This vintage postcard features Schine’s Kenton Theatre, located in Kenton, Ohio. The Kenton Theatre was built in 1929 and joined the Schine’s theatre chain. The theatre was built in a Spanish Colonial style. It had murals painted on the auditorium and lobby walls. In 1993, the theatre was purchased by M. E. Theatres and the building was remodeled. The renovation included the construction of a new marquee modelled after the original (1930’s style). This postcard depiction of the Kenton Theatre shows the marquis advertising a film starring Greta Garbo. The sign states “Garbo Talks”. This reflects that transition from silent films to “talkies” which occurred between 1926 and 1930. Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was a Swedish American actress who was active in films between 1920 and 1941. She played many tragic characters in her career and is considered by many to be one of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood movies. This postcard was published by the Wagner Post Card and Novelty Company. The firm was located in Delphos, Ohio. SOLD



This vintage real photo postcard features pretty actress Mona Martenson (1902-1956) as she appears in the film, “Inmarsarvet” (1925). Translated into English, the film is titled “Ingmar’s Inheritance”. The movie is a Swedish silent drama film and was directed by Gustaf Molander and produced by Nord-Westi Film. Mona was 23 years-old when the postcard photo was taken. Martenson was an active performer from 1923 through 1949, appearing in 29 films. Mona was raised in Helsingborg and studied at the Royal Dramatic Theater Academy. She made her first film appearance in 1923. That same year, Mona and a classmate were selected by the school to audition for celebrated Swedish film director, Mauritz Stiller. Incidentally, you may be familiar with her classmate. Her name was Greta Garbo. Both Martenson and Garbo were cast in his upcoming film. The film was very successful and Mona and Greta were invited to Hollywood. Martenson was not interested in leaving Sweden, and turned down a contract offer from Louis B. Mayer. She remained in Stockholm and acted in theater and film. In 1929, Mona spread her wings and starred in a German film and in a Norwegian film. Mona was able to cross the “sound barrier” and appear in a number of “talkie” films. Her last film was “Pippi Longstocking” (1949). She played the supporting role of Pia. The photographer of Martenson’s portrait seen on this postcard was Axel Eliassons Konstforlag. He operated a studio, and then a postcard publishing company in Stockholm. The company was named “Axel Eliasson’s Art Publishers (AE) and began selling postcards in 1890. The company was Sweden’s leading producer of postcards during the first half of the twentieth century. In the middle of the 1890’s, Jenny Nystrom and Anna Palm were hired as illustrators. The company specialized in illustrated Christmas cards. Eliasson died in 1932. In 1941, the company was sold and underwent several name changes. The company still exists today, under the name “Axel Eliasson AB” and is located in Sagmyra, Sweden. It no longer publishes postcards. Instead it produces art publishing items (ie Christmas cards and gift items). This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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lohdi 1 This vintage real photo postcard features German/Hungarian actress Lottie Loder (1910-1999). She was born in Nuremberg, Germany. Loder started her career as a dancer in Vienna. She was a “talkie” film actress (Warner Brothers). She was known for “A Soldier’s Plaything (1930), “Oh, Sailor Behave! (1930), and “Men of the Sky (1931). Her career was brief. The brunette leading lady, according to IMDb, acted in just five films between 1930 and 1931. Warner Brothers brought her to Hollywood to compete with MGM’s Greta Garbo, and Paramount’s Marlene Dietrich. Note Loder’s “dutch cut” hairstyle. She clearly copied Colleen Moore’s 1920’s trademark hair style. Loder was in good company. Celebrated actress, Louise Brooks, also copied Miss Moore’s “dutch cut”. Loder died in Miami, Florida at about 89 years of age. This postcard portrait was published by Ross Verlag and was part of a series (no. 6042/1). The postcard promotes Warner Brothers films. This photo portrait postcard is in good condition. The postcard has a pinhole in the center of it’s top border above the image (see scans).


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This original vintage photograph is a French press photo from 1991. The image features the actress, Greta Garbo in a scene from the silent film, “The Temptress” (1926). Garbo (1905-1990) was a Swedish film actress in the 1920’s and 1930’s. She was beautiful and she was talented. During her career she was nominated three times for the Academy Award for best actress. The American Film Institute rated her fifth on their list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema. Her first film role was in the Swedish film “The Saga of Gosta Berling” (1924). Louis B. Mayer, the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was impressed by her performance and brought her to Hollywood in 1925. Her performance in the silent film “Flesh and the Devil” made her an international star. Her first talkie was “Anna Christie” (1930). Many film experts believe her finest performance came in the film “Camille” (1936). By1938, her career went into a tailspin and she retired from the movie industry at the ripe young age of 35. In total, she had appeared in twenty-eight films. She led a very private life in her retirement and she became an art collector in her later years. She clearly knew her art, evidenced by the fact that her collection was worth millions of dollars when she died. This photograph measures 7″ x 5″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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