WEITZMAN VIENNA_0003This cabinet card photograph features an actress in an exotic Japanese costume. The photographer is S. Weitzmann whose studio was located in Vienna, Austria. Writing on the reverse of the image dates the photograph as being  produced in 1907 and advertising on the reverse states that the studio won medals in exhibitions in Paris, London, and Grand Prix in 1906. The woman in this image is wearing gloves and an interesting hat. She is also holding a fan. Weitzmann is mentioned in Hitler’s Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold, And The Pursuit Of Justice (2011). The book states that Weitzmann was the foremost portrait photographer in Vienna and worked for the Austrian Royal Court before its demise in 1918. To view other photographs by Weitzmann,click on the category “Photographer: Weitzmann”.

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  1. A striking beauty with a fantastic costume! Though there’s a theatrical or even operatic quality to the woman’s dress, Vienna was famous for its costume balls. I think she could be a socialite who has chosen an exotic fashion and is preserving the memory with a photograph.

  2. I wonder if she is dressed for a role in Madame Butterfly. It premiered in 1904.

  3. This made me think of a painting I enjoy looking at that hangs in the MFA in Boston: La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume)

  4. Wife’s family left Vienna at the time of the Anschluss or those who could get away and brought with them a glorious album of Weizmann studio photos of unknown family members. Have read that records were destroyed but if anyone knows otherwise then please let us know

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