YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN GIRL IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

 

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This young African American woman is posing for her photographic portrait at the studio of J. Henry Smith in Newark, New Jersey. Smith is listed in Newark business directories as early as 1870 and as late as 1897. The young lady in this photograph appears to be in her teenage years. Cabinet card photos of African Americans are not very pervasive. This image is in good condition (see scans).

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YOUNG MOTHER, TWO TODDLERS AND FAMILY DOG POSE IN FRONT OF THEIR RUSTIC STONE HOUSE

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HOUSEFAMILY 2 This vintage real photo postcard is precious. A young mother and her two toddler children pose in front of their rustic looking stone house. Joining the gathering is the family dog. Mom is kneeling in order to be at the same level as her two kids. Next to the house is a stockade type fence. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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SALLY PHIPPS: RISQUE PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG, PRETTY AND REBELLIOUS FILM STAR (1927)

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This vintage real photo postcard features American actress, Sally Phipps (1911-1978). She was born in Oakland, California. Her father was a magician and her mother was a colorist in a photography studio. Her father left the family when she was age four, and Sally went to live with a foster family. Her foster parents both worked in the film industry. Sally appeared in her first film, at age three. It was called “Broncho Billy and the Baby” (1914). There were two more films in the series the following year. Prior to her debut in the movies, she had won several “Beautiful Baby ” contests. She was rediscovered by director Frank Borzage while still in high school. At age 15, in 1926, she began using the name “Sally Phipps”. She became a Fox film star and appeared in over twenty films before the arrival of 1929. In 1927, she was selected as one of thirteen “Wampas Baby Stars”. The organization was very successful at identifying future stars. Among their “finds” was Clara Bow and Joan Crawford. As a result of becoming a Wampas star, her photograph appeared in many film magazines. She often was dressed in silk and fur. Her first starring role was in the film “Love Makes ‘Em Wild” (1927). Her last appearance in a Fox film was 1929, despite her five year contract with the studio that she signed in 1927. In 1931, Phipps appeared in a Broadway production by Kaufman & Hart called “Once in a Lifetime”). Looking at Phipps career, it is evident that she played many “vamp” roles. A New York Times (2008) article described her as “a comic sexpot whose innocently naughty antics were the very embodiment of flaming youth.”.     The article also described her off screen flapper lifestyle stating that she smoked, tangoed, dated older men, and rode around Hollywood in a flashy car.  Like many young stars, Phipps had difficulty handling her success. Some of her difficulty was seen in her defiant personality. She frequently displayed a lack of dedication to her acting. She also overspent and built up large debts. She sued her parents when they tried to control her spending. This legal action is thought to have resulted in enough negative publicity to hurt her career. At age 18, with two years left in her Fox contract, she took off for New York and the stage. Fox was ok with her skipping out on the contract. They were basically done with her. Phipps was married twice. Her husband was Benedict Gimbel Jr, heir to the department store, Gimbels. They married in 1931 and divorced in 1935. After her divorce, she found herself living in a one room apartment in New York City, and making twenty-five dollars a week as a secretary. She developed an interest in theosophy and Eastern religions and lived in India for a short time. Later, Miss Phipps married Alfred M. Harned, a New York musician. She had met him at a seance. The couple had two children. She and her family moved to Hawaii and Phipps had a mental breakdown. She and her husband separated and the kids stayed with their father. For awhile she kept in contact with her children. In a short time, she abandoned them. She did not see her son for seventeen years.  Phipps appeared in two Broadway shows during her careeer. Her filmography includes 24 appearances in movies between 1915 and 1931. Like many early film stars, her rapid rise to stardom was followed by a quick dive into obscurity. According to the date written on the reverse of this postcard, this portrait of Miss Phipps was taken in 1927. She was only 15 or 16 years of age at the time. It seems a bit creepy to me that teenage girls could be so sexualized by movie studios. The postcard was published by Iris Verlag and is part of a series (no. 913). The postcard photo includes the logo of “Fox Film”, indicating she was under contract with the studio at the time the postcard was published. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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LOVELY COUPLE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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This cabinet card photograph features a portrait of a lovely and well dressed couple. Perhaps this image is their wedding photograph. They are likely a well-to-do couple, judging by their clothing and grooming. The pair also seem well poised. The woman looks like she is trying to hold back a full smile. This portrait was taken by a photographer in Chicago, Illinois. Unfortunately, although the name of the photographer is listed on the front of the cabinet, I can not decipher the name. Perhaps, the name is “Stein”. Other identification research methods failed to reveal the identity of the mystery photographer. However, we do know that the lensman won many awards for his work.The reverse of the cabinet card lists eleven of these awards which were earned from 1887 to 1893. The photograph once resided in an album, which is apparent by the peeling at the top of the reverse of the card. This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans). 

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PRETTY YOUNG PASTRY CHEF AND A TRAY OF HER DELECTABLE CREATIONS

This vintage real photo postcard features a young and pretty pastry chef holding a tray of delectable desserts in one hand and a bouquet of flowers in the other hand. She is wearing a chef uniform, including her hat. Note her sporty shoes and high socks. The postcard has a Belgian stamp and a postmark from Lokoren, Belgium. The postcard was mailed in 1909. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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TWO PORTRAITS OF BEAUTIFUL SILENT FILM STAR XENIA DESNI

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These two vintage real photo postcards feature actress Xenia Desni (1894-1962). She is seen in the first postcard, snuggling with a large teddy bear. Miss Desni is beautiful and this photograph is a bit risque for it’s era. She has pretty eyes and a wonderful smile. Miss Desni was born in the Russian Empire and she and her family fled the Russian Revolution to Constantinople, which was in the Ottoman Empire. She began acting and dancing in vaudeville there and than moved to Berlin where she became involved in films. She began her career by appearing in the movie “Sappho” (1921). This was followed by a number of other film successes. The IMDb credits her with 33 acting roles between 1921 and 1940. She is most identified with “Leap Into Life” (1924),  “Der rosa Diamant” (1926)  and “The Tower of Silence” (1925). The introduction of sound movies, (she only appeared in one)  led to the death of her career. Xenia Desni was the mother of Tamara Desni, a star of British films in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The Cabinet Card Gallery has a photograph of Tamara Desni (1913-2008) which can be seen by placing her name in this blog’s search box. The photographer of this portrait is the Willinger studio which was located in Vienna. Laszlo Josef Willinger (1909=1989) was a Jewish-German photographer known for his portrait photography of movie stars and celebrities. This area of concentration began in 1937. His mother, Margaret Willinger was also a photographer. Her work included photographs of theatrical stars. Laszlo Willinger established studios in Paris (1929) and Berlin (1931). At the age of 23, he left Berlin (1933) with the rise of Adolf Hitler and relocated to Vienna, Austria. He began photographing celebrities including Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, Marlene Dietrich, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Jung. Willinger was invited by studio photographer, Eugene Robert Richee to move to the United States and in 1937, he settled in Los Angeles, California. He then opened a photo studio in Hollywood and sold many of his photographs to magazines and other periodicals. He produced many magazine covers of popular stars. Among the stars he photographed were Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Fred Astaire. Interestingly, toward the end of his career, he was accused of stalking some celebrities, including Charlie Chaplin. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany and is part of a series (no. 1661/1).                                                                                                                    The second postcard highlights Miss Desnis’ beauty. Her dress’s “plunging” neckline makes this postcard a bit risque for it’s time. In fact, her clothing looks a lot like sleepwear. This photo portrait of Xenia Desni was taken by photographer A. Eberth of Berlin, Germany. The postcard was published by Ross Verlag and is part of a series (no. 571/1).

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MISS HASLAM: CAN-CAN DANCER AT THE ALCAZAR D’ETE IN PARIS, FRANCE

This vintage real photo postcard features English Can-Can dancer, Miss Haslam. The charming Miss Haslam performed in Paris’s music halls during the Belle Epoque. This photograph was taken by Lucien Walery who was a celebrated Paris photographer known for his portraits of artists and cabaret dancers from the city’s music halls. Among his more famous subjects were Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. He photographed the beautiful women of Paris between the early 1900’s and the 1920’s. In this photo, Walery captures Miss Haslam during the time she was performing at the Alcazar Club. The Alcazar d’Ete was a Cafe-concert hall which opened in 1860 and closed in 1914. It was located on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The music performed at the music hall was generally lighthearted and sometimes risque. This photo postcard is in very good condition.

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN WITH A SOFT GAZE

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman with a soft gaze. She is wearing a crown of flowers. The photographer of this lovely image is H. E. Kiesel who operated a studio in Berlin, Germany. The postcard was published by the firm, Regel & Krug, which operated in Leipzig, Germany. The city is located in the eastern German state of Saxony. Regel & Krug was in business from 1894 until 1907. They printed and published postcards and specialized in “Greetings from” cards, Real Photo cards, and cards that used colouring and gelatine finish.This postcard is one of those finished cards. The firm was established by Friedrich Louis Georg Regel and Sylvester Richard Krug. Residue on the reverse of this photo postcard reveals that it once resided in a postcard album. The image side of the postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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AN ORDINARY COUPLE IN STERLING, NEBRASKA (ALBERT AND BERTHA WUSK MAULIS)

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An “ordinary” couple poses for their portrait at the Sterling, Nebraska photographic studio of E. T. Benson (1870-1935). The couple are identified on the reverse of the photograph as Albert and Bertha (Wuske) Maulis. Research uncovered a copy of this image and it was referred to as a wedding picture. Albert Moulis (1868-1960) is listed in the 1900 through 1930 US census. The 1900 US census reveals that he was born in Bohemia and immigrated to the US (1888). His occupation was listed as farmer. He is also listed as a farmer on the 1910 census but by 1920 he had become a machinist. A popular genealogy site has an entry that states that Albert’s journey to America started when he stowed away on a ship rather than enter military service in the army of the Austrian Empire. Albert’s wife, Bertha (1878-1937). , was Nebraska born,  but came from parents with Prussian and German heritage. This vintage photograph is in good condition (see scans)..

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TWO PROVOCATIVE PHOTOGRAPHS OF A WOMAN AT THE WATER’S EDGE (RISQUE RPPC)

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These vintage real photo postcards are meant to be provocative. Risque photos must have boosted postcard seller’s sales. Although these images are rather tame by today’s standards, they are not so tame for their time (early 1900’s). The model photographed for these postcards is shapely and has a pleasant smile. The postcards were published by well known photographer, Alfred Noyer. They are part of a series (no. 2916).  The celebrated photographer supervised a large photo studio in Paris. The Noyer Studio operated from 1910 until the 1940’s. Many of his early postcards were reproductions of artworks. He also produced illustrated patriotic postcards during World War I. With the onset of the 1920’s he began producing postcards of children and women. Many of the postcards he produced of women were nudes or risque images. Some of his postcards list his name while others are simply marked “AN”.   These  postcards were produced in France. They have excellent clarity and are in very good condition (see scans).

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