THE RIBBON LADY OF NAPOLEON, OHIO

This cabinet photograph, by the Gardner studio in Napoleon, Ohio, offers a helpful hint worthy of appearing in Real Simple magazine. What should one do with those extra ribbons that are just laying around the house? A creative and economic answer is to stick them onto a plain dress to liven it up. Unfortunately, the end result of following this advice is that one is left with a very unattractive dress. To learn more about the photographer and to view other photographs by the Gardner studio, click on the category “Photographer: Gardner”. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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PRISCILLA DEAN: TALENTED SILENT FILM ACTRESS AND LESS TALENTED “TALKIE” ACTRESS

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Priscilla Dean (1896-1987) was a popular American actress who appeared in both silent films and theatre productions. Her career spanned two decades. She was born in New York to a theatrical family. Her mother and father were actors. She attended a convent school until she was fourteen and than launched her film career. Priscilla made her stage debut at the ripe old age of four and, as previously stated, her film debut at fourteen in films produced by Biograph and several other studios. She was signed to a contract by Universal (IMP) in 1911 and soon gained popularity as the female lead in the comedy series of Eddie Lyons and Lee Moran. She reached stardom after appearing in “The Gray Ghost” (1917). The advent of sound to the film industry impaired Dean’s career. She was relegated to low-budget films for minor independent studio during the 1930’s and her career fizzled out. Priscilla Dean has been called “an unlikely Diva”. She was described as being a plain woman, but cheerful. She is said to have had heavy features, a crooked smile, and an “unfashionably curvaceous figure”. However, her intensity on screen was considered “unmatched”. Dean was married to actor Wheeler Oakman (1890-1949) who was also under contract at Universal. The couple appeared together in “The Virgin of Stamboul”  (1920) and “Outside the Law” (1920). The pair divorced in the mid 1920’s and a few years later she married Leslie Arnold, a famous aviator. Dean died at the age of 91. Perusal of Miss Dean’s filmography reveals that she has 95 credits as an actress between 1912 and 1932. To view Miss Dean in the talkie film “Behind Stone Walls” (1932), click the You Tube link below. Keep in mind that she was considered a significantly better silent film actress than a “talkie” actress.

Postcard 1 was published  by Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany. It was part of a series (No. 547/2) and was produced for Universal Studios. It was published sometime between 119 and 1924. The photographer of this portrait was Roman Freulich (1924-1974). Freulich was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14. He learned his trade from New York photographer Samuel Lumiere. He moved to Hollywood in the mid 1920’s where his brother Jack was a portrait photographer at Universal Pictures. Roman became a still photographer for Universal and produced many portraits of their major stars. He stayed at Universal until 1944 when he moved to Republic Studios. After Republic stopped production, Freulich did much work for United Artists.

 Postcard 2 offers a close-up view of Priscilla Dean. She has a lovely smile. This photo postcard was produced by the Foto Luz studio, located in Bucharest, Romania. The postcard is part of a series (no.431). The postcard was exclusively sold by G. B. Falci of Milan, Italy. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

 Postcard 3 features Miss Dean in an elaborate attention grabbing costume. She likely wore it in a film role. This close-up photo highlights Priscilla Dean’s beauty. This vintage postcard was published by Ross Verlag of Berlin. A logo for “Unfilman” can be seen in the lower left hand corner of the image. “Unfilman” is an abbreviation for “Univeral-Film-Man. Co”. This vintage photo portrait postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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A PORTRAIT OF TWO NICELY DRESSED AND PRETTY YOUNG WOMEN (VINTAGE RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features two young women posing together for their portrait. Perhaps the pair are mother and daughter although I believe they may be sisters. The woman in the dark dress and hat is wearing a pince nez. Both woman are wearing at least two rings. The postcard, on AZO paper, was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.  SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF FOUR KIOWAH NATIVE AMERICANS ON HORSEBACK : FOURSOME INCLUDES CHIEF QUALUPAH AND CHIEF HUNTING HORSE

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of four Native Americans on horseback. The foursome are members of the Kiowah tribe. Among the group are Chief Qualupah and Chief Hunting Horse.The other two riders appear to be women. The four are dressed in Native American clothing. They are in a field which has lines of rope holding American flags.  Perhaps they are  invited guest to an Amrican patriotic holiday celebration. Researching Chief Qualupah was an exercise in frustration. I learned nothing about him. There were chiefs mentioned that had names close to “Qualupah”,  leading me to believe that there are several different spellings of his name. Information about Chief Hunting Horse was plentiful. He was a well known scout during the Custer, Sheridan, and Sherman era. In 1871 he enlisted for a two year stint in the Seventh Cavalry commanded by Gerneral Custer. By the end of his legendary scouting career, his friends included Theodore Roosevelt and Geronimo. He was born in Medicine Lodge Kansas in 1846. He was the son of a Kiowa war chief and a Spanish woman who had been kidnapped in Mexico and raised by the Kiowas. Hunting horse came to “Indian Territory” (Oklahoma) at the age of fifteen. In 1917 he appeared in the silent Western film, “Daughter of the Dawn”. In the early 1900’s relatives began celebrating his birthday. These celebrations occurred every year until his death. Military and political figure were often among the attendees. Chief Hunting Horse died at the age of 107 and his funeral included full military honors. Who are the Kiowa? They were considered a nomadic tribe of the plains. It is thought that they originated in the northern basin of the Missouri River but migrated to the Black Hills around 1650. They lived peacefully there with the Crow Indians until they were invaded by the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Sioux; resulting in the Kiowas moving further south. There they fought with the Comanche, but with the help of the Spanish, the two tribes formed an alliance and agreed to share their land. Joined by the Plains Apache, they hunted, traveled and fought war together.They raided settlements in Texas and New Mexico. They stole horses and mules which they used to trade with the Plains Indian tribes. In 1867, the Kiowa signed a treaty and agreed to settle on a reservation in Oklahoma. In 1901 their lands were open for settlement by whites and dissolving the contiguous reservation. Today, there are more than 12,000 Kiowa tribe members in Oklahoma and throughout the Southwest. The photograph taken for this postcard was taken by the Electric Studio. The postcard has an AZO stamp box indicating that the postcard dates back to sometime between 1910 and 1930. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF TWO ADORABLE CHILDREN IN ALLEGHENY, PENNSYLVANIA (CABINET CARD)

The two children seen in this cabinet card photograph are precious. They have incredibly sweet smiles. They are standing in a faux field of daisies. This photo was taken by Hendricks & Co., a studio in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. The town was originally named Allegheny City and it was established in 1788. In 1907, it was annexed by the city of Pittsburgh. The photographer of this image is John P Hendricks. He is listed in the 1891 and 1893 Pittsburgh City Directories. If this photograph is typical of his work, he was quite talented. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans). Note the foxing on the reverse of the photograph.  SOLD

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BRIDESMAIDS FOR RENT IN REDWING, CORNWELL, ENGLAND (GILBERT AND SULLIVAN, “RUDDIGORE”)

This vintage real photo postcard features twelve identically dressed bridesmaids standing in a row. These young women are not ordinary bridesmaids; they are professional bridesmaids. The women are professional bridesmaids. These professional bridal party stalwarts are for hire. This photo was taken in 1931 and the women resided in the fishing village of Redwing in Cornwell, England. In reality, the women in this photograph are actresses appearing as the bridesmaids chorus in the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, “Ruddigore”. The words “Sutton Coldfield” are written in pencil on the reverse of the postcard. Sutton Coldfield is a suburban town in Birmingham, England. Perhaps this is the venue where the comic opera appeared. A penciled inscription on the reverse of this postcard indicates that James Speight (1879-1977) is the photographer of this image. His father was the headmaster of a school in Rugby but later established a successful photography business. In 1897, at age 18, James went to work at H M Whitlock’s photography studio in West Bromwich. Speight’s interest in photography must have been in his genes. All 5 of his brothers became photographers. After working for a few more photographers, James decided to go to Paris for a few months, and once there, he worked for the celebrated photographer, Reutlinger. In his diary, James wrote that his retouching work for Reutlinger included making waists smaller. James returned to England and in around 1902, opened his Sutton Coldfield studio. He continued to operate the studio until he retired in 1950. This vintage postcard was published by K Ltd sometime between 1918 and 1936. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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JUNE CAPRICE : SILENT FILM STAR : FOX’S PICK TO COMPETE WITH MARY PICKFORD

June Caprice started life named Helen Elizabeth Lawson. She was born in 1895 in Arlington, Massachusetts. June was a silent film actress. She attended school in Boston. Her acting career began on the stage. In 1916, she signed with the Fox Film Corporation to make films. William Fox had been searching for an actress to compete with Mary Pickford. Caprice had won a Boston Mary Pickford look-a-like contest. When he discovered Caprice, he boldly predicted that she would become the best known female on the screen within the upcoming six months. A press release introducing her to film fandom, stated that she was seventeen years of age. In fact, she was about twenty years old at the time. Caprice made her screen debut in a move entitled “Caprice of the Mountains” (1916). A film critic, writing in the New York Times described her as “young, pretty, graceful, petite, with an eloquence of gesture that augurs a bright future in the movies”. Her first film provided her with her stage name, “June Caprice”. June became quite popular. She received a lot of attention from fan magazines and was one of Fox’s most profitable stars toward the end of the 1910’s. She made sixteen films while with Fox. Her director for half of the movies was Harry F. Millarde. The pair began a relationship and eventually married. Caprice also worked at one time for Pathe studios. She left the film industry to begin a family and in 1922 she gave birth to a daughter. Caprice’s career took a downturn after World War I. The sweet, pure and innocent look lost popularity and was replaced by the jazz age flapper look. She later returned to working on stage and modelling. In 1931, her husband died at the young age of 46. Five years later, Caprice had a fatal heart attack while in Los Angeles. At the time, she also was suffering with cancer. She was just 40 years old at the time of her death. Caprice’s daughter was only aged 14 when she was orphaned. She was raised by her grandparents on Long Island, New York. She became a “cover girl” and actress. She used the name Toni Seven. Her photo and brief biography can be found elsewhere in the Cabinet Card Gallery. Seven inherited three million dollars from her family. The IMDb credits June Caprice with 22 film appearances between 1916 and 1921. This vintage real photo postcard was published by Pictures Ltd which was located in London, England. It was published with the perimission of the Fox Film Co. The card is part of a series (no.12) labelled “Pictures” Portrait Gallery. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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SIX CHEFS ALL IN A ROW AT “ANGELO’S PLACE” IN GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI

This vintage real photo postcard provides an inside peek at Mr. Angelo Xidis and five of his “well trusted” assistants preparing vats of meat sauce for his restaurant’s famous spaghetti. In fact, the recipe is described as “almost as secret as the atom bomb”. Chef Xidis was Greek. Xidis’s specialty was spaghetti and meatballs. A sign on the roof stated “Foods – We Feed the People”.  His restaurant was built with steel tiles and glass. The building had live oak trees growing through the roof. Hurricane Camille destroyed the restaurant in 1969. The restaurant was rebuilt and remained in business until 1985. The restaurant was located in Gulfport, Mississippi and faced the Gulf of Mexico. The postcard was published by the Gulfport Printing Co. and is part of a series (No.N36). Mention of the atomic bomb means that the postcard was published likely between 1945 and the early 1950’s. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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VEILED WOMAN IN HAVANA, CUBA

A woman wearing an ornate veil poses for her portrait at the studio of Ramon Carreras in Havana, Cuba. Hopefully a visitor to the cabinet card gallery can leave a comment about the subject’s attire. What does the woman’s clothing tell us about her? Research yielded little information about the photographer of this cabinet card. The Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (2007) states that the war between Cuba and Spain (1895-1898) was documented by a number of photographers including Carreras.  (SOLD)

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CHRISTIANE JANSEN : GERMAN FILM ACTRESS (1952)

The pretty actress seen in this vintage real photo postcard is Christiane Jansen (1929-?). She was born in Germany. The IMDb credits her for 26 film performances between 1951 and 1972. Christiane appears very relaxed in this photograph. The logos from two film companies can be seen on the front of this card. “Berolina” was a film production company which operated in West Germany between 1948 and 1964. The second company is “Herzog Film”. Jansen was clearly employed by these conpanies at some point in her career. The photographer of this photo is K. L. Haenchen and it was taken while she was making “Mikosch Rockt Ein” (1952). The English translation of the movie title is “Mikosch Rocks On”. Christiane was 23 years of age when this photo was taken. The postcard was published by Kunst and Bild as part of a series (no.A636).  This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see sans).

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