FASHIONABLE YOUNG COUPLE AND CHILD : REAL PHOTO POSTCARD : TIC (1920’s)

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a lovely young family. Parents and daughter are dressed very fashionably. The little girl has a sweet smile. The postcard has a TIC horseshoe stampbox. Thomas Illingworth & Company was based in London, England and was founded in 1904. The firm was a paper manufacturer and it’s postcards were produced in the 1920’s. This vintage postcard is in excellent condition (see scans). 

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PORTRAIT OF TWO SISTERS IN ST. MAUR, FRANCE

This vintage real photo postcard features two plainly dressed sisters sitting for their portrait in a studio located in St. Maur, France. St. Maur is separated from Paris by the Vincennes Forest. I believe that the two girls are sisters, but it is possible that they are mother and daughter. (SOLD)

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PRETTY WOMAN WITH LONG HAIR : FASHION : ELGIN, ILLINOIS

This vintage real photo postcard features an attractive young woman with long hair and a nice smile. She looks to be in her teenage years. She is well dressed and it appears that she is dressed for some kind of an event, possibly a religious ceremony. Note her giant hat that she is holding in her left hand. The embossed stamp on the bottom right of the image, reveals that the young lady’s photograph was taken by West Photo. The studio was located in Elgin, Illinois. The likely proprietor of the gallery was Charles West. He is listed in the Elgin business directory between 1909 and 1916.  The postcard has a Kruxo stamp box that reveals that the postcard dates back to sometime between 1908 and 1920. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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LYDIA WEST : PRETTY BRITISH STAGE ACTRESS : 1904 AND 1907

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These vintage real photo postcards feature theatre actress, Lydia West. I believe she is British but I am unable to confirm her nationality. In fact, I could find little information about this pretty stage performer. I was able to locate a photograph of Miss West, in costume for her performance in the musical comedy, “Florodoro” (1899). The photo appeared in the theatre magazine, “Play Pictorial”. Research also discovered a Play Program for a play in which West was part of the cast. She played one of twelve butterflies in “My Darling” (1907). The play was co-written by actor, Seymour Hicks, and was produced at the Hicks Theatre. Marie Studholme, a very well known stage actress was in the production.

Postcard 1 was published by Rafael Tuck & Sons. The card was part of the “Celebrities of the Stage” series (no. G 1028). The photo studio that produced West’s portrait was Johnston & Hoffmann. The postcard is in fair condition (see scans) and is priced accordingly. This postcard’s postmark reveals that the card was mailed in 1907.   SOLD

Postcard 2 This postcard was published by Rafael Tuck & Sons. The card was part of the “Celebrities of the Stage” series (683). The photo studio that produced West’s portrait was Biograph Photo. The card is hand colored. The postcard is in good condition (see scans). This postcard’s postmark reveals that the card was mailed in 1904.  

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HUGUETTE DUFLOS : PRETTY FRENCH FILM AND STAGE ACTRESS : QUIT COMEDIE FRANCAISE

This vintage real photo postcard features French stage and film actress, Huguette Duflos (1887-1982). She was married to actor Raphael Duflose from 1910 through 1928. Her early career was with the Comedie Francaise and she later pursued a film career. In 1931 she was the victim of an assault by a Frenchwoman. Her injuries were treated by noted psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. The IMDb credits Duflos with 43 film appearances between 1914 and 1962. A 1926 article in the New York Times describes how Duflos, “the sweetest girl on the French stage”,  unexpectedly resigned from the Comedie Francaise and pursued other venues. This action violated her contract and she faced the threat of financial punishment for the rest of her career. The article asserts that Duflos was the most popular beauty on France’s stages and in addition, she was also admired by American audiences. This postcard was published by A Traldi. The firm was located in Milan, Italy and operated between 1902 and 1918.   This postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN : ANTIQUE EYEGLASSES : ARGENTINA : (1914)

This vintage real photo postcard a portrait of an attractive young woman. She is wearing a necklace as well as antique eyeglasses. Note that the glasses have no temples, reflective of the popular style in the early twentieth century. This photograph was taken in 1914, revealed by the inscription on the image.  (SOLD)

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LILA LEE : AMERICAN SILENT AND TALKIE FILM STAR : “CUDDLES” : VAUDEVILLE

This vintage real photo postcard features leading lady screen actress, Lila Lee (1905-1973). She performed in both silent and early sound films. She was born in New Jersey and her family were German immigrants. The family relocated to New York City. Her family encouraged her participation in “kiddie review shows”. The energetic and outgoing child was given the nickname of “Cuddles”. The name stuck to her throughout her acting career. Her juvenile acting kept her quite busy and she required private tutors for her education. Lila acted in vaudeville fo an eight year period. In 1918 she was signed by Jesse Lasky (Famous Players) for a film contract. In a short time, the company became Paramount Pictures. Her first feature film performance received much public approval. She was just 13 years old at the time of her film debut. Lila quickly became a leading lady and starred with performers like Conrad Nagel, Gloria Swanson, and Rudolph Valentino.  In 1922, she won the first WAMPAS Baby Star Award. Lila was a very popular leading lady during the 1920’s. Her films were popular with critics and audiences alike. She was one of the few stars that made a successful transition from silent to sound films. In the 1930’s she made some bad career decisions and had bouts of tuberculosis and alcoholism. As a result, her latter film roles were mostly in B movies. In 1936, her film career basically ended as the result of a scandal involving the sucide of a man that she was dating.  Lila Lee lied to the District Attorney when she reported that the victim left no suicide note, when in fact she knew that he did. Lee’s personal life was unstable. She was married and divorced three times. Her son, James Kirkwood became a successful playwright and screenwriter. His credits include “A Chorus Line” and “P.S. Your Cat is Dead”.  The IMDb lists 103 credits in Lee’s filmography (1918-1967). This vintage postcard was published by Alfred Noyer as part of the “Les Vedettes de Cinema” series. The postcard was released while she was employed by Paramount Pictures. The card is of French origin. (SOLD)

JANE COWL : IN COSTUME FOR “WITHIN THE LAW

This vintage real photo postcard features American film and stage actress, Jane Cowl (1883-1950). Cowl was also a playwright. She was born in Boston, attended high school in Brooklyn, New York, and took courses at Columbia University. She made her Broadway debut in 1903. She landed her first leading role in a 1909 David Belasco production. Her first big success was in “The Gamblers” (1910). She had much success on the stage, including “Within the Law” (1912). This photo postcard captures Miss Cowl in costume for her role in “Within the Law”. She played in a number of Broadway productions of Shakespeare. She played Juliet in more than 1000 consecutive performances. In 1930, she performed with a young Katharine Hepburn in “Art and Mrs. Bottle”. In sum, the IBDB reports that Cowl appeared in 35 Broadway productions between 1903 and 1947. Cowl’s performing history includes working in film. She was the lead in two silent films. She had an over 30 year hiatus from the movies until taking on some supporting film roles during the 1940’s. IN 1906, Jane Cowl was married to Adolph Edward Klauber. He was the drama critic for the New York Times. He was a former actor and the son of a noted Louisville, Kentucky Jewish photographer. In 1918, Klauber left his newspaper job to become a theatrical producer and manager. He and Cowl separated in 1930. This vintage postcard portrait is in excellent condition (see scans).

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GORGEOUS PORTRAIT OF TWO IDENTIFIED SISTERS READING A MAGAZINE : RPPC : (1933)

This gorgeous vintage real photo postcard captures two young sisters posed reading a large magazine. The oldest child has a beautiful smile while her younger sister shows just a hint of a smile. Both girls are wearing identical hair bows. Embossed on the bottom right hand corner of the image is the photographer’s name, “Nadir”. Despite Nadir’s obvious talent, he should not be confused with the famous French portrait photographer, Felix Nadar. There is a story behind this portrait postcard. The card comes from the collection of George R. Wilson, a steward who served aboard the British battleship, HMS Barham.The children in this photo are Wilson’s nieces. They are named Daphney and Audrey Wilson. This photograph was taken in Portsmouth, England in 1933. This vintage real photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).    

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ALICE RUSSON : IRISH STAGE AND SILENT FILM STAR : RPPC (1908)

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This vintage real photo postcard (Postcard 1) features Irish actress, singer, and dancer, Alice Russon. She acted in musical comedies and silent films. Russon’s stage work included “The Girl from Kay’s” (1904), “Cinderella” (1907), and “The Arcadians” (1911). In 1906, she appeared in a variety show headlined by Will Rogers. In 1912 and 1913, she performed in Australia. According to IMDb, Russon appeared in three British silent films including “Democracy” (1918) and “All Men are Liars” (1919). Russon was married to actor, Vernon Davidson. It is reported that she was an amateur photographer. This postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of the Rotary Photographic Series (No. 4139 B). The card has a postmark from Cambridge, England (dated 1908). The message on the reverse of the card, like today’s text messages, is short and sweet. The writer simply writes “Getting on alright”.  (SOLD)

Postcard 2 was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (No. 1803 O). Russon’s photograph was taken by Sydney Wood.  (SOLD)

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