This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman, clad in a bathing suit, sitting in a shaded wicker chair at the beach. She is wearing a necklace, two bracelets, and a straw hat. A magazine lies next to her on the seat of the chair. On the ground, in front of the chair, one can see her shoes and some other article of clothing. This is a “Rotophot” postcard, published by London’s, Giesen Brothers & Company. The postcard was printed in Berlin, Germany. The Rotophot firm had a number of affiliates scattered around Europe. The clover logo on the front of the postcard indicates that this postcard was produced by the Vienna (S. Blueh) branch of the company. This color tinted vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

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julia-jamesThis vintage real photo postcard features Julia James (1890-1964), a beautiful stage actress. She sat in 76 portraits that are part of England’s National Portrait Gallery. She is considered by one theatrical writer to be among the top fifteen most beautiful actresses of the 1900’s Edwardian era. She was born in London, England and began her career as a chorus girl at the Aldwych Theatre under Seymour Hicks. She played in “Blue Belle” in 1905. She appeared in productions at the Gaiety Theatre. These plays included “The Girls of Gottenburg”, “Havana”, and  “Our Miss Gibbs”. She performed in Paris in “The Arcadians” (1913). This “Rotophot” postcard was printed in Berlin, Germany. It was published by Giesen Brothers of London. It is postmarked in Cathorpe in 1907. The village is located beside the Avon River in Leicestershire, England. The postcard is part of a series (no. 0858). The photographer of this image is the fabulous celebrity photographer, Rita Martin. She is considered one of the best British photographers of her time.Her studio was in an exclusive neighborhood  She was born Margareta Weir Martin in Ireland.  Margareta “Rita” Martin started her career in photography in 1897 by assisting her elder sister Lallie Charles in running her studio. In 1906 Rita opened her own studio.  Rita had a specialty in photographing actresses including Lily Elsie and Lily Brayton. She was also well known for her child studies which often involved children of well known actresses. Lily’s sister, Lallie Charles was more known as an excellent society photographer.