MARIE STUDHOLME: BEAUTIFUL STAGE ACTRESS (THREE VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS)

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These vintage real photo postcards feature beautiful stage actress Marie Studholme (1872-1930). The English actress and singer was known for her supporting and starring roles in Victorian and Edwardian musical comedies. Her theater career spanned from 1891 through 1915. Her roles included appearances in “An Artists Model” (1895), “The Messenger” (1900), and “Lady Madcap” (1906). Marie Studholme’s beauty made her one of the most popular postcard models of her time.

Postcard 1 is a wonderful portrait of Miss Studholme in costume for the stage production of “Miss Hook of Holland). The play was an English musical comedy. It opened at the the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1907 and ran for 462 performances. It originally starred Isabel Jay and Harry Grattan. The play also ran on Broadway. Studholme starred in the title role in “Miss Hook of Holland” on a long provincial tour from 1907 to 1910. This vintage photo postcard was published by Rotary Photo (no. 4890 A) and the photo was taken by the Foulsham and Banfield studio. This postcard has an interesting message. Rather than signing the card, the writer left his identity a secret by signing it with one word, “Guess?”. The postcard is postmarked “1908”. The card is in excellent condition (see scans).

Postcard 2 is part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no. 4188 A) and was printed in England. Miss Studholme’s portrait was photographed by the celebrated Foulsham & Banfield studio. Although photo postcard portraits of Miss Studholme are common , this particular photograph is uncommon.  (SOLD)

Postcard 3 is also part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no. 348 K). This photograph highlights the beauty of Miss Studholme. The postcard is also aimed to be erotic judging by the generous view of the actress’s cleavage. The photography studio that produced this image is W & D Downey of London, England. This studio was well known and highly respected in England. They advertised themselves as photographers specially appointed to photograph the imperial and royal families of Europe and they photographed many other celebrities. Although Studholme posed for many postcard portraits, this particular photo postcard is uncommon. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

Postcard 4 is a member of the Rotary Photographic series (No. 24 L), just like Postcard 1 and Postcard 2. In this portrait, Miss Studholme flashes a beautiful smile. The low cut dress that she is wearing is a bit risque for the era. It appears that she was not adverse to the idea of suggestive poses. The photographer who took this portrait photo of Marie Studholme is a well known female photographer named Lizzie Caswall Smith. Smith (1870-1958) was a British photographer who operated in the early 1900’s. She specialized in photographing members of society and celebrities. Many of her photographs were used for postcards. She was involved in the Women’s Suffrage movement and photographed many of the leading suffragettes. She also photographed many actors including Billie Burke and Maude Fealy. She operated the Gainsborough Studio from 1907 through 1920 (309 Oxford Street) and moved to a new location (90 Great Russell Street) where she remained until she retired in 1930 at the age of 60 years-old. Her most famous photograph is a portrait of Florence Nightingale taken in 1910. It was auctioned in 1908 and sold for 5500 pounds which is an equivalent today of nearly 8,000 dollars. The National Portrait Gallery has 84 portraits associated with Lizzie Caswall Smith.  The postmark stamped on this postcard indicates that it was mailed in 1907. The message on the card is written to a 13 year-old girl. The writer of the card apologizes for not sending a letter sooner and explains “but I’m so busy”.  It is interesting to note that “excuses” have not changed much over the last hundred years.   SOLD

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HANDSOME AND WELL DRESSED YOUNG MAN INTENTLY READING A MAGAZINE

This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome and well dressed young man reading a magazine or newspaper. He is wearing a suit with a high collar dress shirt, a tie, and a pocketchief. His slicked back hair is neat. Occupationally, this gentleman is likely a professional of some kind. The photographer of this postcard portrait is Florencio Bixio. He was a talented photographer who operated photo studios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was active between at least 1900 and 1930. He died in Buenos Aires in 1933. A number of his photographs can be found in the Cabinet Card Gallery. This is an uncommon themed postcard. The card has a Kolux stamp box. I believe that Kolux is a type of camera. I can find no information about their involvement in postcard publishing. This photo postcard is in good condition (see scans)

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THREE ADORABLE LITTLE GIRLS WEARING IDENTICAL DRESSES AND THEIR DOG IN MITTWEIDA, GERMANY

This cabinet card portrait features three young sisters and their small dog. The girls are wearing cute identical dresses. The girls may have been posing for this photograph for awhile and at least two of the siblings seem to have lost their patience. The youngest child, appears to be near tears or actually in tears. The oldest girl is rolling her eyes at the photographer while the middle child appears relatively nonplussed, The dog is wearing dog tags. I had no idea that dogs wore dog tags as early as the turn of the century.The photographer of this image is Richard Brand. He operated a studio in Mittweida, Germany. He was an award winning photographer. The front of the card lists medals he had won in Amsterdam, Dresden, and Weimar. This photograph was taken in either 1901 or shortly thereafter.This cabinet card is in excellent condition (see scans).

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THE CATS ARE LEAVING THE CATSKILLS : WONDERFUL POSTCARD FOR CAT OR CATSKILL COLLECTORS

This vintage postcard takes a humorous look at the Catskills, a mountain resort area in upstate New York. The Catskills resorts were very popular in the mid twentieth century. Though less visited, many of the resorts are still in operation. The Catskills are located about 90 minutes from New Yok City. This postcard presents two cats riding in a cart being pulled by two other cats. The riders have a lot of baggage as they leave the resort area. A train can be seen in the background. This postcard was published by The Ruben publishing Company. The firm was located in Newburgh, New York. This postcard was part of a series and has two identification numbers (216947 and 62).The Ruben Publishing company was founded by Jacob Ruben (1882-1974). He also operated a stationery store.. Ruben emigrated to the United States from Russia. He became a well known commercial photographer in the Hudson River Valley. He was noted for his tourist photographs as well as for his photos of local civic projects occurring in the area. SOLD

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GLAMOROUS YOUNG WOMAN WITH LONG HAIR AND A PRETTY SMILE

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman with long hair and a pretty smile. She has large bow in her hair and is wearing a decorative ribbon on her dress. The photographer posed the woman in such a way that the mirror behind her reflected a profile view. This postcard was published by Roto as part of a series (no.5 105). This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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CHINATOWN : NEW YORK CITY : PELL STREET VIEW (1917)

This vintage animated postcard features a view of New York City’s Chinatown. a street sign reveals that one of the streets seen in this pedestrian filled corner is Pell Street. Pell Street remains part of NYC’s Chinatown today. Note the placards on the walls of one of the buildings. The Grand Central Station postmark reveals that the card was mailed in 1917. The postcard was published by the Detroit Publishing Company of Detroit, Michigan. The company printed postcards from 1898 through 1932. This card is a member of the company’s “Phostint” series. The Detroit Publishing Company began producing “Phostint” cards in 1903. “Phostint” was the trade name for the company’s photochrom process. Mac, the sender of this postcard, writes that he visited Chinatown and it was “Some Place”. He underlined “some place”; I guess he really meant it. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A FASHIONABLE WOMAN AND HER BEAUTIFUL GREYHOUND (1941)

This vintage Italian real photo postcard features a pretty and fashionable woman and her elegant greyhound. She is holding the leash tightly. The woman is wearing four flowers on her jacket. Perhaps she was at a dog show and the photo was taken after the competition. The message on this postcard was written in 1941. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans). ADDENDUM: A visitor has corrected me about the dog’s breed. The dog is a Borzoi and not a Greyhound.

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SMILING GIRL AND TWO ADORABLE KITTENS (1906)

This vintage undivided real photo postcard features a smiling girl holding two adorable kittens. She appears to be in her teenage years. This card was published by the Photograph Company of America. The firm was located in Chicago, Illinois. The message on this postcard was written in 1906. Interestingly, the writer wrote in the stamp box, “I am out of stamps”. This postcard is in good condition. Note the corner wear (see scans).

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MISS FANNY FIELDS : JEWISH AMERICAN SINGER, DANCER, AND COMEDIENNE (TWO PHOTO POSTCARDS FROM 1906)

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This vintage real photo postcard features American singer, dancer, and comic performer, Fanny Fields (1880-1961), who was a successful performer in British music halls and pantomimes in the early 1900s. During her career she was frequently billed as “Happy” Fanny Fields. She was born, Fanny Furman, in New York City, to a Jewish family. She first appeared in variety shows in NYC sometime around 1899. In her act, she sang and told stories. In 1902, she performed in London and had a very positive reception. One reviewer described her as “one big bubble of mirth and merriment”. She toured with Welsh harpist, Nansi Richards. She also performed “The Suffragette”. In an accompanying monologue, she encouraged woman to make a stand for their rights. In 1912, she performed in front of King George V. She also starred in a silent film short entitled “Happy Fanny Fields and the Four Little Dutchmen” (1913). She retired from the entertainment business in 1913. She returned to the United States and married Dr Abraham Rongy (1878-1949). He was a gynecologist and set up maternity hospitals. In 1933, he published one of the first books proposing the legalization of abortion. Fanny became an active fundraiser for Jewish medical organizations.

Postcard 1 features a close-up portrait of Fanny Fields. She looks pretty in this color tinted photo postcard. The postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no.4007 C). The message on this postcard indicates that the sender sent the postcard for someone to add to their collection. This postcard has a postmark from 1906.

Postcard 2 is a vintage real photo postcard portrait of Miss Fields. The photograph is color tinted. The performer is just beaming for the photographer. Her hat is quite an extravaganza. This postcard was published by Philco (London) as part of a series (no.3213 D). The photographer was Lewis R. Protheroe. He operated a studio in Bristol, England. He was working as a photographer, at least between 1901 and 1917. His father, Thomas Protheroe founded the studio between approximately 1876 and 1900. The postcard has a 1906 postmark. The card is in very good condition (see scans).

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THIS IS “HOW I LOOKED ON JUNE 25th, 1910” (RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a young woman named Flo. She is sending this photograph to a friend, with a message that states that this is “how I looked on June 25th, 1910”. This photo was taken at the Walter Mitchell Studio, located on East 14th Street in New York City. The card has a Lumeno stamp box with a lighthouse logo. This postcard has crease in the right bottom corner and is in overall good condition (see scans).

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