MAUD D’ORBY : BEAUTIFUL COMIC OPERA STAR : RISQUE MODEL AND FASHION MODEL FOR THE MOST PROMINENT FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHERS

This vintage postcard features Spanish model and operetta star, Maud d’Orby (1851-1929). She performed during the Belle Epoque era. d’Orby was born in Valladolid, Spain. She began her career as a comic opera singer toward the end of the nineteenth century. It is unknown whether she performed in Spain, she only appeared in the French press from that period of time. She worked in Paris (theaters included La Cigale, Scala, Olympia, Lyric) and Brussels (Folies Bergere, Theatre du Vaudeville). She received praise for her acting talent and for her singing ability. She was described as having a “melodious cheerful voice”. She often played the role of “La Commere”. This role involved being the character who narrated the opera’s story and connected the adjacent scenes. One writer stated that she was successful in this role because of her “playful and cheerful way” and her “eye-catching appearance”. d’Orby was also a successful fashion and postcard model. She was photographed many times by Leopold Reutlinger. These photos were published in the most popular fashion magazines. She looked phenomenal in her beautiful clothes, large feathered hats, and magnificent jewelry. At the exhibition of 1900 in Brussels, her photographs were exhibited and well admired. d’Orby was also a model for Jean Agelou, a prominent photographer who specialized in taking erotic photos. The photographer of this postcard’s photo is also an esteemed lensman of his era. The photograph was taken by Henri Manuel (1874-1947). In 1900, Manuel opened a portrait studio in Paris with his brother Gaston. He quickly became well known for his portraits of politicians, artists, and athletes. His images were used by news agencies . His studio became the largest studio in Paris and it attracted many young photographers who sharpened their skills there. In 1925 the brothers expended their business to include fashion photography. They worked for such designers as Chanel, Patou, and Lanvin. The studio shut down during World War II and many of their photographic plates were destroyed. Manuel was the official photographer for the French government from 1914 through 1944. The publisher of this postcard was CCCC (Charles Collas et Cie, Cognac). CCCC was established by Charles Collas (1866-1947) in Cognac, France. It began operating at the end of the 19th century as a bookstore and printing business. He began to produce postcards in 1894. The company also produced books and maps. By 1914, the publisher employed 500 people. CCCC postcards are cherished by serious collectors today. In 1914, the firm was taken over by Fleury & Cie. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL FRENCH MODEL : A FASHIONISTA OF THE BELLE EPOQUE ERA

This vintage real photo French postcard features a pretty model with sultry eyes. She is clearly a fashionista from the Belle Epoque era. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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LISE FLEURON : FRENCH MUSIC HALL ARTIST : RISQUE RPPC

The subject of this vintage real photo postcard is French music hall artist, Lise Fleuron (1874-1960). She performed during the Belle Epoque. Miss Fleuron was known for her flowery dresses and their plunging necklines. This postcard image illustrates her willingness to pose for risque photographs. Lise is seen in this postcard image posing with a Borzoi (perhaps a Russian Wolfhound). This portrait is hand-tinted. Fleuron’s father was Alsatian and employed as a tailor. Her sister, Miati, toured with the French singer, Paulus in 1893. In that very same year, Lise had a son from an unknown father. The child died four months later. Lise was working as a milliner and lived with relatives. In 1895, she made her stage debut in Montmarte. She next appeared in a Paris music hall. This was followed by her performing in Operettas and her singing career took off. In 1898, she appeared in an illustrated book, “The Queens of Paris at Home”. She was in good company. Other models included Albany Debriege, Cleo de Merode, and Liane de Pougy. At this time she also worked as a model for erotic postcards. During 1898 she also appeared as a model, along with Mlle Dieterle in the photo novel “The Loves of Don Juan”. Lise was clearly quite busy. She continued to perform over the decade in such clubs as “Cafe des Ambassadeurs”, “Summer Alcazar”, and “La Scala”. In 1908, she married author and singer, Dufleuve. As a result, she became the sister-in-law of the singer Polaire. Photos of Polaire can be found elsewhere in the Cabinet Card Gallery. Use the search box. Miss Fleuron’s photo for this postcard was taken by the Oricelly studio in Paris. The card is part of a series (no.1525) and dates back to sometime between 1904 and 1910. SOLD

MISS ALEX: PARISIAN ENTERTAINER : PHOTOGRAPHED BY LUCIEN WALERY (1903)

This vintage real photo postcard was mailed in 1903 and features Miss Alex, a lesser known actress or dancer of the Belle Epoque era. She was quite pretty. Many entertainers such as Miss Alex, were more or less prostitutes or “kept women”. Certainly, not all of these women were involved in such a lifestyle, and it is unknown how Miss Alex supported herself. The “Ambassadeurs”, a Paris music hall, is printed on the top right hand corner of the front of the postcard. Miss Alex was probably part of the Ambassadeur’s company of entertainers. This portrait postcard was photographed by Lucien Walery. He was a celebrated Paris photographer known for his portraits of artists and cabaret dancers from the city’s music halls. He is very well known for his portraits of Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. Walery did a lot of work in the genre of nude/erotic photography. He photographed the beautiful women of Paris between the early 1900’s and the 1920’s. This “risque” postcard is part of the Etoile 11 series and is in good condition (see scans).                                               

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