PORTRAIT OF MADEMOISELLE LILIAN GRENVILLE: EUROPEAN/AMERICAN OPERA STAR

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty opera star, Madmoiselle Lilian Grenville. The caption on the postcard indicates that she was appearing at the Opera de Nice when this photo card was published. Miss Grenville is wearing a pink dress, and a pink flower in her hair. She is also wearing a fur draped over her right shoulder. Hearst International (1909) reported that there were a number of Americans in Europe trying to “make a name” for themselves in opera. One of these Americans was Lilian Grenville (1888-?). She was born in New York. Her family name was Goertner. She was educated at the convent of the Sacred Heart in Montreal. Her mother took her to Paris and Milan to study singing. She started singing with Algier and Aramis in Paris between 1903 and 1905.  She made her debut in Nice, France playing “Juliet” (1906). She was then chosen by Puccini to create the title role in his “Manon Lescout”. In 1909 she sang in Nice, Naples, and Rome. Grenville made her American debut in “La Boheme” (1910) in Chicago. She was a lyric soprano with extensive range. This postcard was published by E. Le Deley (E. L. D.). The firm was active in Paris between the 1890’s and 1930. The company published, printed, and created postcards. E. L. D. was founded by photographer Ernest Louis Desire le Deley (1859-1917). Le Deley’s sons operated the business after their father’s death, and in 1930, the company went bankrupt. This postcard is part of a series (no. 4057). The card has a Swiss stamp.  

 

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PORTRAIT OF SWISS BOXER ANDRE SIMETH (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features champion Swiss boxer, Andre Simeth. This postcard is part of a series (no. 26) entitled “Les Vedettes du Ring” (Stars of the Ring). In the course of his career, Simeth won 39 fights, lost 55 , and had 16 draws. He won 13 fights, and lost 16 fights by knockout. He was born in 1902 and made his debut in 1919. Simeth fought as a lightweight and at times held the Swiss lightweight title. The photographer of this portrait is Felix Bonnet who operated a studio in Paris, France. The postcard was published by Ajax.

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A STYLISH AND ATTRACTIVE FAMILY POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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This cabinet card features a well dressed and attractive couple flanking their young daughter in a family portrait produced by the Photo Express gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. Dad seems to be a pro at posing for a photographer judging by the air of confidence that he exudes in this photograph. The gentleman’s daughter seems a bit apprehensive about her day at the photography studio. It is interesting to note the name of the studio that produced this image. “Photo Express” is a name we might expect to see in today’s time rather than around the time of the cabinet card era. We live in a time which has an “instant gratification” mentality. I suppose that the “Photo Express” name tells us that people have had an “on demand” type of impatience long before present times. This cabinet card joins a number of other Swiss images in the Cabinet Card Gallery. To view these photographs, click on the category “Switzerland”.

Published in: on February 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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YOUNG EUROPEAN MAN WEARING A UNIFORM (CARTE DE VISITE)

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This Carte de Visite features a uniformed young man posing at the Cruf Studio which had galleries in Freiburg, Mannheim, and Basel. The first two cities are in Germany and Basel is located in Switzerlan. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that the subject is H. Wolff. Mr Wolff is wearing a uniform representing an unknown group. Perhaps he is a student or maybe he works for the railroad. His group affiliation remains unknown for the time being.  Looking at the reverse of the photograph also reveals that the Cruf Studio won a number of medals at photographic competitions. The latest medal listed was recieved in 1888 which means that this image dates back to 1888 or later.

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Published in: on October 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN ST. FIDEN, SWITZERLAND (PHOTOGRAPHER: TAESCHLER BROTHERS)

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This cabinet card portrait features a pretty long haired woman flashing a nice smile. An early seventies song espoused that if you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear flowers in your hair. The subject of this photograph was not in San Francisco but instead in either St. Fiden or St. Gallen, Switzerland at Taeschler Brothers studio. The Taeschler’s were a family of photographers that dominated the photography business in their region for more than 60 years. The photographers spanned at least three generations. The founder of the firm was Johann Baptist Taeschler (1805-1866) and he began working with daguerreotypes during the most early days of photography. The firm won medals from around the world illustrated by the list printed  on the reverse of the cabinet card.

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ONE MUSKETEER IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

This cabinet card captures an actor in costume. He is dressed like a musketeer. Note those long tresses. It is difficult to decipher the photographers name. It may be Oswald Wetti, but that is just a guess. The photographer’s studio was located in Lausanne, Switzerland. Lausanne is a city in French speaking Switzerland. The city lies on the shore of Lake Geneva.

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TWO BOYS PLAYING SOLDIER IN ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLIND

Two boys are dressed in what appears to be military style, as they pose for photographer Otto Rietmann in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The older boy is holding a sword and wearing a gun powder horn. The younger boy is holding something that looks like a decorated lance. Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet card gallery can add additional information about this image.

Published in: on September 18, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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