This vintage real photo postcard features American actress and businesswoman Margaret Livingston (1895-1984). She is most known for her acting during the silent film era. Livingston is especially noted for her role as “the woman from the city” in F. W. Murnau’s film, “Sunrise” A Song of Two Humans”. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City. Her father was Scottish and her mother was Swedish. Her older sister, Ivy, also became a film actress. The IMDb credits Livingston with 80 film roles between 1916 and 1934. She played in over 50 films during the silent era. In 1929, she was one of the few actresses that made a successful transition into talkies. In fact, she dubbed the voices for some other actresses, including Louise Brooks. Livingston received some unwanted publicity in 1924, when as a guest on William Randolph Hearst’s yacht, fellow passenger film director and producer, Thomas Ince died of heart failure, or was it a gunshot wound. Cause of death was a subject of debate, and many thought that Livingston and Ince were having an affair. In 1931, Livingston married band leader, Paul Whiteman. She retired from acting in films, in 1934. She spent her retirement investing in oil and real estate.  This postcard was published by Ballerini and Fratini for Fox Film Corp.. The company was located in Florence, Italy. They were known for producing a large number of postcard, including film stars of the 1920’s.  (SOLD)




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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.  (SOLD)

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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