BARBARA DARROW : FILM AND TELEVISION ACTRESS : SCI FI

This vintage real photo postcard features film and television actress, Barbara Darrow (1931-2018). Geography and Genetics must have made it Darrow’s destiny to be an actress. Her father was a motion-picture landscape artist and her mother was a former silent film actress. In addition, she was born in Hollywood and graduated from Hollywood High School. Barbara was a model and that work led to her receiving film contract offers. In 1950, she signed a seven year contract with RKO studios. She made mainly B movies during the 1950’s decade. These movies included “The Monster that Challenged the World” and “Queen of Outer Space”. She also appeared in episodes of popular television shows of the 50’s. In 1956, she married Thomas David Tannenbaum. He was a talent agent at MGM, and later, became the founding president of Viacom. One of her children was married to Bobby Darrin’s son. Barbara’s sister was a model and married tennis great, Pancho Gonzalez. The IMDB credits Barbara with 27 television and movie appearances between 1950 and 1977. This postcard was published by Kores and is part of a series of 100 portraits published for Paramount Pictures in 1956.  SOLD

ESTHER RALSTON: TALENTED FILM AND EARLY TELEVISION ACTRESS

This vintage real photo postcard features beautiful actress Esther Ralston (1902-1994). She was born in Bar Harbor, Maine and was active in acting between 1915 an 1962. Her career started while she was still a child. She appeared in a family vaudeville act called “The Ralston Family with Baby Esther, America’s Youngest Juliet”. By the time she was 18, she was appearing in silent films including “Huckleberry Finn” (1920) and “Peter Pan” (1924). In the late 1920’s she appeared in many films for Paramount Pictures. She was successful enough to earn as much as eight thousand dollars per week Although she received good reviews for dramatic roles, Ralston primarily appeared in comedies, often in the role of spirited society girls. Esther’s image was initially “wholesome and fun-loving”. Florenz Ziegfeld Jr repackaged her as “The American Venus” after she appeared in the role of a beauty queen in the film, “American Venus” (1926). Miss Ralston made a successful transition to sound pictures but by the mid 1930’s she was usually appearing in supporting roles. Her final starring role was in “To the Last Man (1933) and her final film was “Tin Pan Alley (1940). That same year she retired from film and focused on stage and radio through the 1940’s. With the advent of television, Ralston spent time appearing in this new medium. Esther Ralston was married three times and divorced three times. All of her husbands worked in the entertainment industry. The imdb lists Ralston as having 108 credits as an actress. She certainly made an impact in the entertainment world and this is reflected by the fact that she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Esther Ralston’s obituary can be found at the web site of  “The Independent”. The obituary states that she was a “captivating blond beauty with an engaging sense of humor”. The article tells the story of Ralston’s reaction to co-starring with Clara Bow and Gary Cooper in “Children of Divorce” (1927) while Bow and Cooper were having an affair. In regard to Clara Bow, Ralston stated “I didn’t really dislike her, but she was pretty loose and I’d been brought up differently”. This photo postcard was pubished by Ross Verlag, a postcard publishing company based in Berlin, Germany. The postcard was produced for Paramount Pictures and is part of a series (No. 3393/1).