PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN AND A BIG DOG : REAL PHOTO POSTCARD

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman and her very large dog. Note the dog’s height. I am unable to determine the dog’s breed. (SOLD)

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TWO ADORABLE KIDS WITH PAILS AND SHOVELS : TINTYPE (1850’s -1870’s)

This tintype photograph features two adorable young children holding shovels and wooden pails. They look serious about pursuing whatever project that they are about to begin. The kids are barefoot. Note the large wooden chair occupied by the older child. This tintype likely dates back to the peak period of tintype popularity (1850’s through the 1870″s). (SOLD)

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FOUR PORTRAITS OF THE BEAUTIFUL GERMAN SILENT FILM ACTRESS: ALLY KOLBERG

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Postcard 1 features silent film actress, Ally Kolberg. She is quite beautiful and looks like she is in her teen years when photographed. The message on this card was written in 1915. The postcard was published by RotoPhot. The stamp box indicates that the company was part of the NBC price cartel. 

 This vintage real photo postcard  (Postcard 2) features beautiful German silent film actress, Ally Kolberg. Her movie career was brief. She appeared in films between 1916 and 1923 and they included 16 German films and 1 Swedish production. She was often directed by female directors. During her career she was also credited as Ally Bing and Ally Kay Bing.  Initial research revealed very little about the life of Miss Kolberg. More intensive investigation is required. This postcard was published by Rotophot, which began publishing “RPH” postcards sometime around 1916. This postcard is part of a series (no 4794/3). The production of film star postcards was continued by the Ross Verlag company who’s origins can be traced back to the earlier Rotophot postcard company. This postcard has a Bavarian stamp and is postmarked from Weilheim, Bavaria.

    *  The second postcard (Postcard 3) features a real photo portrait  of Miss Kolberg. She is dressed in a more subdued fashion in this photograph than in the first postcard. She is wearing “every day” clothing compared to the high fashion, attention grabbing style seen in the first postcard. In this photo, Ally is posed clasping her hands and looking dreamingly toward heaven. The backdrop behind her could be viewed as sky. As in the first postcard, Miss Kolberg is quite beautiful. This postcard was also, like the first, published by Rotophot and has the “RPH” logo. The message on the reverse of the postcard dates the card to 1913. This date is a bit earlier than when some sources believe RPH began publishing postcards. The sources are close, but incorrect. This postcard was part of a series (no. 3697/5).   (SOLD)

 *  Ally Kolberg is the subject of this third vintage real photo postcard (Postcard 4). Miss Kolberg’s beauty is apparent in this photograph. She is wearing a long translucent veil and an alluring smile. The stamp box of this postcard has an interesting story. “NBC” (Neue Bromsilber Convention) was a price cartel established in 1909 that continued until the 1930’s. The purpose of the cartel was to ensure that the minimum price charged for postcards was kept at a sufficiently profitable level. A number of postcard publishing companies joined the cartel in an effort to stave off the effect of competition on the pricing of postcards. This postcard is part of a series (no. 119/1). The logo for the motion picture company “Film Sterne” can be seen in the lower left hand corner of the postcard. The photo studio that took this photograph was Becker & Maas. The firm was located in Berlin, Germany.   (SOLD)

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SMILING BABY SEATED ON A FUR COVERED CHAIR : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features a smiling baby sitting on a fur covered chair. The child is not sitting on the seat unsecured. The baby is likely sitting on his mother’s lap. Mom is hidden from our view. It is also possible that the baby is being held in place by a brace hidden by his gown. An inscription on the reverse of the card reveals that the child’s name is Vernon Walker. This postcard has an AZO stamp box which indicates that the card dates back to between 1904 and 1918. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

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PRETTY ITALIAN ACTRESS AND WRITER MARCELLA ALBANI

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Marcella Albani (1899-1959) was an Italian film actress that appeared in 50 films between 1919 and 1936. Albani was “discovered” by writer/director Guido Parish (Schamberg) when she was twenty years old. They became a very successful film couple until 1924 when they parted ways. Their movies were predominately tear jerkers and adventure stories. The actress also worked with other famous directors such as Joe May, Friedrich Zelnik, and Wilhelm Dieterle. Albani was a major star in the European cinema in the late 1920’s. Her films were made in five different European countries. Many of Albani’s roles were portraying elegant Latin beauties. At the advent of sound movies, Miss Albani turned to writing. One of her several novels was turned into a movie. She continued to act until 1936. Albani was married to director Mario Franchini in 1931.

Albani certainly looks elegant, sensual, and beautiful in this Postcard 1 portrait. She is dressed exquisitely. The postcard image is a bit risque for it’s era. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany. The postcard is part of a series (no. 538/1). This portrait of Miss Albani was taken by celebrity photographer, Alexander Binder. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

In the photograph seen on Postcard 2, Albani again looks elegant, and beautiful. Her hat is a fashion statement in itself. The card is of German origin and published by Ross Verlag of Berlin. The postcard is part of a series (no. 1521/1). The photo is by Aafa film. According to one reliable source, the postcard was issued sometime between 1927 and 1928.

Postcard 3 features a beautiful risque portrait of Miss Albani. The publisher of this postcard is also Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany. The postcard is part of a series (no. 596/3). Printed on the postcard is the name “Albani Film”. The company was a film production and distribution firm and was active in 1934.

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BRIDE AND GROOM : DECORATED ANTIQUE WEDDING CAR : FLOWERS

This vintage real photo postcard captures a bride and groom in a flower decorated antique automobile. Even the car’s wheels are decorated with flowers. Note the auto’s large headlights and the squeeze horn on the driver’s side of the car. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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YOUNG WOMAN : CRIMPED HAIR : BEADED DRESS : CROWN POINT, NEW YORK : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card photograph features a young woman with crimped hair and wearing a beaded dress. She is also wearing a tassel and earrings. The womans photo portrait was taken by E. M. Johnson, who operated a studio in Crown Point, New York. The town of Crown Point is located on the west shore of Lake Champlain. The photographer’s full name was Elbert M. Johnson (1844-1910). He was born in Whiting, Vermont. Sometime before 1850 his family moved to Wadhams Mills (near Westport), New York. Growing up, he worked on his family’s farm. In 1864, during the American Civil War, he enlisted in Company E of the 2nd New York Cavalry Regiment. He was a private. At the war’s end, he returned to Westport and learned the art and business of running a photography studio. He opened his photography studio in Crown Point and was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). SOLD

PORTRAIT OF YOUNG SIBLINGS : CHILDREN : SAILOR SUIT : (1912)

This vintage real photo postcard features two cute siblings. An inscription on the reverse of the card indicates that the children are Susan (age 8) and Richard Carey (age 6). The photograph was taken in 1912. Note that Richard is wearing a sailor suit, a popular style of this era. The card has an Artura stamp box.  SOLD

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YOUNG GIRL IN TYROLEAN COSTUME WITH MANDOLIN IN BECKENHAM, ENGLAND

 

This exceptional cabinet card portrait features a young girl wearing a Tyrolean costume and playing a mandolin. She looks absolutely adorable. The photograph comes from photographer F Valery who operated a studio in Beckenham, England. When Frederick Valery went home to his wife and family, he was no longer Frederick Valery. Instead he became James Frederick Lowrie. Apparently, Frederick Valery was Lowrie’s “nom de camera”. Lowrie was born in London in 1853. He was married to Millie (1855-?) and the couple had two sons and one daughter. Lowrie was a photographer from at least 1901 through 1907. The British Journal of Photography (1906) reported the “sudden death” of Mr. Lowrie. He had two studios, one in Beckenham, and the second one in Bromley. The journal states that Lowrie “dropped dead” while photographing a girl in his Bromley studio. He was 53 years old at the time of his death. His cause of death was heart disease. If this image is typical of his work, Lowrie certainly was a gifted photographer. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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THREE YOUNG CHILDREN POSE FOR THE COLUMBIA VIEW AND BUTTON COMPANY (MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE OR PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

 

Three young children pose together for a cabinet card portrait by the Columbia View & Button Company of Memphis, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This photograph precipitates a number of questions. Was this photograph taken outdoors, or is this an in-studio portrait? Was this image produced in Memphis, or, in Pittsburgh? Finally, why is the photographic studio called a “View & Button Company”? Lets attempt to answer the previous questions. It is not clear if this is an indoor, or outdoor photograph; nor is it apparent in which of the studios, the image was produced. However, one source reports that the Pittsburgh studio existed between circa 1893 and 1900. This cabinet card is marked on its front as being photographed in 1901. Does the 1901 date preclude the possibility that the image comes from the Pittsburgh studio? The answer is a resounding no. The date on the card  was preprinted and the source is not certain the Pittsburgh studio definitely closed in the exact year 1900. The third question concerns the reason the name of the studio includes the terms “View & Button” . The likely  answer is  that the studio originally produced stereoviews and photograph buttons. The buttons were generally portraits and varied in size. They could be worn or displayed on a piece of furniture or shelf. Large photographic buttons were most popular between 1900 and 1930. The smaller pinback buttons were popular beginning the 1890’s. There is some other information that may prove to be important in learning more about the image. On the reverse of the cabinet card, there are two names written. These names likely identify two of the subjects in the photograph. The two subjects names are Mary  Baker and Guy Baker. Searching census data with a common name like”Baker” was an exercise in frustration, in regard to identifying these probable siblings. After viewing this cabinet card, one notes that the three children in this photograph are not fashionably nor expensively dressed. They are different from most of the children seen in cabinet cards. The majority of children tend to wear their sunday best, which is generally much nicer than these children’s wardrobe. One surmises that these children are not from an affluent family. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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