PORTRAIT OF MISS ANNIE CROFT IN THE COMIC OPERA, “FALKA”

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This vintage real photo postcard features actress Annie Croft (1892-1959) in the role of Falka, in the opera “Falka”. She was an English stage actress and also appeared in one movie, “On with the Dance (1927). She was married to actor Reginald Sharland (1886-1944) in 1915. An article in “Argus (1931)” reports on the couples divorce proceedings. Croft sued her husband for divorce “on the grounds of misconduct with Margaret Nichols”. Sharland did not contest the divorce. Croft had attorney expenses reimbursed and received custody of their two children.The photographer of this photo portrait is Albert E Parkin. His studio was in Hull, England. Hull is a port city in East Yorkshire, England. This vintage postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).   (SOLD)

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DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY SITS ON THE FRONT STEPS OF A HOUSE IN LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK (1887)

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A family therapist might find it interesting to analyze this portrait of three women and a man sitting on the front porch of a house in Lake Placid, New York. The therapist might note that three of the subjects are looking off in one direction while the young woman (sitting the closest to the bottom) is staring in the opposite direction. What is going on with this young lady? Not only is she oppositional but she is displaying horrible posture (slouching), and a “bored out of her mind” expression. The gentleman in this image is also exhibiting an interesting expression. He looks like the cat that ate the canary as he flashes a mischievous grin. He is holding a book/magazine. Perhaps the reading material is humorous. The four individuals in this photograph seem totally disconnected from each other. If the four subjects comprise a family, than they seem to be lacking warmth and a sense of being a cohesive unit. This photograph has an inscription on the reverse side. The inscription states “The Westside, Lake Placid, 1887”. The name of the photographer can be found embossed on the lower left hand corner of the image. His name is listed as “H. T. Hull, Amateur”. The word amateur appears so that viewers of the image would know that the photograph was not taken by a professional photographer. When photography became available to non professionals, there would be competitions held for amateurs so they could have places to exhibit their best photographs. This photograph measures 8 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.

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