ADORABLE LITTLE BOY AND HIS TOY IN MANNHEIM, GERMANY (1926 REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage postcard features a little boy (possibly girl) dressed in cute winter clothing and holding a toy in his right hand. The toy may be a ring. The reverse of the postcard has an inscription indicating that the photograph was taken in 1926 in Mannheim, Germany. In addition, the name of the child may also be included in the inscription. The child’s name is not clearly legible to me, but appears to be “Hilde Marz”.The postcard was produced with scalloped edges.

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Published in: on May 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF PRETTY THEATER ACTRESS AND PLAYWRIGHT GRACE HEYER (PHOTOGRAPHER: JACOB SCHLOSS)

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This cabinet card portrait features stage performer and playwright Grace Heyer. The Internet Broadway Data Base lists Miss Heyer as performing in eleven Broadway shows. Her “Great White Way” career began with “Cyrano de Bergerac” (1900) and ended with “Great Gatsby” (1926). Her photo appears in Munsey’s Magazine (1899) and she is credited with appearing in “The Wife”. Her portrait also appears in Theatre Magazine (1904) where she is described as a “young emotional actress” who has headed her own theater company. The Greenback Magazine (1914) describes Heyer as a “formerly well known actress” whose new play “The Philosopher” was to be introduced by the “Liebler Company”. Miss Heyer looks quite beautiful in this cabinet card image. The photograph is subtly provocative. The profile portrait reveals her partially bare back and her bare neck and in the image her expression can be described as being sultry. This photograph was taken by celebrity photographer Jacob Schloss (1856-1938) in his Manhattan studio. Schloss received his education at the Cooper Union in New York City. He graduated in 1872 as an etcher. He joined Benjamin J. Falk’s photography studio and worked there in the mid 1870’s. He left Falk’s employ to open his own studio (54 West 23rd Street) where like Falk, he specialized in theatrical photography. He tended to favor photographing actresses in costume in front of generic studio furnishings. He produced many cabinet card photographs but also was active in the production of magazine images. By the 1890’s he was particularly known for his photographs of beautiful women, much like photographer Jose Maria Mora. Schloss also was an activist for photographers rights. He was very involved in the movement to copyright images. He sued those who used his photographs without crediting or paying him. He was very involved in national photographer associations and was an active photographer until the 1910’s. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Schloss”.

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Published in: on May 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm  Comments (1)  
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YOUNG FRENCH CYCLIST WEARING HIS BICYCLE CLUB UNIFORM POSES WITH HIS BIKE (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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A young cyclist poses with his bicycle in this vintage real photo postcard. The studio photograph shows the young man wearing the uniform of his bike club (V.C.K.). His bike clothing looks comfortable and clearly facilitates easier riding. Compare his clothing to the cumbersome bicycle clothing seen in photographs of woman of this era. Women clearly had to sacrifice comfort for beauty and modesty.  I believe that this RPPC is of French origin. The logo of the publishing company of the postcard paper has a logo showing a horse and horseshoe (see image or reverse).

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Published in: on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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A DAPPER MAN AND HIS DOG

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This vintage photograph features a dapper man and his dog. The well dressed gentleman is wearing a three piece suit and bow tie. Note his watch fob and pinky ring. The small dark dog is sitting on a wooden chair with a toy (rolled up sock?) beside him. The photographer and locale of his studio is unknown.

 

 

Published in: on May 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BEAUTIFUL BUT NOT SO TALENTED THEATER ACTRESS: NORA KERIN

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The top vintage real photo postcard features actress Miss Nora Kerin (1883-1970) as she appeared in the theatrical production of “The Prince and the Beggar Maid”. The actress is absolutely beautiful as is her costume. The play opened at the Lyceum in June of  1908 and ran for 82 performances. Miss Kerin played Princess Monica. The actress was born in London and her family was chock full of actresses including sister, Eileen Kerin and cousing Julia Neilson, Lily Hanbury, and Hilda Hanbury. Photographs of Miss Neilson and Mis Lily Hanbury can be found elsewhere in the Cabinet Card Gallery. Nora Kerin made her stage debut in 1899. In conducting my preliminary research about Nora Kerin, I was struck by the number of negative reviews of her acting that I encountered. One review concerned her performance as Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”. The production was at the Lyceum Theater in 1908 and the review appeared in London’s “Daily Mail”.  The reviewer wrote “‘Oh, Juliet. Juliet, wherefore art thou Juliet?’ This is, of course, an inversion and a parody; but, seriously, the Juliet of Miss Nora Kerin cannot be taken so. She declaims in the conventional old-fashioned style. She somehow destroys – on the stage – her own personality, and instead of looking the pink of charm and youth (as she is when “taking a call”) she manages to conceal both. Many of her lines were badly spoken, falsely intonated and punctuated. She had moments … melodramatic outbursts … but she is not the personality … she has not the witching simplicity of the real Juliet”. Clearly, Miss Kerin was not a luminary actress of her time. However, she was quite pretty and fifteen portraits of her can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery. The photographer of this postcard image was Rita Martin, a celebrated female photographer. She is considered one of the best British photographers of her time.Her studio was in an exclusive neighborhood at  at 74 Baker Street, Marylebone. She was born Margareta Weir Martin in Ireland.  Margareta “Rita” Martin started her career in photography in 1897 by assisting her elder sister Lallie Charles in running her studio. In 1906 Rita opened her own studio. She had a style of photographing subjects in pale colors against a pure white background and she tended to avoid photographing men and older boys.  Rita had a specialty in photographing actresses including Lily Elsie and Lily Brayton. She was also well known for her child studies which often involved children of well known actresses. Lily’s sister, Lallie Charles was more known as an excellent society photographer. Many of Rita Martin’s photographs can be found in the National Portrait Gallery. A photograph of Rita Martin, by Rita Martin can be seen below. This vintage real photo postcard was produced by the Rotary Photo Company and was part of a series (no. 1796 Z).                                                                                                                                           The second postcard portrait of Miss Kerin is also a good representation of her beauty.     In addition she is wearing a beautiful lace dress and an extraordinary hat. The photographers of this terrific image, Foulsham & Banfield were well known celebrity photographers. Frank Foulsham and A. C. Banfield operated a studio in the 1900’s through the 1920’s. This postcard is part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no. 1796 H) and is of English origin and is postmarked 1907.

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REVERSE OF TOP POSTCARD

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 PORTRAIT OF RITA MARTIN BY RITA MARTIN 

 

 

 

 

PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME MAN AND HIS HANDSOME JACK RUSSELL TERRIER (1932 RPPC)

 

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This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome grey haired older man sitting on a chair with his handsome Jack Russell Terrier sitting on his lap. The well dressed man is reading a magazine. The dog is very alert and seems very interested in whatever he is looking at. The message on the reverse of the postcard indicates that it was written in 1932. I decipher the message as the following. “Much obliged by and am very sorry about the sponges. I shall have to (give coconuts?) this year and hope that by next December contact with the Greek merchants will be restored. Best wishes to you and all your family for Christmas and the New Year.” If any visitors to the Cabinet Card Gallery can improve on my interpreting the handwriting, please do not hesitate to help via a comment. The gentleman had this photograph taken at the Proctor’s Day & Electric Light Studios in Penge, England. Penge is a suburb of southeast London. jack 2

 

 

Published in: on May 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A PRETTY WOMAN WEARING A BATHING SUIT AT THE BEACH IN ORIVAL, FRANCE (1933 REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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A pretty young woman, with her hands on her hips, poses in her bathing suit at a French beach. She flashes a sweet smile at the photographer. Note her bathing cap. An inscription on the reverse of this vintage real photo postcard indicates that the photo was taken in 1933 in Orival, France. Located in the Seine-Maritime department, Orival is in Northern France. The village is in the woods and situated on the banks and cliffs of the river Seine. This image is a particularly nice French beach photo.

 

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Published in: on May 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm  Comments (2)  
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS

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I tend to buy nice cabinet card images by photographers named “Marsh”. I do so because my last name is also “Marsh”. None of the photographers are my relatives because my earlier American ancestors were not named Marsh and the name “Marsh” was an Ellis Island invention. Levi Marsh is the photographer who took the cabinet card portrait above. He operated a studio in Adams, Massachusetts. The North Adams Transcript (1954) described him as a “one-armed photographer”. Levi was born in Canada in 1846 and immigrated to the United States in 1865. He married Blanche Knight Marsh in 1868 and appears to have married again in about 1885 to Elmeda Marsh. He is listed as a photographer in Adams in the 1870, 1880, and 1900 US censuses. Levi Marsh died in Adams in 1901. This cabinet card features a young woman wearing a ruffled  high collar dress. She appears a bit bewildered in this photograph indicating she did not have a great degree of comfort in front of the camera.

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Published in: on May 15, 2016 at 7:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A SCRAPPY SOCCER PLAYER FROM THE 1920’S (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a scrappy looking soccer player wearing his game clothes. The player looks out onto the field and exhibits a great deal of confidence. His steely gaze, his hands on his hips, and his foot firmly atop the soccer ball holding it in place, exudes a sense that this athlete is a warrior. He is daring his opponent to take the ball or the game from him. A vintage postcard with an image of an individual soccer player is relatively rare as opposed to a postcard portrait of an entire soccer team. This postcard is likely from the 1920’s.

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Published in: on May 14, 2016 at 10:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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MR AND MRS SPRINGGAT POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

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Being in San Francisco in the 1880’s or 1890’s was a prime time for exciting and interesting experiences. Mr and Mrs Springgat were in San Francisco during this era and decided to document their presence by having their portrait taken at the Elite Gallery. The reverse of this cabinet card reveals that the studio was operated by Mr. Jones and Mr. Lotz. To view another photograph by this pair’s gallery, click on the category “Photographer: Jones & Lotz”. The reverse of the cabinet card also informs us of the identity of the couple seen in this image. Preliminary research failed to find information about this couple.

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Published in: on May 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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