PORTRAIT : PRETTY ACTRESS COLETTE BRETTL : FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER SUSE BYK : (RPPC)

This postcard features pretty British film actress, Colette Brettl (also Brettel) (1902-1973). She made her film debut in Wuthering Heights (1920). After appearing in several British films in the early 1920’s, she moved to Germany and appeared in films there until the advent of sound movies. She was married to Dutch actor, Ernst Winar. The photograph that graces this card was taken by Sus Byk in Berlin, Germany. She was a highly respected photographer. She was a member of the Photographic Association of Berlin and in 1913, she attended the first conference of German Women Photographers at the Berlin Women’s Club. At some time in the 1910’s, she succeeded famed photographer Ernst Sandau at his studio. She trained photographers Martha Maas and Lore Feininger. In 1927, Byk married philosopher and playwright Hellmuth Falkenfeld. In 1938, the couple were forced to flee Berlin due to Nazi anti-semitism. Byk and her husband emigrated to New York via Rotterdam and London. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag as part of a series (No.3199/7). (SOLD)

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