MISS GAYNOR ROWLANDS : ENGLISH STAGE ACTRESS; SINGER, AND DANCER

This vintage real photo postcard features English actress, singer, and dancer, Gaynor Rowlands (1883-1906). She carried the nickname of “The Nightingale of Wales”. She started her career in Empire Theatres’s Ballet. Upon graduation, she joined the company chorus line of George Edwarde’s Gaiety Theatre. She toured India in 1901/02. She quickly became a star and she became the most photographed of the “Gaiety Girls”. She was a popular subject of photo postcards and theatre magazine articles. Rowland’s life was cut short when she died of heart failure at the age of twenty-three after surgery for appendicitis. Eight portraits of Gaynor are in England’s National Portrait Gallery. The IMDb reports that she has one film in her filmography. lt was released in 1905. This pretty portrait of Miss Rowlands was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons as part of the Glosso Postcard Series (No. 5709) and the “Celebrities of the Stage Series”. The writer of this postcard used only one word to describe Gaynor. That word is “Lovely”. There is no doubt about the date that this postcard was written and sent. Not only does the postmark reveal that this card was mailed in 1905, but the writer wrote the same date on the front of the postcard. The card was mailed from Hounslow, a borough of London. This postcard is in good condition (see scans). .

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ACTRESS MAUREEN O’SULLIVAN HOLDING A PING PONG PADDLE NEXT TO A PING PONG TABLE

This vintage real photo postcard features actress Maureen O’Sullivan (1911-1998). She is holding a ping pong paddle and standing next to a ping pong table. The Irish-American actress is best known for playing Jane in the Tarzan series of films. This postcard was published by Dutch publisher Jos-Pe. Arnhem. The card is part of a series (No. 432), and at the time this photograph was taken, O’Sullivan was under contract with Metro Goldwyn. The postcard is posted and has a Netherlands stamp. SOLD

LITTLE GIRL WITH A TINY SUITCASE AND A FANCY HAT

This vintage real photo postcard features a little girl dressed in winter clothing and carrying a miniature suitcase. The “suitcase” may actually be a pocket book. Note the child’s button shoes. The postcard’s AZO stamp box dates this card to sometime between 1904 and 1918. SOLD

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PHOTOGRAPH OF DETROIT TIGER PITCHER ELON HOGSETT (1935 PRESS PHOTO)

This vintage press photo (9/15/1935) features Elon Hogsett who was a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers during the 1935 season. The caption, on the back of the photograph declares that the Tiger’s “supremacy for 1935 is virtually assured”. In fact the Tigers reached the World Series that year and Hogsett pitched in one the the games. Who was Elon Hogsett? Elon Chester “Chief” Hogsett (1903-2001) was a submarining left handed major league pitcher who played 11 seasons in the American League with Detroit (1920-1936, 1944), St. Louis Browns (1936-1937), and the Washington Senators (1938). He was known by his nickname “Chief” but he was only 1/32 a Native American (Cherokee). He stated that he received the nick name because he once had a teammate that he roomed with who was one hundred percent Native American (Kiowa). Hogsett was both a reliever and a starter during his pitching career. His career stats included a 63-87 won-loss record and a 5.02 ERA. Hogsett appeared in two World Series. This photograph is an interesting piece of baseball history. Elon Hogsett was not only an old time baseball player but he also looks the part. The photograph measures about 5″ x 7″. The photograph was once owned by Acme Newspictures of New York City and the company’s stamp appears on the reverse of the photo along with a caption. SOLD  

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CLOSE-UP PHOTO OF ACTRESS MARIA PAUDLER WITH A GOOSE UNDER EACH ARM : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features actress Maria Paudler (1903-1990). She was an Austro-Hungarian born German actress. She was the daughter of an architect. She received her acting training in Prague, performing on stage in both classical and modern roles from 1923 to 1938. After World War II she was imprisoned in the Czech Republic and was only set free after intervention from the Red Army. In 1949, she was severely injured in a car accident. The injuries almost ended her acting career. In 1951 she returned to acting and also directed some theatre productions. Paudler received offers from Hollywood but always rejected them. She published her memoirs in 1977.  She was married to actor Georg Czimaq and when that marriage ended, she became engaged to actor Harry Liedtke. The IMDb credits Paudler with 63 acting appearances between 1926 and 1985. This photo postcard features Miss Paudler being upstaged by the geese that she is holding; one under each arm. Miss Paudler looks surprisingly comfortable in this pose. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag as part of a series (no. 3122/3). The logo for a film company appears in the lower right hand corner of the image. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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A PRETTY GIRL WEARING AN EMBROIDED CAP : ART DECO : PHOTO BY ALFRED NOYER

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty girl holding a bouquet of flowers. She is wearing a lovely embroidered cap. The photographer and publisher of this portrait postcard was Alfred Noyer. He was a well known and acclaimed photographer. His Paris studio operated between 1910 and the 1940’s. This art deco postcard has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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BILLIE DOVE: BEAUTIFUL FILM ACTRESS, GIRL FRIEND OF FLORENZ ZIEGFELD AND HOWARD HUGHES

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Billie Dove (1903-1997) was an American actress. Her parents were Swiss immigrants. During her teenage years, she worked as a model to support her family. Florenz Ziegfeld hired her as a teenager to appear in the Ziegfeld Follies Revue. She was not a particularly talented dancer or singer, her beauty and acting ability were her major assets. In the early 1920’s she moved to Hollywood and began appearing in silent films. It has been written that Ziegfield’s wife, actress Billie Burke, helped facilitate Dove’s transition to films. Apparently, Burke was trying to separate Dove from her husband because the pair were having an affair. It did not take long for her to become one of the more popular actresses of the 1920’s. Among her better known films was “The Black Pirate” (1926) with Douglas Fairbanks, and “The American Beauty” (1927). Dove was a ravishing beauty and was very photogenic. She married director, Irvin Willat, in 1923. The marriage had a six year duration. She then had a three year romance with Howard Hughes. Dove’s other interests included being a pilot, painter, and poet. After her last film, “Blondie of the Follies” (1932), Dove retired from films. It is thought that she retired because she was distraught about her role in her last film being “trimmed” by her co-star’s (Marion Davis) influential boyfriend (William Randloph Hearst). Hearst was upset because Miss Davis’s acting was overshadowed by Dove’s acting. Mr Hearst owned Cosmopolitan Productions which produced the movie. After retirement, Dove married oil executive Robert Kenaston in 1933 and the couple remained together until Kenaston’s death in 1970. She had a brief third marriage to an architect. It is interesting to note that jazz singer, Billie Holiday, borrowed Billie Dove’s first name when picking out her own stage name. Miss Holiday was an admirer of Miss Dove. The IMDb lists 50 movie credits for Billie Dove between 1921 and 1962.

Postcard 1 was published by “Ross Verlag”, The photographer of Miss Dove’s portrait was Defina of First National Pictures. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

Postcard 2 was also published by “Ross Verlag”.  Billie Dove looks beautiful in this portrait. Note the old style phone she is using. The postcard was sold exclusively by Ballerini & Fratini of Florence, Italy. The firm was known for producing a large number of postcards, including film stars of the 1920’s. I do not know why there were two publishing firms involved in producing this postcard. Perhaps there was a distribution agreement of some kind between the two companies. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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MURIEL FOSTER : ENGLISH OPERA SINGER : PORTRAIT BY ERNEST WALTER HISTED

This vintage real photo postcard features English contralto, Muriel Foster (1877-1937). Foster and her twin sister, Hilda, were trained at the Royal College of Music in London. In 1896, he made her debut in the production of “King Saul”. In 1899, the sisters performed in a series of duets. In 1900, Hilda retired after getting married. Muriel, who had the command of several languages, continued her singing and had a very successful international opera career. Muriel was photographed for this portrait by Ernest Walter Histed (1862-1947). Histed was born in England but achieved his success as a photographer in Chicago, and later, in Pittsburgh. He then returned to England and opened a photography studio there. His subjects there included Clara Butt (Opera Star) Pope Pius X, and the Empress of Germany. Histed returned to the US and opened a studio on Fifth Avenue in New York City. He later moved to Palm Beach, Florida and continued his profession until 1934. The Museum of the City of New York has a large collection of his work. The National Portrait Gallery (England) has 32 of his photographs in their collection. This postcard was published by London’s J. Beagles & Co. as part of a series (No. G386).The company was started by John Beagles (1844-1909). The company produced a variety of postcards including an extensive catalog of celebrity (stage and screen) portrait postcards. After Beagle’s death, the business continued as J. Beagles & Co. until it closed in 1939. This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN SHEER NEGLIGEE : PHOTOGRAPH BY J. MANDEL

This risque photograph was taken by Julian Mandel (1872-1935). He was one of the most famous photographers of female nudes during the early twentieth century. He worked in Paris, France and his photographs became well known in the 1910’s through the 1930’s. This photograph appears on a vintage real photo postcard. The pretty model is wearing a gauzy negligee and is giving a flirtatious look. This original risque photo postcard was published by Alfred Noyer as part of a series (no.275). SOLD

ADELINA PATTI SINGS THE PRAISES OF THE CHICAGO CORSET COMPANY (TRADE CARD)

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This item is a vintage trade card advertising corsets for the Chicago Corset Company. The card dates back to the 1880’s. The wasp waisted women seen in a number of the photographs of the cabinet card era, didn’t get that way from going to Jenny Craig and the gym. Their secret weapon was wearing a corset. This trade card utilizes a “celebrity spokesperson”.  Adelina Patti, a famous opera singer, sings the praise of Ball’s Corsets which were manufactured by the Chicago Corset Company of Aurora, Illinois. She ordered eight corsets and testified that she wished that she had known about them sooner. The company advertising on the card brags that “they need no breaking in” and that they provide “health and comfort”. This particular trade card is also advertising the T. J. Elcock & Company which was a Dry Goods, Carpet, and Notions store in Mechanicsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here is a little information about the Chicago Corset Company, The business is cited in Robin Shepard’s “The Best Breweries and Brewpubs of Illinois (2003). The author writes that in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Aurora was considered the corset capitol of the world. There were at least three corset companies operating their factories there and one of the largest was the Chicago Corset Company. In fact, I read elsewhere, that the company was the second largest corset company in the world. At one point, the business employed 600 people and produced 2 million corsets a year. The word “corset” began to be used in the English language in about 1828. “The Ladies Magazine” described it as a “quilted waistcoat”. The primary reason for using corsets was to slim the body and help it conform to a fashionable silhouette. Generally speaking, the corset reduces the waist and exaggerates the bust and hips. Apparently there were “overbust corsets” and “underbust corsets”. Sometimes, corsets were used for medical or for fetish purposes. I’ll refrain from elaborating about the medical and fetish purposes and leave detailed explanation to your imagination. The corset company’s spokesperson on this trade card is Adelina Patti (1843-1919). She was a celebrated 19th century opera singer who earned a great deal of money for her performances at the height of her career. She sang in both Europe and America and is probably one of the most famous sopranos in history. She was born in Madrid. Her father was tenor Salvatore Pattie and her mother was soprano Caterina Barilli. Her parents were Italian and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. She sang professionally from childhood. At sixteen years of age, she made her operatic debut at the Academy of Music in New York City. At age eighteen she began performing in Europe. She later performed “Home Sweet Home” for President Lincoln and his wife shortly after the death of their son, Willie. The bereaved parents requested an encore. She was associated with the song for her entire career. In her prime, Adelina Patti demanded to be paid five thousand dollars a night. She asked to be paid in gold, prior to each performance. She demanded top billing and that her name be in bigger font than others in the company. She also demanded that she not be obligated to attend rehearsals. Did someone say, DIVA? It was reported that she trained her parrot to say “Cash, Cash”. Be sure to look below to see some interesting images pertaining to corsets as well as an image of Miss Patti. This vintage trade card is in very good condition (see scans).                   

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Polaire was famous for her tiny, corseted waist, which was sometimes reported to have a circumference no greater than 16 inches (41 cm)
A woman models a corset in this 1898 photograph.

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