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

FERN ANDRA : SILENT FILM ACTRESS POSES WITH HER BORZOI

This vintage real photo postcard features American silent film actress, Fern Andra (1893-1974). Andra was one of Germany’s most popular actresses in German silent film. She also worked as a film director, script writer, and producer. The pretty smiling Miss Andra poses with a Borzoi dog. She was born in Watseka, Illinois. Her father died when she was five years-old and her mother remarried. Fern’s step-dad was a vaudeville actor, circus performer and tight-rope walker. By age four, Fern was part of a tight-rope act. She later trained in dance and singing. In 1899, at age six, she made her first film, a version of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. She continued to perform with the circus and toured the United States, Canado, and Europe. She was a member of a famous troupe of wire artists. In Berlin, she took acting lessons from Max Reinhardt, prominent film and theater director. She appeared in several of his plays and films. In 1913, she acted in her first German film. In 1915, she was in her first Austrian film. Some believe Andra was an Allied spy in World War I. To deal with these rumors, she married a Prussian Baron. At some point, she stated that she actually was spying for the allies. This was her first marriage. He was killed in the war. Her second marriage was to a professional boxer. Her appearance in the film “Genuine” (1920) caused a great stir. In this horror film, she wore a costume that was simply, her painted body. She continued to make films in Europe but by the mid 1920’s, her popularity waned in Germany. In 1922, she was widely reported as being killed in a plane crash. In fact, she, and her companion, director Geog Bluen, survived the crash but according to one article, died the next day. However, the pilot, a former World War I fighter pilot and brother of the “Red Baron”, was killed. By 1928, Andra was working in the United Kingdom and the United States. She also expanded her acting to radio and television. Andra was married four times. She was widowed two times and divorced two times. Her fourth marriage, to a General, lasted about 35 years. She had no children. The IMDb gives Andra 51 acting credits between 1913 and 1930. She is also credited as a writer, producer, and director. An interesting side note is that when she was working as a producer, she interacted with a young German playwright named Josef Goebbels. Interestingly, she did propaganda broadcasts into Germany for the allies during World War II. Fern Andra died at age 80, in South Carolina. The stamp box of this postcard has an interesting story. “NBC” (Neue Bromsilber Convention) was a price cartel established in 1909 that continued until the 1930’s. The purpose of the cartel was to ensure that the minimum price charged for postcards was kept at a sufficiently profitable level. A number of postcard publishing companies joined the cartel in an effort to stave off the effect of competition on the pricing of postcards. This postcard is part of a series (no.131/1). The logo for the motion picture company, “Film Sterne” ,can be seen in the lower left hand corner of the image. SOLD