TWO PRETTY MODELS WEARING MICKEY MOUSE BATHING SUITS

This 1988 press photo features two beautiful young women modelling swimsuits for the international retail clothing firm, “C & A”. Model, Roxanna Hudson is wearing a “turquoise racerback swimsuit” with a Mickey “I Love You” logo. The second model, “Bertie”, is wearing a red and white spotted bikini with a Mickey and Minnie logo. It is interesting to note that Miss Hudson is holding a “Le Clic” camera. Produced by Keystone, these cameras were fashionable and inexpensive.  Manufactured in the late 1980’s, they had Kodak Disc technology and were easy to load and had a reusable flash. This photograph was published by Universal Pictorial Press. The publisher was located in London, England. Twenty-eight portraits from Universal can be found in the United Kingdom’s National Portrait Gallery. This press photograph has wonderful clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PROFESSOR AND HIS EQUATION

A professor of math, physics, chemistry, or who knows what, stands in front of his classroom teaching his lesson. Behind him is a blackboard displaying a very complicated equation. A prize is offered to anyone who is able to solve the equation. After much study, no student in the large class is able to solve the problem. However, someone had clandestinely slipped into the lecture hall and wrote the answer on the board. Who could be the genius that solved the perplexing equation. Surprisingly, it was Matt Damon, the self-taught school janitor that had deduced the solution. Wait a minute! I think I am confusing this photograph with the 1997 film, “Good Will Hunting”. This educational vintage photograph measures about 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ and is in good condition (see scans).

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MARIA CORDA : AUSTRIAN, HUNGARIAN, GERMAN, AND AMERICAN SILENT FILM STAR

Maria Corda (1898-1976) was a Hungarian actress and a star during the silent film era in German and Austria. She began her career in acting in the theaters of Budapest during the beginning period of World War I. One of her gigs was working as a dancer with the Royal Opera in Budapest. When the Austria-Hungary Empire fell apart, she began working in the film industry. She appeared in her first film in 1919 ;under the direction of Hungarian, Korda Sandor, who later changed his name to Alexander Korda. Korda was the leading movie director in Hungary and he featured her in three of his films in 1919. Maria became the most famous actress in Hungary. Hungary’s leader had Alexander seized by the secret police. Maria and her brother-in-law exerted pressure on the British Military consulate and was able to get her husband freed. The couple fled Hungary and settled in Vienna, Austria. It was in Vienna that the pair changed their names. He became Alexander Korda and she, for some unknown reason, became Maria Corda. In 1920, Alexander began directing films in Austria and Maria became an Austrian silent screen star. Alexander directed Maria in a number of films including “Samson und Delila” (1923). In 1926, the couple moved to Germany the couple teamed up again and were able to continue their film career success. The caught the attention of First National, a Hollywood movie studio. Alexander and Maria were offered a package deal to come to American and make movies. They settled in Beverly Hills. Maria did not encounter the success that she had in Europe. Her Hollywood career aspirations were crushed in 1928 by the advent of sound pictures. She knew little English and had a thick accent. In addition to her movie career, her turbulent marriage also came to an end. They divorced in 1930. Her husband returned to Europe where he had a long successful career in British filmmaking. Maria moved to New York and wrote a number of novels. She spent her later years in Switzerland. In 1942, her husband was knighted and she insisted upon being called “Lady Korda”, even though Alexander was remarried. When Alexander died in 1956, he was onto his third marriage, but that did not stop Maria from trying to claim an inheritance. Maria had an interesting personality. Writers have asserted that she was temperamental and ambitious. She had a tendency to embellish her background. She often described herself as the “Hungarian Garbo”, an opinion reflecting aggrandizement. The IMDb reports that Maria had 28 film credits between 1919 and 1929. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag (Berlin), The card was part of a series (no.1633/1). Note the “Fox” logo on the bottom right hand corner of the image. Maria starred in a Korda film for a Berlin based subsidiary of Fox in 1926. Therefore, this postcard is likely from 1926. The film was entitled “Madame Wants No Children”. The postcard was sold exclusively by Ballerini & Fratini of Florence, Italy. The card is in very good condition (see scans).

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THE PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH : WORLD WAR I RAIDER : INTERNED IN NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA (1915 RPPC)

This vintage photo postcard documents a fascinating time in world history. In addition, the postcard is rare. An online search was unable to find a duplicate of this interesting postcard. The postcard features the SS Prinz Eitel Friedrich, a German passenger liner which also saw service in World War I. The ship served as an auxiliary cruiser of the Imperial German Navy. It was the second most successful of Germany’s first wave of auxiliary cruisers. Between August (1914) and March (1915), the Prinz Eitel Friedrich sank 11 ships. The ship was built in 1904 for a shipping company by the AG Vulcan shipyard in Stettin. Stettin is located near the Baltic Sea and the German border. The city is a major seaport. For the ten years prior to World War I, the Prinz Eitel Friedrich operated within Far East trade routes. Just before the war, the ship was converted into an auxiliary cruiser. Guns and gunboat crews were added to the ship and Max Therichens took command. In 1914, she joined the German East Asia Squadron. She was then detached and went to the coast of Australia. She operated in the Pacific and South Atlantic. The Prinz Eitel Friedrich sunk ships from Britain, France, Russia, and America (ship named William P Frye). The sinking of the William P. Frye was the first instance of a neutral American ship being sunk by the German Navy. By 1915, the ship was “played out” and sought haven in the United States, a neutral nation at that time. She sailed into Newport News harbor where she was interned. She had 342 prisoners onboard, taken from the ships, she had destroyed. It was reported that Therichens treated his prisoners kindly and had in fact become friends with the captured captain of the William P. Frye. This postcard documents the Prinz Eitel Friedrich after it arrived in Newport News. According to the photograph, it appears that many people came to the harbor to view the ship. The ship and it’s crew became media sensations with local and national newspapers. There were many accounts of the ship’s exploits and interviews with the captain. It was learned, remarkably, that in all of the ship’s exploits, not a single life was lost by the Germans nor their foes. In 1917. the United States declared war on Germany, and the Prinz Eitel Friedrich was transferred to the US Navy. She was refitted to become a troop transport and commissioned the USS DeKalb. The ship operated on the trans Atlantic route and survived the war. After the war, 1920 specifically, the ship became an immigrant ship for the United American Line of New York. It’s last voyage in that capacity was in 1925. She then was retired and finally scrapped in 1934. You probably just read more about the Prinz Eitel Friedrich than you wanted to know. However, I have more to add to complete the saga.  Interestingly, the ship’s captain, Max Thierichens of the Imperial German Navy, was placed on trial in 1917. The trial occurred in Philadelphia and received much national attention. Thierichen had become a popular figure in the US during his two years prior to becoming a prisoner of war. He was considered a celebrity by many US citizens and a hero by German Americans. Apparently he had a number of amorous adventures in America. The result was felony charges of sex trafficking (white slavery). He was convicted and imprisoned. He received a fourteen month sentence. Facts of the trial are unclear but to be certain, the trial had political purposes.  This rare and historic postcard is in very good condition. It’s AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard is from between 1904 and 1918. The card is marked with a copyright of 1915.   (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG EDWARDIAN BOY AND GIRL SITTING ON A GARDEN WALL (RPPC 1902)

This vintage real photo postcard features two young children sitting on a garden wall. The boy and girl are adorably dressed and are very cute. The girl is holding a bouquet of pink flowers. Note the boy’s fantastic curls and terrific cap. The postcard’s message is dated 1902. This postcard was likely published by Felix Korn & Co. (F.K.) which was located in Stuttgart, Germany. I am unable to confirm the publishers name. This postcard lists F.K. as being located in Paris, not Stuttgart. Further complicating matters is that there also was another company that went by the F.K. initials (F. Kehrhan & Co of Bexley Heath, England). This card’s postage stamp is German and the postmark is from the city of Mulhausen. Mulhausen is a city located  in eastern France, near the Swiss and German borders. However, at the time of the mailing of this postcard, Mulhausen belonged to the German Empire and was part of the Alsace-Lorraine territory.  (SOLD)

CUTE LITTLE GIRL PROTECTIVELY POSES WITH HER BABY BROTHER/SISTER (CDV)

This Carte de Visite (CDV) features a little girl posing next to her infant brother/sister. The little girl is wearing a fancy dress and a bow in her hair. She  has a protective hold on her baby sibling. The CDV was photographed by the Kohler & Lacmann studio which had branches in Halberstadt and Bad Harzburg, Germany.    (SOLD)

PORTRAIT OF AN AFFLUENT DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN (EARLY CARTE de VISITE)

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This carte de visite photograph features a distinguished looking older gentleman. His fine tailor made vested suit provides evidence that the man was affluent. This photograph is from the early phase of the cdv era. The photo has no identification information concerning the subject or the photographer. The carte de visite is in very good condition (see scans).

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TWO YOUNG CHILDREN OUT FOR A DRIVE

outforadrive12020-06-17_231404 outforadrive22020-06-17_231508This vintage real photo postcard features two young children sitting in a faux automobile. Most likely, the pair are siblings. The youngest of the two is behind the wheel. Judging by the facial expression of the driver, the roads must have been very treacherous that day. The little girl in the photo is flashing a wonderful smile. This studio photograph was taken by the Mage studio, located in Grand-Montrouge, France. Grand-Montrouge is a southern suburb of Paris. This vintage portrait postcard is probably from the 1910’s era and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME PRISONER OF WAR (POW) : WORLD WAR II : STALAG 1A 59

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This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of an allied prisoner of war imprisoned at a German POW camp. The soldier in this photograph was being held at Stalag 1-A. The camp was located near the village of Stablack in East Prussia. Stalag 1-A was the furthest east German POW camp. The camp was built in 1939 by Polish prisoners of war. In 1940, Belgian and French prisoners were added to the camp and in 1941, the camp began to incarcerate Russian POWs. There were also British and Italian prisoners in the camp. It is important to note that tens of thousands of Stalag prisoners were sent to “kommandos” (subcamps) spread throughout East Prussia. In January of 1945, with Russian troops approaching, the camp was abandoned and all of the prisoners were evacuated to the west. Note the photograph below which shows the entrance to Stalag 1-A. The prisoner seen in this photograph is wearing a military jacket, stripped of all insignias. I am unable to determine his rank, branch of service, or the identity of the nation he fought for. Note the prisoner’s pants. They are too long and too baggy  Despite the ill-fitting uniform, he appears relatively healthy. He is holding a cigarette, which may represent “good treatment” by their German captors. One wonders why this photograph was permitted to be taken. Photographs, such as this one, were allowed because they served as a tool for positive public relations. A relatively content and healthy looking prisoner “advertised” that the Germans treated allied POWs well. Note the ink stamp on the reverse of  the card. It identifies the camp as Stalag 1-A and that the card was “Gepruft” (checked or censored). This photo postcard is from sometime between 1940 and 1945 and is in very good condition (see scans).

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FRANCOISE FABIAN : PRETTY AND PROLIFIC FRENCH FILM ACTRESS

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The pretty young woman featured in this vintage real photo postcard is Michele Cortes de Leone y Fabianera. Her stage name is Francoise Fabian (1933- ). She is a French film actress and she has appeared in more than 80 French and International films since 1956. She began as a stage actress and performed at the Paris Conservatoire. She trained at the Algerian Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She is known for acting in “My Night at Maud’s” (1969), “Belle de Jour” (1967), and “Happy New Year” (1973). She acted in films by Eric Rohmer and Louis Malle. Fabian was born in Algiers, French Algeria. Her father was Spanish and her mother was Polish. She was married and widowed twice. Her first husband, Jacques Becker, was a French screenwriter and film director. Her second husband was French film actor, Marcel Bozzuffi. His roles included playing the brutal hit man in “The French Connection” (1971). The photographer of this portrait photo is Sam Levin (1904-1992). He was born in the Ukraine but emigrated to France when he was two years of age. He is famous for his stage photographs and his portraits of movie stars. His studio was in Paris. Levin was a film photographer for 75 films. He was arrested by the Nazis during World War II and was sent to a camp. His crime was, being Jewish. The fact that he was sent to a detention camp rather than a death camp, indicates there was a high ranking Nazi official acting as his guardian angel. He photographed nearly all the major French and European movie stars of the 1950’s and 1960’s. He is particularly celebrated for his photos of Brigitte Bardot. Levin did over 180 magazine covers in the United States. This postcard was published by Kores, a French company. The card is part of a series (#894). The series is comprised of 100 postcard portraits. This postcard is in good condition (see scans).                                     

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