A PRETTY YOUNG ARGENTINIAN WOMAN HOLDING SHEET MUSIC FROM CHOPIN (1913)

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman wearing a long dress and sitting at a table. She is holding sheet music from Chopin. The photograph was taken by Jose Caffaro, a photographer located in Buenos-Aires, Argentina. The message on the reverse of this card was written in 1913. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC AND DANCE GROUP IN ETHNIC CLOTHING IN ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND

This vintage real photo postcard features a traditional Swiss folk music and dance group wearing traditional ethnic clothing. Note the accordion being held by the man in the center of the front row. The group was based in the town of St. Gallen. This real photo postcard is in good condition (see scans). There is a mar which can be seen on the man all the way on the right side of the top row. SOLD

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MONA MARTENSON : POPULAR SWEDISH STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty actress Mona Martenson (1902-1956) as she appears in the film, “Inmarsarvet” (1925). Translated into English, the film is titled “Ingmar’s Inheritance”. The movie is a Swedish silent drama film and was directed by Gustaf Molander and produced by Nord-Westi Film. Mona was 23 years-old when the postcard photo was taken. Martenson was an active performer from 1923 through 1949, appearing in 29 films. Mona was raised in Helsingborg and studied at the Royal Dramatic Theater Academy. She made her first film appearance in 1923. That same year, Mona and a classmate were selected by the school to audition for celebrated Swedish film director, Mauritz Stiller. Incidentally, you may be familiar with her classmate. Her name was Greta Garbo. Both Martenson and Garbo were cast in his upcoming film. The film was very successful and Mona and Greta were invited to Hollywood. Martenson was not interested in leaving Sweden, and turned down a contract offer from Louis B. Mayer. She remained in Stockholm and acted in theater and film. In 1929, Mona spread her wings and starred in a German film and in a Norwegian film. Mona was able to cross the “sound barrier” and appear in a number of “talkie” films. Her last film was “Pippi Longstocking” (1949). She played the supporting role of Pia. The photographer of Martenson’s portrait seen on this postcard was Axel Eliassons Konstforlag. He operated a studio, and then a postcard publishing company in Stockholm. The company was named “Axel Eliasson’s Art Publishers (AE) and began selling postcards in 1890. The company was Sweden’s leading producer of postcards during the first half of the twentieth century. In the middle of the 1890’s, Jenny Nystrom and Anna Palm were hired as illustrators. The company specialized in illustrated Christmas cards. Eliasson died in 1932. In 1941, the company was sold and underwent several name changes. The company still exists today, under the name “Axel Eliasson AB” and is located in Sagmyra, Sweden. It no longer publishes postcards. Instead it produces art publishing items (ie Christmas cards and gift items). This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE TRIO OF LITTLE GIRLS PERFORMING A CHARITY CONCERT (1906)

This vintage real photo postcard features three precious little girls performing a charity concert. The girl’s musical instruments include a squeeze box, a pipe, and a violin. I hope I identified the instruments correctly as my knowledge of such things is limited. In fact, I would settle for accurately identifying two out of three of the musical instruments. The photographer of this image used some interesting props. Note the music stand, sheet music, and the sign stating “Charity Concert”. I particularly like the violinist’s hat. I could imagine a present day blues player wearing such a hat. This postcard was published by the Rapid Photo Printing Company. The company existed between 1901 and 1910. It was located in London. The company is best known for their portraits of actresses. The card was part of the “Real Silverprint Photograph Series (no.2728). This English postcard was postmarked in 1906. The card is addressed to someone at the “Semore Convalescent Home”. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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FIVE FEMALE JAPANESE MUSICIANS IN TRADITIONAL COSTUME (VINTAGE RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features five pretty female Japanese musicians and their instruments. The three women in the front row are playing percussion type instruments. The other two women are playing a flute and stringed instrument respectively. This is an early private postcard postmarked 1904. The postcard was mailed from Canada to Lexington, Massachusetts. It has both a Quebec and a Massachusetts postmark. (SOLD)

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TWO WOMEN IN AN INTIMATE POSE : ONE WOMAN STRUMS HER GUITAR : BOTH WOMEN MAKE A FASCINATING FASHION STATEMENT

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This vintage real photo postcard has a number of interesting features. The women are posed on a fabric covered bench. They are dressed in noteworthy attire. One is wearing a nautical type outfit while the other is dressed in a kimono styled pant suit, or possibly pajamas. I wish I knew the story of these two women. What was the nature of their relationship? Sisters? Lovers? Due to the passage of time, the story has to be whatever we imagine it to be. This photograph was taken by the Foto Rembrandt studio in Bucharest, Romania. Viewing the photographers ink stamp on the reverse of the postcard, leads me to believe that the photographer was A. Maza. The stamp box indicates that the postcard was published by K Ltd sometime between 1918 and 1936. At least one postcard collector has posited that K Ltd may actually be the maker of the paper that the postcard is printed on. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A BOY AND HIS VIOLIN

This vintage real photo postcard features a serious boy and his violin. At least, I think it’s a violin. In the past, I have not been particularly accurate in my identification of musical instruments. This photo was taken by Williams’ Pioneer studio which had locations in the English communities of Holloway, Wood Green. Stoke Newington, Tottenham, and Hackney. This postcard portrait is in good condition.

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SWEET GYPSY WOMAN (RPPC)

“From nowhere through a caravan. Around the campfire light. A lovely woman in motion. With hair as dark as night. Her eyes were like that of a cat in the dark. That hypnotized me with love. She was a gypsy woman.” This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty gypsy woman holding a tambourine. She is wearing flowers in her hair, large hoop earrings, and a beautiful smile. The lyrics in quotes above are from a 1970 song written by Curtis Mayfield and sung by Brian Hyland. The song is named “Gypsy Woman”. I would be remiss to not point out that the woman in this portrait postcard may not be a gypsy at all. Instead, she may be a non gypsy woman wearing a traditional folk costume from whatever country she hails from.   (SOLD)

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YVONNE ARNAUD: BEAUTIFUL FRENCH PIANIST, SINGER, AND ACTRESS

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The pretty woman seen in this vintage real photo postcard (Postcard 1) is Germaine Yvonne Arnaud (1890-1958). She had a noteworthy career as a pianist, singer, and actress. She was most popular in her native France, as well as Britain. Arnaud was brought up in Paris and at the age of nine, she entered the Paris Conservatory where she studied piano. In 1905 she won a major competition for her skills in playing the piano. For the next six years, she performed with many of the leading orchestras in Europe and America. In 1911, at age 21, she began acting on the stage. Her first lead role was in the musical “The Girl in the Taxi”. After an operation damaged her vocal cords, she switched to acting in plays. She began her transition in the hit farce “Tons of Money” (1922). She played a role in the hit, “A Cuckoo in the Nest” (1925). She played in two Broadway productions; “And So To Bed” (1927) and “Canaries Sometimes Sing” (1930). In the 1930’s and 1940’s, she played dramatic roles in films. The IMDb credits her with 21 film roles between 1920 and 1958, Later in her career, she still performed as a pianist. Britain’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre was named in her memory. Arnaud was married to actor Hugh McLellan in 1920. She was president of the “League Against Cruel Sports” from 1948 to 1951. Founded in 1924, the league is Britain’s leading charity that aims to stop the persecution, abuse, and killing of animals for sport. For example, the organization campaigns against Bull Fighting and Fox Hunting. Yvonne Arnaud was very popular; she was a sitter in 80 portraits in the collection of Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. The YouTube video below captures Arnaud playing piano with an orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli. The music was recorded in 1932. She is playing “Valse Caprice Op.76” which was composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). The French composer was unique compared to his contemporaries in that he wrote music in many genres including chamber music, opera, symphonies, sacred choral music, concertos, and solo piano. He had many musical talents. evidenced by the fact that he was a composer, conductor, organist, and pianist. Postcard 1 highlights the beauty of Miss Arnaud. Note her romantic headdress. Her photograph was taken by Lucien Walery, a celebrated photographer who operated a studio in Paris. He was known for his portraits of actresses and cabaret dancers from the city’s music halls. He was well known for his portraits of Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. Much of his work was done in the genre of nude/erotic photography. He photographed the beautiful women of Paris between the early 1900’s and the 1920’s. This hand color tinted postcard (Postcard 1) is part of a series (no. 5111). It has a postmark of 1907.                                                                                                                     Postcard 2 is also a vintage real photo card portrait of Yvonne Arnaud. She looks beautiful in this color tinted postcard. This postcard was printed in Britain and was part of the Lilywhite Photographic Series (no. L 4, 501F). The publisher, Lilywhite Ltd, Halifax (L.L.H.), was founded by Arthur Frederick Sergeant. He also was the founder of Halifax Photographic Company which was based in Halifax, England. Lilywhite began publishing postcards in 1910; and in the 1920’s, the company took over Arrow Series Postcards. The company then published postcards under both the Arrow and Lilywhite names.  This postcard has a postmark of 1925 and is in excellent condition (see scans). 

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ONE OF “THE BOYS IN THE BAND” IN SHELBYVILLE, ILLINOIS

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The gentleman featured in this cabinet card is clearly a member of a band. He is wearing a band uniform and holding his trombone. Note his cap and bow tie. The studio which produced this image was Babb’s Ground Floor Gallery in Shelbyville, Illinois. James A. Babb (1855-?) and Jacob P. Babb (1857-1908) were the proprietors of Babb’s photographic studio. James was a native of Missouri and worked on a farm until 1879  when he came to Sullivan, Illinois and worked in a photographic gallery. He then returned to Missouri (Jefferson City) and worked for a photographer named S. Winans. He then moved to Shelbyville where he worked several years in the grocery business until he and his brother Jacob, established a Photography business. James Babb married Miss Mollie E. Oliver of Shelbyville. Jacob Babb was also a Missouri native and started his work life as a farmer. At age twenty-four he began working in the lumber industry and in 1883 he began a career in photography with the same S. Winans previously mentioned. His next job change occurred when he partnered with his brother in the Shelbyville gallery. In 1887 Jacob married Miss Anna Sampson of Shelbyville.  The major source of information concerning the Babb brothers was the “Illinois Genealogy Trails” section on Shelby County. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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