LUCY MANON : PRETTY SCANTILY CLAD PERFORMER

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The skimpily dressed actress seen in this vintage real photo postcard is an early twentieth century actress named Lucy Manon. Preliminary research found no additional information about this pretty performer.This postcard was published by Societe Industrielle de Photograpie (SIP) of Rueil, France and was part of a series (53e Serie,No.1). The postcard was postmarked in 1905 and has a French stamp. The card is in very good condition.

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CUTE LITTLE GIRL WITH SPARKLING EYES (1908 RPPC)

This vintage real photo features a cute little girl with sparkling eyes. Her smile is infectious. She must have been a spark plug. The postcard was published by NPG (“Neue Photographische Gesellschaft” as part of a series (no.721/3). The card has a Belgian stamp and is postmarked in the Belgian town of Petit-Fays. The postmark year is 1908. This postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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THE LUM & ABNER JOT m DOWN STORE IN PINE RIDGE, ARKANSAS

This vintage real photo postcard features the Lum & Abner Jot m Down Store. The business was located in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Chester “Chet” Lauck (Lum Eddards) (1901-1980) and Norris “Tuffy” Goff (Abner Peabody) (1906-1978) operated the Lum & Abner” comedy radio show. They were the creators, actors, writers, sound effects men, and directors of the program.They received more fan mail than any other radio program of their time. They began as young amateur performers in Mena, Arkansas; the town where they grew up together. The duo entertained at school and civic functions. They were invited to perform at a Hot Springs, Arkansas radio station. They performed their old country storekeepers routine there. They must have shown much talent because they were offered a 13 week contract with NBC and were sponsored by Quaker Oats. The pair’s radio show was founded with an interesting focus. In small towns like Pine Ridge, the general store was the center of activity. The radio show followed fictional residents of the town. Of course, all the characters were played by Lauck and Goff. If you were to travel to Pine Ridge, you would find the Lum “n” Abner Museum and General Store. After entering show business the pair were required to move around and in 1939 they moved to Hollywood to make movies. Between the late 1930’s to the early 1950’s they made seven films. Even during their film careers, Goff and Lauck continued their radio programs. These radio personalities were “big time”. Their sponsors included Quaker Oats, Ford Motors, General Motors, and Alka Seltzer. This postcard has some interesting signage. There is an “Esso” sign and gas pumps. Posted signs advertise Phillip Morris (cigarettes) and Coca Cola. There is also a sign indicating that the store sells fishing bait (minnows). It is interesting to note the contrast of the parked car and the horse drawn wagon. An inscription on the reverse of the postcard indicates that it was purchased in 1955 as a souvenir. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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CONSTANCE TALMADGE : PRETTY BUT TROUBLED SILENT FILM STAR

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This vintage real photo postcard features pretty film actress, Constance Talmadge (1898-1973). She was a silent film star and the sister of actresses Norma and Natalie Talmadge. Constance was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were poor and her father was an alcoholic who abandoned the family in Constance’s early childhood. Her mother worked as a laundress. Mom’s friend suggested that she should try to get Norma a modelling job in flickers, which were shown in nickelodeons. Mom followed the suggestion and that led all three sisters into acting careers. It also led to mom becoming a stereotypical “stage mother”. Constance made her film debut in a Vitagraph comedy short entitled “In Bridal Attire” (1914). Her first substantive role was in D. W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” (1916). Talmadge became a popular star and appeared in more than 80 films during her career. Many of the films were romantic comedies. She also formed her own film production company. She was friends with Anita Loos, a very successful early screenwriter. Loos said she appreciated Talmadge’s “humor and her irresponsible way of life”. Constance left the film business with the introduction of “talkies”. In fact, all three sisters retired around the same time. Apparently, their squeaky Brooklyn accent was not compatible with sound films. Constance became a successful real estate and business investor. Unfortunately, only a few of her films survive. In some ways, Constance lived a tragic life. She became a reclusive alcohol and drug abuser. She also had many affairs and relationships end badly. She was married four times but never had any children. Her first marriage, to a Greek tobacco importer, lasted two years. Marriage number two was to a Scottish soldier and the couple’s union lasted one year. Her third marriage was only two years duration. The fourth time must have been the charm, as she and her stock broker husband were married about 25 years. The marriage only ended upon his death. In 1973, Constance Talmadge died from pneumonia. This vintage real photo postcard was published by Ross Verlag. It was part of a series (no.2033/1). The postcard has the logo of “Fanamet” in the lower right hand corner of the image. “Fanamet Films” was an Austrian film distribution company. The logo for “First National Pictures” is located on the bottom left hand corner of the image. First National Pictures was an American motion picture production and distribution company. The company was founded in 1917 as a theater chain. It then began distributing movies and in 1924 it began producing films. In 1929 the company was absorbed by Warner Brothers. The vintage portrait postcard has residue on the reverse stemming from it’s former residency in a postcard album. However, the postcard is in very good condition and has great clarity (see scans).

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CARTE de VISITE PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE BOY AND HIS ADORABLE LITTLE DOG IN NAPLES, ITALY

This carte de visite portrait features a very cute little boy and his cute little dog. The child has his arm affectionately wrapped around the dog. Both the boy and his dog are sitting on a bench. The child is very well dressed. He is wearing a terrific cap. Advertising on the reverse of the cdv indicates that the photograph was taken at the Arena studio in Napoli (Naples), Italy. This photo is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PRETTY WOMAN IN A FANCY DRESS IN SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK

A pretty woman sits in a wicker chair poses for her portrait at the Wheaton studio in Schenectady, New York. She appears pensive as she looks at the photographer. The woman is well dressed. Her blouse has “leg o mutton” sleeves. Such sleeves are voluminous around the biceps and shoulders while fitted at the lower arm and wrist. They became popular between 1825 and 1933. The style reappeared in fashion in the 1890’s and was gone by 1906. It was during the reemergnce of “leg o Mutton” sleeves that this photo was taken. The photographer of this image is Van B. Wheaton (1870-1948). The Anthony Photographic Bulletin (1897) reports Wheaton winning a medal at a photography exhibition. His son, Ivan P. Wheaton was a World War I aviator, race car driver, author, and photographer. This cabinet card portrait is in excellent condition. It also has excellent clarity (see scans).

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FOUR PORTRAITS OF PRETTY EUROPEAN STAGE ACTRESS LIANE HAID

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These vintage real photo postcards features European film star Liane Haid (1895-2000). In the top postcard she poses holding a tennis racket and wearing a hair band to keep her hair out of her eyes. She is quite beautiful but how can we interpret her facial expression. To me, it looks like she is rolling her eyes as if she is bothered by something. Who is Liane Haid? She was born in Vienna, Austria and received training in both dance and singing. She gained the nickname of “Sweet Viennese Girl”. Haid was a prima ballerina, dancer, singer and stage actress. She worked in Budapest and Vienna as a dancer. Her stage career was mostly in Berlin and Vienna. She became a popular pin-up star through the 1920’s and 1930’s. Her first movie role was in a World War I propaganda film. She was employed by UFA and appeared in a number of comedy films  alongside other movie stars including Willi Forst, Bruno Kastner, and Georg Alexander. UFA was a major German Film producer and distributor that operated between 1917 through the end of World War II. Liane Haid refused a number of Hollywood offers but in 1942, she escaped Nazi Germany and went to Switzerland according to Wikipedia, “because of the regime, because everything was bombed, and because all the good directors had left”. Soon thereafter she got married and retired from films. She was married three times. The IMDB web site states that she has 92 film credits from 1915 through 1953. Notable films include “Lady Hamilton” (1921), “Lucrezia Borgia” (1926), and “The Song is Ended” (1930). The photographer of this terrific image was Alexander Binder (1888-1929). He had the largest photo studio in Europe during the late 1920’s and the 1930’s. Many of his entertainment star portraits appear on Ross Verlag postards. It is thought that Binder was of Swiss origin. He was of the Jewish faith. He studied engineering but did not complete his studies. From 1908 to 1910 he studied photography at a school in Munich, Germany. After the completion of his photography studies, he went to Berlin and in 1913 opened his first photography studio. Before long, he became one of the premier photographers in Berlin.  He primarily focussed on fashion and celebrity photography. Since Berlin was the capital of the European film industry, Binder photographed all the stars of the European film industry including, Lilian Harvey, Conrad Veidt, and Lya De Putti. Many of his images were used in popular film portrait postcards. His photographs could be seen in postcards published by Ross Verlag and Photochemie. Binder died in 1929 but new photo cards bearing his signature continued to be published until 1937. It is thought that the real photographer of these new postcards was Hubs Floeter (1910-1974) who was employed at the studio as an operator. The studio continued to be owned by Binder’s widow, Mrs. Binder Alleman and their two daughters. The studio was managed by the Jewish Elisabeth Baroness Vonhedlis Stengel who was later deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. In 1938 the Nazi’s closed Binder’s studio and it was later taken over by an Aryan photographer, Karl Ludwig Haenchen . Haenchen continued to produce celebrity portraits for postcards. His publishers included Film-Foto-Verlag. After World War II the studio was taken over by the Hasse und Wiese company.               

 The second vintage postcard portrait of Miss Haid was also the work of Alexander Binder. The actress looks beautiful in her art deco lace headdress. Her eyes can be described as spell binding. The postcard was published by Germany’s Ross Verlag and is part of a series (no. 544/4). Also credited for this photograph is “Micco Film”. Before working for Micco Film, Haid was employed by Kunstfilm. She was very successful working for the company but in 1920 she sued the company for physically exploiting her (placing her in dangerous situations) and for making her financially responsible for her own makeup and costuming. Haid’s husband, industrialist Fritz  von Haymerle, built her a studio (Micco-Film) in Vienna to further promote her career.                         

 The third real photo postcard, seen above, was produced by publisher Ross Verlag (Berlin). Once again, Liane Haid appears beautiful in her portrait. The photograph was taken by the Ring studio in Vienna, Austria. A logo for Micco-Film appears in the lower right hand corner of the postcard.                                                                                         

Postcard 4 is a vintage real photo postcard featuring  a young and long haired Liane Haid. She is flashing a very sweet smile. The postcard was published by Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany. It is part of a series (No. 528/2). Miss Haid was photographed by Frieda Riess (1890-1955?), a female Berlin photographer. One of her photographs can be found in Great Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. The postcard has the logo for Micco-Film in the bottom right hand corner and is postmarked 1929. The card was mailed from Denmark to Estonia. It is in good condition (see scans).       

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN AND HER FENCE CLIMBING COCKER SPANIEL

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman posing with her talented and handsome cocker spaniel. I judge the dog as talented because he is sitting on the railing of a fence. I don’t think that I have ever seen that before. The dog is on a leash which is held by the woman. She is wearing a sporty outfit which includes a baggy blouse, wide belt, a neckerchief tie, earrings, and wide brimmed hat. This photograph was taken by the W. Page studio, which was located in Shoreham-by-Sea, a seaside town and port in West Sussex, England. The photographer, William Page, was born in 1831, in Reading. In 1855. he married Martha Watts. By 1871, he was working as a photographer and in 1878 he moved to Shoreham where he continued to operate a photo studio. The 1881 census indicates that his two daughters assisted him in running the business. His two sons also assisted until 1884, when his son William, let to run his own studio in East Grinstead. The elder William was primarily a portrait photographer but he also took some photographs of sailing ships as well as some of the major buildings in Shoreham. He is also known for some of his photographs of the great blizzard that hit Shoreham in 1881. Page died in 1915. His son Albin continued the business until 1932. There is no evidence that Albin ever published any postcards. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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NOSE ART : THE ART WORK ON THE NOSE OF MILITARY PLANES

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These two snapshots provide examples of nose art decoratively painted on the fuselage of American planes during World War II.  Nose art was originally deployed as a way of identifying friendly aircraft. The practice evolved to the point that the art became a way of expressing individuality within the uniformity of the military. It also reminded plane crews and ground support of better times back home and at the same time defended the men from the stresses of war and the threat of death. Nose Art was not sanctioned by the military but they did not enforce rules against it. Nose art has been described as “folk art” as well as “graffiti art”. Some civilian airlines later picked up the practice of displaying art on their airliners. The practice of nose art on fighting airplanes began with German and Italian pilots. The first known example was a sea monster that was pained on an Italian war plane in 1913. The most famous of all nose art was was the shark-face image which first appeared on British and American planes during World War I. During that time, the creators and artists of nose art were usually members of the ground crew. World War II has been called the “golden age” of nose art. Axis and Allied pilots participated in the practice. Artists included both professional civilian artist as well as talented servicemen. Paintings of “pin-up” girls and cartoon characters were very popular nose art during the second World War. Nose art is still a popular tradition today. Photo 1 features a pin-up girl lying down. There are a number of names painted on the fuselage (“Karma Jean”, “Bizzy”, “White Angel”, and “Little Joe”. I don’t know what the names represent. Perhaps they are nicknames of the crew members. There is also a column of names near the front of the fuselage and it is my presumption is a list of the proper names of all the crew members. In my unsophisticated opinion, I believe the pictured plane is a B-24. I could really use a fact checker right now. This image measures about 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and is in very good condition. Photo 2 may also be a B-24 bomber. Note the US insignia (star in a blue circle) on the rear of the fuselage. Also take notice of  the two aircraft in the background. The nose art on the foreground plane is a painting of a pin-up named “Miss Behaving”.  This photograph measures about 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ and is in very good condition. Both of these snapshots are sold as a package. In other words, the price you pay will buy you both images.

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EXTRAORDINARILY WELL DRESSED ADOLESCENT BOY IN GABLONZ, AUSTRIA

This carte de visite photograph features an impeccably dressed adolescent boy. He is decked out in a three piece suit and has a pocket watch, walking stick, and long coat. This fashionista fellow looks like he walked off the pages of “Gentleman’s Quarterly”. The photographer of this exceptional CDV is Heinrich E. Herkner.  He operated a studio in the city of Gablonz, which is the German name for a city located in present day Czechoslovakia. The city is now named Jablonec. This carte de visite portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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