TWO PORTRAITS OF EARLY FILM ACTRESS ITA RINA

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The pretty film actress seen in this vintage real photo postcard (postcard 1) is Ita Rina (1907-1979). Her unusual name is actually a pseudonym. Italina Lida Kravanja was her given name and it’s understandable that she used a shorter and more catchy moniker. Miss Rina was a Slovenian film actress and beauty queen. In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s she was one of the major film stars in Germany and Czechoslovakia. After getting married in 1931 she changed her name to Tamara Dordevic. Rina was a poor student as a child and knew early on that she wanted to be an actress. In 1926 she entered a beauty contest sponsored by a Slovenian magazine and Rina won. She was then slotted to compete in the next level beauty contest but she arrived late and could not participate. No worry though, she was noted by a cinema owner who sent her photograph to German film producer Peter Ostermayer who invited her to Berlin for an audition. In 1927,  Rina went to Berlin without her mother’s permission. She took classes in acting and dancing. She made her debut in the film “What Do Children Hide from Their Parents” (1927). After a number of small film roles, she received some attention for her role in the film “Last Supper” (1928). Her breakthrough occurred in the film “Erotikon (Seduction)” (1929) in which she had a starring role. The film was a great success but upset some moral and Christian organizations for it’s eroticism. Some consider her best role to have been in the Czech sound film “Tonka Sibenice” (1930). Rina received an offer from Hollywood but her husband vetoed it and she decided to stay with her husband. However, she continued her film career until the beginning of World War II. Rina’s IMDB filmography asserts that she appeared in 19 films. Postcard 1 was produced by Iris Verlag. Iris Verlag was the most important Austrian publisher of film star postcards. It operated from Vienna during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The publishing house  Amag (Albrecht & Meister) is listed on the reverse of the card. The postcard is part of a series (no. 5118). The photographer was Kiesel of Berlin.                                                                                                       Postcard 2 features Miss Rina ready for a game of tennis. She is carrying a racquet  as well as a net bag holding three tennis balls. She is truly a fashionista tennis player. Can you imagine Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova playing tennis in this attire? Postcard 2 was published by Ross Verlag and photographed by theatrical photographer Alexander Binder. Binder’s studio was located in Berlin, Germany. The postcard is part of a series (no.5431/1). The card was postmarked in 1931 and has a stamp from Yugoslavia. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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TWO ADORABLE YOUNG PIERROT GIRLS AND A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE

This vintage real photo postcard is absolutely adorable. The card features two cute little girls dressed as Pierrots. A bottle of champagne lies on the floor in front of the children. For those unfamiliar with the word “Pierrot”, the term describes a stock comic character of old French pantomime. Pierrots generally have a whitened face and wear loose white clothes. Printing near the top of the postcard states “Gelukkig Nieuwjaar” or “Happy New Year” in Dutch. The photographer of this lovely image is H. E. Kiesel who operated a studio in Berlin, Germany. The postcard was published by the firm, Regel & Krug, which operated in Leipzig, Germany.  The card is part of a series (no. 4444/5). Regel & Krug were in business from 1894 until 1907. They printed and published postcards and specialized in “Greetings from” cards, real photo cards, and cards that used colorizing and gelatine finish. The firm was established by Friedrich Louis Georg Regel and Sylvester Richard Krug. This postcard has a Belgian stamp and was postmarked in the city of Ghent, a port city in northwest Belgium. The postmark is dated 1912 and was written from one sister to another.   (SOLD)

PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN WITH A SOFT GAZE

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman with a soft gaze. She is wearing a crown of flowers. The photographer of this lovely image is H. E. Kiesel who operated a studio in Berlin, Germany. The postcard was published by the firm, Regel & Krug, which operated in Leipzig, Germany. The city is located in the eastern German state of Saxony. Regel & Krug was in business from 1894 until 1907. They printed and published postcards and specialized in “Greetings from” cards, Real Photo cards, and cards that used colouring and gelatine finish.This postcard is one of those finished cards. The firm was established by Friedrich Louis Georg Regel and Sylvester Richard Krug. Residue on the reverse of this photo postcard reveals that it once resided in a postcard album. The image side of the postcard is in very good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

TWO PORTRAITS OF GERMAN ACTRESS LISSI ARNA (ONE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE CELEBRATED MANASSE STUDIO)

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These vintage real photo postcards feature German actress Lissi Arna (1900-1964). She is known for the films “Harbor Drift” (1929, The Squeeker (1931), and Under the Lantern (1928). She appeared in German silent films and entered US films in 1930. She was an exotic femme fatale in German silents She was married to a doctor in 1939 and the couple lived in Venezuela until his death. She appeared in Hollywood in German language versions of American films. She was in the US for only one year and failed to get significant offers from any of the major studios. In the sound era she gradually lost her popularity and was confined to supporting roles through the 1930’s. The IMDb credits her with 62 films between 1915 and 1962. View the YouTube video below to see Lissi Arne appearing in “Under the Lantern” (1928).The first postcard was published by Ross Verlag as part of a series (no. 4199/2). Miss Arna’s portrait was taken by the Manasse studio which was located in Vienna, Austria. There also was a branch of the studio in Berlin. The Manasse studio was in existence between about 1922 and 1938. The studio was run by Olga Solarics (1896-1969) and her husband Adorja’n von Wlassics (1893-1946). Olga was known for her interest in photographing nudes. The studio flourished in Vienna during the 1930’s. Many of the portraits taken by the studio had an erotic flavor. The studio attracted some of the leading ladies of film and theater. The studio was also involved in producing photographs for advertising. This husband and wife team of photographers were very talented and very successful in their profession.

The second portrait postcard features a somewhat risque photograph of Miss Arna. The photograph reveals her bare back and shoulders as well as as a bare view above her breast. She is flashing a sly smile and smoking a cigarette at the end of a cigarette holder. The photo was taken by German photographer Kiesel in Berlin, Germany. The second postcard (no. 3091/1) is part of the same series as the first postcard. This postcard is published by Ross Verlag (Berlin, Germany).

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