“THATS ENTERTAINMENT”: A PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL AND HER ACCORDION

This vintage photo postcard captures a most adorable wide-eyed little girl sitting on a wooden chair and holding an accordion. The girl’s expression is precious. She seems happy to be posing for this photograph. She is sitting in front of a collection of her toys including a nutcracker man, a dog on wheels, and a doll. The accordion has the logo of the Cucciolo company. This company operated in Italy and this postcard is likely of Italian origin and produced in the 1930’s. Printing on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the postcard was published on Agfa postcard paper. Founded in 1867, “Actien-Gesellschaft fur Anilin-Farrikation” (AGFA) produced chemical liquids for photography. In 1913, the company becgan to produce postcard papers. The company’s primary factory was located in Berlin, Germany.

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Published in: on December 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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THREE COUPLES AT A TABLE ENJOYING COFFEE AND CAKE IN MEERANE, GERMANY.

This cabinet card features an unusual and interesting setting. The photographer, Max Blum captured a close-up view of three well dressed couples sitting, or standing around a table, having coffee (tea?) and cake. The cake appears to be a Bundt Cake. Most of the cabinet cards that I have seen that are similar to this photograph, involve children having a tea party. The Blum Studio was located in Meerane, Germany. The town of Meerane is located in the Zwickau district of Saxony, Germany. The reverse of this photograph has a printed list of awards that Max Blum earned for his photographs. Two of these prizes were earned in 1900 which reveals that this photograph was taken during, or shortly after that year.

Published in: on December 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BEAUTIFUL THEATRE ACTRESS: YVONNE GARRICK “A MOST WELCOME RECRUIT FROM THE PARIS STAGE”

This vintage real photo postcard features the beautiful French theatre actress, Yvonne Garrick (1878-?). She performed at the “Theatre de L’Odeon”  and the “Comedie-Francaise” in Paris. During the World War I years, she appeared at the “Theatre Francais” in New York City. The IDBD reports that she performed on Broadway in two productions;  “Lets Go” (1918) and “Musk” (1920). The magazine, “Sketch: A Journal of Art and Actuality” (1902) published a glowing article about Mlle. Garrick. The writer stated that no artist had made such a “positive hurricane progress” in the French theatrical world as Yvonne Garrick of the O’Deon.  The critic also stated that he had recently seen Garrick in a play and her performance reminded him of the early days of Sarah Bernhardt. Although the writer admits that she may not be the second coming of Mlle. Bernhardt; he believes that Garrick will make a world wide reputation. He continues to write that he has seen no young actress so “natural and so “sympathetic”.  The New York Times (1908) published a review for the play “Jeanne Qui Rit” in which Mlle. Garrick played a starring role. The article states that Yvonne Garrick was a young actress who has attracted much attention at the Comedy-Francaise. She was reported to have received a hearty reception and was “repeatedly recalled” (cheered for an encore). A New York Times (1918) article records Mlle. Garrick’s debut in a New York farcical comedy “Mon Ami Teddy”. In the piece she is described as a “comely and charming actress who proves a most welcome recruit from the Paris stage”. This real photo postcard provides a portrait of Mlle. Garrick during the time she was appearing at the Comedie-Francaise.  The photograph was taken by Henri Manuel (1874-1947). In 1900, Manuel opened a portrait studio in Paris with his brother Gaston. He quickly became renowned for his portraits of politicians, artists, and athletes. His images were used by news agencies . His studio became the largest studio in Paris and it attracted many young photographers who sharpened their skills there. In 1925 the brothers expended their business to include fashion photography. They worked for such designers as Chanel, Patou, and Lanvin. The studio shut down during World War II and many of their photographic plates were destroyed. Manuel was the official photographer for the French government from 1914 through 1944. To view other photographs by Manuel, click on the category “Photographer: Manuel”.

PORTRAIT OF AN AUSTERE GENTLEMAN WITH A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE AND WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS

This vintage real photo postcard features a family posing for their portrait and a photographer’s studio. The backdrop in this photograph is quite detailed. All four family members are well dressed. The two daughters are wearing similar but not identical dresses. The father in this family seems quite severe. He is also fashionable and well coiffed. Note his handlebar mustache. The writing on the reverse of this postcard is in German and from the best I can tell, the writer is simply sending greetings to someone.

TWO PRETTY, FASHIONABLE, AND VERY SWEET TEENAGE SISTERS IN NEW YORK CITY

This cabinet card portrait features two pretty young women with great fashion sense. They are beautifully dressed and both are wearing “pearl” necklaces and earrings. These girls are likely in their teenage years and probably are sisters. The young women are both smiling and projecting an innocent and wonderful sweetness. The photographer of this wonderful image was talented and well known in New York City. Edward Cary Dana (1853-1897) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, developed an interest in photography, and moved to Brooklyn, where he opened a studio. In time he had a great reputation as a skilled photographer and had established three galleries in New York City. He died at age 44 of kidney problems and left a widow, Miss Ada Sherman, of Staten Island, New York. To view other photographs by Mr. Dana, click on the category “Photographer: Dana”.

Published in: on December 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (4)  
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PRETTY NUDE MODEL WITH INVITING GAZE POSES FOR PORTRAIT (P C PARIS 1920’S)

I am hoping that Cabinet Card Gallery visitors are not offended by this tastefully done vintage nude real photo postcard. Postcards of nudes were a popular collectors item during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. They were considered to be artistic and not pornographic, although most photographers and nude models did not allow their names to be printed on the postcards. In addition, some retail outlets (Photo Galleries) for these nude postcards kept them under the counter. Clearly, many of those involved with creating and selling these postcards, had fears of being prosecuted. Buyers of these postcards did not mail them. They were strictly collectibles. There is some disagreement about the women who posed for these photographs. Originally, many believed that the women were either local prostitutes, artist models, or actresses. However, there is a growing belief that most of the models were working women who modeled to supplement their income. This particular nude postcard was published by a French firm known as “P.C. from Paris. The P. C. logo is an abbreviation for Papeteries de Levallois-Clichy. The firm published a variety of real photo postcard topics including portraits of women, nudes, views, and holiday cards. The company was active in the 1920’s. The lovely model seen in this postcard was a popular one. She modeled for many of the firm’s nude postcards. This postcard is part of a series (#1887). She appears to be of Spanish origin and is casting an inviting gaze. She is wearing a “piano shawl”. Normally these shawls are used to decorate the top surface of a grand piano.  Piano shawls were also used as an accessory in women’s fashion.

Published in: on December 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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YOUNG MOM READS HER CHILD A BOOK IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This vintage photograph features a young mother reading a book to her child. The youngster is sitting on her lap and holding the book. A second book lies on the chair, in reserve, behind the mother.  The photograph was taken by the Koehne & Bretzman studio in Chicago, Illinois. William L. Koehne  (1869-1965) was a prominent portrait photographer in the windy city. One source reports that he was a photographer for the Chicago Tribune. Charles F. Bretzman was born in Germany in 1866 and emigrated to the United States at age 19. He settled in New York and found a photo studio job. He came to Chicago in 1894 and worked there six years until he moved to Indianapolis where he opened his own studio and worked as a staff photographer for three newspapers. Bretzman appears in the Indianapolis, Indiana city directory as a photographer in 1902. In 1911 he was at the first Indianapolis 500 auto race shooting the action. He was the first official photographer for the Indy.  The Indiana Historical Society displays some of his racing photographs online. His son, Charles Noble Bretzman joined him in the business in around 1925. Charles Bretzman’s portrait can be seen below.

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Charles Bretzman

Published in: on December 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm  Comments (1)  
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TWO PORTRAITS OF GERMAN ACTRESS LISSI ARNA (ONE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE CELEBRATED MANASSE STUDIO)

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These vintage real photo postcards feature German actress Lissi Arna (1900-1964). She is known for the films “Harbor Drift” (1929, The Squeeker (1931), and Under the Lantern (1928). She appeared in German silent films and entered US films in 1930. She was an exotic femme fatale in German silents She was married to a doctor in 1939 and the couple lived in Venezuela until his death. She appeared in Hollywood in German language versions of American films. She was in the US for only one year and failed to get significant offers from any of the major studios. In the sound era she gradually lost her popularity and was confined to supporting roles through the 1930’s. The IMDb credits her with 62 films between 1915 and 1962. View the YouTube video below to see Lissi Arne appearing in “Under the Lantern” (1928).The first postcard was published by Ross Verlag as part of a series (no. 4199/2). Miss Arna’s portrait was taken by the Manasse studio which was located in Vienna, Austria. There also was a branch of the studio in Berlin. The Manasse studio was in existence between about 1922 and 1938. The studio was run by Olga Solarics (1896-1969) and her husband Adorja’n von Wlassics (1893-1946). Olga was known for her interest in photographing nudes. The studio flourished in Vienna during the 1930’s. Many of the portraits taken by the studio had an erotic flavor. The studio attracted some of the leading ladies of film and theater. The studio was also involved in producing photographs for advertising. This husband and wife team of photographers were very talented and very successful in their profession.

The second portrait postcard features a somewhat risque photograph of Miss Arna. The photograph reveals her bare back and shoulders as well as as a bare view above her breast. She is flashing a sly smile and smoking a cigarette at the end of a cigarette holder. The photo was taken by German photographer Kiesel in Berlin, Germany. The second postcard (no. 3091/1) is part of the same series as the first postcard. This postcard is published by Ross Verlag (Berlin, Germany).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE AND BEAUTIFULLY DRESSED LITTLE BOY IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY

This vintage photograph features an adorable little boy. He is very fashionable and is wearing a terrific Panama hat. His expression is priceless. This photo was taken in Istanbul, Turkey in 1949. I can not identify the language written on the reverse of the photograph. The official language of Turkey is Turkish but there are many other ethnic groups living in the nation. Other prevalent languages include Arabic and Zazaki.  This photograph measures about 5″ x 3 1/14″.

Published in: on December 14, 2017 at 3:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A WEALTHY FAMILY: MOM IS QUITE BEJEWELED

This family portrait was taken at an unidentified studio. The family members are very well dressed and appear to be well-to-do. The mother in this photograph is very pretty. She is also quite bejeweled. Note her two necklaces (one with a locket), her collar pin, her watch (pinned to her dress), and her four rings. The little girl in this image is adorable. Be sure to notice her hair treatment. Are those wide ribbons in her hair? The child is wearing an interesting dress that resembles a Queen’s robe.  She is also wearing two bracelets, a necklace with a locket, and at least two rings. Perhaps the gentleman in this photograph is a jeweler. Lets hope so, for the sake of his finances.   (SOLD)

Published in: on December 13, 2017 at 8:26 pm  Comments (3)  
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