PORTRAIT OF A TALL AND THIN YOUNG LADY : TIGHTLY CORSETED

The young woman in this cabinet card portrait is tall, thin, and wearing a dark dress. She is very well dressed. The woman is tightly corseted, which is typical for the era of this photograph. She is holding a folded fan. This photograph was taken in Florence, Massachusetts at a gallery operated by Ferdinand William Schadee (1840-1901). Schadee was born in Bavaria, Germany. I found no record of when he arrived in the United States. In 1869, he married Eliza A Schadee and the couple eventually had at least three children. Schadee was a Mason. A publication entitled “The History of Florence, Mass.” (1895) reveals that Schadee established his gallery there in 1885. Prior to that time, he ran a studio in Northampton, Mass. That studio was operated under the name of “Hardie & Schadee”. The 1880 US Census lists Schadee as a photographer as does a number of editions of the Northampton and Easthampton directory. He was listed in the directory up to 1901, indicating that he was working as a photographer until his passing. This cabinet card photo has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

Buy this Original Cabinet Card photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3123

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$26.00

Buy this original Cabinet Card Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) #3123

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$34.50

Published in: on July 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

PORTRAIT OF A PROFESSOR AND HIS EQUATION

A professor of math, physics, chemistry, or who knows what, stands in front of his classroom teaching his lesson. Behind him is a blackboard displaying a very complicated equation. A prize is offered to anyone who is able to solve the equation. After much study, no student in the large class is able to solve the problem. However, someone had clandestinely slipped into the lecture hall and wrote the answer on the board. Who could be the genius that solved the perplexing equation. Surprisingly, it was Matt Damon, the self-taught school janitor that had deduced the solution. Wait a minute! I think I am confusing this photograph with the 1997 film, “Good Will Hunting”. This educational vintage photograph measures about 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ and is in good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3122

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$23.54

Buy this Vintage Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) #3122

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$32.04

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags:

MARIA CORDA : AUSTRIAN, HUNGARIAN, GERMAN, AND AMERICAN SILENT FILM STAR

Maria Corda (1898-1976) was a Hungarian actress and a star during the silent film era in German and Austria. She began her career in acting in the theaters of Budapest during the beginning period of World War I. One of her gigs was working as a dancer with the Royal Opera in Budapest. When the Austria-Hungary Empire fell apart, she began working in the film industry. She appeared in her first film in 1919 ;under the direction of Hungarian, Korda Sandor, who later changed his name to Alexander Korda. Korda was the leading movie director in Hungary and he featured her in three of his films in 1919. Maria became the most famous actress in Hungary. Hungary’s leader had Alexander seized by the secret police. Maria and her brother-in-law exerted pressure on the British Military consulate and was able to get her husband freed. The couple fled Hungary and settled in Vienna, Austria. It was in Vienna that the pair changed their names. He became Alexander Korda and she, for some unknown reason, became Maria Corda. In 1920, Alexander began directing films in Austria and Maria became an Austrian silent screen star. Alexander directed Maria in a number of films including “Samson und Delila” (1923). In 1926, the couple moved to Germany the couple teamed up again and were able to continue their film career success. The caught the attention of First National, a Hollywood movie studio. Alexander and Maria were offered a package deal to come to American and make movies. They settled in Beverly Hills. Maria did not encounter the success that she had in Europe. Her Hollywood career aspirations were crushed in 1928 by the advent of sound pictures. She knew little English and had a thick accent. In addition to her movie career, her turbulent marriage also came to an end. They divorced in 1930. Her husband returned to Europe where he had a long successful career in British filmmaking. Maria moved to New York and wrote a number of novels. She spent her later years in Switzerland. In 1942, her husband was knighted and she insisted upon being called “Lady Korda”, even though Alexander was remarried. When Alexander died in 1956, he was onto his third marriage, but that did not stop Maria from trying to claim an inheritance. Maria had an interesting personality. Writers have asserted that she was temperamental and ambitious. She had a tendency to embellish her background. She often described herself as the “Hungarian Garbo”, an opinion reflecting aggrandizement. The IMDb reports that Maria had 28 film credits between 1919 and 1929. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag (Berlin), The card was part of a series (no.1633/1). Note the “Fox” logo on the bottom right hand corner of the image. Maria starred in a Korda film for a Berlin based subsidiary of Fox in 1926. Therefore, this postcard is likely from 1926. The film was entitled “Madame Wants No Children”. The postcard was sold exclusively by Ballerini & Fratini of Florence, Italy. The card is in very good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3121

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$26.00

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3121

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$34.50

ADORABLE LITTLE BOY AND HIS TEDDDY BEAR ON WHEELS IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

bruns

teddy2 This fantastic carte de visite features an adorable little boy and his toy teddy bear. The toy bear is on a string leash and on four wheels for easy walking. The child’s outfit, including his matching socks, are very stylish. The photograph was taken at the studio of Adolf Bruns in Hamburg, Germany. This larger than usual cdv measures about 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and is in excellent condition.

Buy this Carte de Visite Photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3119

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$63.39

Buy this Carte de Visite Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) #3119

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$71.89

teddy3

 

Published in: on July 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , ,

PORTRAIT OF A DISTINGUISHED LOOKING BEARDED GENTLEMAN IN LEWISTON, MAINE (CDV)

This carte de visite portrait features a well-dressed and distinguished looking gentleman posing for his portrait at the Crosby studio in Lewiston, Maine. He has piercing eyes and a wiry beard and mustache. The photographer of this image is A B Crosby (1836-1879). Crosby worked alone during his career but he was also involved in two partnerships. He had a brief partnership with George W Barnes in Topsham, Maine. He also was in business in Lewiston with C W Curtis. Both of these business relationships occurred in the 1870’s. The earliest record I could find of Crosby working as a photographer was in an 1864 Lewiston business directory. Crosby’s life was cut short when he succumbed to brain disease at the age of 43. He was married at the time of his death. I have seen a number of Crosby’s photographs and it is clear that he was a talented lensman. The carte de visite’s bottom is trimmed. The portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

Buy this Carte de Visite Photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3118

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$17.29

Buy this Carte de Visite Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) #3118

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$25.79

 

YOKO TANI : SUCCESSFUL JAPANESE ACTRESS IN EUROPE AND DELIVERER OF CHEESECAKE

POSTCARD 1

POSTCARD 1 (CLOSE-UP)

POSTCARD 2

POSTCARD 2 (CLOSE-UP)

Yoko Tani (1928-1999) was a Japanese actress and nightclub entertainer. Some writers have described her as “Eurasian” or “half French”. These half white labels were thought necessary because there was a belief she would be accepted more as an exotic than as a Japanese woman by European post World War II audiences. The reality is that both her parents were Japanese but worked for the Japanese embassy in Paris. She was conceived on a boat to France and born in Paris. She was given the name “Yoko” which means “ocean child”. She and her family returned to Japan in 1930 and she returned to France in 1950 after finishing her schooling in Japan. She went back to France because she was awarded a scholarship to study aesthetics at the University of Paris. She stayed in school for a couple of years but it did not hold her interest. She developed a strong attraction to the world of cabarets, night clubs and music halls. She entered into “show business” and became known as an “exotic oriental beauty” with her provocative sexy “geisha” dances. These dances often ended with her slipping out of her kimono. She also appeared in “cheesecake photographs”. Discovered by Marcel Carne, a French film director, she entered into his social world of filmdom. She met and later married Roland Lesaffre, the French actor. It would be the first of two marriages. She soon began acting in films. Until the mid 1950’s her acting roles were confined to stereotyped Asians in French films. In 1956 she appeared in French films in more substantial roles. While in Japan, she appeared in a film with a “women in prison” theme. Between 1957 and 1962, Tani appeared in international films. Her first English language film was Graham Greene’s “The Quiet American”. She had a small role playing a French speaking Vietnamese nightclub hostess. In regard to English language films, Tani’s first great success was in “The Wind Cannot Read” (1958). She had a leading actress role and her success helped land her additional English language roles (Great Britain and the United States). Additional Hollywood parts included My Geisha (1962) and “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed” (1963). In about 1963, she became more of a European based actress. She worked on mainly low budget Italian films and in femme fatale roles in British television. Tani maintained her love for cabaret and nightclubs throughout her career. The producer of “The Wind Cannot Read” wrote that when looking to recruit Tani for the picture, she found her in a “girlie club”, basically, a strip tease joint in Paris. It was reported that in the 1960’s, she worked in the Le Crazy Horse de Paris nightclub. In 1997, at nearly 50 years of age, she was in Brazil to play a small role in a sexploitation film. Also in 1977 she starred in a transvestite show in downtown Sao Paulo. The IMDb credits Tani with 53 film acting credits between 1949 and 2018.

  Postcard 1 showcases the beauty of Yoko Tani. This photograph is certainly a “cheesecake” image. Tani seems to be falling out of her robe (kimono). Let there be no doubt, sex sells. This was true in the 1950’s and 1960’s as well as today. Unfortunately, women were, and are, seen as objects. This vintage real photo postcard was made in France and published by the “Globe”. The card was part of a series (no.713). The photograph was taken by famed celebrity photographer Sam Levin. Levin was popular both in Europe as well as the United States. This photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

Postcard 2 is a risque photograph of Miss Tani. She is wearing the same robe as the one she wears in Postcard 1. It is strategically ill fitting. The postcard is made in Paris and published by the globe as part of a series (no.469). The photographer is Sam Levin. This photo postcard is in very good condition.

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3116

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$14.72

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3116

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$23.22

 

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3117

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$22.16

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3117

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$30.66

POSTCARD 1POSTCARD 2

PORTRAIT OF FOUR ADORABLE SIBLINGS

This vintage real photo postcard features four siblings posing for their portrait. Each child is cuter than the other. Note the boy’s neatly combed hair and bow tie. The girl sitting on the chair appears to be the only one having a good time at the photographer’s studio. She is showing a hint of a smile. This postcard’s stamp box indicates that the card was published by Crown Studios sometime between 1913 and 1929.   (SOLD)

Published in: on July 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags:

PORTRAIT OF TWO LOVELY SCHOOL GIRLS IN UNIFORM

This vintage real photo features two lovely girls wearing their school uniforms. It is likely that they are sisters. The patch on their jackets probably reveals where they attended school. This photo was taken at the Van Ralty Limited Studios. The company operated photo studios in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Oldham, and Bolton, England. Research uncovered one article that reported that the Van Ralty enterprise was in business between 1911 and 1933, It is unclear if the writer was referring to one of the individual studios or referring to the entire operation. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3114

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$21.49

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3114

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$29.99

Published in: on July 1, 2020 at 6:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags:

EARLY CABINET CARD PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN IN A BLACK DRESS (MOURNING PHOTO)

This early cabinet card portrait features a seated older woman wearing a black dress. This is likely a mourning photo. The woman has a stoic expression. She is posed in front of a stark backdrop. The woman’s name, the name of  the photographer, and the location of the studio, are all unknown. This cabinet card photo is in excellent condition (see scans).

Buy this Original Cabinet Card photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3013

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$38.29

Buy this original Cabinet Card Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) #3013

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$46.79

Published in: on June 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Comments (4)  
Tags:

A LITTLE GIRL AND HER WOODEN DOLL IN PARIS, FRANCE

This vintage photograph features and adorable little girl sitting on a wall and holding her doll for all to see. I know very little about dolls, but, this one seems to be made out of wood. This photo was taken at a studio in Paris, France. The photographer was E. Chapuis. Preliminary research yielded no biographical information about Mr. Chapuis but he appears to have been a prolific photographer based on the number of his photos that are in the hands of collectors. This photograph measures about 2 1/4″ x 3 7/8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3112

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$28.39

Buy this Vintage Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) #3112

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$36.89

Published in: on June 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , ,