PORTRAIT OF PRETTY BURLESQUE ACTRESS EDY VAYLAND

The pretty costumed blonde actress featured in this real photo postcard is Edy Vayland. She is wearing a fantastic headdress. This portrait is a bit risque for it’s era. Preliminary research revealed zero information about this Belle Epoque theatre actress. The postcard is from the 1910’s and was published in Italy by A. Traldi from the city of Milan. Traldi operated in Milan from 1902-1918. The publisher concentrated on view cards of Europe and the Middle East. They are also known for a series published that focussed on dogs. Research reveals that they produced a number of postcard portraits of European stage performers. If any visitors to the Cabinet Card Gallery have information about Miss Vayland, please leave a comment to educate the rest of us.

Published in: on July 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF PRETTY FRENCH FILM ACTRESS JOSYANNE

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This vintage real photo postcard features French actress Josyanne (1901-1999) as she appeared in her screen role in the film “Carnelvale di enezia” (1928). The IMDb credits her with 14 film roles between 1924 and 1939 including L’aube de sang (1924), Le costaud des PTT (1931), and Aces of the Turf (1932). This postcard is of Italian origin and was edited by G. B. Falci of Milan. The postcard is part of a series (no. 103). Listed on the front of the photograph is the name Stefano Pittaluga (1887-1932). He was an Italian film producer credited with helping revive the Italian film industry in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. He began as an owner of cinemas and than expanded to become a powerful distributor of Hollywood movies. Pittaluga further grew his business by becoming a major film producer.

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Published in: on January 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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GISELLA POZZI: BEAUTIFUL SILENT FILM ACTRESS WEARING A BUTTERFLY DRESS

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One thing is for certain is that Gisella Pozzi is a very pretty woman. However, my knowledge about the details of her life is very uncertain. Preliminary research indicates that she was an Italian silent film actress. Some sources report that she was also a theater actress. I have just written everything I know about Gisella Pozzi. More research is needed. What do you think of her dress and hat? I think she looks terrific. I especially like the butterfly on front of her dress. This vintage real photo postcard was made in Italy and produced by Fotocelere. Fotocelere was active between 1915 and 1942 and published postcards across a wide range of genres. The company must have decided it would be attractive to include her faux autograph across her image. I respectfully disagree.

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Published in: on December 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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ITALIAN CABINET CARD FEATURING A MOTHER AND HER YOUNG DAUGHTER

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This cabinet card portrait is an immigrant to the Cabinet Card Gallery from somewhere in Italy. The image features a young mother with her arm affectionately around the shoulders of her adorable daughter. Mom is holding a fan and the daughter is holding a small purse. Both the mother and daughter share intense expressions though the daughter is also displaying a wide-eyed questioning look at the photographer. Neither the subjects in this image or the photographer are identified on this well posed cabinet card.

Published in: on December 8, 2014 at 10:54 am  Comments (3)  
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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN RIVA, ITALY

A pretty young woman poses for her cabinet card portrait at the studio of Augusto Baroni in Riva, Italy. The town of Riva is located in northern Italy in the province of Trentino. The town is formally known as Riva del Garda. The subject of this photograph is wearing a heavy chain necklace with a locket. She is wearing a beautiful dress. Her very thin waist is likely the result of a corset.

Published in: on February 26, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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THEODOR MOMMSEN: GERMAN CLASSICAL SCHOLAR, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER AND MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

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Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903) is pictured in the Cabinet card photographed by Giacomo Brogil in Firenze, Italy. Mommsen was a German classical scholar, historian, jurist, journalist, politician, archaeologist, and writer.  He is considered the greatest classicist of the 19th century. He was a great scholar of Roman History. He won the Nobel Prize in 1902. He was a member of the German and Prussian Parliaments. Mark Twain wrote of meeting him on his European tour of 1892. The photograph is from the Photographs of Celebrities collection of Charles L Ritzmann.

TURN OF THE CENTURY ITALIAN FAMILY POSES IN PAOLA, ITALY

family-in-italyThis cabinet card features an Italian family posing for a photographer at the turn of the century in Paola, Italy. Father and mother are seen posing with their four daughters and one son. Dad appears to be holding a cigar and the family is flanked by a flowering plant on one side and a rocking horse on the other side (next to the boy).

Published in: on May 3, 2009 at 9:39 pm  Comments (5)  
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