THREE EXQUISITE FRENCH WOMAN WEARING KIMONOS IN TOULON, FRANCE

This vintage photo postcard is simply exquisite. Three pretty women, wearing Japanese kimonos, pose for their portrait at the photographic studio of E. Meunier, in Toulon, France. At the turn of the century, kimonos and textiles from Japan captured the interest of fashionistas in Europe and the United States. Women began wearing kimonos as indoor fashion and some women used kimono fabrics to make western dresses. Over time, Japanese kimono fashion became absorbed into Paris Haute Couture. Occasionally, I encounter cdv’s or cabinet cards featuring women wearing kimonos. These early photographs reveal that kimono popularity in the western world was evident as early as the 1880’s. I have seen other real photo postcards with portraits of western women wearing Japanese fashion. However, this image is very special. The women are clutching Japanese fans and one of the ladies is holding a Japanese umbrella (wagasa). This vintage real photo postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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A BEVY OF BEAUTIES AT A BEACH ON THE BLACK SEA IN ROMANIA

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girls at beach roumania 2A “bevy” of beauties? I’ve never used that word before. What is a bevy? I looked up the word and learned that a “bevy” is a “large group of people of a particular kind”. The “particular kind” in this vintage photograph are pretty young woman in their bathing suits at the beach. The beach is located in Romania and is at the edge of the Black Sea. Some of the women are using parasols to protect themselves from the sun. The reverse of the photograph has a stamp indicating that the photo was taken in Contanta, a city on the shores of the Black Sea. It is located in southeastern Romania. I would love to know the story behind this image. Are these young ladies, friends on a beach trip, or are they models posed by a professional photographer? What’s your guess? This photograph measures about 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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MISS MAY HART AND HER FLORAL PARASOL

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This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty performer named May Hart. She is holding an interesting parasol over her shoulder. It certainly won’t keep her dry in the rain. I have had a difficult time finding biographical information about her. Interestingly, there was another actress named May Hart who was a witness to a very historic event in American history. An actress named “May Hart” was performing in “Our American Cousin” the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford Theater. Lincoln was killed in 1865, Forty-four years before this postcard was mailed. Looking at the youthful appearance of Miss May in this photograph, it is clear that she is too young to be the same May Hart.This postcard was published by the Philco Publishing Company which was located in London, England. It is part of a series (no 3435E).The postcard was postmarked in 1909 and is in very good condition (see scans).                                                                           

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PORTRAIT OF THE MOST ADORABLE SIX YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL YOU’VE EVER SEEN (1924)

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of one of the most adorable little girls that I haver seen. The reverse of the postcard indicates that this photograph was taken in 1924 and the young lady in the image is six years old. Whoever dressed this child for her day at the photo studio, had a keen fashion sense. In addition the child’s facial expression is charming and priceless. The little girl appears as if she is preparing to go for a walk on a rainy or rain threatening day. The unidentified photographer was gifted. I wish I could see more of his/her photographs. The locale of the photo studio is also unknown. It is possible that this photograph was taken in Canton, Ohio; since that city is listed as the home of the intended receiver of this postcard. This photo postcard has excellent clarity and measures about 3 3/8″ x 5 1/4″. This unique and magical postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF TWO YOUNG AND ADORABLE SIBLINGS

I found this vintage photograph on a trip to the Texas Hill Country. Two siblings, presumably a brother and sister, pose for their portrait in this post cabinet card era photograph. The pair are adorably dressed. The young girl holds a parasol in one hand and her brothers arm with the other hand. The boy is wearing a wide brimmed straw hat and a bow tie. As he is being photographed, he is fiddling with his very loose belt. The photographer’s name is embossed on the mat of the photo (lower right hand corner). The name is difficult to decipher, but I believe the name is “Whitney”. The location of the studio is not identified.

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