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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A PORTRAIT OF EDDIE – TEN YEARS OLD AND SERIOUS AS HECK

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no fun boy 1 This original cabinet card portrait features a ten year-old boy named Eddie. His name and age are pencilled on the bottom and reverse of the photograph. Young Eddie does appear to be having fun while being photographed. He is adorably dressed. Note his high boots, bow tie, and cute hat. The photographer and the location where the photo was taken are unidentified. This cabinet card photo is in very good condition (see scans).

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THREE TEENAGE BOYS IN THEIR FINE CLOTHES AND DERBY HATS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

bowlers bowlers 1 This cabinet card photograph features three well dressed young men wearing derby hats. They are wearing long overcoats over their suits. This photo must have been taken in winter. The young men appear to be in their teenage years. An interesting side note is worth mentioning about derby hats. Derbies are made of hard felt and have a rounded crown. They were created by two London hat makers in 1849. Their last name was Bowler and the hat was named after them. Bowlers (Derbies in the USA) were worn with semi formal and informal clothing. They were worn by working class men during the last half of the 19th century. In later years they were worn by middle and upper class men. Two of the men seen in the photograph are identified. They are Max and Carl Stenzel. Presumably, they are brothers. The photograph was taken by the G. J. Stage Art Photography studio in Rochester, N.Y.. George Stage was born in 1828, He appears in the New York Census (1905) as does his wife (Maggie) and their fourteen year old son. Interestingly, at the time of this census George was 77 years of age and Maggie was just 36 years old. George died in 1910. He is listed as a photographer in the Rochester 1909 directory, indicating he worked until he was 80 years-old. He is also listed as a photographer in the 1887 directory. Therefore he was a photographer for at least 22 years. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A WELL DRESSED AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN (1926-1940’S)

This vintage real photo postcard features a full length portrait of a well dressed African American man. Note his sporty cap. He appears to be a relatively young man and is displaying a serious expression. The man”s nam and the photographer’s name and location are unknown. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicate that the photo was taken sometime between 1926 and the 1940’s. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME YOUNG MAN

This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed handsome young man wearing a stylish hat. He is bright eyed and has an appearance of confidence. This portrait photograph was taken by a private studio and the AZO stamp box indicates that the photo was taken sometime between 1904 and 1918. The postcard is in fair condition. Note the slight damage in the lower left hand corner of the postcard as well as the stains on the reverse.   (SOLD)

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PRETTY BRITISH STAGE ACTRESS: MISS ALMA GRIFFITHS

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty British stage actress Miss Alma Griffiths. Catherine Hindson’s book, “London’s West End Actresses and the Origins of Celebrity Charity, 1880-1920” mentions Miss Griffiths. Hindson describes a period of time when theaters became a vehicle for raising money for various charities.  Theaters selected certain matinee performances to donate ticket revenues to charity. Stage performers often did their part to further fill the charity coffers. The author mentions that Alma Griffiths, along with other actresses, including Ethel Warwick and Irene Desmond, sold programs and flowers to the audiences and raised significant funds. The writer of the message on the reverse of this postcard, printed the date (1908) he wrote the postcard below Alma Griffith’s photo.The photo was taken by the Dover Street Studio.  The studio was active between circa 1906 and circa 1912. The gallery specialized in taking theatrical portraits and was located in London, England. The writer of the message states that the postcard was for the addressee’s collection. The writer adds that Miss Griffiths was a “Cardiff girl”, just like the receiver of the postcard. Cardiff is a port city on the south coast of Wales. This vintage postcard is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE FAMILY IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

This vintage real photo postcard features a family portrait. The subjects are well dressed. Note the women’s large hats and the daughter’s pocketbook. The father in this photograph has a very intense expression. The former owner of this postcard believes that the photograph was taken on Easter. The subjects in this photograph are ancestors of the previous owner. This family portrait was taken by the Grand Post Card Studio in Los Angeles, California. The “PMO” stamp box indicates that the postcard was printed sometime between 1907 and 1915. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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RARE PORTRAIT OF STAGE ACTRESS MISS MARY GREY

 This vintage real photo postcard features actress “Miss Mary Grey”. A search for biographical information about Miss Grey was not very fruitful. It should be noted that postcard portraits of Mary Grey are rare. Only one other postcard image of Miss Grey could be found, and it was a different pose than the one above. I found a morsel of information about one actress named Mary Grey but I can not verify that the Mary Grey seen in this postcard is the same Mary Grey that I am about to describe. Mary Grey was an actress known for her appearance in the British musical film”His Majesty and Co” (1935). She was married twice. Her first husband was James Bernard Fagan, an Irish-born actor, theater manager,producer and playwright in England. This postcard is part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no. 4954 B) published by Rotary Photo. Note the actresses winter coat, collar brooch, and fancy hat. The photograph was taken by the Foulsham & Banfield Studio. Foulsham & Banfield were well known celebrity photographers. Frank Foulsham and A. C. Banfield operated a studio in the 1900’s through the 1920’s. This real photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans). 

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