, Drina Verchesi. This hand-painted postcard captures Miss Verchesi in a risque pose and in a revealing dress. This card is certainly provocative for it’s era. Information about Verchesi is not readily available. A deeper dive into theater sources, will uncover some details of her life. It is safe to bet that she was not a major player on the British stage, but established enough to be featured on this postcard. This card was published by Rotary Photo (no.A526-1). The firm operated in London, England. This postcard is in good condition (see scans). 

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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN : CIVIL WAR VET PHOTOGRAPHER : LYNN, MA : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card features a young woman posing for her portrait at the studio of William Marshall Wires, in Lynn, Massachusetts. Wires was born in Cambridge, Vermont in 1842. He was a veteran of the American Civil War (originally in Fifth Regiment of Vermont Volunteers). He became a member of the Signal Corps and participated at the battle of Gettysburg. He moved to Lynn in 1872. He was a prominate photographer there from 1873 to at least 1913. He died at the Soldier’s Home in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1920.  He was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic. This cabinet card photo is in good condition (see scans).

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THE SWEDISH HOSPITAL : BROOKLYN, NEW YORK : VINTAGE POSTCARD

This vintage linen postcard features the Swedish Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. The hospital was located at Bedford Avenue and Dean Street. Swedish Hospital opened in 1906 and expanded over time, but closed in 1975. Upon the closing of the facility, the New York Times (1975) published an article about how New York City would be adversely affected by the closure. The hospital was compelled to close because the state health department cited the institution for structural and safety deficiencies in their building. The cessation of services created a problem because Swedish Hospital was the only medical facility in New York City that dealt exclusively with alcoholism and alcohol related medical illnesses. The closing cut two thirds of the beds available for hospitalized alcoholics in Brooklyn. This postcard was published by Curt Teich (Chicago) as part of a series (No.9B-H501).  (SOLD)

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