NORMANDY BEACH : NEW JERSEY : BATHING BEAUTIES ROMPING ON THE SUNNY SHORE

This vintage postcard sends “Greetings from Normandy Beach, New Jersey”. The card features nine pretty women “Romping on the Sunny Shore”. This postcard was a souvenir card for the tourists who came to Normandy Beach for their summer outings or vacations. This postcard was published by Tichnor Brothers of Boston, Massachusetts. My scanner gives this card a yellow tint but in fact, the yellowish tinted sand is actually tannish (sand colored) on the actual card.  The card has a 1956 Normandy Beach postmark. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A FATHER AND HIS ADORABLE YOUNG DAUGHTER : LITTLE LADY : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features a father and his adorable daughter. The father is well dressed and holding a cigar. The daughter is dressed in a manner that she looks like a little lady. Note her tiny purse. Although dad is looking quite serious, the girl is flashing a half smile and affectionately has her hand on her father’s shoulder. This photo postcard has been slightly trimmed on it’s right side. The card is in good condition (see scans).  SOLD

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PRETTY MAID WITH AN ANCIENT URN

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman standing next to an ancient urn. This image reflects either Roman or Grecian times. The card has a postmark dated 1907. The postcard is in fair condition (see scans).

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN : LOTS OF LACE : KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE : PHOTO BY J. KNAFFL

This vintage photograph features a portrait of a pretty young woman. She is wearing a high collared dress with a great deal of detailed lace. The woman was photographed by the Knaffl & Brother studio, located in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is well posed and the photographer did an excellent job producing this portrait. The high quality of this photograph should come as no surprise.  Joseph Knaffl (1861-1938) was an esteemed American art and portrait photographer. He was active in Knoxville during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of his portraits is very well known. It has been printed thousands of times and, according to Wikepedia, it is stilll utilized in Hallmark Christmas cards. The 1899 portrait is known as the “Knaffl Madonna”. Knaffl’s early portraits were influenced by classical art and often had a religious theme. After joining with his protege, James Brakebill, he transitioned into more character studies. In the mid 1880’s he did a series of photographs mocking negative racial stereotypes. Many of Knaffl’s portraits appeared in national magazines. His images also won many awards at National competitions. Knaffl owned two studios in Knoxville. Knaffl and Brother was established in 1884, while Knaffl and Brakebill began operations in 1909. He operated them simultaneously. Knaffl was born in Tennessee. His father was an Austrian born physician who was the court physician to the emperor of Austria. After 1848 he moved to the United States and upon the advent of the civil war, he became a Union Army Surgeon. Joseph Knaffl was schooled in Knoxville and Nashville. He learned photography from his brother-in-law (T M Scheier). The 4 1/8″ x 6″ image has excellent clarity. It is in excellent (near mint) condition (see scans).

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CARS ON THE BEACH : TYBEE ISLAND : SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

This vintage linen postcard features people and cars on Savannah Beach on Tybee Island in Savannah, Georgia. The postcard was published by Curteich-Chicago and is a “C.T. Art-Colortone postcard”. The card was distributed by Coastal News Co., located in Savannah, Georgia. This postcard has corner wear and is in overall good condition (see scans). SOLD

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WINNIE MARKUS : GERMAN FILM ACTRESS (RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features actress Winnie Markus (1921-2002). She was born in Czechoslovakia and was a German film and television actress. She received theatre training at the Max Reinhardt Seminary in Vienna. She became a leading actress during the 1940’s and 1950’s. She had opportunities to work in Hollywood but she declined because she preferred to stay in Germany. She was married twice, once to an actor and once to a hotelier. Shortly before the end of World War II, she was shot in the leg by an inebriated Russian soldier. The IMDb lists 68 credits in Markus’s filmography between  1939 and 2001. This vintage real photo postcard was published by Film-Foto-Verlag and was part of a series (no.3558/1). The photographer was Hammerer for Wien-Film. This vintage postcard portrait is in very good condition (see scans). 

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PRETTY WOMAN OUT FOR A WINTER WALK IN THE SNOW BY A LAKE

This vintage real photo postcard features a young woman out for a winter walk in the woods. There is snow on the ground and the pond (lake) is partially iced over. The woman is dressed warmly. She is wearing a long winter coat and has a fur wrapped around her shoulders. Note her winter hat. This postcard was published by Alfred Noyer as part of a series (No. 2750). The card is in very good condition (see scans).

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MARGARET LIVINGSTON : EGYPTIAN POSE AND COSTUME : RISQUE

This vintage real photo postcard features American actress and businesswoman Margaret Livingston (1895-1984). She is most known for her acting during the silent film era. Livingston is especially noted for her role as “the woman from the city” in F. W. Murnau’s film, “Sunrise” A Song of Two Humans”. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City. Her father was Scottish and her mother was Swedish. Her older sister, Ivy, also became a film actress. The IMDb credits Livingston with 80 film roles between 1916 and 1934. She played in over 50 films during the silent era. In 1929, she was one of the few actresses that made a successful transition into talkies. In fact, she dubbed the voices for some other actresses, including Louise Brooks. Livingston received some unwanted publicity in 1924, when as a guest on William Randolph Hearst’s yacht, fellow passenger film director and producer, Thomas Ince died of heart failure, or was it a gunshot wound. Cause of death was a subject of debate, and many thought that Livingston and Ince were having an affair. In 1931, Livingston married band leader, Paul Whiteman. She retired from acting in films, in 1934. She spent her retirement investing in oil and real estate.  This postcard was published by Ballerini and Fratini for Fox Film Corp.. The company was located in Florence, Italy. They were known for producing a large number of postcard, including film stars of the 1920’s. The card is in very good condition (see scans). 

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SMILING COUPLE POSE IN A FAUX GARDEN: WHY IS THIS WOMAN HOLDING A WHIP? (RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard (RPPC) features a smiling couple posing in a photographic studio’s faux garden.  Note the leaves affixed to the wall behind them. This couple seems very happy together but they apparently didn’t maintain their marital harmony because they ultimately got divorced. One hopes that the whip that the woman is holding had nothing to do with their marital discord. The woman’s name in this photograph is Grace McBurney. Her name is written on the reverse of the postcard, undoubtedly by one of her relatives. Research reveals that Grace R. McBurney (1893-1969) was born in Oregon and married at the age of 19 to William H. McBurney who worked as a “typewriter representative”, which I assume means he sold typewriters. The couple had at least five children: Virginia D.(born around 1914), Marguerite F. (1919-1999), Wilma (born around 1920), William (1923-1981), and Carl Morton (1928-2007). Perusal of US census data reveals that the couple were divorced sometime between 1930 and 1940. It appears that Grace lived her entire adult life in Portland, Oregon. She is buried in Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland. Preliminary research yielded little information about her husband. This photo postcard was produced by the Mazrograph Studio in Portland. Mazrograph was the process Calvert used to produce the photo postcards quickly. The studio’s stamp can be seen on the reverse of the postcard. The stamp also mentions that the photo production process took only ten minutes.The postcard paper was produced by Cyko sometime between 1906 and 1915. Charles E. (Cal) Calvert operated his studio at Sixth and Ankeny from 1906 through 1930. In 1907, with the opening of Council Crest Amusement Park, he operated a studio and postcard stand on it’s grounds. He also ran a studio at the Washington Street entrance to Portland’s City Park in 1910. Cal was known for his use of rustic props and for his creativity. One of his sets involved subjects appearing as if they were flying an airplane over the city of Portland. A postcard employing this setting is part of a collection at the Portland Art Museum. This RPPC was taken in a “10 Minute Photo Gallery”. The reverse of the card advertises “Cal Calvert, Postcard Man”.  As a side note, there was also a Calvert’s Studio across from Oregon City’s Southern Pacific Depot but it was run by Harry Calvert and his wife Alvilda. Harry was not related to Cal Calvert. Harry’s studio operated from 1915 through 1925. This vintage real photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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CHESTER ARTHUR : TRADE CARD : DUKE OF DURHAM : THE BEST SMOKING TOBACCO

This item is a vintage cigarette card featuring a portrait of the 21st President of the United States, Chester Arthur. The card is advertising the W. Duke Sons & Company of Durham, North Carolina. More specifically, the card advertises one of their brands, Duke of Durham. The company states that this brand is “The Best Smoking Tobacco”. Cigarette cards are trading cards issued by tobacco manufacturers. They served the dual purpose of stiffening cigarette packages as well as providing effective advertising of cigarette brands. they were issued between 1875 and the 1940’s. They were distributed as premiums inside of packages of tobacco or cigarettes. These cards became popular with collectors of the era. They are still collected today because they document past popular cultures. They depict actresses, athletes, and other examples of historic popular culture. W. Duke Sons & Company was established by Washington Duke in 1878. He was succeeded by his son, James Duke (1856-1925). James was a visionary and became very successful in growing the company. In fact, he was too successful. He took over the nation’s five major cigarette manufacturers and controlled 80 percent of the domestic tobacco industry. In 1904, James reorganized his company, calling it, the American Tobacco Company. To repeat, James was too successful. His monopoly caught the attention of Federal Court and the company was found guilty of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. The case went to the Supreme Court and the ruling was that American Tobacco had to jettison Liggett and Myers, P. Lorillard and the R J Reynolds Tobacco Company. James Duke was a multimillionaire and he donated much money to Trinity College. The school later became Duke University, They were issued between 1875 and the 1940’s. They were distributed as premiums inside of packages of tobacco or cigarettes. These cards became popular with collectors of the era. They are still collected today because they document past popular cultures. They depict actresses, athletes, and other examples of historic popular culture. This vintage cigarette trade card measures about 2 1/2″ x 3 5/8″.  SOLD