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    24.00 USD

    One of three wonderful risque flapper images produced by Ostra Studio that we just got into the shop. Lots of fun!

    Ostra Studio was operated by two brothers, Jacques and Charles Biederer (though Jacques is more often credited with being the photographer), immigrants to Paris from what was then the Kingdom of Bohemia before 1918, when it became Czechoslovakia.

    The history on them is a bit murky, but they are today (Jacques in particular) probably the best known Parisian producers of fetish photos during the 1920s and 30s. Pretty wild stuff at the time with rubber corsets, masters/slaves, etc., and lots of spanking, but most of the images we've seen seemed to be intent on maintaining a sense of humor as well.

    The two brothers were Jewish, and in the 1940s following the fall of Paris to the Nazis, they were arrested and deported to Auschwitz in Poland. Neither of them survived the Holocaust.

    Ostra Studio cards are much sought after, and though many of their more outré (always wanted to be able to use that word in a sentence :) images are a little out of our line, we do love our risque flappers, and are very pleased to have found this one!

    Great risque card in very nice condition. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully-insured, first class shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will not charge for postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    24.00 USD

    One of three wonderful risque flapper images produced by Ostra Studio that we just got into the shop. Lots of fun!

    Ostra Studio was operated by two brothers, Jacques and Charles Biederer (though Jacques is more often credited with being the photographer), immigrants to Paris from what was then the Kingdom of Bohemia before 1918, when it became Czechoslovakia.

    The history on them is a bit murky, but they are today (Jacques in particular) probably the best known Parisian producers of "fetish" images during the 1920s and 30s. Pretty wild stuff at the time with rubber corsets, masters/slaves, etc., and lots of spanking, but most of the images we've seen seemed to be intent on maintaining a sense of humor as well.

    The two brothers were Jewish, and in the early 1940s following the fall of Paris to the Nazis, they were arrested and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Neither of them survived the Holocaust.

    Ostra Studio cards are much sought after, and though many of their more outré (always wanted to be able to use that word in a sentence :) images are a little out of our line, we do love our risque flappers, and are very pleased to have found this one.

    Great risque card in very nice condition. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully-insured, first class shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will not charge for postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    14.00 USD

    Full disclosure, we try not to list too many "Young Woman with Flowers" images in the shop. There are so many out there, it's a little bit of an overkill on the vintage postcard market. But now and then we find one so very lovely we have to offer it. Really a beautiful portrait, we think, and hope you agree!
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully-insured, first class shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will not charge for postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    14.00 USD

    We found no history on dancer Olga Lumiere. Wonderfully evocative image! The style of dancing Mlle. Olga performed, often called Serpentine dancing, was created by Miss Loie Fuller, iconic figure of the Belle Epoque, a performance art genius and innovator, who took Paris by storm in the 1890s.

    By choosing the stage name Lumiere, Olga not only played off the importance of lighting in serpentine dancing (since the play of colored light on yards and yards of flowing silk was almost integral to the act), but also she might have been drawing an association between herself and the famous filmmakers who produced an early film of serpentine dancing in the late 1890s. So, since so many stage names were pseudonyms, we applaud her clever marketing, but certainly acknowledge that Lumiere may actually have been her name.

    Below is a link to a great short article on serpentine dancing on Wikipedia, and another link to an article on our blog, with lots of information on Serpentine dancing, Miss Loie Fuller, her sister-in-law Ida Pinkney Fuller, and much more.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpentine_dance

    http://redpoulaine.blogspot.com/2013/07/ida-pinckney-fuller-belle-epoque.html

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully-insured, first class shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will not charge for postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    49.00 USD

    Precious surreal image, of a kind that sometimes falls under the category of "spirit photography," but apparently accomplished in the open air, and by the light of day. This could be an image of Cupid and Psyche, or of a "visitation," but in any case it is a superbe example of trick photography of its kind, that must have boggled the minds of, or directly inspired, those who saw it in the early 1900s. Examples of this sort of photograph are quite often rare, and much sought after. We have no way of knowing if there is even another copy of this particular image extant, but are certain it will make a wonderful addition to any collection of the strange and wonderful.

    Posted from Romania to Paris, in 1907, we have no information on the model (or models...hey, what do we know? It could happen! :), or the photographer.

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    90.00 USD

    Gorgeous, hand-tinted nude, circa 1920s. Wonderfully surreal treatment of what we believe was a photo by J. Mandel! The use of the "pochoir" (basically stenciling) technique, is so much fun here. Wonderful condition, with very minor wear to edges and corners. Quite a find, and we are very pleased to share it with you.

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    24.00 USD

    Ernest Louis Desire Le Deley was a well known publisher of postcards in France from 1900 until 1930, when ELD went bankrupt. Thanks to the Metropolitan Postcard Club's publisher list (a fantastic information resource, link below), for this info.

    http://www.metropostcard.com/publishersl.html

    Beautiful long-haired model posing "en collant" (in body stocking). Lovely, subtle, hand coloration of the trompe l'oeil. This is a truly fine example of a risque body stocking image from the "naughty aughties." Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    18.00 USD

    Beautifully hand-tinted German card, that we think is an unattributed Heinrich Traut image, circa 1905. We have seen a number of other cards from this series in the past, and are pretty certain one of them was a signed "Traut" image. This is a particularly nice one. Notice that the strap on her mermaid gown was created by pinning onto the garment, doubled over strands of pearls, and seed pearls. What fun!

    Nice unposted condition. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    22.00 USD

    Most any child knows where mermaids come from, but only rarely are we given the opportunity of glimpsing twin mermaids as they emerge from their cocoon! You see, when the mermaid's husband, the great sea-spider ("How long your legs are, my husband, dear!" "All the better to cuddle you with, my sweet!"), weaves his silken cocoon, the mermaid weeps a single shining tear, the very essence of her heart, into the center of that pearlescent nest, and this, of course, after the appropriate length of time, becomes a mermaid. But sometimes....sometimes (and no one really knows why), the tear of the mermaid splits in two, and that is when a mermaid's tear, her heart's perfect pearl, becomes twin mermaids!

    It's wonderful to see what silly fun Henri Manuel (1874-1947) got up to in the earliest years of his career. When this image was taken, no more than three short years after he and his brother Gaston first opened their studio in Paris, in 1900, who would have guessed that among French photographers, Henri Manuel would soon rise to so august a position? In just a decade, or thereabouts, Manuel would be named the official government photographer of all France! But, in 1903, or so, he was still photographing the antics of twin mermaids! Ah well, c'est la vie! :)

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully insured, first class, shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    24.00 USD

    Okay, no ghosts here, really. Just some friends having a good time at Carnaval, but a little spooky for outlanders like us, when we are not accustomed to those...well...customs! Plain and simply, most of the images we see of Carnaval show us the faces of the subjects! After all, they are having a picture taken and want to be identified. This photo, unlike the usual, lets us imagine the experience of Carnaval when the celebrants are actually masked!

    The RPPC introduces us to the magical, the wonderful and strange, within the context of the everyday. Through the lens of what was often an amateur photographer's camera, we are offered rare, and necessarily singular, glimpses into the experiences of real, long ago, people. We do love them!

    A great card, with incredible detail, but still showing its age with some foxing (those brown age spots) on the back side. Hey, when I'm eighty-something, I might show a little foxing on my backside too :)

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully insured, first class, shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    12.00 USD

    Beautiful amber-tinted image by Superfot of Italy. Posted from the short lived Kingdom of Yugoslavia, in 1926. A really lovely card. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    17.00 USD

    The "big hat," of which the one our model wears is certainly an elegant example, hit the Edwardian fashion scene in 1907, with the opening of "The Merry Widow," a very popular light opera from the original German version, "Die Lustige Witwe."

    Lady Duff-Gordon, broadly known by her "brand" name as the internationally successful couterier, "Lucile," (her first name was, in fact, Lucy), designed a fancy, Gainsborough-esque broad-brimmed hat, dramatically plumed, for the operetta's star, Miss Lily Elsie.

    Though The Merry Widow was hugely popular on the stage, and the waltz of the same name it originated would be greatly loved for decades (and even still today), Mdme. Lucile's Merry Widow hat made an even bigger splash. It caught on almost immediately, and soon stylish women throughout Europe and the Americas were wearing them.

    Lucile was also responsible for streamlining clothing designs to better fit a woman's natural shape, and gentling out the exaggerated "S" curve of the very early 1900s. But, it was Paul Poiret of Paris, another famous fashion designer, who streamlined designs to what was at that time, a "figurative" minimum.

    Monsieur Poiret, who did NOT like big hats, and was heavily influenced by the "costumes orientales" of la Belle Epoque, opened the door to the narrow-bodied "flapper" style, and the bobbed hair to fit the turban, and the cloche hat, that so complimented his designs.

    So, it was "Fare thee well, Raphunzel," "Goodbye Miss Gibson," and "Hello, Boop Boop Ba-doop" :) Well okay, it didn't happen overnight, but it was in large part due to Monsieur Paul Poiret of Paris, that the British born trend of the often elegant, sometimes ridiculously top heavy, Merry Widow hat, though huge (forgive the pun :), from 1907, inevitably bowed to French fashion, and by the beginning of WWI (1914), was mostly being worn only by dear old Aunt Clarice.

    Thank goodness that viewing this all from a distance, we are not bound by any of those then-current trends, and can simply embrace all of it!

    A lovely card in excellent condition. We've not been able to locate any information on the publisher, K.& C.M. with its distinctive zeppelin design logo, but we recognize the beautiful young woman from a number of other "big hat" images, and believe this is a German card. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    22.00 USD

    Love these wonderful Jugendstil images! We believe this is almost certainly an unidentified photo by Munich photographer Heinrich (Henry) Traut.

    Creating with the physical flowers a rigid, highly decorative pattern that might otherwise have been painted onto an Art Nouveau trompe l'oeill produces a very interesting, almost surreal, effect :) So cool!

    Though he certainly made use of a broad array of environments in his images, Heinrich Traut often juxtaposed his models with very concrete, bulky, or harshly angular structures that contrasted dramatically with their natural physical softness.

    Also, when draping his models in the chiton he so often used, the fabric he chose seems to have been less frequently of the soft, silky type often seen in French "costume Grecque" images of the period, and more often a heavily textured cotton (almost like bed sheet material) that held the wrinkles and bends, and we have to believe this was very intentional. It is elements like these, in addition to the overall feel produced by lighting, pose and choice of model, that make us think this is one of Traut's photographs. Do you agree, disagree? We love to hear from you!

    A real treasure, and one of those it's a little difficult for us to let go of. Very nice unposted condition.
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully-insured, first class shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will not charge for postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    33.00 USD

    Lovely risque image! We think this might be an unidentified image of Belle Epoque performer Marietta Ricotti. It is a close resemblance but we can't be certain. See another of her cards in our shop by following the below link:

    shophttps://www.etsy.com/listing/236985506/marietta-ricotti-costumed-in-turban-by?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=ricotti

    A very nice card indeed! Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully-insured, first class shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will not charge for postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    14.00 USD

    Beautiful Pierrot image. Tinted blue, and in very nice, unposted condition, this is one of three Pierrot images we acquired recently out of the same series, published by Alfred Noyer of Paris.
    Our Colombine, with her tight blonde curls might be recognized by some of our customers as a very popular model for French postcards of the 1920s. We find her most often in bathing attire, sometimes in somewhat titillating poses for risque images, but not once have we come across her in a nude image. If anyone has any bio on her, we would be most grateful.

    We put together a pretty sound blog post on Pierrot, barely scratching the surface of the character, really, but a nice introduction, with lots of beautiful images and more. Link below.

    http://redpoulaine.blogspot.com/2012/09/pierrots-origins-can-be-found-in.html

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    14.00 USD

    Beautiful Pierrot image. Tinted blue, and in very nice, unposted condition, this is one of three Pierrot images we acquired recently out of the same series, published by Alfred Noyer of Paris.
    Our Colombine, with her tight blonde curls might be recognized by some of our customers as a very popular model for French postcards of the 1920s. We find her most often in bathing attire, sometimes in somewhat titillating poses for risque images, but not once have we come across her in a nude image. If anyone has any bio on her, we would be most grateful.

    We put together a pretty sound blog post on Pierrot, barely scratching the surface of the character, really, but a nice introduction, with lots of beautiful images and more. Link below.

    http://redpoulaine.blogspot.com/2012/09/pierrots-origins-can-be-found-in.html

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    14.00 USD

    It was while traveling through Saxony by train, that my grandfather, while stretching his legs when his train was stopped, glimpsed a rare species of butterfly. He was still a young man then, only just out of college, and became so distracted by this insect's meanderings through the woodland meadow bordering the track, that he completely forgot himself, wandered a little too far afield, and his train, which had only stopped briefly to take on water, left him behind.

    Well, finding himself afoot and without his luggage, he looked for some sign of a cottage where he might find welcome as it was growing late in the day, but the only sign of human life about, was beyond a dark forest at whose border he now found himself. It was the spire of a church behind a far hill all wreathed in mist.

    As he tells it, with no other prospects in view, he saw nothing for it but to make for that spire, reasoning that where there stood a church, he would likely find a village, and shelter for the night. So off he went, stopping now and then to scoop up a little water from a brook, or nibble at some currants he found growing along his way.

    The forest seemed to go on and on, it was thick with brambles, and the going was slow. So with the day rapidly turning to night, grandfather decided to make camp beside an ancient spring whose water was sweet. It was a lovely place, as he described it once in a letter to me, shaded by the spreading boughs of a large black walnut tree, and it was there he met my grandmother, Hedwig.

    This is a true story! The proof of it is in this very photograph, taken by my grandfather that next morning as grandmother was examining a leaf that had fallen from the very tree under which he'd passed the night. Odd that the tree was gone, and in its place was the fair Hedwig, no? Well, it was a lucky thing indeed, that grandfather was never without his camera.

    Coincidentally, that wood, a dark-some place, shunned by locals as being haunted by spirits, is where my own father was born, beneath that very tree, just nine months later. Family legend has it that he was nursed on the green milk of young black walnuts, til he was old enough to forage for his food like other woodland creatures.

    My grandmother, who had fallen hopelessly in love with grandfather just as he had with her, at the very moment they'd met, was a dryad of sorts, who by the laws of the forgotten gods ruling those tangled woods, was granted a mostly human existence on the rising of the sun, exactly seven years later. Of course, grandfather had been required to remain with her for those entire seven years, never speaking to another human being save his firstborn son, who was not, after all, entirely human.

    They must have made an interesting picture, when they emerged from those woods, my father and his parents. She was wearing, so I've been told, a costume much like that which you see here, but the old gods are not in the habit of giving away outfits to every stray human who happens by, and my father and grandfather had to make due with tunics woven by grandmother out of lichen, moss, and soft green leaves.

    Once they'd escaped the village authorities, who for some reason wanted to place them on trial for violations of certain long out of date church laws, my forbears managed to find shelter among a friendly band of Gypsies, with whom they traveled for as long as my father's skin maintained its greenish tint, and were thus able to save enough money for some ordinary clothing, and to pay their way back home.

    I don't think I need to tell you how unhappy they were when, years after my grandfather had noticed his camera had been lost while traveling with the Gypsies, they found at a local mercantile, a copy of this postcard, made from the original plate of grandmother's portrait. We still have that postcard in a family album, of course, but it was only after a great deal of soul searching that I finally decided to offer this one up for sale in the shop.

    A very nice card in nice condition, posted in France, in 1909. If you decide to buy this one, please treat grandmother Hedwig's image with respect. Grandfather passed away long ago, and Grandmother too, left us, not dying in the ordinary way, mind, but simply being there one day, and gone the next. My children play under her spreading boughs in that lot behind the tool shed. The neighbors stay away from the place though, because the tree, you see, is clearly older than our house, and everyone knows that when the house was built, there was no such tree on our land.
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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    An Aulette is one who plays an Aulos, the ancient Greek musical instrument our model is here pictured as playing. It was not a flute, or a whistle, but a reeded intrument. Archeological evidence suggests it was double reeded like the shawm, or oboe. According to Wikipedia, "Plato associates it with the ecstatic cults of Dionysus and the Korybantes," which certainly fits with the common theme of the Dionysian cult running through so much of Belle Epoque arts and entertainment media. The Wikipedia article also notes that in "The History of Musical Instruments" by Curt Sachs, 1940, the sound of the instrument was reported as being "penetrating, insisting and exciting." That description may not bring the oboe immediately to mind, but we have heard the shawm played a few times by a wonderful group of German folk musicians, Wolgemut, and those adjectives definitely apply to their playing of the shawm.

    We include, for your pleasure, but not for sale, an old postcard image of an ancient Greek or Roman stone image of an aulette.

    Our beautifully hand-colored postcard reflects the obsession of the period with the romance of classical Greece. Many Hermetic mystery organizations, like that of British occultist Dion Fortune, though practicing a Qabbalistic brand of magic, placed a great deal of emphasis on rites of Pan, etc. This is certainly a very magical image!

    A wonderful thing about many of these old Croissant (yes, like the pastry, but referring simply to the crescent moon :) cards, is that the backside is often almost as decorative as the front. Wonderful Art Nouveau decoration.
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

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    Setting: A Victorian Garden

    "Shall I pluck this tiny blossom, Mariette?" whispered Cybelline breathlessly, her pale cheeks flushing with anticipation, "For I confess, my hands do tremble, and I grow quite dizzy at the very prospect. Surely, we have ventured as far in this experiment as we dare,,,"

    "Do not be afraid, dear Cybelline," responded Mariette softly, but with an air of supreme confidence she hoped would embolden her friend. "You have only to pluck it gently, just so."

    "Like this?" ventured Cybelline with evident trepidation.

    "Oh, yes," Mariette responded happily. "You have it now," she encouraged. "Though the fruit of our actions may weigh heavily upon us, our hearts are strong, and besides," she continued. "Our plan was to balance as many of these roses upon our heads, as were left growing on this little bush, making little rose bushes of ourselves. And we have not gone nearly so far as that."

    "Of course you are right, my Dear," Cybelline said, laughing merrily at her friend's clever rejoinder. The lovely bell-like tones thus produced, were joined a moment later by Mariette's laughter as well, resulting in a complex harmony, complimented by the song of a dear little robin, perched in her nest nearby, as both young ladies returned to their innocent game with renewed vigor, and joyous abandon.

    Now you tell one :)

    Unidentified artistes, though the one on the left (from our perspective) closely resembles the artiste Mlle. Marville, and her friend next to her, Mlle. Carmen De Villers.

    No photographer attribution, either, darn it. Really a sweet image, published by Aristophot A.G. out of Leipzig, Saxony, and posted in 1905.
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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    Gabrielle Debrives, also called Gabrielle De Brives (1883-1974), was an actress and singer who was among the regulars at Théâtre des Variétés. In this image, a publicity shot for the 1904 opera Barbe Bleue, in which she played "first page," Mlle. Debrives is costumed in a sumptuously embroidered satin outfit. The sharpness of the image is such that one can practically feel the texture of the cloth, just by looking at it. Her hat is equally amazing, with beautiful plumage. We're certain this image will be of interest to Renaissance costumers. Based on the mentions we have found of her, Mlle. Debrives appeared to specialize in supporting roles, and she seems to have been well-known and respected for her work during her lifetime, although little information has come down to us.

    Bibliothèque nationale de France includes in their collection a copy of "Barbe-Bleue : opéra-bouffe en 3 actes." This was an operetta written by Jacques Offenbach and set to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. The story is based on the 1697 fairy tale "La Barbe bleue," or "Bluebeard" as it's known to most English speakers, by Charles Perrault, one of his darkest and most chilling stories.

    The operetta is a bit lighter than the story upon which it was based, centering on the plight of two lovers, Prince Saphir and the flower-girl Fleurette, who were not part of the original fairy tale, and replacing the outright murder of Bluebeard's wives with a potion that Bluebeard believes kills the women, but which in fact only puts them in a deep sleep. Bluebeard, even before he has "killed" his newest wife, sets his sights upon Fleurette, who has been revealed as the Princess Hermia.

    You can hear the overture to the opera on YouTube at:

    http://youtu.be/XUoH6AIC6Zs?list=RDXUoH6AIC6Zs

    or even listen to the entire opera at:

    http://youtu.be/vmOTOdyxzp0

    There are snippets of the opera from a more modern performance, but we have not been able to find a full production in video.

    Wikipedia tells us that "Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) was a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss, Jr. and Arthur Sullivan. His best-known works were continually revived during the 20th century, and many of his operettas continue to be staged in the 21st. The Tales of Hoffman remains part of the standard opera repertory."

    The extremely prolific Jacques Offenbach wrote a large number of opéras bouffes, a genre of late 19th-century French operetta that is closely associated with him. Opéras bouffes are often comedic or farcical. Barbe Bleue is one of the most famous examples of the genre.

    We are music lovers with very eclectic tastes, which include opera, and this work is new and delightful for us. It is very lively and sweet in it's opening passages, which are playing as we write this.

    You may also be interested to know that Mlle. Debrives appeared in several silent films between 1910 and 1918, one of which, a short comedic film under 10 minutes, "Les timidités de Rigadin," which translates to "A Shy Youth," is available on YouTube at:

    http://youtu.be/aoaxfkzTbZI

    In the film, Mlle. Debrives plays a servant who leads the other servants in partying after their employers leave for a party, ensuring that there is merriment for all.

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    This enchanting image is sharp and clear, with a glossy finish. There is minor wear to the edges and corners, with some slight creasing of the corners, and some tiny dents in the surface of the card which do not detract from the figure, itself. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, the price is the same as for a single card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, due to the costs of international shipping will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

    where we post biographical and historical tidbits, images of cards and photographs for sale, some already sold but remembered fondly, related images of historical interest and sometimes even images of items that have not yet arrived in the shop, but that are expected to arrive soon, as well as coupon codes, links to other related sites, and more!


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