This image is an exceptionally beautiful cabinet card portrait of a pretty mother and her adorable young son. Mom is very well dressed and wearing a necklace, ring, and earrings. She appears confident as she stares at the camera. Her son, standing on a chair, has his arms draped around his mother’s shoulders. He is wearing a nautical type outfit. There is a book on a table in the background. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that mom’s name is “Jetty” and her son’s name is “Erich”, or possibly, “Emil”. The inscription is difficult to decipher, so the names I provided are just my best guess. The cabinet card photo was taken at the Strauss studio. Strauss had studios in Vienna (Austria), Brunn (Czechoslovakia), and Budapest (Hungary). It is likely that this photo comes from the studio in Brunn.  SOLD

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This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed handsome young man wearing a stylish hat. He is bright eyed and has an appearance of confidence. This portrait photograph was taken by a private studio and the AZO stamp box indicates that the photo was taken sometime between 1904 and 1918. The postcard is in fair condition. Note the slight damage in the lower left hand corner of the postcard as well as the stains on the reverse.   (SOLD)

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This vintage real photo postcard is very unusual. It concerns itself with a topic that would be popular today. One could imagine seeing a modern version of this photo and an accompanying article in “People Magazine”. The title seen above the four actresses photograph (translated from German) is “World Famous Film Artists Who Earn Millions In Their Roles”. These beautiful film stars each hail from different countries. Pearl White (1889-1938) was an American actress of film and stage. She started her career on the stage at just 6 years’old in the play, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. At thirteen years of age she was a bareback rider for a circus. She dropped out of high school to join a touring stage company. Next she worked as a singer in Cuba and South America. She made her appearances in dance halls and casinos. In 1910, her voice began to fail and she began to appear in silent films, including many popular serials. Her nickname was “Queen of the Serials’. She did the majority of her own stunts in these film serials. She is known well for her role in “The Perils of Pauline”. She was often cast in the role of an athletic heroine, rather than the more typical, innocent young woman. As a result of her appearances in “The Perils of Pauline”, she was soon earning $1,750 per week. She increased her star power as she appeared in other serials. In these films she flew airplanes, raced cars, and did other action hero feats. By 1919 White moved on to more dramatic roles. She appeared in ten drama films for Fox Film Corporation. She finished her career by taking roles in European films, and finally, appearing on the European stage. While performing in London, she earned three thousand dollars a week. At the time of her retirement (1924), White had banked two million dollars. She then began investing. Her investments included a hotel, a night club, and a stable of race horses. White was married twice, each time, for short duration to actors. White died of liver failure, possibly due to her history of heavy drinking. Her drinking may have been attributable to her problems with pain stemming from a spinal injury occurring during her stunt days. The IMDb site credits white with 228 film appearances between 1910 and 1924. Franceska Bertini (1892-1985) was an Italian silent film actress. She achieved stardom in her career. She began acting on the stage at the age of seventeen. She quickly became involved in the budding Italian film industry. By 1915, she appeared in 50 films. She was beautiful and and had an elegance and an intense and charming personality. She was one of the initiators of an acting technique that focused on reality, rather than the existing dramatic style. She played both dissolute heroines, as well as, common women. In 1920 she declined a contract offer from Fox Film Corp (Hollywood) because she wanted to move with her wealthy banker husband to Switzerland After his death, she returned to Rome.  The IMDb gives Bertini 146 film credits from 1907 through 1976. Henny Porten (1890-1960) was a silent film actress and producer. She was Germany’s first major film star. She had no stage experience. Her father, Franz Porten was an actor and film director. Her first husband was also a film director. He was killed during World War I. Her second husband was Jewish and when the Nazi’s took power, she was pressured to divorce him. She refused, and that had negative impact on her film career. She was denied an exit visa. She made ten films while the Nazis were in power. Her home was destroyed in an aerial bombardment Porten and her husband found themselves out on the street. No one could help them because it was a crime to shelter a Jew. The IMDb lists 199 acting credits for Porten (1906-1955). She also has 26 credits for her work as a producer. Stacia Napierkowska (1891-1945) was a French actress and dancer during the silent film era. She also directed films. She was born in Paris and began her theatrical career with the Folies-Bergeres. She was “discovered” by the director of the Opera Comique who signed her to theatrical work. Next, she acted in silent films and reached stardom after playing opposite Max Linder, an actor often considered the first international star. In 1913 she left Europe for the United States to begin her own international career. The painter, Francis Picabia, met her on the ocean trip and he produced a series of paintings for which she was the inspiration. During a dance performance in New York City, Napierkowska found herself under arrest for indecency. Upon returning to France, according to Wikipedia, she said “I have not brought away a single pleasant memory from the United States”. She also declared that Americans were “narrow-minded people” and that they were “utterly impervious to any beautiful impression”. IMDb reports that Napierkowska appeared in 91 films between 1908 and 1926. This portrait postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition. It is also a rare postcard and a great photo of four international film all-stars.  (SOLD)


Meet Barney Lebrowitz (1891-1949. He was known in the boxing world as “Battling Levinsky” and he was the world light heavyweight champion from 1916 until 1920. “Box Rec”, a boxing statistical website rates Levinsky as the 12th best light heavyweight of all-time. “Ring Magazine” placed him at 9th. He clearly was no slouch in the ring. He was named to the hall of fame for Ring Magazine, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Jewish immigrant parents from Russia. He worked as a shoe shine boy and sold newspapers to help support his family. When he began boxing, he sold jewelry during the day, and boxed in the evenings in Philadelphia clubs and gyms. It is conjectured that he had his jewelry sales job in order to hide his boxing career from his parents. In 1906, Levinsky began his boxing career using the pseudonym of Barney Williams. He took on a manager named “Dumb” Dan Morgan in 1913. Morgan changed the boxer’s name and helped his career. Levinsky was known as a defensive fighter. Although he delivered few knockouts, he was adept at avoiding truly damaging blows. In 1913, to hide the fact that Levinsky was not a very aggressive fighter, Morgan added the “Battling” part of “Battling Levinsky’s” name. Levinsky was a prolific fighter. In his first hundred fights (1910-1914), he lost only three fights. Between 1914 and 1918, he fought 127 times. In 1914, he fought 37 times, 9 times in January alone. On New Years day in 1915, he had two bouts. One fight was in Brooklyn, New York, while the other was in Waterbury, Connecticut. Levinsky beat Jack Dillon in 1916 to gain the Light Heavyweight crown. He kept it until 60 fights later when he lost the championship to French fighter, Georges Carpentier. Levinsky fought all major challengers. His record includes losses to boxing greats, Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey. Levinsky’s official professional record indicates that he won 196 fights (including 30 knockouts), lost 54, and had 37 draws. After losing to Gene Tunney in 1922, he retired from boxing to enter the Real Estate business. He was drawn back to the ring in 1926 after experiencing some major financial losses. He returned as a heavyweight and fought 42 fights, losing just 12 bouts. His comeback ended in 1930. This vintage press photograph comes from the archives of the “Acme News Pictures Company”. This photograph measures about 7″ x 9″ and is in good condition (see scans).   (SOLD)                                                                                                            : 00

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This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a very pretty young woman. She has a wonderful smile. She is wearing an attractive dress. This postcard was published by a French firm known as “P.C. 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. This postcard has great clarity and is in excellent condition.

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This cabinet card portrait features Victorian actress and theater manager, Marie Litton (1847-1884). She was born in England. She began her stage career in 1868, and by 1871 she became an actor-manager. She produced plays at the Court Theatre for four years. Several of these plays were by celebrated dramatist, W. S. Gilbert. She also appeared in and managed other West End theatres. Her better known roles include her appearances in “The School for Scandal” (1877), “The Rivals” (1878), and “She Stoops to Conquer” (1879). Litton had a long affair with theatre manager, William Wybrow Robertson (1831-1908). The pair married in 1879 after Robertson’s wife died. In 1882, Litton was forced to retire because of her cancer, which would eventually cause her death. Her obituary in “The Era” praised her for her generosity and helpfulness to others in the theatre profession. The article states that she was held in high esteem by both fans and by those who knew her in her private life. Miss Litton’s portrait was taken by the London Stereoscopic Company. The London Stereoscopic Company was located, not surprisingly, in London, England. The gallery billed itself as “Photographers’ to the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Royal Family”. The company won many prizes and international exhibitions. (SOLD)



This vintage real photo postcard features an adorable little girl and her adorable big dog. They make a lovely pair. The child, sitting on a pillow, shows a hint of a smile and the dog looks alert and friendly. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard reveals that the postcard was made by Crown Studios sometime between 1913 and 1929.The photograph appears to have been taken by a private studio.  SOLD

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This vintage photograph features a group photo of what is likely an extended family. The two cars ferried six adults and three children to this rural spot for their portrait. The group is standing on a dirt road and posing in front of an agricultural field. One of the men in the photograph is wearing a military uniform. Perhaps he is home on leave. The image was photographed by Foxco in 1944. The company has an interesting history.  The Fox Photo Studio was opened by Arthur C. Fox in 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. Fox sold the studio for seven hundred dollars to Carl D. Newton in 1909. Newton was a clever entrepreneur. One of his gimmicks was to offer a free camera to anyone buying three rolls of film and prepaying developing and printing fees. His successor to the business was Carl D Newton II.  By the mid 1930’s Fox advertised itself as the world’s largest Kodak finishers. Their processing plant was in operation around the clock. The company expanded and opened facilities in Dallas, Houston, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The company grew and grew and ultimately reached 12,000 dealers nationwide. In 1986, the company was sold to Kodak. Carl D Newton III kept the retail division of the business, calling it Fox Photo. Later, the business changed hands a number of times until it faded into history.  This photo was taken somewhere near San Antonio. The photo is printed on paper thinner than stock used for cdvs or cabinet cards. The photograph measures about 3″ x 2 1/4″ and is in very good condition.

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This vintage real photo postcard features a very attractive young woman holding a bouquet of purple flowers and what appears to be a horseshoe. The woman is beautifully dressed in an orange winter coat with a fur collar and fur sleeve cuffs. She has a wonderful smile. The postcard is from the French art deco period. It was likely published in the 1910’s. The postcard was published by Gloria and was part of a series (no. 4010). The horseshoe seen in this photograph is an enigma. First of all, is it a horseshoe? It is way too large to be anything but a piece of art, rather than a real horseshoe. Horseshoes have long been associated as being “lucky”. They were originally made of iron, a metal that was believed to ward off evil spirits. They were originally held in place with seven nails. Seven was considered a lucky number. Superstitious sailors believed a horseshoe nailed to a mast would keep storms away from their ship. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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This vintage real photo postcard features of an art deco portrait of a beautiful mother and her adorable daughter. This postcard is French in origin and it has an art deco style. The photo postcard is likely from the 1920’s and highlights fashion of that time. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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