PORTRAIT OF A PARTIALLY CLAD YOUNG MOORISH WOMAN

morroco A young Moorish woman is the subject of this vintage ethnographic photogravure postcard. The Moors were Muslim people of the mixed Berber and Arabs inhabiting Northwest Africa. This postcard is from circa (1900-1909). It is from a series, “Scenes et Types (no. 1004)”. This postcard is in very good condition.

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TASTEFUL PHOTO OF A NUDE WOMAN AND A CONCH SHELL BY ALFRED NOYER

noyer nude 4This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty nude woman She is delicately reaching for a conch shell. This tastefully done image was published by well known photographer Alfred Noyer as part of a series (No. 4136). 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”. This photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on March 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A TOPLESS TATOOED WOMAN AND HER TAMBOURINE IN MOROCCO

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moroccp 1 A pretty young topless woman sits in deep thought. She is holding a tambourine. Her facial tatoos, headdress and jewelry reflect her Moroccan culture. Some viewers of this postcard believe that the woman is a prostitute. It is likely that these observers are correct. Her nudity and the popularity in Europe of photo portraits of prostitutes in less developed countries, provides supporting evidence that she is indeed a sex worker.  This is an ethnographic postcard. Buying or sending a risque photo postcards was more acceptable if the card provided a look at a people from different cultures. This postcard is part of a series (no. 92). The photo was taken by Marcelin Flandrin (1889-1957). Flandrin moved to Morocco in 1901 and volunteered for the military in 1912. He served as an Army photographer. Around this time, Morocco came under French rule. He corroborated with the French government and tourist boards. He was very involved with the French Protectorate government. Flandrin was criticized by some Moroccans for reinforcing “Orientalist” stereotypes . During the Rif War (Spain vs. Berber tribes), he published a number of reports. During World War I he served in the Air Force as an air observer, taking aerial photos of fighting. After the war he moved to Casablanca and went to work taking many photographs between 1921 and 1930. He published many photo books about Morocco. Flandrin was also an important postcard publisher in Morocco. The Cabinet Card Gallery blog includes another postcard by Flandrin. This photo postcard captures a group of prostitutes in Casablanca (Morocco). You can view this postcard by placing the name “Flandrin” in the search box. The postcard above, is in  very good condition (see scans).

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PINA MENICHELLI – ITALIAN SILENT FILM STAR RADIATING “DECADENT EROTICISM”

menchelli This vintage real photo postcard is another member of the Cabinet Card Gallery’s collection of international silent film stars. The beautiful actress featured on this postcard is Italian silent film star Pina Menichelli (1890-1984). She began her career in theater and in a number of small film roles. When she appeared in the lead role of “The Fire” (1916), she became elevated to stardom. For the next nine years, Menichelli appeared in many films and became a global star. She frequently appeared in roles where she played the role of a diva. She also showcased her, what wikipedia calls, her “decadent eroticism”. She retired in 1924 at the ripe old age of 34. Menichelli was born in Sicily to parents who were both touring theater actors. Her three siblings also became actors. She began acting as a child. Her theater travels took her to Argentina in 1908 and she married and relocated there. She returned to Italy in 1912 and acted in 35 films between 1913 and 1915. In 1918, one of her films was banned from theaters by Italian censors because Menichelli was “too fascinating” in the film. The IMDb website credits her with 62 film appearances between 1913 and 1925. A YouTube video biography of Miss Menichelli can be seen below. This postcard was published by Alberto Traldi of Milan, Italy. He was a publisher there beginning 1902, and according to one source, he ended his Milan business in 1918. This postcard was part of a series (no. 408). After World War II he returned to publishing postcards, including pin-up and cinema postcards. This vintage postcard portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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DANCE HALL GIRL IN KINGS CROSS, ENGLAND

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dancehallgirl1 I wish I knew more about this young lady. She has an infectious smile. Her dress is frilly and has rows of lace. Judging by her attire, my guess is that she is a “dancehall girl” or actress. Perhaps a viewer of this vintage old photo postcard has another opinion as to the story behind this image. Please share via leaving a comment. Some might consider this photo a bit risque. The woman seen in this image is wearing a very short dress for her era. An ink stamp on the reverse of the postcard reveals that this photograph was taken at the Avery studio. We only know that the studio was located on King’s Cross Road. King’s Cross is an area located in Central London. It may follow that Avery’s studio was located in London.

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RISQUE PORTRAIT OF A DANCER FROM THE PARIS FEMALE REVUE (GEORGIGUST)

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This vintage real photo postcard features one half of the dance partners from the “Duo Georgigust”. The pair were a popular dance couple during the 1910’s. Judging by the dancer’s tight clothing and revealing top, there must have been a sexual tone to her dance routine. This is a relatively risque photograph for it’s time.  The reverse of this postcard is an advertisement for Georgigust’s act. Georgigust is described as a “modern duo” and promises that they will perform 15 transformations (different dances?, different acts?) and a “new number” in a wonderful bright decor. This postcard is an advertisement for the “Paris Female Revue”. The photo postcard below, shows the duo reunited and dancing together. The postcard seen above, featuring just the female dancer, is in very good condition (see scans).

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2duo_georgigust1 Georgigust as a Duo (Not for Sale)

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A GROUP OF PROSTITUTES IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

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prostitutes 1 This vintage real photo postcard features a group of six prostitutes posing for their portrait in Casablanca, Morocco. They are gathered around a table. Atop the table is a tray of glasses and what looks to be, a silver tea pot. The women are likely waiting to be selected by the next visitor to their brothel. The caption below the photograph roughly translates from French to “Morocco- The neighborhood reserve of Casablanca- an original tea”. The photographer of this photo is Marcelin Flandrin (1889-1957). Flandrin moved to Morocco in 1901 and volunteered for the military in 1912. He served as an Army photographer. Around this time, Morocco came under French rule. He corroborated with the French government and tourist boards. He was very involved with the French Protectorate government. Flandrin was criticized by some Moroccans for reinforcing “Orientalist” stereotypes . During the Rif War (Spain vs. Berber tribes), he published a number of reports. During World War I he served in the Air Force as an air observer, taking aerial photos of fighting. After the war he moved to Casablanca and went to work taking many photographs between 1921 and 1930. He published many photo books about Morocco. Flandrin was also an important postcard publisher in Morocco.

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SEXUALLY CHARGED AND SENSUAL PORTRAIT OF A COUPLE IN LOVE

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This vintage real photo postcard can be described as sensual, or even, sexually charged. A pretty in woman in a short dress and dark stockings sits on the lap of a tuxedoed man, and the two stare intently into each others eyes. The photo begs the observer to question the relationship of this lovely couple. Are they lovers? Are they performers, perhaps dance partners? The man and woman in this photograph are beautifully dressed. However, there is one infraction that needs the attention of the fashion police. The gentleman’s light colored striped socks deserve a citation. Dark socks would be more appropriate. The photographer of this portrait postcard is Georg Schoppmeyer who operated a photography business in Leipzig-Schonefeld, Germany. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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TWO PROVOCATIVE PHOTOGRAPHS OF A WOMAN AT THE WATER’S EDGE (RISQUE RPPC)

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These vintage real photo postcards are meant to be provocative. Risque photos must have boosted postcard seller’s sales. Although these images are rather tame by today’s standards, they are not so tame for their time (early 1900’s). The model photographed for these postcards is shapely and has a pleasant smile. The postcards were published by well known photographer, Alfred Noyer. They are part of a series (no. 2916).  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”.   These  postcards were produced in France. They have excellent clarity and are in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY 1950’S PIN-UP

This risque vintage photograph features a pretty model covered by an almost sheer veiled material. She is showing a great deal of bare skin. The young woman has a wonderful smile and sparkling eyes. This photograph is a pin-up from the 1950’s. Pin-ups are models that are photographed in a mass produced manner and sold in the general culture. They are meant for informal display, often pinned to a wall. The women that pose for pin-up photos may be glamour or fashion models, or even actresses.These pictures are sometimes referred to as “cheesecake photos”. This vintage Italian postcard is part of a series by Foto S.P.E.S., Roma, no. 2020. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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