FIVE WELL DRESSED HIKERS: CARRYING WALKING STICKS AND BINOCULARS

 This vintage real  photo postcard features five men in their hiking attire. They certainly don’t seem to be wearing very comfortable clothing for a hike. I hope there was no scrambling or navigating slippery portions of the trail required. If so, their suit pants won’t have a long life span. Other than wearing clothing that may hamper their efforts, the men are well equipped with binoculars and walking sticks. The men have cases for the binoculars and the gentleman all the way on the left has a larger bag slung over his shoulder. The men are also well supplied with smoking materials. Two of the men have cigarettes/cigars and two others are holding a pipe. Interestingly, mustaches must have been in vogue considering that each of the men are wearing one. Hats must have been equally popular.  It would be fascinating to know the story of this gathering of outdoorsmen. The former owner of this image believes that the men are tourists, but he offers no supporting evidence. This vintage photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A MOST INCREDIBLY PRECIOUS YOUNG WOMAN (FURIA)

The young woman seen in this vintage real photo postcard is incredibly precious. She projects sweetness, purity, and innocence. This vintage card was published by Furia and is part of a series (no. 977). Furia was a French postcard company.Most of the Furia cards that I have encountered have been greeting postcards. Pure artistic Furia cards, such as the one above, are much harder to find. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).                                                                                                                                           

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Published in: on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A BOY AND HIS ’59 CHEVY IMPALA SPORTING A BARRY GOLDWATER SENATE CAMPAIGN SIGN (1968)

chevy 1 This snapshot photograph is an excellent piece of American social history. The image shows a young man pointing to a political poster affixed to the side of a 1959, or 1960 Chevy Impala. The sign is supporting the 1968 US Senate campaign of Barry Goldwater  (1909-1988).  Goldwater was a conservative republican from Arizona. The sign states that Goldwater “hit the floor in ’64”.  Hitting the floor is a reference to the fact that Goldwater lost the Presidential election to Lyndon B Johnson in 1964. Johnson won a landslide victory. Goldwater only won six states. The sign maker wrote “Watch our weight in ’68”, referring to Goldwater’s Senate race that year. The sign maker was predicting victory and victory is exactly what occurred. Note the car’s radio antenna. Also take note of the “Taxi” sign behind the boys left shoulder. It is interesting to note the John McCain succeeded Goldwater in the US Senate. This photograph is a perfect illustration of life in the late 1960’s. The Chevy and the boy’s attire (love the cardigan sweater), take me back to a simpler time. This vintage photograph is in excellent condition (see scans).

 

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FIVE ADORABLE SIBLINGS IN CHALKIDA, GREECE

This vintage real photo postcard features five adorable siblings. It is a bit puzzling that four of the children are wearing winter coats, while the older boy is wearing shorts and an open jacket. The photo was taken at a studio in Chalkida, Greece.  Chalkida is the major town on the island of Euboea. This postcard is in good condition (see scan). Note the small crease that runs from the edge of the card and across the oldest boy’s right coat sleeve.

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RISQUE PORTRAIT OF MARTINE CAROL, FRANCE’S ANSWER TO MARILYN MONROE AND PREDECESSOR TO BRIGETTE BARDOT (1960)

MARTINE 2 This vintage real photo postcard features stunning French actress, Martine Carol (1920-1967). She was France’s major sex symbol of the early 1950’s. “Sex Symbol” is an awful term, but it certainly was spoken without much controversy when this postcard was published. Her popularity was short term. She was succeeded by another beautiful French actress, Brigitte Bardot. Little is known about Carol’s childhood. A random encounter with French film and stage actor, Andre Luguet, led her to seek a career in the theatre. She made her stage debut in 1940. Her first film role was in Wolf Farm (1943) and although she was a photogenic beauty and was at ease in front of the camera; her acting ability was limited. Throughout the 1940’s Martine acted in supporting roles and became a popular pin-up. She also appeared in stage roles. Martine was often considered the French version of American actress, Marilyn Monroe. After an affair with married actor Georges Marechal ended poorly, Martine attempted suicide by overdosing on alcohol and drugs, and jumping into the Seine River. The taxi cab driver that took her to the river, rescued her. The unhappy business of her suicide attempt resulted in renewed fan interest in the actress. In 1950, she had her first major film success in “Caroline Cherie”. At least part of her success was attributed to her semi-nude scenes and displays of “seductive sexuality”. She continued to appear in several films that IMDb refers to as  “costumed teasers”. Her last popular role was starring in “Lola Montes” (1955). Later roles failed to peak moviegoers interests and Martine became depressed. A severe accident, and substance abuse in the 1960’s, sabotaged her career. At age 46, Martine died of cardiac arrest in the bathroom of a Monaco hotel. News accounts suggested that she died of a drug overdose but the story was never confirmed. Martine was married and divorced three times and left her fourth husband a widower. Her longest marriage was just short of five years duration. An interesting side note is that she was once kidnapped by French gangster, Pierre Loutrel (AKA Crazy Pete). The kidnapping was brief, and the kidnapper sent her roses the next day as a gesture of apology. Martine Carol’s filmography, according to IMDb, includes 50 film credits between 1941 and 1967. The photographer of this portrait photo is Sam Levin (1904-1992). He was born in the Ukraine but emigrated to France when he was two years of age. He is famous for his stage photographs and his portraits of movie stars. His studio was in Paris. Levin was a film photographer for 75 films. He was arrested by the Nazis during World War II and was sent to a camp. His crime was, being Jewish. The fact that he was sent to a detention camp rather than a death camp, indicates there was a high ranking Nazi official acting as his guardian angel. He photographed nearly all the major French and European movie stars of the 1950’s and 1960’s. He is particularly celebrated for his photos of Brigitte Bardot. Levin did over 180 magazine covers in the United States. The postcard was published by the Globe Edition (Paris) and is part of a series (no. 132). To see a video of Miss Carol, look at the clip below which shows her in “Nana” (1955).    (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF FLORENCE BOYD IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (MAY HAVE SLEPT WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER)

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Florence Boyd posed for this cabinet card portrait in Chicago, Illinois. She is identified, in pencil, on the reverse of the photograph. The photographer is listed simply as “Boyd”. Perhaps, Florence, is married to the photographer. It is also possible that the pair may be related in some other fashion. A Samuel Boyd was a photographer in Chicago between 1887 and 1893. Earlier, he operated a studio in Cleveland, Ohio (1897 and 1900). All attempts to find further information about Samuel and Florence Boyd have been fruitless. Therefore, there is no confirmation that Florence Boyd actually slept with the photographer after the portrait. This cabinet card photograph is in very good condition.

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BUXOM YOUNG WOMAN SEATED AT A TABLE

This vintage real photo postcard features a buxom young woman seated at a table. A couple of books are atop the table. Note the woman’s high collar blouse. By appearance, she seems a bit uncomfortable being photographed. This postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN POSING IN A STUDIO SOMEWHERE IN GREECE

This vintage real photo postcard captures a pretty young woman with a polka dot scarf and a wonderful smile. She is posing for her portrait at an unidentified photo studio somewhere in Greece. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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A DUSKY BEAUTY : MISS AIDA OVERTON WALKER

The subject of this vintage real photo postcard is Miss Aida Overton Walker. The caption above her name refers to her as “A Dusky Beauty”. Seems like a racist title to me. I don’t recall ever seeing its equivalent, “A Pasty Beauty”, on a portrait of a white female performer. Aida Overton Walker (1880-1914) was known as “The Queen of the Cakewalk”. She was African-American and an American vaudeville performer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She has been called the most famous African American female performer of the early twentieth century. She was married in 1899 to vaudeville performer, George Walker. Aida and her husband performed with the highly successful Bert Williams. They were the major black vaudeville and musical comedy act of the era. She was also a solo dancer and choreographer for a number of other vaudeville shows. Aida was well known for her 1912 performance of the ”’salome” dance. Aida was born in Richmond, Virginia and moved to New York City when she was young. She was educated there and received a great deal of musical training. When she was fifteen years old she joined the “Octoroons”, a black touring group. In 1900 she gained national notice with her performance of  “Miss Hannah from Savannah” in the play, “Sons of Ham”.  The song became a major hit. Overton Walker had significant theatrical success with her performances in Dahomey (1902), Abyssinia (1906), and Bandana Land (1908). Overall, Aida was praised by critics and fellow performers. She was financially successful. In 1908 she retired to care for her ill husband. In 1910 she returned to the stage as a solo act. In 1911, her husband died. By 1912, she was on tour again. That same year, she performed on Broadway as Salome. In 1914, Walker died suddenly from kidney failure. Two years before her death, she was performing in white variety theaters. She and Bert Williams were the only Black performers “permitted” to do so. At that time, African Americans were expected to confine themselves to “lower” entertainment such as comedy and ragtime. “High” art, like dramatic theater and classical dance were reserved for whites. Aida helped break that racist tradition. During her career, Aida addressed the issue of racial relations. She stated in an article in “The Colored American Magazine (1905), her view that that the performing arts could have a beneficial effect on race relations. Walker asserted “I venture to think and dare to state that our profession does more toward the alleviation of color prejudice than any other profession among colored people.” She also worked to improve working conditions, and to expand roles for black women on the stage. During the period Walker was performing, female actresses, especially black actresses, were seen as “immoral and oversexed”. Aida wrote “a woman does not lose her dignity…when she enters stage life”. Walker also worked to develop the talents of younger black performers within the framework of refinement and elegance. In 1908, she began organizing benefits to assist such causes as the Industrial Home for Colored Working Girls. This vintage postcard was published by Raphael Tuck, of Paris, France. The photographer of Miss Walker was Cavendish Morton (1874-1939). The National Portrait Gallery possesses 104 of Morton’s portraits. Morton had several careers including electrical engineering, architecture, acting, illustrating, and in the 1890’s he took up photography. He is known for his theatrical photo portraits. His son was a well known watercolor artist. This postcard was postmarked in 1908, The postcard is in good condition. See the youtube video below. It is a tribute to Aida Overton Walker. 

 

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CLOSE-UP PORTRAIT OF AN ALGERIAN MAN IN HIS CULTURE’S TRADITIONAL CLOTHING

This ethnographic cabinet card features an Algerian man from Bone, Algeria. He is dressed in his culture’s traditional clothing. The preceding demographics are derived from the fact that this photograph was in a collection of images from Bone. The city of Bone is now known as Annaba. It is a port town on the Mediterranean, in northeastern Algeria. It is close to the Tunisian border. Bone was known for its mining. Iron ore was a major export. The city was named Bone while it was under French rule. Algeria received it’s independence in 1962. The man in this photograph has a wonderful smile. I wish I knew more about him. The photographer of this cabinet card is not identified. The photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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