RISQUE PORTRAIT OF FILM STAR INEZ VAN BREE (PHOTO BY ESTEEMED PHOTOGRAPHER: ERNST SCHNEIDER)

This vintage real photo postcard is one of the more risque Ross Verlag postcards in the Cabinet Card Gallery. The postcard is of German origin and is part of a series (no. 1581/1). It was published between 1927 and 1928. Preliminary research found little information about Inez Van Bree. A defunct University of Toronto website labels Miss Bree as a silent movie siren/star. The photographer of this portrait appears to be Ernst Schneider and the photograph was taken in Berlin, Germany. Research about Mr Schneider yielded a great deal of information. He was considered to be one of the most celebrated studio photographers in Berlin during three decades (1900’s, 1910’s, 1920’s. He photographed many celebrities from the world of theater, opera, circuses, and film. He was also one of the most prominent fashion photographers in Berlin. In addition, he was well known for his nude photography and he published books showcasing his work in this domain. Sometime around 1908 Schneider began working with postcard publishers “Rotophot” and “Neue Photographische Gesellschaft” (NPG). In 1919 he began working with Ross Verlag.

 

 

 

 

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GORGEOUS WOMAN HOLDS VASE ATOP HER HEAD (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a most gorgeous woman posing with a vase atop her head. The woman is absolutely beautiful and her eyes are amazingly seductive. She is dressed in a tight gown and exposing a small amount of her ankle. The postcard was produced by the German company G. Gerlach.

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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN AND HER TINY CHIHUAHUA IN GERA, GERMANY

A middle aged woman poses for her portrait at the studio of Gustav Fuchs in Gera, Germany. On the table next to the woman sits her cute little chihuahua wearing a harness and what looks like a dog tag. This dog is not only a miniature, but it is a miniature miniature. The woman appears to be holding back a smile. Note her pocket watch, or locket, which is hanging on a chain and resting on her midriff. The discoloration on the reverse of the photograph likely derives from the photo sitting in a frame for many decades.

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THREE COUPLES AT A TABLE ENJOYING COFFEE AND CAKE IN MEERANE, GERMANY.

This cabinet card features an unusual and interesting setting. The photographer, Max Blum captured a close-up view of three well dressed couples sitting, or standing around a table, having coffee (tea?) and cake. The cake appears to be a Bundt Cake. Most of the cabinet cards that I have seen that are similar to this photograph, involve children having a tea party. The Blum Studio was located in Meerane, Germany. The town of Meerane is located in the Zwickau district of Saxony, Germany. The reverse of this photograph has a printed list of awards that Max Blum earned for his photographs. Two of these prizes were earned in 1900 which reveals that this photograph was taken during, or shortly after that year.

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PORTRAIT OF AN AUSTERE GENTLEMAN WITH A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE AND WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS

This vintage real photo postcard features a family posing for their portrait and a photographer’s studio. The backdrop in this photograph is quite detailed. All four family members are well dressed. The two daughters are wearing similar but not identical dresses. The father in this family seems quite severe. He is also fashionable and well coiffed. Note his handlebar mustache. The writing on the reverse of this postcard is in German and from the best I can tell, the writer is simply sending greetings to someone.

HAND TINTED REAL PHOTO POSTCARD PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG GIRL

This real photo postcard portrait features a pretty long haired young girl wearing a fancy colorful hat. The hat is trimmed with pink ribbon. The postcard is an Oranotypie. An Oranotypie is a trade name for a type of glossy real photo postcard published by NPG at the beginning of the 20th century. NPG was a German publisher located in Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany. The postcard was written in 1908 and has a postmark from Villar-les-Dombes, France.

CARTE DE VISITE PORTRAIT OF A LADY AND A ROSE IN BERLIN

This carte de visite portrait features a pretty woman holding a rose. The woman is holding a book in her other hand. She is wearing an abundance of jewelry and a very aloof expression. The photographer who produced this cdv is Joseph Alfred Lehmann and his studio was located in Berlin, Germany.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN HAMBURG, GERMANY (1919)

The well-dressed woman seen in this vintage real photo postcard portrait is pretty and also appears quite poised. She is wearing a couple of rings on her left hand as well as a wristwatch. Printing on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the photographer was Heinrich Haas and his studio was in Hamburg, Germany. The date of this photograph is 1919 according to writing on the message portion of the postcard.

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TWO PORTRAITS OF GERMAN ACTRESS VILMA VON MAYBURG (ONE PHOTO BY E. BIEBER)

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veiled actress 4                                                                            Postcard 2

 

veiled actress 5                                                                        close up of postcard 2

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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PORTRAIT OF FOUR WORLD WAR I PRISONERS OF WAR I HELD AT POW CAMP IN KONIGSBRUCK, GERMANY

Some images are very effective at capturing history. This real photo postcard is one of those historic photographs. The image features World War I prisoners of war held at Camp Konigsbruck. The POW camp held Serbian, Russian, and French prisoners of war. The camp held about 15,000 captives. I am unsure if this photo shows four prisoners or two prisoners and two guards (the men wearing heavy coats).  One of the possible “guards” is wearing a red cross armband. Note the high barbed wire fence in the background. This photograph was taken sometime around 1916. Konigsbruck is a town in the German state of Saxony. It is located only 17 miles from Dresden.

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