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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BEAUTIFUL SILENT FILM STAR XENIA DESNI AND HER JUMBO TEDDY BEAR

This vintage real photo postcard features actress Xenia Desni (1894-1962) snuggling with a large teddy bear. Miss Desni is beautiful and this photograph is a bit risque for it’s era. She has pretty eyes and a wonderful smile. Miss Desni was born in the Russian Empire and she and her family fled the Russian Revolution to Constantinople, which was in the Ottoman Empire. She began acting and dancing in vaudeville there and than moved to Berlin where she became involved in films. She began her career by appearing in the movie “Sappho” (1921). This was followed by a number of other film successes. The IMDb credits her with 33 acting roles between 1921 and 1940. She is most identified with “Leap Into Life” (1924),  “Der rosa Diamant” (1926)  and “The Tower of Silence” (1925). The introduction of sound movies, (she only appeared in one)  led to the death of her career. Xenia Desni was the mother of Tamara Desni, a star of British films in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The Cabinet Card Gallery has a photograph of Tamara Desni (1913-2008) which can be seen by placing her name in this blog’s search box. The photographer of this portrait is the Willinger studio which was located in Vienna. Laszlo Josef Willinger (1909=1989) was a Jewish-German photographer known for his portrait photography of movie stars and celebrities. This area of concentration began in 1937. His mother, Margaret Willinger was also a photographer. Her work included photographs of theatrical stars. Laszlo Willinger established studios in Paris (1929) and Berlin (1931). At the age of 23, he left Berlin (1933) with the rise of Adolf Hitler and relocated to Vienna, Austria. He began photographing celebrities including Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, Marlene Dietrich, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Jung. Willinger was invited by studio photographer, Eugene Robert Richee to move to the United States and in 1937, he settled in Los Angeles, California. He then opened a photo studio in Hollywood and sold many of his photographs to magazines and other periodicals. He produced many magazine covers of popular stars. Among the stars he photographed were Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Fred Astaire. Interestingly, toward the end of his career, he was accused of stalking some celebrities, including Charlie Chaplin. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany and is part of a series (no. 1661/1).

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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MISS PAULETTE: RISQUE PORTRAIT OF AN EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS

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The beautiful woman seen on this vintage real photo postcard is Miss Paulette. I have been unable to find biographical information about her. The former owner of this photo postcard identified her as Miss Paulette and stated she performed in Paris at the Folies Bergere, a cabaret music hall established in 1869. This portrait of the actress is risque for it’s era but it is certainly tastefully done. In an attempt to identify this actress, I came across the five postcards seen below. I believe that the pretty woman seen in the postcard above is Paulette Del Baye although I lack any concrete convincing evidence. This postcard has a German stamp that is postmarked in Rixdorf (a neighborhood in Berlin). The card was postmarked 1912.  The postcard was published by Neue Photographische Gesellschaft (NPG) which was located in Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany.The company was in business between 1894 and 1948. It was founded by Arthur Black (1862-1943) and it became one of the most well known and largest companies involved in the production of postcards.

 

Vintage French RPPC Postcard Artist Stage Star Miss Paulette   Paulette

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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN WEARING AN UNUSUAL HAT

This vintage real photo postcard features a woman wearing an unusual hat. I am thinking that the millinery designer of this hat designed it in the fog of a bad hangover, or perhaps the woman in the photograph wore the hat into the woods and exited with a branch stuck through her hat. In addition, the branch appears to be hosting one leaf and a caterpillar tent. The subject of this photograph is wearing a winter coat and a nice pursed smile. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.  The identity of the hatted woman and the studio that took the photograph are unknown.

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BETTY BALFOUR: “BRITAINS QUEEN OF HAPPINESS” (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

 

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Have you ever heard of Betty Balfour? You would definitely know who she was if you lived in England during the silent film era because she is considered the most popular actress there during the 1920’s. She was known as the “British Mary Pickford” and “Britain’s Queen of Happiness”. Her fans knew her best for her “Squibs” series of films. Betty Balfour (1903-1977) was also known for her stage career. She made her stage debut in 1913 and worked in theater for several years before entering the film industry. She did not attempt to extend her career to Hollywood  but she did star in a number of German films. In Britain she starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Champagne” (1928). Her sound era debut was in “The Nipper” (1930), Her popularity began to drop in the 1930’s though she still was getting film roles. In all, she appeared in more than 35 films. Balfour was married to composer Jimmy Campbell but the marriage fell apart in 1941 after a ten year run. She attempted a theater comeback in 1952 but it failed. She died in Weybridge, Surrey, England at the age of seventy-four. This vintage real photo postcard was produced by Picturegoer as part of a series (no. 2a). The company was based in London. Picturegoer was a British fan magazine focussing on contemporary films and the actors and actresses who performed in them. Picturegoer also published postcards. In fact, they produced over 6500 different real photo postcards on 2000 actors and actresses.

The second real photo postcard see here is of unknown origin. The publisher is not identified nor is the photographer. Interestingly, just as in the first image, Miss Balfour is wearing pearls. She certainly was quite pretty.

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SILENT FILM STAR SANDRA MILOVANOFF

This real photo vintage postcard features actress Sandra Milovanoff (1892-1957). Although she was Russian born, she was known for her roles in French cinema, particularly during the silent era. Milovanoff was very passionate about classical dance and attended a number of dance schools in St. Petersburg. She then joined the dance company of Anna Pavlova. She toured varied European cities but left Russia in 1917 in order to flee the Bolshevik Revolution. She went with her family to Monte Carlo where she played a small role in a film. She was noticed by French director Louis Feuillade who began using her in films. She had much success in film until the arrival of sound movies which basically destroyed her career. The IMDb credits her with 28 film roles between 1917 and 1950. Her films include “Les Miserables” (1925), “My Crimes After Mein Kampf” (1940), and “The Private Life of an Actor” (1948). A sample of her work can be seen in the video seen below (“In The Night” (1929) starring Sandra Milovanoff and Charles Vanel). This postcard was published by Cinemagazine in Paris, France and is part of a series (No. 114).

PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG AND PRETTY WOMAN IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (PHOTO BY JULIETTA STUDIO)

A pretty young woman, holding a bouquet of flowers, poses for her portrait at a studio in Bucharest, Romania. Printing on the reverse of this real photo postcard reveals that the photographer was Julietta, an appointed  photographer of Romania’s royal court. This postcard is dated 1914.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY

A pretty young woman sits on a bench and has her photographic portrait taken at the New York Studio in Passaic, New Jersey. She is wearing a watch, ring, and some type of fur animal. This vintage real photo postcard was produced by Defender.

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FAUX NUDE PORTRAIT OF CABARET ARTISTE NINETTE D’ARVILLE (PHOTO BY LUCIEN WALERY)

This vintage real photo postcard is racy for it’s time. The postcard features French cabaret artiste Ninette d’Arville. She is wearing a body stocking that is aimed at simulating nudity. Preliminary research found no biographical information about Miss D’arville. However, investigation did reveal that this postcard is part of a series that shows the actress in the same body stocking but assuming a number of different poses. The image utilized in this postcard was produced by photographer Lucien Walery. He was a celebrated Paris photographer known for his portraits of artists and cabaret dancers from the city’s music halls. He is very well known for his portraits of Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. Walery did a lot of work in the genre of nude/erotic photography. He photographed the beautiful women of Paris between the early 1900’s and the 1920’s.

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