MISS MARIE BLANCHE : TRANSITIONED FROM A PEACOCK TO A STARLET

POSTCARD 1   (SOLD)

marie blanche 3POSTCARD 2

marie blanche 4POSTCARD 2

–The pretty actress seen in these vintage real photo postcards, is Miss Marie Blanche (c 1893-1973). Her birth name was Marie Peacock and she was born in Scarborough, England. Her father was stage actor William Peacock. She was a child stage actress in the early 1900’s. Later she became a starlet when she appeared in a few comedy and drama films. One of her important roles was in the silent film drama, “The Great Impostor” (1918). In 1919 she appeared in “The Elusive Pimpernel” for the Stoll Film Company. She was married to E. Lewis Waller (1884-1951), a stage and screen actor. Blanche’s IMDb filmography reveals that she appeared in four films between 1918 and 1924. She was a sitter in eight portraits that are part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

–The portrait of Miss Blanche seen in Postcard 1 was photographed by Rita Martin. Miss Martin was well known for her expertise in taking portraits of theater stars and other celebrities. She was considered one of the best British photographers of her time. She opened her studio in 1906. Martin’s sister, Lallie Charles was an esteemed society photographer. The Cabinet Card Gallery has several photographs by Rita Martin. Place her name in the search box to peruse them. Postcard 1 was printed and published by J. Beagles & Company of London, England. The company was started by John Beagles (1844-1909). The company produced a variety of postcards including an extensive catalog of celebrity (stage and screen) portrait postcards. After Beagle’s death, the business continued as J. Beagles & Co. until it closed in 1939.  (SOLD)                                                     

 -Postcard 2 provides a more complete view of Miss Blanche. She is dressed very fashionably. Her dress has a sash-like belt worn below the waist which I believe is quite unusual. Note her feathered hat. The photographer and publisher of the postcard are unidentified. The postcard is in excellent condition. 

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3029

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$15.49

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3029

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$23.99

POSTCARD 1  (SOLD)

marie blanche 2POSTCARD 2

 

 

ADORABLE LITTLE BOY AND AN EARLY WOODEN TRICYCLE

This vintage postcard features a adorable little boy, or possibly a girl, sitting on a wooden tricycle. The photograph was likely taken on the front porch of the child’s home. Note that there are two figures of a child on a trike either drawn on, or part of, the child’s shirt. The  two figures seem to be similar to the stitching on the child’s sleeve cuffs and collar. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this photo postcard indicates that it was printed between 1910 and 1930. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3028

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$21.99

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3028

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$30.49

Published in: on March 21, 2020 at 12:01 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags: , ,

VERA CARALLI : RUSSIAN BALLERINA AND SILENT FILM STAR

This vintage real photo postcard features Russian ballerina, choreographer, and silent film star, Vera Karalli (1889-1972). She was born in Moscow. Her father was an entrepreneur and her mother was an actress. Karalli was active between 1914 and 1921. Karalli was a graduate of the Moscow Theatre School in 1906. She performed in the Ballets Russes company in 1909, and then again, in 1919 and 1920. She was a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater and after two years became a ballerina in 1915. She often danced with ballet star, Mikhail Mordkin. Karalli becan acting in 1914 and she became one of Russia’s most celebrated film actresses. From 1914 to 1919, Karalli appeared in about sixteen Russian silent films. One of these films was an adaptation of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”. Her last film was a German drama released in 1921. Karalli was a mistress of the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia. He was the cousin of Nicholas II. It was reported that she was a co-conspirator in the 1916 murder of Grigori Rasputin. After the October Revolution, she fled to the West. Between In the 1920’s she taught dance in Lithuania. Between 1930 and 1935 she was ballet mistress of the Romanian opera in Bucharest. She lived in Paris between 1938 and 1941. She later settled in Baden, Austria. This postcard is in good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3027

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$34.99

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3027

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$43.49

 

ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN ALBANY, NEW YORK

An nicely dressed adorable little girl poses for her cabinet card photograph at the Schoonmaker studio in Albany, New York. She certainly does not appear to too ecstatic about posing for this portrait. The photographer is Christopher C Schoonmaker (1834-1906). Schoonmaker was a co author of an article that appeared in “The Photographic Journal of America” (1868).  The piece was warning American photographers about a new “sliding plate holder” he had purchased. He called the product “worthless” and was involved in litigation against the manufacturer at the time the article was published.      Schoonmaker was still working as a photographer in New York’s 1905 census. He died of heart disease in 1906. This cabinet card photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Cabinet Card photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3026

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$20.99

Buy this original Cabinet Card Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) 3026

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$29.49

Published in: on March 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags:

FELIX BRAMI : BANTAM WEIGHT BOXER : STAR OF DAVID ON HIS BOXING SHORTS

This vintage photograph features French bantam-weight boxer, Felix Said Brami (1940-2018). He was born in Tunis, Tunisia and was of Jewish descent. His boxing career spanned from 1961 through 1975. The website BoxRec states that he was in the super fly-weight division. Brami had an impressive record of 44 wins, 10 losses, and 3 draws. Twenty-two of his victories were by knockout. Brami won his first 20 fights. He was ranked as high as #6 bantamweight in the world by The Ring magazine in 1964, He was ranked in the top ten bantamweights in the world between 1963 and 1966. He held the French junior lightweight title from 1971 through 1975. Note the Star of David on Brami’s boxing shorts. I imagine that the star represents Brami’s heritage. Note the Star of David embroidered on his boxing trunks. Brami may have developed the idea in imitation of Max Baer. Baer was Jewish and a national hero after he won a bout against German boxer, Max Schmeling, in 1933. This photo indicates that Brami’s manager was G. Charles Raymond. The card’s portrait was photographed by the Belonie studio. This photograph measures about 3 3/8″ x 5 3/8″and is in very good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3025

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$14.99

 

Buy this Vintage Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) #3025

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$23.49

Published in: on March 17, 2020 at 7:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , ,

SNAPSHOT OF A CLYDE BEATTY CIRCUS TRUCK : THE CIRCUS HAS COME TO TOWN

This vintage snapshot photograph features a Clyde Beatty Circus Truck. It appears that the circus has come to town.  The photo was taken in 1959. The date is printed on  the top border of the photograph. Clyde Beatty (1903-1965) was an animal trainer and zoo owner in Florida. His first job at a circus was as a cage cleaner. He rose in status as he became an animal trainer. He was known for his lion taming acts. Eventually, in 1945, he became a circus owner and later merged with the Cole Brothers Circus.Beatty was famous for his “fighting act”. He would enter a cage with wild animals with a whip and a pistol strapped to his side. He demonstrated his courage by facing a cage full of animals including lions, tigers and cougars. At the peak of his career, Beatty’s act featured 40 lions and tigers. Beatty was so popular that he appeared in films between the 1930’s and the 1950’s.  He appeared on television in the 1960’s. The snapshot measures 3 1/2″ x 5″ and is in very good condition.

Buy this Vintage Snapshot (includes shipping within the US) #3024

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$18.49

Buy this Vintage Snapshot (includes international shipping outside the US) #3024

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$26.99

 

 

 

Published in: on March 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm  Comments (2)  
Tags: , ,

ATTRACTIVE YOUNG ROMANIAN COUPLE IN TRADITIONAL GARB (1930’s)

romanians

romanians 2 This vintage real photo postcard presents an interesting ethnological portrait of a Romanian couple dressed in traditional garb. It is notable that this couple was not concerned about public displays of affection. The young man has his right arm wrapped around the woman’s shoulder/back. The young lady’s hand is resting on the gentleman’s shoulder. The pair give an appearance of a proud loving couple. Could this be a wedding portrait? Note the woman’s purse. It has a design that includes someone holding a leash attatched to a dog. An inscription on the reverse of this postcard reveals that the photograph was taken in 1937. The postcard is in very good condition.

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3023

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$33.49

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3023

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$41.99

romanians 3

Published in: on March 15, 2020 at 6:43 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags:

PORTRAIT OF UNCLE DICK : WATERLOO, IOWA

Meet Uncle Dick. His name is inscribed on the reverse of the cabinet card. He appears to be middle aged and possess a sunny disposition. He is well dressed and has a nicely groomed mustache. Note the width of his tie. I find it interesting that the width of neck ties tend to vary as the years go by. This photograph was produced by the Adams studio in Waterloo, Iowa. It is difficult to ascertain the full name of the photographer. W. G. Adams worked in Waterloo in the 1880’s but I could not find any information about him. Asa W. Adams (1842-1915) operated a studio in McGregor, Iowa (1863), Decorah, Iowa (1863-1884). In 1866 he married Emma J. Fuller and the couple had four children. Adams conducted his photography business in Waterloo (1884-after 1900). Adams died in 1915 and is buried in Decorah. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

Buy this Vintage Cabinet Card photograph (includes shipping within the US) #3021

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$29.49

Buy this original Cabinet Card Photograph (includes International shipping outside the US) 3021

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$37.99

Published in: on March 12, 2020 at 7:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: ,

SIX FASHIONISTAS AND THEIR HATS

“There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear”. These Buffalo Springfield lyrics describes my reaction to the image presented by this vintage real photo postcard. Was this photo taken to showcase attire from a fashion company? Are these women related or are they members of some sort of organization? The answers to these questions are lost to history. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).                                                                   

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3020

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$29.99

  

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3020

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$38.49

Published in: on March 10, 2020 at 7:25 pm  Comments (2)  
Tags: ,

GLADYS ARCHBUTT : CHILD DANCER AND ADULT MUSICAL COMEDY STAR

archbutt

archbutt 1This vintage real photo postcard features English actress Gladys Archbutt (1889-1968). She began her career as a  child actress and dancer. She then launched a career in musical comedies in both Europe and the United States. She appeared in three Broadway musicals “London Follies” (1911), “The Balky Princess”, and “The Lamb of Delft”. She was sitter for five portraits in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Archbutt was married to Edwyn Ingram Gibbons in 1909. He was killed during World War I. The photographers of these images include Alexander Bassano, Lallie Charles, The Royal Magazine (1908) ran a story about Miss Archbutt. She tells the story of one of her theatrical career “adventures”. Her company was playing in Wales and their manager departed without warning. The cast did not have the money needed to return home to London and they decided to continue performing. They soon learned that the scenery from the show had been hocked and they had to buy it back. Needless to say, the company eventually earned their way home. She tells an additional story of a time where she was almost guillotined by a falling curtain. Her role in that production required her to faint and drape herself over her fathers “dead” body. Unfortunately, the actor playing her father had fallen dead in the wrong spot on the stage. As the curtain fell, the actors on the stage whispered that she needed to move from her precarious position. Being a dedicated performer, she would not move away because she was supposed to be in an unconscious state. She states she narrowly avoided being badly hurt. This vintage postcard was published by Rapid Photo and is part of a series (no.1609).The company existed between 1901 and 1910 and was located in London. The company is best known for their portraits of actresses. The postmark is from York and reveals that the card was mailed in 1906.The writer of the card describes attending a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”.This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans). Note the bumping next to Miss Archbutt’s name on the front of the postcard. This portrait postcard is priced accordingly.                                                                                                                   

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes shipping within the US) #3018

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$12.49

   

Buy this Vintage Real Photo Postcard (includes International shipping outside the US) #3018

To purchase this item, click on the Pay with PayPal button below

$20.99

archbutt 2