SAD PORTRAIT OF A BEGGAR IN SANTIAGO, CHILE

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a beggar sitting on a sidewalk in Santiago, Chile. The poor soul has his hat extended hoping that a passerby will drop in some pesos. He is sitting on a pair of crutches. The poor soul’s facial expression reflects a life of pain and misery. This postcard’s Cyko stamp box indicates that the card dates back to between 1904 and the 1920’s. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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MISS BULGARIA, SEVENTEEN YEAR-OLD VERA RUSINOVA COMPETES IN THE 1993 MISS WORLD CONTEST

This vintage photograph features the beautiful contestant from Bulgaria that participated in the 1993 Miss World Contest. This young lady’s name is Vera Roussinova (aka Vyara Rusinova). Miss Rusinova was only seventeen years old at the time of the contest. She did not place in the top ten finishers, but she likely had an amazing experience participating in the event and serving as Miss Bulgaria for a full year. The winner of the 1993 Miss World title was Lisa Hanna, representing Jamaica. In total, there were 81 contestants participating in the pageant which took place in Sun City, South Africa. This vintage photograph measures about 5″ x 7″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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BESSIE LOVE : BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED ACTRESS WHO HAD A LONG AND VARIED SHOW BUSINESS CAREER

Bessie Love (1898-1986) is the subject of this vintage real photo postcard. She was beautiful and her postcard and photo images are very collectible. Bessie was an American-British actress who initially became popular by playing sweet, pure, and innocent young girls. She went on to play virtuous leading ladies in silent and early sound films. Her career had amazing longevity; she acted for more than eight decades. She worked in many areas of entertainment. In addition to her film work, she acted on the stage, and on radio and television. Bessie was born in Midland, Texas. Her father was a cowboy and a bartender. Her mother was a restaurant manager. She attended Midland schools until the eighth grade. She and her family moved to Arizona, New Mexico, and then Hollywood, California. Once in the Golden State, her father became a chiropractor and her mother worked in a clothing factory (Jantzen). Bessie attended Los Angeles High School and in 1915 she went to a film set to meet with Tom Mix who had promised to help her to “get into pictures”. Mix was unable to meet with her but film director D. W. Griffith was able to meet with her and he promptly put her under contract. Love dropped out of high school in order to pursue her film career. Impressively, she did complete her diploma in 1919. Bessie began with a small role in a Griffith movie, “Intolerance” (1916). Her first major role was in “The Flying Torpedo” (1916). That same year, she appeared in movies opposite William S. Hart and Douglas Fairbanks. Her first starring role was in “A Sister of Six” (1916). Love quickly became a popular performer. Early in her career, Bessie worked for “Fine Arts”, “Pathe” and then Vitagraph. In the 1920’s Love sought roles outside of the “sweet and innocent girl” parts. In two movies she played Asian women. She had the role of a drug addicted mother in “Human Wreckage” (1923) and in other films played an underworld flapper as well as a woman accused of murder. In the 1925 movie, “The King on Main Street”, Love became the first person to dance the Charleston in a movie (see the video below).. The dance became the rage of the era. Also in the 1920’s, Bessie appeared in a film based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel “The Lost World”. In addition, she appeared in a romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra. She signed with MGM in 1928. In 1929, Love exhibited her talent in musical comedy. She toured with a musical revue for sixteen weeks. It is thought that her singing and dancing performances in vaudeville helped prepare her for sound films. That same year, she made her debut in her first feature length sound film, the musical “The Broadway Melody”. Her performance led to her receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. MGM rewarded her with a five year contract and a three thousand dollars a week (equivalent to $45,000 a week in 2019). She continued to act in musicals and her success was reflected in her becoming “the screen’s first musical comedy star”. Between 1931 and 1943, Love entered semi-retirement. She had married in 1929 and during this break in her career, she began focusing on her personal life. Her husband was an agent, William Hawks. She had celebrity bridesmaids, including Carmel Myers, Norma Shearer, and Mary Astor. Love had a daughter in 1932, and in 1935, she moved to England. She obtained a divorce in 1936. During World War II, Love worked as a film script supervisor and also worked for the American Red Cross. After the war, Love resumed acting. Much of her work was in theater, television, and radio. She also played minor roles in British film. In 1958, she wrote and performed in a semiautobiographical play. Some of her later films included The Barefoot Contessa” (1954), “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969 a James Bond Thriller), and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1971). Bessie Love had a long and successful acting career. The IMdB reports that she had 156 acting credits between 1915 and 1981. This vintage postcard was published by Cinemagazine (Paris Edition) as part of a series (no.163). The postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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BESSIE LOVE DOES THE CHARLESTON

MARIA ESTEVEZ : PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN : AREN’T YOU SOMEBODY?

This cabinet card photograph features an attractive and well dressed young woman posing for her portrait at the Moreno & Lopez studio in New York City. An inscription on the reverse of this photograph, identifies the lovely subject of this image as “Maria Estevez”. Miss Estevez has the kind of appearance that causes an observer to mutter to oneself , “I know that she is somebody, but, who is she?”. Antonio E. Moreno was a Cuban painter and graphic artist who became a photographer after seeing the success of his New York based countryman, Jose Maria Mora (see category “Photographer: Mora”). In 1881, Moreno took over a failing New York City photographic studio. The business end of the studio was run by his co-director, Jose Lopez. Moreno developed the business into a great success due to his talent as a photographer, developer and innovator. He became noted in photographic circles and received much acclaim from his participation in photographic expositions. He surrounded himself with talented co-workers. Much of his staff came from Mexico. Spanish cameraman Antonio Urda was considered to be excellent at his craft but was a fiery man who eventually committed suicide by drinking development fluid, after failing to murder printer, Domingo Costello. After this incident, Moreno preferred to hire English speaking Europeans to work at his studio. One of his hires was printer Nahum Lubosh, whom he snared from celebrated photographer B. J. Falk (see category “Photographer: Falk”).  Another employee, cameraman A. L. Simpson, pioneered the use of slides utilized in theater sing-alongs. In 1890 Moreno partnered with the Taber Art Company in publishing photographs of beautiful female models in what has been described as “genre scenes and allegories”. The photographs were well posed, precisely lit and very tasteful. Moreno’s gallery was in business for a quarter of a century and was a center for performing arts portraiture. One wonders if the subject of this cabinet card portrait was in fact a theater actress, or one of Moreno’s pretty models. This gorgeous cabinet card has great clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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MONA MARTENSON : POPULAR SWEDISH STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty actress Mona Martenson (1902-1956) as she appears in the film, “Inmarsarvet” (1925). Translated into English, the film is titled “Ingmar’s Inheritance”. The movie is a Swedish silent drama film and was directed by Gustaf Molander and produced by Nord-Westi Film. Mona was 23 years-old when the postcard photo was taken. Martenson was an active performer from 1923 through 1949, appearing in 29 films. Mona was raised in Helsingborg and studied at the Royal Dramatic Theater Academy. She made her first film appearance in 1923. That same year, Mona and a classmate were selected by the school to audition for celebrated Swedish film director, Mauritz Stiller. Incidentally, you may be familiar with her classmate. Her name was Greta Garbo. Both Martenson and Garbo were cast in his upcoming film. The film was very successful and Mona and Greta were invited to Hollywood. Martenson was not interested in leaving Sweden, and turned down a contract offer from Louis B. Mayer. She remained in Stockholm and acted in theater and film. In 1929, Mona spread her wings and starred in a German film and in a Norwegian film. Mona was able to cross the “sound barrier” and appear in a number of “talkie” films. Her last film was “Pippi Longstocking” (1949). She played the supporting role of Pia. The photographer of Martenson’s portrait seen on this postcard was Axel Eliassons Konstforlag. He operated a studio, and then a postcard publishing company in Stockholm. The company was named “Axel Eliasson’s Art Publishers (AE) and began selling postcards in 1890. The company was Sweden’s leading producer of postcards during the first half of the twentieth century. In the middle of the 1890’s, Jenny Nystrom and Anna Palm were hired as illustrators. The company specialized in illustrated Christmas cards. Eliasson died in 1932. In 1941, the company was sold and underwent several name changes. The company still exists today, under the name “Axel Eliasson AB” and is located in Sagmyra, Sweden. It no longer publishes postcards. Instead it produces art publishing items (ie Christmas cards and gift items). This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PROFILE PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY TEENAGE GIRL IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (PATRIOTIC CABINET CARD)

This cabinet card photograph features a lovely teenage girl posing for a profile portrait. I am hypothesizing about her age, but I can not be too far off the mark. She is nicely dressed and is wearing a stylish straw hat. Note the American flag pin attached to the hat band. Perhaps this image was taken on July fourth. This photo was taken at the Rothschild studio in Chicago, Illinois. The studio was located on State Street and Van Buren. The studio was within the A. M. Rothschild Department Store and the store was opened at the aforementioned address in 1881. The store was bought out by Marshall Fields in 1923. This cabinet card portrait is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PRETTY LITTLE GIRL SMILING IN A SNOW FLURRY

This vintage real photo postcard features an adorable little girl flashing a wonderful smile. Snow flakes fall around her. She is dressed for winter wearing a cape and winter hat. She is holding a muff to protect her hands. Note the pink ribbon in her hair and the flowers in the foreground. These must be hardy flowers to look so pretty in the wintertime. This “Happy New Year” card was published by Circe as part of a series (no.5015). SOLD

WELL DRESSED LITTLE BOY WITH AN INFECTIOUS SMILE

This vintage photograph features a well dressed little boy with a fantastic smile. Note his short suit and high socks. This photo measures about 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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McMULLIN’S BROTHERS FURNITURE STORE: DELIVERY BY HORSE AND WAGON

This vintage real photo postcard features a father and son on a horse drawn wagon. This is no ordinary wagon. Instead, as the painted sign on the side of the wagon states; it is the delivery wagon for the McMullin Brothers furniture store. The business was located in Anthony, Kansas. Research reveals that one of the McMullin brothers was Joseph Franklin McMullin (1857-1914). He can be found in the US Census of 1910 and his occupation is listed as the proprietor of a furniture store. Ten years earlier, the 1910 US Census reports that Joseph McMullin was working as a farmer, despite the fact that in 1909, the local newspaper, “The Anthony Republican”, ran an ad for McMullin Brothers furniture store. This photo postcard represents a piece of both Anthony and Kansas history. It is also a record of the workings of small business at the beginning of the twentieth century. Note that there is no furniture in the rear of the wagon. It is likely that the wagon and its driver and young assistant, presumably father and son, took the wagon out for the specific purpose of being photographed. The father is wearing nice clothing, not work clothes, which supports the theory that he was not photographed while on the job. This postcard’s AZO stamp box indicates that it dates back to between 1904 and 1918. SOLD

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BLANCHE KELLEHER : BROADWAY THEATER ACTRESS (CABINET CARD)

 

  • This cabinet card portrait features stage actress, Blanche Kelleher. The IBDB reports that Miss Kelleher appeared in two Broadway productions. The first production, “Trelawney of the ‘Wells” was a comedy that appeared at the Lyceum Theatre (1898-?). Other performers in the play included Mary Mannering and Hilda Spong. The play was produced by Daniel Frohman. In 1928, this play was the basis of a film, “The Actress” . The second Broadway show that featured Miss Kelleher, was “The Ambassador” (February 5, 1900 – March 19, 1900). The show was a comedy produced by Daniel Frohman. It was presented at Daly’s theatre, and was on Broadway for 51 performances. This cabinet card portrait was taken at Ye Rose Studio, in Providence, Rhode Island.  The studio opened in 1886 and was located in the Conrad building in downtown Providence. The building still exists. On the reverse of this photo is a stamp which indicates that the image once belonged to Frank A. Munsey (1854-1925). You may not have ever heard of Mr. Munsey but he was a well known man during his time. He was an American newspaper and magazine publisher. He was also an author of several novels. Munsey also founded a major financial institution. His accomplishments go on and on. Munsey provided major funding for Theodore Roosevelts ill fated campaign for the 1912 Republican Party nomination for President. In reaction to Roosevelt not receiving the nomination, he had his hand in the formation of the “Bull Moose Party”. Although he was born in Maine, he spent most of his life in New York City. The city of Munsey, New Jersey is named after him. Munsey receives credit for developing the idea of using high speed printing presses to print on cheap, untrimmed, pulp paper in order to produce affordable magazines. Many of these peiriodicals were sold for just ten cents. The stories appearing on this paper were often action and adventure fiction. The magazines were aimed at working class readers and were called “pulp magazines”. Think “Pulp Fiction”. Munsey eventually expanded into publishing newspapers. In 1925, Munsey died from a burst appendix. When he died, he left a fortune of 20 to 40 million dollars, which by today’s standards, would equal 250 to 500 million dollars. Among those that received sizable funds from Munsey’s estate was Bowdoin College and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This cabinet card has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans). Note the tiny chip near the top of the left edge of the card’s border. SOLD