NELLY MARTYL : SINGER, NURSE, WAR HERO, AND PHILANTHROPIST

This vintage real photo postcard features French singer and nurse, Nelly Martyl (1884-1953). Nelly was born in Paris. Her mother was English and her father was French. She was trained as a singer at the Conservatoire de Paris. Martyl was a soprano opera singer in Paris who made her professional debut in 1907 at the Grand Opera in Paris. . She joined the Opera-Comique in 1909. She sang many parts there and performed in several premieres. She sang in London’s Covent Garden in 1910. She was a frequent model in fashion magazines (notably, Les Modes). She advertised gowns by famous Paris designers. She became a French heroine by working as a Red Cross nurse during World War I. She served in the 1916 Battle of Verdun and earned the nickname of “la fee de Verdun” (the fairy of Verdun). She also worked as a nurse during the Second Battle of the Aisne in 1917. She didn’t just do “cameo roles” at military hospitals. She heroically worked in dangerous, close to the front, hospitals. Her nursing career included being wounded and gassed several times. She was awarded the “Croix de Guerre” for her dangerous work during the war. After the war, she was a nurse to victims of the 1918 flu epidemic. Later, Martyl partnered with an automobile racecar driver in creating a charitable medical foundation Somehow, Nelly found time to have a personal life. She was married to French artist George Scott (1873-1942). This photo of Miss Martyl was taken by the studio of Boyer & Bert. Paul Boyer (1861-1908) operated his studio in Paris. He was very talented and won many awards. He produced many portraits of theater performers as well as other celebrities. This postcard was published by Societe Industrielle de Photograpie (SIP) of Rueil, France, as part of a series (no. 2075). It is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF FOUR OLDER WOMEN AND TWO YOUNG NUNS OR NURSES

This vintage real photo postcard raises a lot of questions but not a lot of answers. On the surface, this looks like a portrait of four older women and two younger women dressed like nuns. The older women have a strong family resemblance and I am hypothesizing that they are sisters. Taking a closer look at the image, I can not be certain that the younger women are nuns. Their clothing looks more simple then I typically see in portraits of nuns of that era. However, there certainly could be cultural differences, as well as order differences, in regard to the habits worn by nuns around the world. I also question whether a nun, such as one of the young ladies in this portrait, would be wearing a pin, presumably attached to a pocket watch. I am also uncertain whether it would be expected that the two young ladies in this image are wearing closely similar, but not identical “habits”.  Is it possible that the two “nuns” are actually “nurses”? This portrait postcard was “found” in Vancouver, Canada. However, it was part of a collection of Scottish images. This real photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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VINTAGE PORTRAIT OF A NURSE IN UNIFORM

This vintage real photo postcard features a young nurse in uniform. Note her veil-like head covering and her long white gloves. In addition, take a look at her shoes. Many nurses do a great deal of walking while on the job. Her shoes are not ideal for maximum comfort. Today’s nurses have numerous choices when it comes to comfortable footwear. In fact, one can purchase “nursing shoes”. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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