PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL POSING WITH SUPERMODEL SKILLS

This stunning studio photograph features an adorable young girl who appears to be dressed for the beach. She is flashing a beautiful smile. The girl is posing like a supermodel. She is either being directed by a very talented photographer or she is a “natural model”. This photograph measures about 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. The image likely dates back to the 1940’s.

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Published in: on October 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm  Comments (1)  

PORTRAIT OF FOUR YOUNG SIBLINGS IN EAST JORDAN, MICHIGAN (1893 BABY CARRIAGE)

This cabinet card portrait captures four siblings posing for their photograph. There are several things of note in this image. First, the little boy is wearing a plaid double breasted suit as well as a bow tie and pocket chief. The boy’s pants are knicker style. The baby in this photograph is sitting in a baby carriage and appears quite attentive. The two oldest children have a hand on the carriage, keeping it securely in place. The photographer of this image is W. Slocum, who operated a studio in East Jordan, Michigan. Printing below the image indicates that this photograph was taken in 1893.

Published in: on October 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm  Comments (3)  
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TWO PORTRAITS OF FRENCH ACTRESS REGINA BADET

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This vintage real photo postcard features French actress and dancer, Anne Regina Badet (1876-1949). She was a major star of the Opera-Comique in Paris. She made her debut at the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux where she became a principal dancer  She received much acclaim for her portrayal of Conchita Perez in “The Woman and the Puppet (1910)”. This postcard portrait shows her in this role. Her stage acting led her to a brief film career (eleven movies between 1908 and 1922). The Los Angeles Herald (1906) described Badet as the “new Paris pet” and that her dances in the Opera “Aphrodite” had “caused a furor among theater goers. A critic wrote that he went to see the performance because the opera was a “masterpiece” and because he wanted to see the star soprano, Mary Garden, interpretation of her role. Instead, he reports he was most drawn to the performance by Regina Badet.  Miss Badet  retired from stage and screen in the early 1920’s. The photographer of this image is listed on the postcard as “Bert”. I believe that this is a photographer who partnered with celebrated photographer Paul Boyer who is known for his celebrity and theater images. This postcard was published by F. C. & C.     The bottom postcard offers a second portrait of Miss Badet. The pretty actress is wide eyed and wearing a lot of jewelry. The photograph was taken by Henri Manuel (1874-1947). In 1900, Manuel opened a portrait studio in Paris with his brother Gaston. He quickly became renowned for his portraits of politicians, artists, and athletes. His images were used by news agencies . His studio became the largest studio in Paris and it attracted many young photographers who sharpened their skills there. In 1925 the brothers expended their business to include fashion photography. They worked for such designers as Chanel, Patou, and Lanvin. The studio shut down during World War II and many of their photographic plates were destroyed. Manuel was the official photographer for the French government from 1914 through 1944.

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PORTRAIT OF FIVE UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS IN SOMERSWORTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE

This vintage photograph features five uniformed police officers posing for their portrait in Somersworth, New Hampshire. These lawmen appear very serious judging by their expressions. Mustaches must have been in vogue considering that only one of the five men is without one. The photographer of this image was Burton Etter. He was born in 1863 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1881. He married Helen M Mason in 1892. It was his second marriage. His first marriage (1885-1891) ended in divorce. In an 1886 business directory he is listed as an employee in a boot factory. At least by 1892 he was working as a photographer in Dover, New Hampshire. His name appears in Dover directories as a proprietor of a photography studio through 1909. After that time, he moved to San Francisco where he worked as a photographer at least until 1930. He was still alive at the time of the 1940 US census. Photographer guides indicate that Etter had other studios besides the ones in Dover and Somersworth. This is a terrific occupational/police photograph.

Published in: on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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TWO PORTRAITS OF GERMAN ACTRESS VILMA VON MAYBURG (ONE PHOTO BY E. BIEBER)

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A costumed Vilma Von Mayburg poses for her portrait in the top vintage real photo postcard. The beautiful German stage and silent film actress is known for “Die Erbin des Grafen von Monte Christo (1919)”, Der siebente kub (1918)”, and  “Menschen in Ketten (1919)”. Her film career began in 1916.  This postcard was published by “EPA” which is the Albert Phototype Establishment. The company was located in Algers, Algeria.              The second photo postcard shows a standing Miss Mayburg. She is quite pretty and well dressed. She is adorned with flowers and holding a fan. After I purchased this photograph, I had a nice surprise. I realized that the photograph was taken by one of my favorite photographers, Emilie Bieber. She was quite successful and quite talented. Bieber had two studios in Germany; Berlin and Hamburg. The Hamburg studio operated from 1852 through 1872 when she was joined by her nephew, Leonard Berlin-Bieber, Emilie Bieber died in 1884. .

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A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN AND HER BABY IN BERLIN, GERMANY (POST MORTEM?)

This cabinet card portrait features a well-dressed pretty young woman sitting on the floor behind her baby. It is not clear whether this photograph is a post-mortem image. The mother seems to be half smiling and the baby appears awake. In addition, the photograph appears to have been taken at a studio and not at the woman’s residence. Therefore, it is my opinion that this is not a post-mortem image. This cabinet card was produced by the Lemkie studio in Berlin, Germany.

Published in: on October 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm  Comments (1)  
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THREE MEN WEARING BRIMMED HATS IN WAUSA, NEBRASKA

This cabinet card portrait features three men wearing western style fancy clothing. Note their brimmed hats. One wonders if it was a special  occasion that brought these three well dressed men to a photography studio. This image was produced at the Teilborg studio in Wausa, Nebraska. The town’s name “Wausa” begs for an investigation regarding the name’s origin. The town was started in 1882 and was originally named Thorson. A number of Swedish immigrants settled there and in 1885, the town’s name was changed to “Vasa” in honor of the Swedish king (Gustaf Vasa). When the railroad arrived in 1890, the town’s name was changed once again. The town became known as “Wausa”, a combination of the King’s name and the letters “U.S.A”. Preliminary research found no information about this image’s photographer (Teilborg).

Published in: on October 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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ATTRACTIVE BRIDE AND GROOM IN PARC-SAINT-MAUR, FRANCE

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This vintage real photo postcard features a very attractive couple posing for their wedding portrait at the “Photographie des Arts” operated by F. Clement in Parc-Saint-Maur, France. This postcard’s stamp box indicates that it was produced sometime around 1916.The postcard is in excellent condition.
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Published in: on October 6, 2017 at 2:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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ATTRACTIVE FRENCH COUPLE (CARTE DE VISITE)

This carte de visite portrait captures a very attractive and well dressed couple. They are also well-coiffed. The previous owner of this cdv reported that the photograph is of French origin. However there is no evidence on the photograph that confirms that claim.

 

Published in: on October 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  

MAGDA SONJA: AUSTRIAN SILENT FILM ACTRESS

This vintage real photo postcard features Austrian actress Magda Sonja (1886-1974). She was married to film director Friedrich Feher. Her acting career began when she was twenty years of age when she appeared in a production in Vienna. She then appeared in a number of Cabaret performances. She began her silent film career in 1917 in the film “About A Woman”. By 1918 she was a star of Austrian silent films along with Liane Haid. In fact, Sonja was the actress with the most appearances for the very productive Sasch-Film company. Among her films were “The Other Me” (1918), “Don Juan’s Last Adventure” (1918), “The Venus” (1922), and “Drakula halala” (1923). She is considered to have reached the height of her career in (“Mata Hari, The Red Dancer”). The IMDb credits Sonja with appearing in 43 films between 1917 and 1937. Magda Sonja was another actress who’s career cooled off after the advent of sound movies. In 1933, she and her husband emigrated to England to avoid the persecution of Jews. In 1937 they moved to the United States. Sonja was the mother of actor Hans Feher. It is unfortunate that Sonja and her husband had no success in resuming their careers in Hollywood.  This postcard was published by Iris Verlag as part of a series (no, 5021). Logos for “National” and “Mondial-Film appears on the front of the postcard. Mondial-Film was a production company and a film distributor.