TWO MYSTERIOUS DANCERS : UNIQUE CLOSE-UP : INTRIGUING PIERROTS

This vintage  postcard is unusual (uncommon). It features two female dancers, I believe they are performing a type of ballet. The dancer that is holding up the other dancer has very muscular legs. Is she a he? An inscription on the reverse of the card appears to say  “Jennoff”. I was hoping that the name  “Jennoff” would lead me to more information about this  postcard. It failed to do so. The story behind this Italian vintage postcard, intrigues me.  (SOLD)

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INTERESTING COUPLE IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

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A young to middle aged couple pose for their portrait at Miller Brothers studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The studio was located on the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Streets. They pose in a studio setting that screams “rustic”. The wood fence, shabby chair, and country backdrop help create the rural feel. The man in this photograph is wearing an interesting beard (see the category “Beards (Only the Best)”. He is holding a book in his left hand and coupled with his attire, the image creates an impression that he is an educated man. The woman is wearing a very plain dress and a serious expression. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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ROSANNA ARQUETTE : TELEVISION AND FILM ACTRESS : PRESS PHOTO BY GABOR SCOTT : (1989)

This press photo features award-winning actress (film and television), film director, and film producer, Rosanna Arquette (1959- ). Her movie credits include roles in “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985), “Pulp Fiction” (1994), and David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996). Arquette was born in New York City. Her mother was an actress, poet, therapist, and more. Her father is a film actor, screenwriter, and producer. Her grandfather (Charley Weaver) was a comedian. She has four siblings that became actors. Must be in the genes. Arquette was one of the victims of Harvey Weinstein’s predatory sexual behavior and she spoke out about her experience early on when Weinstein was being deservedly skewered by the press. She has been married four times and divorced three times. While making a film with Bette Davis in 1978, Arquette was advised by the apparently prescient screen star that mixing a career and a relationship would never work. In 1990 Arquette was on the cover and featured in a nude pictorial for Playboy magazine. The IMDb credits her with 152 acting credits and 3 for directing. This silver print photograph was taken by celebrity photographer, Gabor Scott, in 1989. It is my presumption that the number 89 printed on the reverse of the photo stands for 1989. The Press Gazette reported Gabor’s death in 2014. He was 65 years-old. The article’s headline asserts that he “made his name covering 1980’s glitterati”. The London based photographer once photographed Prince Harry giving him “the finger”.  He was the “house photographer” at Camden Palace, one of the most fashionable London clubs in the 80’s. He photographed many celebrities there and elsewhere. Scott was born in Hungary in 1948 and moved with his family to London in 1956. Scott syndicated his images through a number of agencies. This press photo was distributed by Camera Press. The photo measures about 5″ x 7″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PEGGY RUSH : PORTRAIT OF A BRITISH AMERICAN CHIGAGOAN STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS

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This vintage real photo postcard features pretty stage and film actress Peggy Rush. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, in around 1898. Her parents relocated to England when she was just three months old. Miss Rush began her stage career playing in musical comedy choruses.  In 1915 she played such a role in New York. She was a member of the company that appeared in “Quinneys” at the Maxine Elliott theatre. The Green Book magazine (1916) reported that for for the first three seasons Rush appeared on stage, she was a chorus girl for the first year, and she was a leading lady for the final two seasons. A reviewer in “The Theatre” magazine described Rush as “fascinatingly girlish”. The New York Times (1916) reported her engagement to to the Honorable George St. John Brodrick, the eldest son of Viscount Middleton and heir to the peerage (definition – those holding title).  George St John Brodrick, 2nd Earl of Midleton (1888 –1979) was an English aristocrat, landowner and soldier. It was not unusual for actresses or chorus girls to meet and marry titled individuals. Some of these men were “stage door Johnnies”. A photograph by the Bassano studio (1923) can be found in Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. I also found a notice of Rush’s divorce from her titled husband. I uncovered a 1924 press photo of Peggy Rush. The caption of the image discloses that the Viscountess Dunsford (Formerly Peggy Rush) was suing her husband, the count, for divorce. He went on to marry two more actresses. Miss Rush had a sense of humor. She once said that she never knew whether to refer to herself as American or English. She quipped that she felt safest calling herself a Chicagoan. This photo postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no.A171-2).The card is “hand painted” and part of the “British Beauty” series. The postcard was written and postmarked in 1917. This real photo postcard is in very good condition.

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CHILD MAID AND CHILD BUTLER : A DEFINITE VIOLATION OF CHILD LABOR LAWS

This vintage real photo postcard features a young black boy wearing coveralls and a young girl dressed in a maid’s uniform. The boy is holding a feather duster and looking at the girl who standing on a table and is in deep concentration as she brushes off a sculpture. This photographer produced this image in a tongue and cheek manner. A caption on this postcard states “Valet de Chambre et Soubrette” (valet and maid). This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE BOY AND HIS ADORABLE CURLY HAIRED DOG IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

This cabinet card photograph is absolutely precious. The photographer did a fantastic job of posing the child and the dog. The child is wearing a half smile and the dog is flashing a serious and inquisitive stare at the photographer. Is this child a boy or a girl? It is difficult to ascertain oftentimes in vintage young children’s photographs. One confounding factor is that many boys wore dresses till they reached five or six years-old. Sometimes, but not always, the way a child parted their hair, can be a clue to identifying their gender. Boys generally wore their hair parted on the side while girl’s hair was usually parted in the center. This photograph was taken by the Hall and Son studio,  located in Detroit, Michigan. Henry M. Hall was born in New York in 1835. He married Eliza Hall in about 1855. The couple had three daughters and one son. The Detroit directory listed Henry and his son, Roswell (1864-?), as photographers as well as portrait and landscape painters in 1884. The firm employed two photographers, Alexander Campbell (1884) and John Bennett (1885). It is not clear if the photography studio operated beyond 1884-1885. During the 1890’s, Henry created a number of sign painting partnerships. He also had an interest in a cigar manufacturing company in 1898. Henry’s son, Roswell E. Hall was a painter and shipping clerk between 1879 and 1884. He worked as a photographer with his father between 1884 and 1885. He remained in Detroit and held various jobs; crockery store clerk and department manager (1886-1891), manufacturers agent and department store clerk (1892-1898), and foreman in an iron works (1899-1902 as well as in 1910). Roswell married Emma Hall in 1887 or 1888. The couple had four children. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans)

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FRANCOISE FABIAN : PRETTY AND PROLIFIC FRENCH FILM ACTRESS

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The pretty young woman featured in this vintage real photo postcard is Michele Cortes de Leone y Fabianera. Her stage name is Francoise Fabian (1933- ). She is a French film actress and she has appeared in more than 80 French and International films since 1956. She began as a stage actress and performed at the Paris Conservatoire. She trained at the Algerian Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She is known for acting in “My Night at Maud’s” (1969), “Belle de Jour” (1967), and “Happy New Year” (1973). She acted in films by Eric Rohmer and Louis Malle. Fabian was born in Algiers, French Algeria. Her father was Spanish and her mother was Polish. She was married and widowed twice. Her first husband, Jacques Becker, was a French screenwriter and film director. Her second husband was French film actor, Marcel Bozzuffi. His roles included playing the brutal hit man in “The French Connection” (1971). 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. This postcard was published by Kores, a French company. The card is part of a series (#894). The series is comprised of 100 postcard portraits. This postcard is in good condition (see scans).                                     

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MLLE SYLVIE AND MME BERTHA BADY APPEARING IN “RESURRECTION” BY HENRY BATAILLE

This vintage theater postcard features two actresses appearing in the play, “Resurrection”, by Henry Bataille. The play was adapted from a novel written by Leo Tolstoy. The novel was originally published in 1899. The play was performed at the “Theatre National de L’odeon. The actresses are Mll Sylvie (1883-1970) and Mme Bertha Bady (1872-1921). Here are brief biographical skethches of the actresses. Sylvie was born in Paris, France. Her original name was Louise Pauline Mainguene. Her father was a sailor and her mother was a teacher. She started her professional career in 1903. She appeared in a number of French silent films. She was both a stage and a screen actress. She graduated from the Paris Conservatoire. Her filmography, listed by IMDb, credits her as acting in 54 films between  1912 and 1968. Berthe Bady was born in Belgium but her nationality was French. Berthe Bady attended the Brussels Conservatory and was active on the stage between 1893 and 1913. She was a beautiful actress. Berthe was a companion to both Lugne-Poe and Felix-Henri Bataille. Lugne-Poe was a French actor, theatrical director, and scenic designer. He and Bady were involved in symbolist movement of the arts. Bataille was a French dramatist and poet. A brief explanation of symbolism seems to be merited. In theatre, symbolism is a way to bring a greater meaning to something than is apparent at face value. The use of color, characters, movement, props and costumes are all methods of presenting symbolism. In 1897 Bady was the subject of a portrait by Toulouse Lautrec and her death was the subject of a poem by a leading French poet, Louis Aragon. In addition, playwright Fernand Crommelynck dedicated a play to her. Wikipedia credits her with sixteen “notable” play appearances between 1893 and 1913. She appeared in Ibsen’s “The Master Builder” on an international tour. The tour took her to London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Milan, and additional cities. In 1918 she appeared in her one and only film, “Ecce Homo”. The photo of Berthe and Sylvie was taken by Emile Allevy, a Paris photographer. The postcard was published by A.J.C. (Arthur John Carter) of Eastbourne, England. This postcard was likely published around 1902 since that is when Bady played in the play at the Theatre National de L’odeon. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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ATTRACTIVE YOUNG COUPLE IN NORWICH, NEW YORK : A POSSIBLE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

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This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed young man and young woman. Are they husband and wife or are they siblings. The pair look quite young to be married, but it certainly is possible that they are a wedded couple. The woman is wearing a cross and a collar pin. Her dress is very stylish. The young man is wearing a fashionable hat, a pocket watch, and has a handkerchief peeking out of his sport jacket’s top front pocket. He is holding a long stick. It is too thin to be a cane. Perhaps it is a crop used to control horses. I would appreciate some help from cabinet card gallery visitors to identify what exactly the gentleman is holding. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph identifies the subjects as “Emory and Effie in their younger days”. The note adds that at least, one of the pair, were married at age 20. I have difficulty resisting a challenge so I became determined to further identify this lovely couple. I am uncertain if I succeeded. Effie Mae Lafler (1875-1955) married Emory Grant Speers (1869-1964) in 1894. They were married in Canandaigua, New York. Effie was about 20 years old at the time of her marriage, which is consistent with the inscription. The pair had three children. Emory was a farmer. Before I could congratulate myself on a job well done, I realized that there was “a fly in the ointment”. Printed on the bottom of the reverse of the photo is the date 1884. If this is the date that the photograph was taken, Effie would have been nine years old. Clearly, she is much older than 9 in the photograph. However, the photo could have been made on old card stock, and that accounts for the date discrepancy. Although there is uncertainty about the identification of this couple, I was able to learn much about the photographer of this image.  The photographer of this cabinet card is Alston E. Hotchkiss ( c 1846-1907) of Norwich, New York. A. E. Hotchkiss came to Norwich in 1872 at the age of twenty-six. He ran the most popular photo gallery in town and it is reported that he took on the persona of an artistic and cultured gentleman. His wife played a major role in his running the studio and at one point, he employed at least twenty workers. At this point in time, the Cabinet Card Gallery has three other photos by this excellent photographer. This trimmed photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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THREE ADORABLE LITTLE GIRLS WITH FLOWERS IN THEIR HAIR

This vintage real photo postcard features three adorable little girls dressed in lacy colorful dresses and wearing flowers in their hair. The postcard was published by ABN and dates back to circa 1909. The postcard has a French stamp and a postmark from Ardeche, a department in southeast, France. The postcard in in very good condition (see scans).

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