YOUNG VICTORIAN WOMAN AND TASSELS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

The photographer is A. L. Lehnkering located at 87 East Main Street in Rochester, New York. She is wearing a gorgeous dress with rows of ruffles at the bottom. Note her tiny waist, likely courtesy of a corset. She is also wearing jewelry including a band around her wrist and a ring. She looks pensive. She is leaning on a chair with tassels. August L. Lehnkering seems to have occupied a few different addresses on East Main Street. In addition to number 87 (listed on the reverse of this image). he also operated out of 87 and 89 East Main Street, as well as 208 East Main Street. He was working out of 87 East Main in 1879, according to the Rochester Business Directory. He is mentioned in the American Journal of Photography (1891) for being awarded a photographic patent, and also in two photography journals published in 1906 for contributing to a charitable fund. This cabinet card portrait has a gold border and  is in very good condition (see scans).

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BEAUTIFUL YOUNG JEWISH WOMAN WITH PRETTY EYES (JUDAICA)

I need to temper my words in my description of this lovely vintage real photo postcard. The previous owner of this postcard had many Judaica postcards in their collection. They described this postcard as featuring a pretty young Jewish woman wearing a dress with a low neckline. Although there is no Hebrew writing on the reverse of this postcard, as well as no identification of a Jewish name of the subject, I held the likely assumption that the card came from an album or collection belonging to a Jewish family. It seemed like a relatively safe assumption until I noticed the logo on the bottom left hand corner of the front of the postcard. The logo includes a six-pointed Star of David. Preliminary research could not identify a postcard publisher that uses this logo. I can’t help but wonder if the Star of David logo is the reason why the previous owner identified the young woman subject of this postcard as being of the Jewish faith. Personally, I would not accept the logo as evidence of the religion of this woman. Did I mention that she has beautiful eyes? This postcard dates back to the very early 1900’s (c 1910’s). The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN HAVING A BAD HAIR DAY

This vintage real photo postcard provides a portrait of a pretty young woman with a sweet smile. She appears to have experienced a “bad hair” day. In reality, her hairstyle was likely appropriate for her time. She is wearing a headband to keep her hair up. She is wearing a bracelet, ring, and earrings. The woman in this photo was a “postcard model”. This postcard was published by Photochemie (PH) as part of a series (no142). The company was located in Berlin, Germany. Photochemie published postcards of only German film stars or European performers performing in German films. The postcards were published between 1914 and 1919. The firm also produced postcards of other subjects. The postmark on this card reveals it was stamped in Hildesheim, a city in northern Germany. Note the marks above the woman’s left elbow. Overall, this postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR ARNOLD COOKIES: RPPC (1950’s)

Having grown up in Long Island, New York, during the 1950’s and 1960’s, I have a vague memory of “Arnold Cookies”. This vintage real photo postcard is an advertisement for the Arnold’s Bakery company. The photo features a selection of some of Arnold’s cookies, including Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, and Orange varieties. Also seen in the image is an Arnold Cookie Jar as well as the company’s chef hat topped mascot, “Bobby the Baker”. A thread, on the Chowhound website, takes a nostalgic look back at Arnold’s Cookies. There were several observations shared. First, Arnold sold cookies in bags similar to the bags employed today by Pepperidge Farm. Second, the company produced a smaller version of their cookies. This treat was called “Cookie Pops”. Third, Arnold used a jingle that stated “So when mom goes shopping out to say, Arnold cookies please today!”. Finally, Arnold was a major sponsor of a New York City area children’s television show hosted by Sandy Becker. Becker did live commercials for the company and shockingly, fed the cookies to his pet birds during the show. The gentleman seen in this postcard’s image is probably the original owner of Arnold Bakery, Paul Dean Arnold, but I have not yet confirmed that hypothesis. This postcard was postmarked in Maiden, Massachusetts in the year 1955 and is in good condition (see scans). Note the small chip on the middle of the right edge of the postcard. It has no impact on the appearance of the image. SOLD

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BOBA DOLJESI : PRETTY ACTRESS : CAN YOU FILL IN THE BLANKS? (RPPC 1927)

All of my attempts to identify this pretty young woman, have failed miserably. The previous owner of this vintage real photo postcard, identified this lovely lady as actress, Boba Doljesi. I can not find any information concerning anyone with this name. The postcard has an inscription on the reverse that was written in 1927. There is neat script writing on the near bottom right of the image that states “Bobina”. I need all the help that I can get to identify this woman with the sweet and pretty smile. The name of the photographer and the studio’s possible location is embossed on the bottom right hand corner of the image. Unfortunately, I don’t find the stamp legible. My guess, and it is only a guess, is that this card is from Czechoslovakia. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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ERNA MORENA : PRETTY AND SUCCESSFUL GERMAN FILM ACTRESS

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This vintage real photo postcard (Postcard 1) features pretty German film actress, Erna Morena (1885-1962). In addition to being a performer, she was also  a film producer and screen writer during the silent era. The IMDb reports that Morena appeared in 122 films between 1913 and 1951. Morena grew up in a middle-class family in Bavaria. At age 17, she attended applied art school in Munich. In 1909, after a short stint in Paris, she moved to Berlin where she worked as a nurse. She became a student at the German Theater’s drama school and in 1910 was hired as an actress by Max Reinhardt, Austrian-born theater and film director. She played a number of small theater roles and in 1913, Morena made her film debut in “The Sphinx”, produced by Leteraria Film. She was a “big time” actress. She worked under many well known directors and with some of the most well known actors in German film. Morena made a bid to become a film producer and formed her own film company which produced films in 1918 and in 1920. By the mid 1920’s, she was considered one of the biggest stars in German films. With the advent of talkies, her career declined. However, she did appear in supporting roles during the 1930’s.  Between 1915 and 1921, Morena was married to the German writer, Wilhelm Herzog. He was a historian of literature and culture, a dramatist, the author of an encyclopedia, and a well known pacifist. Their marriage ended in divorce. Morena appeared in the 1940 film “Jud SuB”. The movie was a Nazi Germany historical drama propaganda film. The film was produced on the order of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi politician and trusted aide to Adolph Hitler. The movie is considered one of the most anti-semitic films of all time. Postcard 1 was published by Ross Verlag and is part of a series (no.1752/1). The company was located in Berlin, Germany. Morena was photographed by the German photographer, Ernst Schneider. Research about Mr Schneider yielded a great deal of information. He was considered to be one of the most celebrated studio photographers in Berlin during three decades (1900’s, 1910’s, 1920’s. He photographed many celebrities from the world of theater, opera, circuses, and film. He was also one of the most prominent fashion photographers in Berlin. In addition, he was well known for his nude photography and he published books showcasing his work in this domain. Sometime around 1908 Schneider began working with postcard publishers “Rotophot” and “Neue Photographische Gesellschaft” (NPG). In 1919 he began working with Ross Verlag. This postcard, a former resident of a postcard album, is in very good condition (see scans below).            

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Postcard 2 also features the lovely Miss Morena. This postcard was published by Photochemie, located in Berlin, Germany. The card is part of a series (no.k149). Photochemie published postcards of only German film stars or European performers performing in German films. The postcards were published between 1914 and 1919. The firm also produced postcards of other subjects. 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. This postcard has a Hamburg, Germany postmark and is dated 1918. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans)

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PRINCE JOACHIM VON PREUBEN : STORY OF A SAD SHORT LIFE

The young man looking sharp in his crisp military uniform is Prince Joachim Franz Humbert of Prussia (1890-1920). He was the sixth child of Wilhelm II, the German Emperor. His mother was Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein. In 1916, officials in Ireland gave thought to giving the throne to Prince Joachim with the idea that Ireland would be safer a German King if Germany were to win World War I. Prince Joachim was also considered as a possible candidate to the Georgian throne after its independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Prince held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards. He held over thirty honors awarded by several nations. His awards included the Iron Cross from Germany. In 1916, Joachim married Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt (1898-1983). The couple had one son, Prince Karl Franz Josef Wilhelm Friedrich Eduard Paul (1916-1975). They may have had only one child, but they used enough first names to cover six more sons. I suppose that is a liberty reserved for royalty. Joachim became a commoner when his father abdicated the thrown. He became very depressed and committed suicide by gunshot in 1920. He was only 29 years old at the time of is death. It is believed that he had significant financial woes that added to his depression. Prior to his death, he divorced his wife, which likely led to further mood problems. This real photo postcard was published by “NPG” (Neue Photographische Gesellschaft) as part of a series (no.4954). The company was a leading bromide photo printing company for many years.  The photographer was Ernst Sandau (1880-1918). He was born in Sweden and died in Germany. Some believe that he may have been killed in World War I. Sandau operated a studio in Berlin, Germany and was active between 1912 and 1918. His son, Ernst Jr., was also a photographer. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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FLORENCE GILBERT : EARLY FILM ACTRESS : ACTED IN 68 FILMS IN 7 YEARS

Florence Gilbert (1904-1991) is the subject of this vintage real photo postcard. She was a film actress active between 1920 and 1927. Gilbert’s hometown was Chicago. Florence’s mother wanted her to become the next Mary Pickford. In fact, she resembled Pickford in some ways. Florence’s mother had mailed photos of Florence to Pickford who encouraged her to take Florence to Hollywood. At age 14, she moved with her mother and brother to Los Angeles. She started off as Mary Pickford’s double. She was discovered by Monty Banks, an Italian comedian, film actor, director and producer. Apparently, she looked older than her fourteen years. She played a number of roles in films for Mack Sennett studios. She also worked in Hollywood for Fox Studios. Although she was still a teenager, she became the breadwinner of her family. According to IMDb she made 68 film appearances beginning in 1920. She appeared in the first Laurel and Hardy film, ‘The Lucky Dog” (1921). She was married three times. Her first husband was Ashton Dearholt (1894-1942), an American silent film actor. She permanently left acting after marrying Dearholt. She divorced him when he returned home from filming in Guatemala, accompanied by co-star Ula Holt. He was determined to have Holt live in the house he shared with Gilbert. She divorced Dearholt after he made his outrageous demand. Dearholt later married Holt. Husband number two was Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), an American fiction writer. He was the creator of Tarzan. The marriage ended in divorce due to his drinking. Her third husband was Dr Albert Stillman Chase. She had two children with Dearholt; both were adopted by Chase. Another source “credited her” with two additional marriages. This vintage postcard was published by Ross Verlag, located in Berlin, Germany. The card was part of a series (no.1640/1). Note the Fox studio’s logo in the bottom right hand corner of the image. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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A YOUNG BOY AND GIRL ATOP A DONKEY

This vintage real photo postcard features a young boy and girl riding a donkey. Pardon my lack of equine knowledge; perhaps the donkey is actually a mule or burro. Both children are smiling and apparently having a good time. It is likely that the pair are siblings. The sister is riding side-saddle. I believe the donkey is actually a late donkey. It was not unusual to have subjects pose with a taxidermied animal for their studio photograph. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published between 1910 and 1930. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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FIVE YOUNG ADULT SISTERS AND FIVE PSEUDO CATS IN CAREY, OHIO (BEAUTIFUL DRAWING OF “LADY COLUMBIA” ON REVERSE OF PHOTO)

This cabinet card portrait is unusual. The typical props seen in cabinet cards are items like fences, walls, rocks, windows, books, and a number of other common objects. The five young women seen in this cabinet card are holding unusual props. Each is holding a toy cat of different sizes. The cats seem to be cut-outs. The women show a familial resemblance and are likelyssisters. They are all clad in similar long dresses. The photograph was taken at the gallery of D. Cramer. David Cramer’s photography business was located in Carey, Ohio. Cramer was born in 1854. He married Elva C. Cramer in 1882. The only mention, I could find of his occupation as a photographer, was in the 1900 US census. By 1910, the US census listed him as a painter. Note the artwork on the reverse of this photograph. The drawing is beautiful and it is related to the words, “Columbian Cabinet”, printed on the middle bottom of the front of the cabinet card.  In the 19th century, Columbia was viewed as a goddess-like female “national personification” of both the United States and the concept of Liberty. Sometimes the figure was called “Lady Columbia” or “Miss Columbia”.   SOLD

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