THE “LIVINGSTON ROE” SAILS INTO CUBA’S HAVANA HARBOR (1950’s)

This vintage real photo postcard features a photograph of the “Livingston Roe” sailing into Cuba’s Havana Harbor. The postcard is labeled a “Souvenir of Cuba”. The card also serves as a Christmas and New Years card. The Livingston Roe was built by the G. M. Standifer Construction Corp. It was built in Vancouver, Washington.The ship was a tanker and it was launched in 1921. The ship was built for the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. After many years of service for the Standard Oil of New Jersey Company, the ship was acquired by Imperial Oil. The ship was broken up in 1949. This postcard photo of the Livingston Roe was taken by Illa. The EKC stamp box indicates that the card was published sometime between 1930 and 1950. The postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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FASHIONISTA BOY : AT THE BEACH : DEYOUNGS’ STUDIO : NEW YORK CITY

A fashionable young boy poses for her portrait at the DeYoungs’ Studio on Broadway in New York City. The faux setting is a beach scene. The boy is wearing a suit accented by a bow tie and boots. His straw hat and picnic basket rest on a large rock beside him. The photographer, Joseph DeYoung (1843-1919), was both well known and highly respected. He had operated his studio from a number of addresses in New York City. He left the 815 Broadway address, where this photograph was taken in about 1890. He was at that location from at least 1884. In 1907 DeYoung’s studio was involved in the apprehension of a noted thief. The studio had a display case outside the store so pedestrians could see samples of their work. The thief was caught jimmying open the case and removing two sports photographs. The police were very interested in the home address given to them by their new arrestee. They were surprised that he lived in a mansion but it made sense when they learned he was a millionaire’s butler. He had worked in that same capacity for other millionaires living in the city. When the police searched his room, they found a cache of personal items belonging to his current and former employers. Years later, a deceased DeYoung made the news because of his bizarre estate planning. When he died, he left five dollars to his wife, five dollars to his son, and one half of his business to his business partner, Matilda Wallace. (SOLD)

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LITTLE GIRL AND HER DOLL : SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

This cabinet card features a pretty young girl posing for her portrait while she holds her doll. The girl has a serious expression as she looks into the distance. She is wearing a necklace and has a bow in her hair. The photographer is Oscar Victor Lange (1853-1913)  of San Francisco, California. He was a leading photographer in San Francisco and also was known as a landscape painter. He was born in Hoboken New Jersey to German immigrants. His family name was “Fahrenberg”. His father was a portrait painter and his family moved around alot. The 1860’s found them in New Orleans and in the 1870’s the family lived in Texas. During the 1870’s Oscar moved to San Francisco where he worked with Ernest W. Newth producing stereographs. At this time he changed his last name to “Lange”. In the 1880’s Oscar opened his own San Francisco studio on Market Street and during the 1890’s he relocated to Montgomery Street. Lange was known for his urban architectural photographs and also for his portraits of railroad workers. He is also noted for his astronomical photographs taken with the University of California. Lange died in 1913 from tuberculosis. This cabinet card has some extra features. Note the maroon mount and the gold trimmed edges. The photograph is in excellent condition (see scans).

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SYBIL WISE : BEAUTY CONTEST WINNER AND FILM ACTRESS

This vintage real photo postcard features British beauty contest winner and film actress, Sybil Wise (1901-1971). The “hand painted” card honors her third place finish in the Daily Mirror’s beauty competition. Miss Wise had a film career between 1928 and 1955. Her filmography includes five films. She was best known for her appearance in ” Adventurous Youth” (1928) and “Scarlet Pimpernel” (1955). The postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (No.M46-3). This portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans). 

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DEBORAH VOLAR : IN MERVEILLEUSES : THE MARVELLOUS WOMEN : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features singer and actress, Deborah Volar. Navy and Army magazine (1905) has an article about the performer in which she is described as a young “prima dona” (she was 21). The article reports that Volar was appearing at the Apollo Theater, and that she had made her debut two years earlier in “The Country Girl” at the Daly Theater. This postcard photo shows Volar in costume for her role in “The Merveilleuses”. The title can be translated as “The Marvellous Women”. Historically, these women lived at the end of the 18th century and were known for their outrageous style of fashion and behavior. Their fashion style was neo-classical and naked legs and toes challenged the mores of the day. These women were expressing their freedom through fashion.  “The Merveilleuses” was a musical play that can be categorized as a love story. Twelve photographs of Deborah Volar can be found in Great Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. This vintage postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (No.1730G). The card was printed in England and is in fair condition (see scans).

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CHECKERED FLAG : EARLY INDIANAPOLIS 500 ; CHAS. BELL : TOWER STUDIOS : (1946)

This vintage photograph (lithograph) features a look at  race cars “the checkered flag of victory” at the Indianapolis 500 speedway.  This image is part of a series (no.P7). This photo was taken by Chas J. Bell from Tower Studios. He was the official race photographer. (SOLD)

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PRETTY LITTLE GIRL : MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT : FASHION : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card portrait features a full portrait of an adorable little girl. She is smartly dressed and has a wonderful smile. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that the girl’s name is Leona (?) and she is eleven years old.This photo was taken at  J. F. Green’s Studio, located in Meriden Connecticut. The touch-up artist was W. H. Barrett. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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ISABEL JAY : PRETTY ENGLISH OPERA SINGER AND ACTRESS

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These vintage real photo postcards feature English opera singer and actress, Isabel Jay (1879-1927). She was well known for her performances in soprano roles of the Savoy Operas with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and in Edwardian musical comedies. Isabel was a very active performer during the time picture postcard collecting was at it’s peak. She was photographed for more than 400 different postcards. There was great demand for cards with her image. Isabel studied piano and voice at the Royal Academy of Music prior to joining the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1897. She immediately was given principal singing roles and by 1899, she became the company’s leading soprano.  Some of her comic opera leading roles included “The Rose of Persia”, “The Pirates of Penzance”, and the “Emerald Isle”. In 1902 she left the company after getting married. Her groom was African explorer and soldier, Henry Shepherd Cavendish and the pair were divorced by 1906. I guess Cavendish really was an explorer. Isabel was the first of his five wives. Settling down was apparently not in Mr Cavendish’s repetoire. The West End stage beckoned Jay in 1903. She starred in eleven musicals until retiring in 1911 at 31 years of age. She sang before King Edward Vll and Queen Alexandra in 1905. The Queen gave her a brooch. Isabel was born in London. Her father was an insurance officer. Her great-grandfather was a musician and composer associated with the Royal Academy of Music. She gave musical recitals by the time she was twelve years old. Isabel made a number of recordings between 1900 and 1906. Most of the songs were from her early musical comedies. Her vocal ability was considered top notch. It was thought that she could have sung Grand Opera, if that was her desire. In 1927, she died at age 47 in Monte Carlo in while on a cruise with her second husband, Frank Curzon. He was a successful actor and theatre manager. Curzon served as a mentor to Isabel. 

Postcard 1 was published by Rotary Photo. The card is a part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no. 4832 A). The photo was taken by the Foulsham & Banfield studio. Foulsham & Banfield were well known celebrity photographers. Frank Foulsham and A. C. Banfield operated a studio from the 1900’s through the 1920’s. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans). #5073

Postcard 2 was published by Rotary Photo. This image captures Jay in her role in “Miss Hook of Holland”. The card is a part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no.4417C). The photo was taken by the Foulsham & Banfield studio. Foulsham & Banfield were well known celebrity photographers. Frank Foulsham and A. C. Banfield operated a studio from the 1900’s through the 1920’s. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans). #5000

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ADORABLE YOUNG BOY ON A TRIKE : ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI : CABINET CARD

A curly haired young boy with tightly pursed lips poses for his portrait at the carpeted Rino studio in St. Louis, Missouri. The studio was located at 801 Franklin Avenue at the time this photograph was taken. The boy in this image projects a flat expression, However, this is a wonderful portrait of a turn of the century tricycle. August Rino is listed in “Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide” (2005). Rino was active in Chicago between about 1858 and 1860 and operated in St. Louis between 1860 and 1875. Note corner wear (top left corner). Also note the circle in the bottom right hand corner of the revese of the photograph (former home of a price sticker). This vintage cabinet card is in overall Good Conditon.  (SOLD)

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MARGUERITE CLARK : POPULAR AND PRETTY AMERICAN BROADWAY AND FILM STAR

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty American stage and silent film actress, Marguerite Clark (1883-1940). She was a very popular actress of her time; only second to Mary Pickford in popularity. The two shared a “little girl look”. Marguerite was tiny. She was 4’11” and weighed only 90 pounds. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her father was a haberdasherer. After finishing school, at the age of 17, Marguerite made her Broadway debut. During her stage career (1900-1913), she appeared in sixteen Broadway plays. Marguerite was also a prolific screen actress. Between 1914 and 1921, she appeared in 40 films. She is noted for her film role in “Snow White” (1916). In 1918, she married plantation owner and millionaire businessman, Harry Palmerston Williams. Marguerite retired at age 38 in order to live a more traditonal life with her husband. He died in 1936 in an airplane crash. This portrait postcard was published by Kraus Mfg.  This postcard photograph was likely taken between 1910 and 1920.  (SOLD)

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