AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL AND THE CAT IN THE HAT

This vintage real photo postcard offers a fun portrait of a very adorable little girl and her cat. The cat is not an ordinary cat. It is the cat in the hat; and the cat is also wearing a dress, or coat. The little girl seems to be very happy while her poor cat seems to be very unhappy about wearing human clothing. The child must be a futurist. Somehow she knew that a day would arrive, many decades after her time, that people would buy wardrobes for their pets. This postcard was published by the Rapid Photo Company. The company existed between 1901 and 1910. It was located in London, England. The company is best known for their portraits of actresses. The postcard is part of a series (Series 191, no. 3589). The postcard is in very good condition.

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #2472

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$32.00

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2472

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$40.00

Advertisements

PORTRAITS OF EVELYN MILLARD: SHAKESPEARIAN STAGE ACTRESS (VINTAGE RPPC)

POSTCARD 1  (SOLD)

millard 2

POSTCARD 2  (SOLD)

millard

POSTCARD 3  (SOLD)

MILLARD 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                               POSTCARD 4  #2466

                                                         The top vintage real photo postcard (#1) features  a portrait of English stage actress Evelyn Millard (1869-1941). She was well known for her acting in Shakespearian theater as well as for her beauty. She is also noted for creating the role of Cecily Cardewin in the premier of Oscar Wildes play “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895). This postcard was produced by the Rotary Photo Company of London, England.

    The second postcard is a portrait of Miss Millard taken by the Davidson Brothers studio in London, England. The postcard is part of a series (“Real Photographic Series” no. 2195). Davidson Brothers was located in both London and New York City. The firm operated between 1901 and 1911. Some of their theatrical postcard portraits have the same format as many of the Rotograph photo cards.  This postcard was postmarked in South Lambeth in 1907. Lambeth is a district in Central London. The writer of the message on this postcard starts the communication with “Dear Lizzie, I think this is one of your favorites”. Most likely the writer was stating that Evelyn Millard was one of the favorite actresses of the recipient of the postcard. Collecting postcard images of theatrical stars was certainly quite popular at the time this postcard was written.

The third postcard is color tinted and was produced by the Rotary Postcard Co. as part of the Rotary Photographic Series ( no. 191G). The photographer was T. C. Turner who operated studios in London and Hull, England. Thomas Charles Turner (1839-1896) operated his London studio between 1870 and 1900. Millard is clearly in costume for this portrait. Note her unusual pin. It looks like a multi-eyed horror movie insect. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

Postcard number four is rare. Miss Millard looks quite beautiful and is dressed in an exquisite gown. Note, that unlike most of her other portrait postcards, Evelyn has blonde hair. Most of her photo postcards show her with dark hair. It is very possible, even likely, that she is wearing a wig in this portrait. The photographer of this image was the Lafayette studio. The firm was founded in Dublin in 1880 by James Stack Lauder. His father, Edmund Lauder was a pioneering and successful photographer. The elder Lauder used the name “Lafayette’ to give the company a touch of Paris, which was a a city considered the center of the art and photography world. James was joined in business by his three photographer brothers. By the 1900, the company had studios in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Belfast. The studio also was invited to photograph Queen Victoria. The company still exists today. This postcard was published by J. Beagles & Co. of London, England. The postcard is part of a series (no. G 511.P). The “G” is an abbreviation for “glossy”. There was also a matte version of this postcard portrait. John Beagles (1844-1909) was born in England. At age 17 he was a “pupil teacher”. In the census of 1891, he is listed as a “photographic publisher” in Nottingham. Later he established J. Beagles & Co. in London. He and his successors produced a variety of postcards including an extensive catalog of celebrity (stage and screen) portrait postcards. The firm also published topographic and view cards, as well as a series called “Matrimonial Cats”. After Beagle’s death, the business continued as J. Beagles & Co. until it closed in 1939. This postcard has great clarity and is in excellent condition.                                     

MILLARD 4

    POSTCARD 4         

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #2466

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below.

$27.50

 

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2466

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below.

$35.50

 

                                                                   POSTCARD  1

millard 2 1

                                                                       POSTCARD 2

millard3                                                                   POSTCARD 3

                                                                                                MILLARD 4 2        POSTCARD 4

TWO PORTRAITS OF THE BEAUTIFUL GERMAN SILENT FILM ACTRESS: ALLY KOLBERG

                                                                     Postcard 1 (#2462)

kolberg 2                                                                 Postcard 2 (#2463)

This vintage real photo postcard  (Postcard 1) features beautiful German silent film actress, Ally Kolberg. Her movie career was brief. She appeared in films between 1916 and 1923 and they included 16 German films and 1 Swedish production. She was often directed by female directors. During her career she was also credited as Ally Bing and Ally Kay Bing.  Initial research revealed very little about the life of Miss Kolberg. More intensive investigation is required. This postcard was published by Rotophot, which began publishing “RPH” postcards sometime around 1916. This postcard is part of a series (no 4794/3). The production of film star postcards was continued by the Ross Verlag company who’s origins can be traced back to the earlier Rotophot postcard company. This postcard has a Bavarian stamp and is postmarked from Weilheim, Bavaria.                                                                                                                                                     The second postcard features a real photo portrait  of Miss Kolberg. She is dressed in a more subdued fashion in this photograph than in the first postcard. She is wearing “every day” clothing compared to the high fashion, attention grabbing style seen in the first postcard. In this photo, Ally is posed clasping her hands and looking dreamingly toward heaven. The backdrop behind her could be viewed as sky. As in the first postcard, Miss Kolberg is quite beautiful. This postcard was also, like the first, published by Rotophot and has the “RPH” logo. The message on the reverse of the postcard dates the card to 1913. This date is a bit earlier than when some sources believe RPH began publishing postcards. The sources are close, but incorrect. This postcard was part of a series (no. 3697/5) and is in excellent condition (see scans).

 

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #2463

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$25.50

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2463

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$33.50

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #2464

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$25.50

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2464

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$33.50

                                                                      Postcard 1 (#2462)

kolberg 2 1

                                                                   Postcard 2 (#2463)

PATRIOTIC COUPLE CELEBRATES THE FOURTH OF JULY

This vintage real photo postcard exudes a form of patriotism that is seldom seen today. The AZO stamp box indicates that this photo was taken sometime between 1918 and 1930. This was an era when it was relatively common for individuals to include flags when having their picture taken. We tend to see a resurgence of exhibiting American flags for short stints during the time of national threat or crisis (ie 9/11). When people chose to pose with flags during the 1910’s and 1920’s, it wasn’t to tout a particular cause. They were just expressing their love and fidelity toward their country. Not to get political, but….., wearing a MAGA cap or donating to a liberal or conservative cause, does not make one “patriotic”. Patriotism is one’s love, support and defense of one’s country, not one’s cause. I apologize for the rant. There is faint writing in pencil on the reverse of this postcard. The text states “With love from Mr. and Mrs. Chester McCrumb (?), To our sister Mrs. Jennie Hubbard”. This photo postcard has excellent clarity and is in good condition (See Scans and note bottom right of image).

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #2459

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$20.00

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2459

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$28.00

 

 

PORTRAIT OF A PAJAMA CLAD RECLINING BRITISH BEAUTY

prettybritish woman 2

 

pretty british woman 2

The reverse of this vintage real photo postcard has printed advertising that describes the woman seen in this photo as a “British Beauty”. She certainly is beautiful and she seems to be wearing night clothes as she reclines on a mat and rests her arms on a pillow. The postcard was published by Rotary Photo of London, England. The message on the verso wishes the receiver of the postcard, a happy birthday. This postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans). It is likely from the 1910’s.

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #2457

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$28.50

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2457

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$36.50

Published in: on July 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

PORTRAIT OF THREE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN DRESSED IN THE FASHION OF THREE DIFFERENT CULTURES

This vintage postcard is another one of those images that immediately piques my interest. I wish I knew what brought these three women together and why they are dressed the way that they are. It seems to me that the women are dressed in a fashion to represent the clothing of different ethnicities. The woman wearing the beads represents gypsies. The woman with the parasol and kimono represents the Japanese culture. The woman with a flower in her hair, represents Spain. Perhaps these ladies are dressed to go to a party. Note the cat sitting next to Miss Spain. This image is from a private studio. There is a studio name and location lightly embossed on the front of the postcard. This intriguing photo was taken at a studio located in Constanta, Romania. The city is located in the Dobruja region of Romania, on the Black Sea coast. The stamp box in this postcard indicates that the postcard was produced by K Ltd., sometime between 1918 and 1936.This photo postcard is in very good condition. 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #2454

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$33.50

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2454

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$41.50

 

 

Published in: on June 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
Tags: , ,

A STREET SCENE IN AGUA PRIETA, SONORA, MEXICO (BEFORE THE FIASCO)

down mexico way 1

Welcome to Agua Prieta. The town’s name is not very appetizing. In English, the town’s name is “Brown Water”. According to the postcard’s AZO stamp box, this street scene photo was taken between 1924 and 1949. The photo shows “Avenue 3” in Agua Prieta. Note the signage in the photograph. There is a restaurant, a cafe, and the Silver $ Dollar Bar. Further down the avenue are some old cars.  The town is located in the northeastern corner of the Mexican state of Sonora. It is a border town and is adjacent to the town of Douglas, Arizona. Agua Prieta was developed at the end of the 19th century as railroads were built between Douglas and the Mexican town of Nacozari. The trains would transport minerals and other goods. The first settlers in Agua Prieta were employed by the US mining company Phelps Dodge Corporation. The company was based in Douglas, Arizona. The town of Agua Prieta was unofficially founded in 1899 but did not become an independent municipality until 1916. This photograph was taken long before the fiasco of the current US immigration policy. Today, Douglas has a population of about 16,500 people. Although the town is depressed, the border crossing remains busy. According to US Customs and Border Protection records for 2016, more than 3.8 million people passed through the town’s port of entry on foot, or by car. It is important to note that many of these people were going between Mexico and the US to visit family, conduct business, or shop. Therefore, their visits were of short duration. I hope that Congress will be able to formulate and pass a more rational, humane, and constructive immigration policy; and do so in a timely fashion.

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #2452

$21.50

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2452

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$29.50

WOMAN IN OLD WEST CLOTHING SITTING SIDE SADDLE ON A STUFFED HORSE: BOYFRIEND OFFERS MORAL SUPPORT

A young woman sits side saddle on a small horse, or donkey, as her boyfriend, or husband provides moral support. The horse has appaloosa type coloring. The woman is wearing a fringed western dress and a nice smile. The gentleman is wearing a suit accessorized with a bow tie and a bowler hat. This vintage real photo postcard is from a private studio; not mass produced. The postcard was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping in the US) #2445

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below.

$28.50

 

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2445

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below.

$36.50

 

 

Published in: on June 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , ,

GABRIELLE ROBINNE: BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED, AND POPULAR FRENCH ACTRESS

Anyone who collects vintage theatrical/film actress postcards, is very familiar with the subject of this real photo postcard. Gabrielle Robinne (1886-1980) is an actress that was widely photographed. The reason for the production of so many postcards featuring Miss Robinne is that she was very popular during her era. Certainly, one of the reasons for her popularity, was her great beauty. Robinne was born in France and was a student at the Paris Conservatory. In 1904 she joined the company of Sarah Bernhardt and later joined the Theatre Michel in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her career soared when she began performing at the Comedie-Francaise in 1907. She remained with the company until 1938. She made her film debut in the 1906 production of “Le troubadour”. Two years later she had her first huge success in “L’assassinat du Duc de Guise” (1908). She is considered by many to be the first French star of the silent film era. She charmed her audiences with her beauty and excellent acting. Gabrielle Robinne shared her time between stage and film. The IMDb reports that she appeared in nearly fifty films between 1906 and 1973.She was known for “Conquered Hate” (1913,) “Struggle for Life” (1914), and “La reine de Saba” (1913). Robinne was married to actor Rene Alexandre from 1912 until she was widowed in 1946. Her work in the theater and film was recognized by France when she was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor, the highest French order of Merit. This postcard was published by Societe Industrielle de Photograpie (SIP) of Rueil, France and was part of a series (no. 1730). The photographer of Robinne’s portrait seen on this postcard was Leopold Reutlinger (1863-1937). He was a leading photographer of his time and was, and is, renowned for his photographs of celebrities and beautiful women. This vintage photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping in the US) #2443

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below.

$25.50

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2443

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below.

$33.50

PORTRAIT OF ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN OF FRANCE (PHOTO BY JEAN AGELOU)

This vintage real photo postcard is part of a series named “Les Plus Belles Femmes de France” (The Most Beautiful Women of France). This series is about the Provinces of France, and the model for this image represents La Berrichonne (The Berry). This postcard is no. 41 in the series. There were a number of different series published. The Province series was one of the more popular series. The models in this series represent different French Provinces and wear traditional clothing from that particular area of the country. The province of Berry is a historical province of France that disappeared with the French Revolution. It is one of the oldest agricultural areas in France. To view other postcards from the provincial series, place the words “Les Plus Belles” in the search box. This postcard was published by well known photographer Alfred Noyer. The celebrated photographer supervised a large photo studio in Paris. The Noyer Studio operated from 1910 until the 1940’s. Many of his early postcards were reproductions of artworks. He also produced illustrated patriotic postcards during World War I. With the onset of the 1920’s he began producing postcards of children and women. Many of the postcards he produced of women were nudes or risque images. Some of his postcards list his name while others are simply marked “AN”. The photographer of this postcard portrait is Jean Agelou (1878-1921). Agelou was a French photographer of the 1910’s and 1920’s who is best known for his erotic and nude photographs. He was born in Egypt and not much is known about his private life. Agelou generally used models between the age of 20 and 24 years-old. He had a favorite model. Her name was “Fernande” and in addition to modeling, she was Agelou’s lover. Her full name was FernandeBarrey (1893-1960). She was a prostitute by trade. She also modeled for for painters (Amadeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine). Fernande later became a painter. Although the 1900’s was the “golden age” of erotic photograph, photographers who took such risque photos had to use discretion. As a result, Agelou signed his work “JA”. In 1908, nudity in photographs was banned in France and photographers had to cover nude women images with strategically placed undergarments or other materials. Nude images had to circulate on the down low. They were sent in the mail inside of envelopes. Fernande remained popular and her erotic photographs were enjoyed by soldiers on both sides during World War I. Jean Agelou died in 1921; the result of a car accident. His brother George, who managed Jean’s business, also was killed in the crash.

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping to the US) #2441

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below.

$20.00

 

Buy this original Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #2441

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below.

$28.00

Published in: on June 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment