PHOTOGRAPH OF A FRENCH “FREE RADIO” STUDIO AND A FEMALE ANNOUNCER

radio This vintage photograph features a female radio announcer behind a microphone. The studio has another electronic device on the table. It is my guess that the device is a speaker or transmitter.  The previous owner of this photo wrote some notes on the reverse of the image. The notes indicate that this is a photograph of a studio that was a part of “Free Radio: France”. Initially, free radio was synonymous with the term “pirate radio”. Such radio stations were popular in 1970’s Europe and were proponents of freedom of expression, and the end of state monopolies controlling radio and television. In France, state monopolies controlled radio until 1981. Prior to World War II, there were about a dozen independent and commercial radio stations operating in France. It is possible that this image comes from “Radio Andorra” because the image was part of a collection of other photos related to radio broadcasting in Andorra. “Radio Andorra” was one of the oldest French private radio stations. The radio station broadcasted from Andorra between 1939 and 1981. Since Andorra was not part of France, the station could bypass the demands of the French monopoly. This vintage photo is a terrific piece of  European and French radio history. The photograph measures about 2 1/8″ x 2 5/8″ and is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME FRENCH PERFORMER

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This cabinet card portrait features an unidentified French performer. He is a handsome man and wears a very happy expression. This photograph was taken by the  E.Lohmann studio which was located in Asnieres, France. Asnieres is a Paris suburb that borders the river Seine. This cabinet card is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF THREE “FUTURE MEXICAN BELLES”

mexicoThis vintage real photo postcard features three indigenous Mexican little girls standing behind a large urn. The children are barefoot and likely quite poor. A caption printed on the postcard declares them as “Future Mexican Belles”. I am not particularly comfortable with that caption and by today’s standards, it would be considered “politically incorrect”. This postcard was published by H. H. Stratton. The company was located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and operated between 1908 and 1915. Stratton published many international postcards and is known for a series of postcards showing scenes of the Great White Fleet visiting a number of ports around the world. They also published Tarjeta postcards from Cuba. It was common knowledge that Stratton stole many images from other publishers, retouched them, and then printed them under their own name.   SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF PRETTY GERMAN FILM ACTRESS KARIN HARDT

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Karin Hardt (1910-1992), German film actress, is featured on this vintage real photo postcard. Her father was a merchant. She took private acting lessons with Alex Otto, a German actor and theater director. After some theatrical appearances, she made her movie debut in 1931. She quickly rose to stardom. During the war years, her film roles decreased. Post war, she appeared in only a few more films. In the 1960’s she appeared in a number of television roles. She was married to director Erich Waschneck in 1933. She later married Rolf von Goth, a German actor. An internet filmography indicates that Hardt appeared in 88 films from 1931 through 1992. In 1979, she was in a film with David Bowie. The YouTube video below features Miss Hardt in the film, “Mens Economy” (1941). This photo postcard was published by Ross Verlag and is part of a series (no.8848/1). The logo for UFA, a German film company,  can be seen in the right hand bottom corner of the image. This vintage postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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TRADE CARD ADVERTISING “AU BON MARCHE” IN PARIS, FRANCE: THE WORLDS FIRST MODERN DEPARTMENT STORE

TRADE CARDThis vintage trade card advertises “Au Bon Marche” located in Paris, France. The translation from French to English is “At the Good Market” or “The Good Deal”. The shop was founded in 1838 and it sold lace, ribbons, sheets, mattresses, and other miscellaneous goods. The store opened with twelve employees. The entrepreneur Aristide Boucicaut (1810-1877) became a partner in the business in 1852 and instituted many innovative changes in the business. The store became more and more successful evidenced by its rising revenue. The store is known as the first modern department store. Interestingly, Gustave Eiffel, creator of the Eifel Tower, was involved in the redesign of the store. A drawing of the Au Bon Marche can be seen on the back of the card. The picture on the front of the card features a Black woman in a fancy dress and wearing feathers in her hair. She is walking into the store and is being directed to the entrance by a well dressed gentleman. The caption on the right bottom of the trade card states “No Purse”. Apparently this woman is going into the department store without any money. This trade card was published by Testu & Massin. This vintage trade card is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL AND HER KEWPIE DOLL (1926-1940’s)

 

clluloid flapper This vintage real photo postcard features an adorable little girl, seated on a bench, and holding a little doll. The doll appears to be a kewpie doll. Kewpie is a brand of doll which was modeled after a comic strip character created by cartoonist Rose O’Neill in 1909. The doll had a similar appearance to cupid. In 1912 the first kewpie doll appeared and it was a bisque doll. Later, the dolls were made of composition (1920’s), celluloid (1930’s and 1940’s), and later plastic kewpies made their appearance. A person knowledgable about dolls, told me that the doll seen in this photograph is made of celluloid. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the photograph was taken sometime between 1926 and the 1940’s. This photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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TWO PRETTY YOUNG WOMEN ON A TOBOGGAN

sled This vintage photo postcard features two pretty young women sitting on a wooden sled. The women are flashing beautiful smiles. They are dressed for winter and fun in the snow. Note their high boots. Printed on the postcard is the Dutch phrase “Gelukkig Nieuwjaar”. The English translation is “Happy New Year”. The postcard has a Dutch stamp and is addressed to someone living in Liwwadden, Netherlands. Liwwadden is the capital of the States of Friesland and has been inhabited since the tenth century. This postcard was published circa 1930 and is in very good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF FOUR LOVELY SIBLINGS IN NEVADA, IOWA

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This cabinet card photograph features a lovely group of siblings posing at the Reynolds studio in Nevada, Iowa. The children are nicely dressed. They are not members of a poor family. Preliminary research did not identify any biographical information about the photographer, However, the cabinet card gallery does exhibit another cabinet card image from a photographer in Iowa. J. H. Reynolds was a photographer who operated out of Burlington, Iowa. Perhaps he also had a studio in Nevada. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A U.S. CAVALRYMAN OR INFANTRYMAN IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER)

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I like and value this vintage photograph but it causes me much confusion. At first, I believed that this young man was a sergeant in the cavalry. Now, I have my doubts about him being in the cavalry, and entertain the possibility that he was actually a member of the infantry. What is the reason for my indecisiveness? The soldier is wearing what looks to be a western cavalry hat. It may even be a Stetson hat. However, the badge on his hat has crossed rifles, which is a symbol for the infantry. Cavalrymen wore hat badges that showed crossed sabres. This soldier’s badge indicates that he was in Company M of the regiment number seen above the crossed rifles. I find the number too difficult to decipher. I am not sure how to understand the polka-dot scarf peaking out of the sergeant’s jacket. Neck handkerchiefs were definitely worn by soldiers of the era that this photograph was taken, but why a polka dot one? Research revealed that early on, no specific color bandana was designated by the military. When soldiers needed a bandana, they got whatever the local sutler could procure. Colonel Teddy Roosevelt and his regiment of Rough Riders were famous for wearing unauthorized items of clothing and incorrect insignia. A photograph below shows Colonel Roosevelt wearing a blue polka-dot scarf with his uniform. There is another possible story behind this photograph. Perhaps the man in the uniform is simply an actor dressed for his roll in a theater production. I hope that a visitor to the cabinet card gallery, who has much militaria knowledge,  will be generous enough to leave a comment revealing more information about this photograph. This photograph was taken by the Weiser studio in Knoxville, Tennessee. Langdon Road, an online photography directory, provides a glimpse of the biographical information concerning the proprietors of the Weiser studio. Miss Alice Patton Weiser (1860-1945) and Anna B Weiser (1867-1948) were the photographers who operated the studio that took this photograph. At the time the photo was taken, the pair conducted their business from 119 1/2 Gay Street in Knoxville. Business directories indicate that they occupied this address in 1894 through1903.  A George W. Weiser (1825-1903) also was a photographer in Knoxville between at least 1888 and 1903. He was the father of Alice and Anna. During part of his career he worked in the 119 1/2 Gay Street location. The 1910 census reported that sisters, Alice and Anna, were both working as photographers. By 1920, both had exited the profession. It appears that the sisters not only worked together; they lived together for decades. This vintage photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE BOY AND HIS STUFFED ANIMAL AND HIS EAR TO EAR SMILE

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This vintage photograph features a little boy and his stuffed animal. He is sitting outside on a concrete bench. The yard in which he’s sitting is nicely landscaped. He is smiling almost ear to ear. The postcard was published by Fox Company (San Francisco) in 1944. The company was started in San Antonio, Texas, in 1906. After being bought by another company, it became the largest Kodak finishing firm. Ultimately, the company grew to 12,000 dealers nationwide. The photo is printed on paper that is thinner than stock used for cdvs or cabinet cards. The postcard measures about 2 1/8″ x 3″ and is in very good condition.

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