READY TO WORK IN EGHAM, ENGLAND (OCCUPATIONAL RPPC)

OCCUPATIONALOCCUPATIONAL 1 This vintage real photo postcard is quite unique. The photograph features a gentleman wearing a long apron. He is obviously dressed for work but for what kind of work? Is he a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker? Perhaps he is a physician or possibly a photographer? He is dressed well, wearing a nice vest and neck tie. He looks quite intense as he poses for his portrait at the E Worsely-Benison studio in Egham, England.  (SOLD)

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KITTY COLYER – ENGLISH TRIPLE THREAT (SINGER, DANCER, ACTRESS) – PLAYED CINDERELLA

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The pretty actress seen in this vintage real photo postcard, is Miss Kitty Colyer (1897-?). Here are some biographical facts that I discovered in preliminary research about the English actress. She started her career at age eleven. In addition to being an actress, she was also a dancer. She has also been described as a music hall singer and a comedian. Her dance routines were varied but her favorites were acrobatic, toe, buck, and national dancing. She performed primarily in the 1920’s. She played the role of Cinderella in “Cinderella” (1920).  As the roaring twenties came to a close, her career fizzled out and she left the entertainment business. A review of Miss Colyer can be found in John Culme’s “Footlight Notes” (website). A writer from “The Era” (1911) wrote “Miss Kitty Colyer’s sensational dancing reaches its climax in some very energetic handsprings and her lissomness and activity are quite irresistible in her rendering of “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”. Look below to see an example of sheet music (1920) featuring Kitty Colyer. Now, back to the vintage postcard. It was published by Rotary Photo and is part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no. 11522 C). The photographer is unknown. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF MISS ANNIE CROFT IN THE COMIC OPERA, “FALKA”

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This vintage real photo postcard features actress Annie Croft (1892-1959) in the role of Falka, in the opera “Falka”. She was an English stage actress and also appeared in one movie, “On with the Dance (1927). She was married to actor Reginald Sharland (1886-1944) in 1915. An article in “Argus (1931)” reports on the couples divorce proceedings. Croft sued her husband for divorce “on the grounds of misconduct with Margaret Nichols”. Sharland did not contest the divorce. Croft had attorney expenses reimbursed and received custody of their two children.The photographer of this photo portrait is Albert E Parkin. His studio was in Hull, England. Hull is a port city in East Yorkshire, England. This vintage postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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MISS GRACE CHALMERS – HER TALENT PROVES THAT GREAT “ACTRESSES ARE BORN AND NOT MADE”

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mess chalmers 1 This vintage real photo postcard features stage actress Grace Chalmers. Her portrait can be found at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. Research reveals that Miss Chalmers received acclaim for her role as “Glory Quayle” in “The Christian”. A photo of Grace Chalmers, with a brief caption, appears in the “Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News (1908). She is reviewed in the magazine, “Navy and Army Illustrated” (1905). The reviewer must have been impressed with her acting. He points out that Miss Chalmers has “wonderful histrionic abilities” despite her lack of theatrical training and theatrical genes. According to the writer, Chalmers talent roves that “actresses are born and not made”. This vintage postcard was published by J. Beagles of London, England. It is part of a series (no. 289D). Miss Chalmers portrait was photographed by Denton & Co.. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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DORIS SENDS HER LOVE IN BROMSGROVE, ENGLAND

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DORIS 4               A pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the Green Studio in Bromsgrove, England. Bromsgrove is a town in Worcestershire, The woman is pretty and fashionable. The message on the reverse of the postcard reveals that the fashionista’s name is Doris and that she is sending her love to Stan and Daisey.  This postcard was published by Thomas Illingworth & Co. (T.I.C.). The company was a paper manufacturer founded about 1904. They produced the “Horse Shoe Brand” photographic paper in London England. In 1919 they were bought by British Photographic Supplies company, Ilford. An internet source states that the company produced postcards with horseshoe stamp boxes between 1919 and 1930. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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MISS PHILLIDA TERSON – THE PAST AND THE FUTURE MISS PHYLLIS NEILSON- TERRY

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phillida 4This vintage real photo postcard features Miss Phillida Terson (1892-1977). She is better known as Phyllis Neilson-Terry. Phyllis was a member of the third generation of a well know English theatrical family (the Terry family). In her early career years, she was a successful classics actress. She played leading roles in several Shakespeare productions. She then spent four years in the United States appearing in lighter theater. She returned to England in 1919 where she showed a great deal of versatility by appearing in Cabaret, Pantomime, and Variety roles. She still found time to appear in Shakespeare and other classic theater. During her career, she also appeared on Broadway. The IDBD states that she appeared in three Broadway shows between 1915 and 1957. Her last appearance on the Broadway stage was in “Separate Tables” for which she was nominated for an Emmy. Phyllis also appeared in films. The IMDb reports that she had 15 credits between 1915 and 1960. Phyllis was born in London. Her mother was famed actress Julia Neilson and her father was celebrated actor, Fred Terry. She had one brother; and he became an actor. Part of her education was in Paris and later she was enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music, in London. She was training to become a singer. Her stage debut was in 1909 as part of her parent’s touring stage company. In that production she used the name Phillida Terson in order to hide her connection to the Terry family. The ploy failed and in about a year, she returned to her real name. She received enthusiastic reviews in her early career. Her later career did draw some criticism. It was thought that she took less challenging roles upon her return from the US to England. Phyllis was married twice, and both husbands were actors. This should be no surprise considering her parents were major theater stars, and her brother, niece, aunt (Ellen Terry), and cousin (John Gielgud) were all stage actors. This vintage postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of the Rotary Photographic  series (no.11716). Given the name on the postcard is “Phillida Terson”, this postcard was published 1909 or 1910. An inscription on the reverse of the postcard dates the card to 1910. The inscription also has the name “His Majesty’s Theatre”. There are theaters by than name in Aberdeen, Scotland (opened 1906) and Perth, Australia (opened circa 1904). This vintage postcard portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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DAPPER GENTLEMAN AND AN OPEN BOOK IN COVENTRY, ENGLAND

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STUDIOUS MAN 1 This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome and dapper man wearing a three piece suit. He is sitting at a table, on which sits, an open book. He is flanked by a house plant and a vase of flowers. This photograph was taken by Taylor Brother’s Swanswell Studio, in Coventry, England. Coventry is a city in England’s West Midlands. This photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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DANCE HALL GIRL IN KINGS CROSS, ENGLAND

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dancehallgirl1 I wish I knew more about this young lady. She has an infectious smile. Her dress is frilly and has rows of lace. Judging by her attire, my guess is that she is a “dancehall girl” or actress. Perhaps a viewer of this vintage old photo postcard has another opinion as to the story behind this image. Please share via leaving a comment. Some might consider this photo a bit risque. The woman seen in this image is wearing a very short dress for her era. An ink stamp on the reverse of the postcard reveals that this photograph was taken at the Avery studio. We only know that the studio was located on King’s Cross Road. King’s Cross is an area located in Central London. It may follow that Avery’s studio was located in London.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO WORKERS AT THE TELEGRAPH OFFICE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

This cabinet card portrait features a young man in uniform and a young woman wearing a uniform type dress. The man’s cap has a patch that appears to show a horse and rider. The woman is wearing glasses as well as jewelry. Note her large watch. What is the story that goes with this lovely couple. Are they even a couple? They could be siblings. Is the young man wearing a military uniform? The previous owner of this photograph stated that this is a portrait of two telegraph workers. The man in uniform was described as a telegraph delivery boy (man). The website “Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940” tells the story of the photographer who produced this photograph. Henry Bown (1841-1921) began his career as a photographer sometime between 1871 and 1876. At the time that he produced this cabinet card, he had six photo studios around London. This photo came from his studio on New Kent Road. Henry had five sons involved in his business. In 1919, his son Charles Bown took over the business. A photograph of the New Kent Road studio can be seen below. This cabinet card has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A WORLD WAR I ERA AMBULANCE AND IT’S CREW

This vintage real photo postcard features a World War I era ambulance and two members of it’s crew. This postcard presents a number of questions. Is this a military or civilian ambulance? The attendants are wearing uniforms but are they military uniforms? The windshield of the ambulance has a cover and two very small windows. Is this windshield military issued? After doing some research, it is clear that this postcard pictures a civilian ambulance. A box on the running board of the vehicle has printing which states that the ambulance (or the box) was “presented by Messrs. Dorman Long & Co. Ltd.”. Dorman Long is an engineering company which does consulting as well as manufactures equipment for the construction of long-span bridges, power stations, and other large building structures. At it’s creation, the company was based in Middlesbrough, in northeast England. The company was founded in 1875. A logo on the the side of the ambulance indicates that the emergency vehicle was part of the St. John Ambulance Association. This group was founded in 1877. In 1887 they began it’s first uniformed first-aiders brigade. The organization continues today and has become international. There are 40 national organizations and 500,000 volunteers worldwide. The eight pointed Maltese Cross is a component of all the different national logos. This historic postcard has excellent clarity and is in good condition (see scans).  SOLD

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