IDA LYTTON : ACTRESS : MUSICAL THEATER : DAUGHTER OF HENRY LYTTON : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features actress Ida Lytton. Sketch Magazine (1902) printed her photograph and the caption states that she was about to make her theatrical debut. She performed in musical theater and I was able to locate very little of her biographical information. She was the daughter of actor, Sir Henry Lytton (1865-1936). He was a very prominent English actor and singer. He was associated with Gilbert and Sullivan roles. The photo for this card was taken by the Rembrandt Studio. The postcard was published by the German firm, Rotophot.  This portrait postcard has been trimmed and due to that, should be rated as in overall fair condition. However, the image itself has excellent clarity and is in good condition (see scans).

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PEARL LYNDON : ACTRESS : CRIME :WIFE OF PHOTOGRAPHER L. S. LANGFIER :RARE RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features actress, Pearl Lyndon. She used a variety of other names including Madame Rosario. It is interesting to note that she was the wife of the photographer who took the photograph for this postcard. The photographer was Louis Saul Langfier.The pair married in 1903. This postcard is rare and information about Miss Lyndon is sparse. She grew up in Scotland. She ran a theater school for young children. She taught music and dance and claimed to be a professor. In 1920, a police news magazine reported that the and a live in man, were assaulted by their housekeeper and her son. The housekeeper denied the charge and said that Pearl was trying to engage her employment at a nightclub and criminal activity. There was another report of Pearl being attacked. She suffered broken teeth and was threatened by a man with a revolver. The assault took place in a dance club.By 1920, she and her live-in partner were running a London dance club that drew much attention from the local police. She was fined for selling alcohol without a license. Someone at the hearing referred to her establishment as a “disreputable place”. Pearl added more clubs to her portfolio and at least three of her clubs were raided by the police. There were reports that opium was being sold at her clubs.  In 1924, at age 36, Pearl was arrested by the police in Fife, Scotland. She and her partner had split up, and he accused her of harrassment, and assault. He claimed she hit him on the head with a hammer, knocking him out. He stated she then turned on the gas in an attempt to kill him. She was also accused of hiring two men to threaten her ex with a razor. It was a “he said. she said” trial but at the end, Pearl was sentenced to two months in jail. When she was released from her imprisonment, she disappeared from the newspapers. It is interesting that research revealed much of Pearl’s nefarious behavior, and none of her history on stage. I find that quite sad. This vintage photo portrait postcard is in fair condition (see scans). 

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WEDDING PHOTO : BRIDE AND GROOM : WEDDING GOWN : SOCIAL HISTORY : (1913 – 1929)

This vintage real photo postcard features a young groom and bride. The groom is dressed in formal wear, while his bride is wearing a traditional wedding gown. She is holding a pretty bouquet of flowers. The pair were photographed outdoors. The Crown stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that it was produced sometime between 1913 and 1929. The postcard is unposted and in very good condition (see scans). 

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MRS FISKE : THEATER STAR : ROTOGRAPH : BY MORRISON CHICAGO : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features acclaimed theater actress, Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865-1932). When performing, she was often billed as “Mrs. Fiske”. She was one of America’s leading actresses during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She performed in several Henrik Ibsen plays and is recognized as introducing American audiences to the Norwegian playwright. She was born in New Orleans, Lousiana, to parents that worked in the theater world. Her first professional acting gig was playing a role in a Shakespeare play. She was only three years old. By the age of four, she made her New York debut. Much of her childhood was spent touring with theater companies. At age sixteen, she played leading lady roles. She was recognized for her acting, but also for her beauty and singing voice. In 1890, she married Harrison Grey Fiske, successful playwright and Broadway producer. After takin three years off from acting, she returned to the theater in 1893 as an actor, playwright and director. The IBDb reports that she had 55 Broadway credits, combining her acting, writing, and directing. Among her successes on Broadway were “Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1897), “A Dolls House” (1902), “The Rose” (1905), and “The High Road” (1912). Her Broadway credits spanned from 1871 through 1930. In the mid 1910’s, Mrs Fiske starred in film adaptations of two of her stage successes. Although the films were well received, she believed she was more suited for theater than film. Despite her success in the theater, the talented actress died poverty stricken. Her financial downfall was realted to her battling against a group of producers that organized the Theatrical Trust (or Syndicate). The Syndicate controlled the nation’s best theaters and dictated what plays would appear and which actors would be in the cast. They relegated Mrs Fiske to appear in third rate theaters, churches, and skating rinks. Mrs. Fiske was not to be intimidated. She also was an advocate for animal welfare. She was involved in the activities of the ASPCA and other human leagues. She fought against the fashion craze of decorating hats with bird feathers. Many bird lives were sacrificed, and entire species were nearly wiped out as a result of this fad. She also educated the public about the cruelty involved in trapping animals. Because she was well known, respected and popular, she was able to influence animal reform. Mrs Fiske won a number of humanitarian awards. She was a strict vegetarian and was anti vivisection. During World War II, there was a liberty ship named  the “SS Minnie M Fiske”. Minnie Maddern Fiske was a woman born before her time. She was a feisty activist. Mrs. Fiske’s photograph on this postcard was taken by William Morrison of Chicago, Illinois. The card was published by Rotograph as part of a series (no.B 627). This vintage postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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MELLE DELSAUX : QUEENS OF FASHION : FRANCE : RPPC : (1907)

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty performer Melle. Delsaux. The card is part of the “Les Reines de La Mode” (fashion queens) series. Preliminary research yielded no biographical information about Miss Delsaux. However, it is clear that she was quite a fashionista. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

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ALMA TAYLOR :MAJOR SILENT FILM ACTRESS : HEPWORTH PICTURE PLAYER : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features British actress, Alma Taylor (1895-1974). She began her career as a child actress, making her screen debut in 1907. Taylor had brown hair, blue eyes, and a great deal of charm. She appeared in more than 150 film roles during her performing career. She was one of Britain’s major film stars during the 1910’s and early 1920’s. In 1915, she was voted the most popular British performer in a major magazine poll. Charlie Chaplin claimed second place. Most of her silent career was with producer, Cecil Hepworth. He refused to let her wear makeup in any of his films. After 1932, she acted only occasionally. The photograph on this postcard was taken while Taylor was under contract with Hepworth Pictures. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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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 Bourbonnaise. This postcard is no. 37 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. 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 Fernande Barrey (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. SOLD

PHOTO OF HIGH SCHOOL FROM COURT HOUSE CUPOLA : CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN (c1924)

This vintage real photo postcard features a view of the High School from the Court House Cupola in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. This is not a common card. The postcard has an AZO stamp box which reveals that the card was published sometime between 1918 and 1930.  SOLD

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TWO BATHING BEAUTIES : RISQUE : BEACH CABANA : PHOTO BY HENRY TRAUT : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features two smiling bathing beauties posing outside a beach cabana. This photograph is risque for it’s era. This image was produced by the studio of the esteemed photographer, Henry (Heinrich) Traut. The postcard was published by Rotophot Berlin (RPH). Rotophot eventually morphed in Ross Verlag. SOLD

CLAIRE ROMMER : FILM ACTRESS :SAVED FROM NAZIS BY ARISTEDES De SOUSA MENDES

This vintage real photo postcard features German film actress, Claire Rommer (1904-1996). Her filmography on IMDb credits her with 49 film appearances between 1922 and 1934. She made her film debut at the age of eighteen. She also began her career as a soubrette appearing in operettas and comedies on the Berlin stage. However, her fame came from her film work. She played both leading and supportive roles. She played in silent films and made a successful transition to sound films. She even sang in some of her talkies. She was married to a prosperous Jewih man, named Adolf Strenger. Because of her marriage, in 1938 she was banned from any participation in the German film industry. It was thought that she was probably not Aryan like her husband. The rise of the Nazis forced the couple to leave Germany and emigrate to the United States via Portugal.The pair left Europe with the assistance of Aristedes de Sousa Mendes. He was a Portuguese Consular stationed in France. Mendes defied orders from his government and issued thousands of visas to Jews, allowing them to escape with their families and their lives. He was a hero for his work as a Holocaust rescuer. Ultimately, Mendes was severely punished for his defiance. After leaving Germany, Rommer’s film career ended. In the US, she divorced her husband and married a meat industry multi-millionaire. This vintage postcard was published by Ross Verlag as part of a series (No.1933/1). Claire Rommer’s photo portrait was taken by celebrity photographer, Alexander Binder. This vintage photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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