CARRIE PERKINS : RISQUE PHOTO : WORE THE TIGHTEST DRESSES IN VAUDEVILLE

The pretty woman seen in this cabinet card portrait is actress, Carrie Perkins. Her acting included productions on Broadway, as well as, appearances on the Burlesque and Vaudeville stage. One of Perkins’s claims to fame, is that she was considered to be the actress that wore the tightest fitting costumes in all of vaudeville. She appeared in much advertising such as premium cards for cigarette brands. The website, “Broadway Photographs” provides a biography of Miss Perkins. She is described as “a vaudevillian with a trim body and a smart tongue”. The site states that “she plied both the visual and verbal dimensions of entertainment”. Although she was known for her tight gowns, the biographer states that “it was her urban girl wit that won her a ticket to Broadway”. She became known to the theatrical world in Garrick’s burlesque “Thrilby” (1895). She wasn’t considered beautiful enough to play lead roles. Instead she played roles that showcased “feminine audacity”. She appeared in nineteen Broadway productions according to the Internet Broadway Database (IBDB). These appearances occurred between 1888 and 1911. These performances included “Jack and the Beanstalk (1898), “The Casino Girl” (1901), and “The Merry Shop Girl’s” (1905). Her final show was “The Fascinating Widow”. which was a touring production with the popular actor and female impersonator Julian Eltinge. There seems to be agreement that Perkins was long on personality and appearance, but short on talent. Perkins rarely received praise from theatre critics. She found her place on the stage as a supporting actress/dancer/singer. This cabinet card photograph was taken by the Sparks Photo-Publishing Company. The studio was located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The artist/manager of the studio was Elliott Houseworth. The 1880 census lists Elliott A. Houseworth as being born in 1855, residing in San Francisco, California, and working as a photographer. Houseworth also appears in the 1900 census as living in Norwood, Pennsylvania and working as a manager. These demographics fit the photographer of this image, since Houseworth managed Sparks Photography Studio and Norwood is only about eleven miles from Philadelphia. A stamp on the reverse of the image states “Russell Brothers, 126 Tremont Street, Boston”. Perhaps the Russell Brothers were photograph collectors or a photo gallery that sold celebrity photographs. This photograph is in very good condition and has excellent clarity. Note the dark mark at the center bottom of the image. Photographs of Miss Perkins are rare and this image is beautiful remnant of turn of the century Broadway theater.

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PORTRAIT OF THE BEAUTIFUL GABY DESLYS: TALENTED ACTRESS, DANCER AND SINGER

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of the multi talented actress, dancer, and singer, Gaby Deslys (1881-1920). Miss Deslys performed at the beginning of the twentieth century in both Europe and the United States. She was extremely popular worldwide. In fact, she was able to earn four thousand dollars a week when performing in the United States. She performed several times on Broadway. She had a dance named after her, “The Gaby Glide” (1911). You can find the sheet music, with Gaby on the cover, elsewhere on ebay. Her love life was the topic of much public gossip. She probably added to the sensationalism surrounding her by posing in a number of risque postcards. She was courted by many wealthy and powerful men, including the King of Portugal. Her life was cut short by the “Spanish” influenza. This postcard is not at all common. It was published by E. A. Schwerdtfeger Company of London and printed in Berlin (no. 0291/1). The company also had an office in New York (opened in 1910). This publishing house printed many different types of real photo postcards but was known for its hand-colored real photo postcards of actresses and fashionable women in exotic costumes. The photographer was the Talbot studio. The creator of Miss Deslys’s hat is also credited (Lewis). This particular real photo postcard stands out because it offers a colorized and very clear view of this beautiful and talented performer.  SOLD

MAUD D’ORBY : BEAUTIFUL COMIC OPERA STAR : RISQUE MODEL AND FASHION MODEL FOR THE MOST PROMINENT FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHERS

This vintage postcard features Spanish model and operetta star, Maud d’Orby (1851-1929). She performed during the Belle Epoque era. d’Orby was born in Valladolid, Spain. She began her career as a comic opera singer toward the end of the nineteenth century. It is unknown whether she performed in Spain, she only appeared in the French press from that period of time. She worked in Paris (theaters included La Cigale, Scala, Olympia, Lyric) and Brussels (Folies Bergere, Theatre du Vaudeville). She received praise for her acting talent and for her singing ability. She was described as having a “melodious cheerful voice”. She often played the role of “La Commere”. This role involved being the character who narrated the opera’s story and connected the adjacent scenes. One writer stated that she was successful in this role because of her “playful and cheerful way” and her “eye-catching appearance”. d’Orby was also a successful fashion and postcard model. She was photographed many times by Leopold Reutlinger. These photos were published in the most popular fashion magazines. She looked phenomenal in her beautiful clothes, large feathered hats, and magnificent jewelry. At the exhibition of 1900 in Brussels, her photographs were exhibited and well admired. d’Orby was also a model for Jean Agelou, a prominent photographer who specialized in taking erotic photos. The photographer of this postcard’s photo is also an esteemed lensman of his era. The photograph was taken by Henri Manuel (1874-1947). In 1900, Manuel opened a portrait studio in Paris with his brother Gaston. He quickly became well known for his portraits of politicians, artists, and athletes. His images were used by news agencies . His studio became the largest studio in Paris and it attracted many young photographers who sharpened their skills there. In 1925 the brothers expended their business to include fashion photography. They worked for such designers as Chanel, Patou, and Lanvin. The studio shut down during World War II and many of their photographic plates were destroyed. Manuel was the official photographer for the French government from 1914 through 1944. The publisher of this postcard was CCCC (Charles Collas et Cie, Cognac). CCCC was established by Charles Collas (1866-1947) in Cognac, France. It began operating at the end of the 19th century as a bookstore and printing business. He began to produce postcards in 1894. The company also produced books and maps. By 1914, the publisher employed 500 people. CCCC postcards are cherished by serious collectors today. In 1914, the firm was taken over by Fleury & Cie. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PERFECT PIXIE

This vintage postcard features a portrait of a perfect pixie. This adorable young woman fits the definition of a pixie. She is fairy like, specifically, she appears to be a cheerful mischievous sprite. She also fits the physical definition of being a petite vivacious woman or girl. The pixie that we see in this portrait is posed to be a bit risque (leggy). This is a photogravure image published in circa 1900-1910. This undivided back postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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AN ALLURING YOUNG WOMAN BECKONING FROM A LOVESEAT

This vintage provocative real photo postcard features a pretty young woman sitting on a loveseat, and beckoning for the attention of someone outside the range of the camera. She is offering that person a bouquet of dark flowers. The woman is dressed in a risque fashion. Her attire is not exactly everyday wear. One wonders if she is wearing a costume portraying a gypsy, or is perhaps, a flapper. The pictured woman is showing more bare skin than would normally be expected from a woman of this era. Note her unusual and interesting head covering. The AZO stamp box on this postcard reveals that it was produced sometime between 1918 and 1930. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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SUZY MABEL : PRETTY YOUNG ACTRESS : PERFORMED AT THE MUSIC HALLS OF PARIS

The subject of this vintage real photo postcard is theatre actress, Suzy Mabel. I was unable to find much biographical information about this pretty young woman with an enticing smile. The magazine, “Navy and Army” (1905) published a full page spread of Miss Mabel. The article included four photographs of Miss Mabel. One of those photographs was identical to the photo above. A caption beneath the images reads “One of the most popular of the young actresses now appearing at La Scala, Paris”. Le Concert de La Scala was built in 1873 and was one of the most famous cafe-concert halls of the Belle Epoque. The portrait of Suzy Mabel seen on this postcard was photographed by Lucien Walery. He was a celebrated Paris photographer known for his portraits of artists and cabaret dancers from the city’s music halls. He is noted for his portraits of Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. Walery did a lot of work in the genre of nude/erotic photography. He photographed the beautiful women of Paris between the early 1900’s and the 1920’s. This postcard was postmarked in 1907. The card was published by Societe Industrielle de Photograpie (SIP) of Rueil, France, as part of a series (no. 5087). SOLD

PRETTY LONG HAIRED NUDE WOMAN SITTING ON A CHAIR

A pretty young woman with long hair, poses for a nude portrait at an unidentified studio. She has an engaging smile and alluring eyes. I believe this postcard photograph was taken by the Biederer studio. However, the image is unsigned and my attributing the photo to Biederer is only a hypothesis. This photo postcard was produced and sold as art. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the photo was shot sometime between 1918 and 1930. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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LISE FLEURON : FRENCH MUSIC HALL ARTIST : RISQUE RPPC

The subject of this vintage real photo postcard is French music hall artist, Lise Fleuron (1874-1960). She performed during the Belle Epoque. Miss Fleuron was known for her flowery dresses and their plunging necklines. This postcard image illustrates her willingness to pose for risque photographs. Lise is seen in this postcard image posing with a Borzoi (perhaps a Russian Wolfhound). This portrait is hand-tinted. Fleuron’s father was Alsatian and employed as a tailor. Her sister, Miati, toured with the French singer, Paulus in 1893. In that very same year, Lise had a son from an unknown father. The child died four months later. Lise was working as a milliner and lived with relatives. In 1895, she made her stage debut in Montmarte. She next appeared in a Paris music hall. This was followed by her performing in Operettas and her singing career took off. In 1898, she appeared in an illustrated book, “The Queens of Paris at Home”. She was in good company. Other models included Albany Debriege, Cleo de Merode, and Liane de Pougy. At this time she also worked as a model for erotic postcards. During 1898 she also appeared as a model, along with Mlle Dieterle in the photo novel “The Loves of Don Juan”. Lise was clearly quite busy. She continued to perform over the decade in such clubs as “Cafe des Ambassadeurs”, “Summer Alcazar”, and “La Scala”. In 1908, she married author and singer, Dufleuve. As a result, she became the sister-in-law of the singer Polaire. Photos of Polaire can be found elsewhere in the Cabinet Card Gallery. Use the search box. Miss Fleuron’s photo for this postcard was taken by the Oricelly studio in Paris. The card is part of a series (no.1525) and dates back to sometime between 1904 and 1910. SOLD

PRETTY NUDE WOMAN RECLINING ON A PILLOW

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman, sans clothing, reclining on a pillow. This risque postcard, and others like it, was sold as art. The postcards were meant for mailing, but gentleman knew to send them concealed inside an envelope. Many people preferred to collect them rather than send messages on them. This card was made in France and published by S.O.L. as part of a series (no3222). The publishing firm was located in Paris. The card dates back to circa 1920’s. SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY PIN-UP ON A SWING (RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman sitting on a swing. She appears to be in a park. She possesses a beautiful smile. The photographer is Z. Mirkovic. This postcard was mailed in 1961. The card was postmarked in Kraljevo, Serbia. The city is the second to largest municipality in Serbia by area. Belgrade is the largest. This postcard measures about 4″ x 5 3/4″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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