GABRIELLE ROBINNE: BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED, AND POPULAR FRENCH ACTRESS

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Anyone who collects vintage theatrical/film actress postcards, is very familiar with the subject of this real photo postcard. Gabrielle Robinne (1886-1980) is an actress that was widely photographed. The reason for the production of so many postcards featuring Miss Robinne is that she was very popular during her era. Certainly, one of the reasons for her popularity, was her great beauty. Robinne was born in France and was a student at the Paris Conservatory. In 1904 she joined the company of Sarah Bernhardt and later joined the Theatre Michel in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her career soared when she began performing at the Comedie-Francaise in 1907. She remained with the company until 1938. She made her film debut in the 1906 production of “Le troubadour”. Two years later she had her first huge success in “L’assassinat du Duc de Guise” (1908). She is considered by many to be the first French star of the silent film era. She charmed her audiences with her beauty and excellent acting. Gabrielle Robinne shared her time between stage and film. The IMDb reports that she appeared in nearly fifty films between 1906 and 1973.She was known for “Conquered Hate” (1913,) “Struggle for Life” (1914), and “La reine de Saba” (1913). Robinne was married to actor Rene Alexandre from 1912 until she was widowed in 1946. Her work in the theater and film was recognized by France when she was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor, the highest French order of Merit. 

Postcard 1  was published by Societe Industrielle de Photograpie (SIP) of Rueil, France and was part of a series (no. 1342). The photographer of Robinne’s portrait seen on this postcard was Leopold Reutlinger (1863-1937). He was a leading photographer of his time and was, and is, renowned for his photographs of celebrities and beautiful women. This vintage postcard was postmarked in 1905, It has a French stamp. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans). 

Postcard 2 was also published by Societe Industrielle de Photograpie (SIP) of Rueil, France and was part of a series (no. 1730). Once again,  Leopold Reutlinger (1863-1937) was the photographer. This vintage photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

MARIE ROZE : PRETTY FRENCH OPERA STAR (CABINET CARD)

The subject of this cabinet card portrait is Marie Roze (1846-1926) a French operatic soprano. She was born in Paris and at the age of 12, she was sent to England to be educated for two years. Her next school was the Paris Conservatoire. In 1865, she received first prize in singing. That same year, she made her debut at the Opera-Comique. Despite being only sixteen years of age, she met great success there which resulted in her being engaged to perform several times at the Paris Opera. It is believed that the opera “Carmen” was written by Bizet with Marie Roze in mind. Roze refused the role because she felt it was indecent. In 1875, she sang in “Elijah” at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1876, she began a ten year stint working for the Carl Rosa Opera Company. She participated in their United Kingdom tours. By then, she was performing in “Carmen”. She made her American debut in 1878 and later toured the United States with the Carl Rosa Opera Company from 1883 to 1889. She was a popular singer in the UK and in the United States. She was a proficient singer in the English language. In 1890, she established a music school in Paris. She taught singing there. Her farewell tour occurred in 1894. Marie Roze’s first marriage was to the American operatic bass, Julius E. Perkins. They had a son named Raymond (1875-1920) who was a theatre composer and conductor. Roze’s second husband was Henry Mapleson, son of a noted impresario in London and New York. Roze recieved a number of medals for her actions during the invasion of France by Germany. Upon the death of Maria Roze, the French government bought two of her portraits and had them hung in the Paris Opera Garnier Library and the Museum of the Philharmonie de Paris. Roze was a sitter in 10 portraits in England’s National Portrait Gallery. This cabinet card portrait has a very slight bow and is in very good condition (see scans).

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LUCY GERARD : BEAUTIFUL FRENCH STAGE AND FILM STAR : (AKA LUCY MAREIL)

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Image 1 is a vintage postcard that features French actress Lucy Gerard (1872-1941). She appeared both on stage and in film. She began her stage career in 1888 at the Theatre de la Renaissance and continued her career in France through 1900. She was absent from the performance scene for quite awhile until she returned to the stage with a “new” name, Lucy Mareil. During her stint away from the stage, she became an antique dealer. Equipped with her new name, Gerard landed numerous roles in theater and cinema from 1911 to 1923. In  The IMDb credits Gerard with 24 film roles. The IBDb reports that she appeared in one Broadway play, “A Night with the Pierrots / Sesostra / The Whirl of Society” (1912). Lucy Gerard was a very pretty actress and her photo on this postcard shows her in what appears to be a Middle Eastern costume. On the top left hand corner of the front of the card is the word “Vaudeville”. At the time that this photo was taken, Miss Gerard was appearing at the “Theatre du Vaudeville” in Paris. The photographer of this postcard photo was Charles Pierre Ogerau (1868-1908). He was a Frenchman and was considered an excellent photographer. He was also known to be an anarchist activist at the beginning of the twentieth century. Ogerau opened his photographic studio on boulevard Montmartre in around 1885. He specialized in photographing actresses and his subjects included Cleo de Merode and Emma Calve. This vintage postcard portrait is uncommon.   (SOLD)

Image 2 is a Cabinet Card portrait of the Miss Girard. She looks beautiful in this photograph. She is dressed in a fancy gown. This photo was taken at the celebrated Reutlinger studio. The Reutlinger Photography Studio was opened by Charles Reutlinger in Paris in 1850. Reutlinger was of German descent. The studio took portraits of many of the world’s beautiful, rich and famous people of the era. In 1880, Charles’ brother, Emile (1825-1907) took over operation of the studio. He was joined by his son Leopold (1863-1937) in 1883. Leopold began running the studio in 1890 and operated the business until 1930 when he lost an eye in an accident involving a champagne cork. A stamp on the reverse of  this cabinet card reveals that it was formerly owned by Culver Pictures of New York City, New York. Culver Pictures has been collecting photographs and illustrations from the 19th and first half of the 20th century, since 1926. These pictures are used in books, films, and other forms of media. At the time that this cabinet card was stamped by the company, Culver Pictures was located in New York City. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFULLY DRESSED LITTLE GIRL IN ST. GILLES, BELGIUM

This carte de visite portrait features a well dressed young girl holding a long rolled piece of paper. Is it a graduation certificate? She was photographed by the Family Photo studio located in St. Gilles, Belgium. The community of St. Gilles is a municipality located in the Brussels capital region. There is also a St. Gilles in France. However, that French community is named “St. Gilles-du-Gard” and is located in southern France. This cdv has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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JEWESS : MIDDLE EASTERN OR NORTH AFRICA : ETHNOGRAPHY

This ethnographic postcard features a portrait of a half smiling pretty young woman. Printed beneath the image is the word “Juive”. The English translation of the word is “Jewess”. Judging by her clothing, she is likely from the Middle East or North Africa. The postcard is of French origin and published by JND Hot. It is part of a series (no.190 T). The card is in very good condition (see scans).

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A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN HOLDING A PARASOL IN BAZIN, HUNGARY (c.1905)

This cabinet card portrait features a pretty young woman holding a parasol over her left shoulder and a flower in her right hand. She appears to be in her teenage years. She is dressed beautifully. Her dress has a sailor-type style and emanates an aura of lightness. This photograph was taken by Karinger Ferenc. He was an active photographer between 1899 and 1910. He operated a studio in Pozsony, located in the Kingdom of Hungary. The territory is now predominately in Slovakia with only a small portion of the town still in Hungary. Note the town of Bazin is listed on the reverse of this photo. Bazin is the Hungarian name for the Slovaki named town of Pezinok. This cabinet card appears to have been trimmed. It measures about 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4″ and is in fair condition (see scans).

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TWO ADORABLE LITTLE GIRLS POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT : BOTH WERE POPULAR PHOTO POSTCARD MODELS

This vintage real photo postcard features two adorable little girls. This photograph is stunning. The card was published by PFB as part of a series (no.230). PFB stands for Paul Fink, a publishing firm located in Berlin, Germany. The company existed between 1899 and 1905. Fink was a fine art printer and they published many “elaborate” postcards. Many of these cards utilized embossing in their production.  The postmark on the reverse of this card indicates it was stamped in the 1920’s. The reverse of the card also reveals that it was published by the Philco Publishing Company of London, England. Philco published postcards between 1905 and 1934. Perhaps Philco bought out PFB and the rights to publish PFB photo cards. This postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

 

PORTRAIT OF THE SANTA CRUZ MUNICIPAL WHARF

This vintage photograph features the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. There are a number of interesting automobile diagonally parked in front of the building. In case you are wondering, yes, cars were driven on the wharf. The signs on the front of the building reveal much about the activities happening at the wharf. The sign on the far left announces that bait is available at the end of the wharf. The building has a window where people could order hamburgers, hot dogs, cold drinks, candy, and “smokes” from Cartwrights food stand. There are also posted speed limits; 15 mph for cars and 10 mph for trucks. The Santa Cruz Wharf opened in 1914. The reason for its construction was to provide a place to ship potatoes to San Francisco for the residents of mining camps in the Sierra Nevada. When roads were developed that provided efficient land routes for shipping products, the wharf’s focus turned to the north Monterey Bay fishing industry. When the fish and sardine population decreased, the wharf became a popular recreation destination. It remains so, today. The wharf is 2745 feet; the longest wooden wharf on the west coast. This image is from the circa 1930’s. This photograph measures about 5″ x 3 1/8″. SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF THE CUTEST SCHOOLGIRL IN THE USSR

This vintage photograph features an adorable Russian schoolgirl. She is wearing braids, a hairbow, and a beautiful smile. Note the five pointed star pin that she is wearing on the front of her dress. It is known as a “Little Octobrist” badge. This Soviet term made it’s apperance around 1923-1924. Originally, the term referred to children born in 1917, the year of the October revolution. As time passed, the term was utilized as the name of a youth organization for children between seven and nine years old. When children reached the age of nine, the Little Octobrists would join an organization named, “The Young Pioneers”. Groups of five Octobrists would be called “little stars” and they would be led by a Pioneer from the “Young Pioneers”. All of the octobrists would wear a ruby-colored five-pointed star badge. The badge had a portrait of Vladimir Lenin as a child. In the adult world, the Octobrist party was a liberal, reformist, constitutionalist political party in Imperial Russisa. It was moderately right wing and anti-revolutionary. I have been unable to determine when the Octobrist movement ended. This photograph appears to be from the 1970’s and I do not know if the youth movement was still active at that point in time. This photograph measures about 3 1/2″ x 6″ and is in very good condition (see scans). Note the crease in the top right hand corner of the border.

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BEAUTIFUL YOUNG JEWISH WOMAN WITH PRETTY EYES (JUDAICA)

I need to temper my words in my description of this lovely vintage real photo postcard. The previous owner of this postcard had many Judaica postcards in their collection. They described this postcard as featuring a pretty young Jewish woman wearing a dress with a low neckline. Although there is no Hebrew writing on the reverse of this postcard, as well as no identification of a Jewish name of the subject, I held the likely assumption that the card came from an album or collection belonging to a Jewish family. It seemed like a relatively safe assumption until I noticed the logo on the bottom left hand corner of the front of the postcard. The logo includes a six-pointed Star of David. Preliminary research could not identify a postcard publisher that uses this logo. I can’t help but wonder if the Star of David logo is the reason why the previous owner identified the young woman subject of this postcard as being of the Jewish faith. Personally, I would not accept the logo as evidence of the religion of this woman. Did I mention that she has beautiful eyes? This postcard dates back to the very early 1900’s (c 1910’s). The postcard is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

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