MLLE. ZISKA : PRETTY FRENCH ACTRESS : THE WALERY STUDIO : SIP : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features French stage actress Mlle. Ziska. Preliminary research found little information about this actress. There are a few postcard views of Mlle. Ziska that can be seen online. One of the cards is a photograph of her appearing in “Salome”. However, I could not find her first name or any other biographical information.This postcard close-up portrait of Miss Ziska highlights her beauty. The photograph was taken by Walery. He was a well known and talented celebrity photographer who operated out of Paris, France. The postcard is hand colored. The card was published by SIP as part of a series (no.5096).  (SOLD)

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JANE DIRYS : FRENCH ACTRESS : PHOTO BY REUTLINGER : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features French singer, film and theater actress, Jane Dirys (1886-1922) of the Belle Epoque. She made her stage debut in 1906. In 1911, she married Paul Iribe (1883-1935), a well known French Illustrator and decorative arts designer. During the 1920’s he worked in Hollywood. He and Coco Chanel had an affair from 1931 until his death. Dirys’s marriage to Iribe lasted about seven years. They divorced in 1918. Tragically, Jane Dirys died at a young age. She was about 36 years old at the time of her death.This postcard close-up portrait of Miss Dirys shows her beauty. The photograph was taken by Leopold Reutlinger. He was a well known and talented celebrity photographer who operated out of Paris, France. The postcard is hand colored. The card was published by SIP as part of a series (no.1498). (SOLD)

MARTA EGGERTH : ACTRESS & SINGER : PHOTO BY YVA: SHE WAS HOLOCAUST VICTIM

This vintage real photo postcard features Hungarian actress and singer, Marta Eggerth (1912-2013). She was a popular operetta star and many of the most famous composers of operettas, composed operetta works specifically for her. She was born in Budapest. Her mother was a dramatic operatic soprano. Eggerth began singing as a child and her mother devoted herself to developing Eggerth’s acting and singing talent. She made her theatrical debut at age eleven and while a teenager, toured internationally performing operatic works. By the early 1930’s, Eggerth achieved international fame acting in film. She made films in five languages. While making a film she met Polish tenor, Jan Kiepura and they married in 1936. The pair were an international sensation. Eggerth appeared in a Richard Rodgers production on Broadway. Eggerth and her husband starred in the Broadway production of “The Merry Widow”. She was in three different Broadway plays, all of  them between 1940 and 1945. In addition, Eggerth signed with MGM made two films with Judy Garland. Throughout her career, Eggerth continued to perform operettas internationally. Her last stage appearance occurred when she was 99 years old. The IMDb gives Eggerth 39 acting credits between 1930 and 1999. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag as part of a series (No.7648/1). Eggerth’s portrait was taken by the Yva studio in Berlin, Germany. The name Yva is a pseudonym. The photographer was actually a woman named Else Ernestine Neulander-Simon (1900-1944). She was a German Jewish photographer and was well known for her “dreamlike, multiple exposed images”. She was a leading Berlin photographer during the Weimar Republic years of Germany. She specialized in fashion, nudes, and portraiture. Later, she became involved in the early days of producing photographs for advertising. Many of her photographs were published in magazines or were shown in international exhibitions. After the Nazis took power, she was forced to work as a radioagrapher (ie x-ray technician). In 1936 she was offered a job by Life Magazine, but her husband convinced her that life for German Jews would improve over time. He did not want to move and start a new life in a country where he did not speak the language. Unfortunately, she complied with his wishes. In 1938, Nazi regulations prohibited her from working as a photographer. In 1942, the Gestapo deported her and her husband to a death camp (probably Majdanek) where they were murdered.  (SOLD)

OSSI OSWALDA: BEAUTIFUL GERMAN SILENT FILM STAR

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The beautiful actress seen in the top vintage real photo postcard is named Ossi Oswalda (1897-1947). She was born in Germany and appeared predominately in silent films. She was a leading lady, popular comedienne,  dancer, and singer. Due to her popularity, she  was known as “the German Mary Pickford”. Ossi began her career as a ballerina and she danced in a chorus line for a theater in Berlin. She made her film debute in “Night of Horrors” (1916) and was noticed by actor/screenwriter Hanns Kraly, who introduced her to director Ernst Lubitsch. Oswalda’s early career began with appearances in several Lubitsch films. In 1921, she and her husband started a film production company that produced four films over four years, all starring Miss Oswalda. After 1925, she was under contract to UFA, a German film company. After the transition to “talkies”, Oswalda joined the ranks of actresses and actors, who’s career took a nose dive. She only acted in two sound films. Her final screen appearance was in “The Star of Valencia”. She then began acting on the stage. She appeared in operettas in Germany and Vienna. When the National Socialists took power in Germany, she emigrated to Prague with her “Jewish life partner”, Julius Aubenberg. In 1943, she wrote a story for a Czechoslovakian film. In summarizing Ossi’s career, the IMDb credits her with 51 film appearances,  producing 5 films, and 1 screen writing credit. It is reported that she frequently played child-like spoiled women. She appeared in drag in at least one film. Oswalda’s first marriage (1919-1925) was to a Hungarian baron. After her divorce, the actress began a highly publicized romantic relationship with Crown Prince Willhelm (1882-1951). Simultaneously, the actress Lily Damita, was having an affair with the Prince’s son. The royal family put a kibosh to both “inappropriate” relationships. In 1947, she died in Prague at age 48, bankrupt and suffering from multiple health problems. This German real photo postcard is published by Ross Verlag soemetime between 1919 and 1924. The photograph of Miss Oswalda was taken by Becker & Maass of Berlin. Note her pretty hat and fan. Hopefully, she wasn’t allergic to feathers. Oswalda was young when this photograph was taken. She was beautiful and no older than 27 years of age. The YouTube clip below features Ossie Oswalda in the “The Doll” (1919), directed by Ernst Lubitsch.               

Postcard 2 features Miss Oswalda in a very skimpy costume. Her feathered hat is quite showy . She has a wonderful smile and pretty eyes. This risque postcard was part of  a series (no. 1050/2) and published by Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany. The logo of UFA, a German film company, appears on the lower right hand corner of the postcard. The reverse of the postcard reveals that that the photographer is Strobl J. Nandor of Budapest, Hungary. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

  Postcard 3 is a German real photo postcard that was published by Ross Verlag. Miss Oswalda’s photo was taken by celebrity photographer Alex Binder.   (SOLD)

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MAUD ALLAN : RISQUE : SALOME : DANCER, ACTRESS, AND CHOREOGRAPHER : 1908 : RPPC

This risque vintage real photo postcard features Maud Allan (1873-1956). She was a Canadian-born dancer, choreographer, and actress, who performed in the United States and Europe at the turn of the 20th century. She was known for her performances of the “Vision of Salome”, an interpretive dance based on the Oscar Wilde play “Salome”, in which she portrayed the title character. Allan’s performances were controversial and often drew criticism for their erotic content. She also was known for her court case in 1918 against a British newspaper, the Illustrated Times, who published an article accusing her of promoting immorality and lesbianism. She sued for libel and won. In regard to Allan’s sexual orientation, she was a lesbian and was involved with women her entire life. She had a long affair with Margot Asquith, the wife of Herbert Henry Asquith, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 through 1916. Allan also had a long affair with Verna Aldrich, her secretary. This postcard presents Allan dancing as “Salome”. She is wearing a sexually provocative costume. She is covered with jewelry. This postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (No.4946B). Miss Allan’s photograph was taken by the Foulsham & Banfield studio. An inscription on the card’s reverse reveals that the card is from 1908. (SOLD)

ALEXANDRA CARLISLE : SHAKESPEARE : BROADWAY : SUFFRAGETTE : COOLIDGE NOMINATOR

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Postcard 1 features pretty stage and film actress Alexandra Carlisle (1886-1936). She is wearing a feathered hat and a sullen expression. Carlisle was an English actress as well as a suffragest. She was born in England. In 1903 she performed in two Shakespearian productions. In 1908, she performed the lead role in “The Mollusc” at the Garrick Theatre. IN 1908 she appeared in two productions of Shakespeare plays produced by Herbert Beerbohm Tree. In 1911, she acted in a Royal Command Performance for King George V and the Emperor and Empress of Germany. In 1912, she married for the third time. Her new husband was a dental surgeon from the US and in 1915 she settled there. She quickly became a noted speaker for women’s suffrage and for the Republican Party. In 1920, she directed a show for Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club. Also in 1920, she was the main speaker for Massachusetts at the Republican Convention and she seconded the nomination of Calvin Coolidge for Vice President. Carlisle performed in two films (1917,1934). She was an active Broadway performer; performing in 17 Broadway productions between 1908 and 1936. The writer of this postcard mentions Miss Carlisle. She states that “we saw A. C. in Earl of Pawtucket”. This postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no. 4073 H). Carlisle’s phototgraph was taken by Dover Street Studios. The postcard is postmarked 1907 and has a British stamp. (SOLD)

Postcard 2 also features pretty stage and film actress Alexandra Carlisle. She is wearing a hair ornament and a half smile. This postcard was published by Aristophot as part of a series (no.E1556). Carlisle’s photograph was taken by Dover Street Studios. The postcard is unused, hand tinted, and is of the embossed style. This postcard is beautifully colored and in very good condition.  (SOLD)

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ENID BENNETT : SILENT FILM AND STAGE ACTRESS : MAID MARIAN IN ROBIN HOOD

This vintage real photo postcard features Australian silent film actress, Enid Bennett (1893-1969). She was mostly active in American films. She was born in Australia and attended an an acting and elocution school in Perth. In 1910 she joined a touring theatrical company. Two years later she joined the Fred Niblo – Josephine Cohan touring company. She understudied for Cohan and would consistently receive positive reviews. In 1915, Enid began to appear in Australian films. Also in 1915, Enid came to the United States and made her American theatrical debut in “Cock O’ The Walk” at the George M. Cohan theater on Broadway. She soon was appearing in important roles in American films. One of her more famous roles was playing Maid Marian in Robinhood (1922) with Douglas Fairbanks. By 1923, her career had slowed. However, she made the transition to sound, appearing in two Jackie Cooper films. She nearly comletely retired in 1933. Her final film role was in the Marx Brother’s “The Big Store” (1941). The IMDb reports that Enid had 52 film credits between 1916 and 1941. Bennett married Fred Niblo in 1918 and their marriage ended in 1948 upon Niblo’s death. In 1963, she married American film director, Sidney Franklin. Enid’s two sisters, Catherine and Marjorie Bennett, were also actresses. The card was published by Cinemagazine (Paris Edition). The postcard is part of a series (No.139) The portrait of Bennett is by Alfred Noyers studio in Paris. The postcard dates back to circa the 1920’s and is in very good condition (see scans).

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MARGUERITE CLARK : POPULAR AND PRETTY AMERICAN BROADWAY AND FILM STAR

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These vintage real photo postcards feature 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 traditIonal life with her husband. He died in 1936 in an airplane crash. Both of these portrait postcards were published by Kraus Mfg.  These postcard photograph was likely taken between 1910 and 1920.  (BOTH SOLD)

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ILA LOTH : HUNGARIAN SILENT FILM ACTRESS : UNCOMMON RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features Hungarian film actress, Ila Loth (1900?-1975). She had 27 film appearances between 1918 and 1922. Some sources report that she appeared in a few films decades later than 1922, in the sound era. This postcard’s photograph presents Miss Loth driving an antique car. Note her driving gloves. This uncommon postcard was published by “City”. (SOLD)

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

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These vintage real photo postcards feature 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.

Postcard 1 is a pretty portrait of Miss Rowlands that 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).

Postcard 2 is a portrait postcard that was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (No. 1615U). Note Miss Rowland’s necklace and earrings. The message on this card offers Christmas greetings. The postcard was postmarked on Christmas day in 1908. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans). (SOLD)

Postcard 3 was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (No.1887 T). Embedded in the image is the logo for “Play Pictorial”. The postcard was posted with a British stamp and a postmark from 1906. The card is in very good condition (see scans).

Postcard 4 was published by Davidson Bros. as part of the “Glossyphoto” series (No.1417). The card was postmarked in 1907. (SOLD)  .

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