This postcard features a portrait of a pretty young woman named Rose Edwards. I have been unable to learn anything about her. This card is rare. My research could not locate another postcard featuring Miss Edwards. This card was published by Rotary Photo as part of their “Rotary Photographic Series” (No.1924A). Edwards photo portrait was taken by Alexander Bassano (1829-1913), a leading royal and high society photographer in Victorian London. Given the identity of the publisher and photographer, my best hypothesis is that Miss Edwards was a relatively minor actress, dancer, or singer. However, there is a competing theory. Although improbable, the Rose Edwards featured in this postcard portrait, may be female boxer, Mrs. Rose Edwards. The Library of Congress possesses a photograph of a Mrs Rose Edwards fighting Frl. Kussin in a 1912 boxing match. Miss Rose Edwards, seen on this postcard, does not give the appearance of a boxer. In reality, old female boxing photos reveal that many of the woman who fought in boxing contests were quite pretty and relatively slender, They were not “built” like stereotypical boxers. This vintage postcard has some cornerwear and is in overall good condition (see scans).


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