A FASCINATING HAT : PHOTOGRAPHED BY REGI RELANG

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman wearing an eye catching hat. This photo is part of a series entitled “Fascinating Hats”. The photographer of this beautiful photograph is Regina Relang (1906-1989). She was an outstanding German fashion photographer. She was from a talented artistic family. Her father was the artist, Paul Lang-Kurz, an art professor at the Art Academy in Stuttgart. Her mother was a noted craftswoman, and one of her sisters was a photographer, while the other sister founded the jewelery workshop, Langani.  Regina studied art in Stuttgart and Berlin. She graduated as an art teacher in 1932. She continued her studies with French painter Amedee Ozenfant. Regina taught herself photography. Between 1932 and 1939, she travelled through out Europe. She published photographic reports of her travels in 1936. Her fashion photographs appeared in French, English, and American magazines. These publications included Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. After the end of World War II, Relang moved to Munich. Twice a year, she published photographic reports on the fashion collections of Florence, Rome, Paris, and Berlin. She photographed the work of designers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, and Yves Saint Laurent. She was Germany’s leading fashion photographer of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Interestingly, in 1958,  she took 8 of 12 cover photos for Madame Magazine. Much of Relang’s photographic work is in the Munich City Museum. This photograph is a reproduction.The original photograph was taken in 1962 and this french reproduction is from Nouvelles Images (1986).  (SOLD)

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MISS JOAN KEDDIE : PRETTY ACTRESS WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty actress named Joan Keddie. Preliminary research found very little biographical information about her. An article in the “Black and White Budget” (1902) includes an interview with Miss Keddie. The article  focuses on collecting anecdotes from theatrical performers. Keddie tells an “amusing” but “annoying” story of an experience she had while on tour. She asserts that a performer’s life is not a “bed of roses” and that there are some little hardships that must be endured. She asserts that one of these annoyances is having to deal with landladies as the touring company goes place to place. She states that the landladies often look for devious ways to inflate the bill. She recounts the experience she had with one such proprietor, who, at the end of her stay, presented her with a bill that included charges for salt, pepper, and vinegar which she had used while dining. Keddie declares that she was very surprised that she wasn’t charged for the paper that the bill was written on. It appears that Joan Keddie had a good sense of humor. The “Sphere” (1902), has a review of “Merrie England” (1902), a play in which Keddie was a cast member. The article states that her acting showed “distinct promise”. This postcard was published by Rotary Photo and was part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no, 1741 A). Her photo portrait was taken by Stage Pictorial, a theater magazine. Individual portrait postcards featuring Joan Keddie are uncommon. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN ZAGREB, CROATIA

This cabinet card portrait features a very pretty young woman. Her hat compliments her appearance. She is likely in her teenage years. The photograph is a bit unusual in that the cabinet card provides a close-up view horizontally rather than the typical vertical perspective. The photographer of this image is A. Brauner, who operated a studio in Zagreb, Croatia. In terms of present day geography, Zagreb is the capital and the largest city in Croatia. This cabinet card is in good condition. Note that the corners are a bit worn and that there is a blemish line which can be seen just underneath the photographers stamp. The cabinet card is not torn.

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN AND HER HAT DECORATED WITH A DECEASED BIRD

A pretty and well dressed woman is the subject of this vintage photograph taken by an unidentified photo. Note her hat and the attached bird. There was a time when whole birds were considered desirable decorations on lady hats. This was to the detriment of many bird species that were nearly wiped out by hunters looking to make a quick buck from the millinery industry. The woman’s hat is also decorated by a hairpin. This photograph has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition. It is not a postcard. The photograph has a hard card stock backing and measures about 3 7/8″ x 5 3/8″.

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ETHEL BARRYMORE: A STAGE BEAUTY

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Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959) was an outstanding American actress and a member of the famous theatrical Barrymore family. She was born Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her parents were actors and she was the sister of John and Lionel Barrymore.  She was the great aunt of modern day actress Drew Barrymore.

Ethel Barrymore was considered by many to be the greatest actress of her generation. She was a major Broadway performer and first appeared there in 1895. She had roles in A Dolls House by Ibsen (1905).  She was a strong supporter of the Actors’ Equity Association and played a major role in the 1919 strike. She played in Somerset Maugham’s comedy, The Constant Wife (1926). She also starred in motion pictures beginning her film career in 1914.  Notable films included None but the Lonely Heart (1944) and The Spiral Staircase (1946). Around 1900, Winston Churchill proposed marriage to Barrymore but she refused. She later married Russell Griswold Colt in 1909 and had three children. She died of cardiovascular disease in 1959 at her home in California. The Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City is named in her honor.

The cabinet card 1 portrait of Ethel Barrymore was photographed by Phillips Photographers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To view other photographs by Phillips, click on the category “Photographer: Phillips”. The second image (cabinet card 2) of the actress was produced by Sarony, the famous celebrity photographer who’s studio was located in New York City. To see other Sarony photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Sarony”.

The third portrait of Miss Barrymore appears on postcard 1, published by the Rotograph Company who operated in  New York City and Germany. This postcard portrait was taken by famed Chicago photographer William Morrison. He is well known for his excellent portraits of theatrical stars. He produced both real photo postcards and cabinet cards. This postcard is number HB/1422 of the “Rotograph Series”. The image on this postcard is color tinted. This postcard has been mailed and postmarked (1907). The reverse of this postcard can be seen below.To view other photographs by Morrison, click on the category “Photographer: Morrison”.

The fourth portrait of Ethel Barrymore is an uncommon one (postcard 2). The image provides a lovely profile view of this legendary actress. If you search for this exact postcard online, you likely won’t find it. This postcard was published by E. Frey & Company who operated in  New York City . Research reveals that postcards displaying the printed name of  “E. Frey” were actually published by the Souvenir Post Card Company which existed between 1905 and 1914. It was located at 268 Canal Street in New York City. The company was purchased by Valentine & Sons and the combined company became Valentine – Souvenir. This postcard was printed in Germany and is in good condition (see scan).

The fifth photograph (postcard 3) of Miss Barrymore was published by the Rotograph Company. This postcard portrait was taken by famed Chicago celebrity photographer William Morrison.This postcard is number B 662 of the “Rotograph Series”. The image has excellent clarity.

The sixth image (postcard 4) is a vintage real photo postcard portrait of Ethel Barrymore. The postcard was published by Albert Hahn who was based in New York City (200 Broadway) and Hamburg. Hahn operated his company between 1901 and 1919. The postcard was produced in Germany sometime in the decade of 1900-1910. The postcard is part of a series (no. 5271),

Postcard 5 offers a profile view of Miss Barrymore. The postcard was published by the Rotograph Company as part of the Rotograph Series (No. A 112). The photographer of this image is Burr McIntosh of New York City. William Burr McIntosh (1862-1942) lived an interesting life. Among his job titles listed by Wikipedia, are photographer, lecturer, film studio owner, silent film actor, publisher of the “Burr McIntosh Monthly”, reporter, and radio and early film pioneer. His sister was Nancy McIntosh, a noted operatic soprano. He was a graduate of Lafayette College in 1884. His most noted film role was his appearance in D. W. Griffith’s film, “Way Down East” (1920). Wikipedia notes that he appeared in 53 films between 1914 and 1934. This vintage postcard is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF “MY DONNIE PAL” WEARING A LONDON FOG COAT AND SMOKING A PIPE

This vintage real photo postcard features a young man wearing a London Fog type raincoat and a cap. He is smoking a pipe. The young man’s outfit make me think he looks British. Forgive me for stereotyping. Note the gentleman’s long hair.  The postcard’s addressee is Rose Getchel and she lived in Park Rapids, Minnesota. The sender was Donnie Page (aka “My Donnie Pal”). The postcard is dated 1913. The stamp box indicates the publisher was Cyko and the date of publication was sometime between 1904 and 1920. This vintage portrait postcard is in good condition (see scans)..

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PORTRAIT OF A FASHIONABLE AND PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN BRADFORD, ENGLAND

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty and fashionable young woman reading a magazine or book. Her dress is accentuated with lace and she is wearing a necklace and a collar pin. The young woman appears to be in her early twenties, or perhaps in her teenage years. Her eyes are open wide and she has a nice smile. The photographer of this image is W. A. Brown & Son. The studio was located in Bradford, a city in West Yorkshire, England. This portrait postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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KATHARINE GREY (1873-1950): THEATRE ACTRESS

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Katherine Grey (1873-1950) was an American theatre actress who appeared in more than 25 Broadway shows between 1895 and 1940. In the top cabinet card, she is photographed by Sarony, of New York City, the famed theatrical portrait photographer. Note the daisies on her hat. In the bottom cabinet card, Grey is photographed by famed celebrity photographer B. J. Falk, also of New York City. In this image she is holding the bottom of her dress in her right hand. The photograph is dated 1893 and in good condition (see scans).

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPH: GROTON, SOUTH DAKOTA

 

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This Cabinet photograph introduces us to a bride and groom photographed by H Steinhauer in Groton, South Dakota.  The wedding couple doesn’t look very happy or affectionate on their special day. A little research reveals that the town of Groton was established in 1881 and that South Dakota became a state in 1889.  Therefore the Cabinet card was photographed after 1889. The town of Groton had a population of of 1,356 in the 2000 census. I wonder if the bride and groom have any descendants remaining there. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF PRETTY FASHIONISTA WITH BOWS ON HER SHOES

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lady and a hat 4 This vintage real photo postcard features a fashionable young woman posing for a unknown photographer. This is a private postcard, as opposed to a card printed for mass distribution. The postcard is extremely likely to be one-of-a-kind. The young woman appears to be in her teenage years and is quite pretty. She gazes at the camera with wide eyes and a semi-serious expression. Note her wide brimmed hat and the bows on her shoes. This postcard is in good condition. The bottom right hand corner of the card has a crease (see scans).

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