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    36.00 USD

    Beautiful card by Raphael Kirchner from during the period he spent in Paris.

    This card was glued into an album at some point, and whoever removed it left plenty of evidence of this attached to the back side. For this reason, while the card is in otherwise very nice condition, we are listing it at a very low price. Please examine our high res scans carefully for detail.

    For more on Kirchner, please read the wonderful summary below, that we found on the website ArtHistory.net. We usually write our own listings, but this is great. Informative, concise, and we certainly couldn't have done it better!



    "Introduction to the Artist Raphael Kirchner
    By ArtHistory.net



    Vienna-born artist Raphael Kirchner was born in 1876. Influenced by Aubrey Beardsley’s Art Nouveau style, Kirchner has often been compared to the artist Alphonse Mucha who also primarily painted women. But while Mucha went on to focus on poster art, Kirchner designed postcards during what has been dubbed “The Golden Age of Postcards.” Women in Kirchner designs were usually garbed scantily (though elegantly) and shown sitting at their vanities or lounging on beds. Some are simply smelling flowers or playing an instrument like a harp.

    Not much is known about Kirchner’s private life. While in Vienna, he painted portraits for wealthy Viennese clients. He later moved to Paris (around 1900) where he illustrated for the magazine La Vie Parisienne. This popular French magazine famously featured other well-known artists like Georges Barbier and Georges Leonnec. The magazine became infamous for its risqué, yet tasteful illustrations of women. Kirchner’s illustrations for the magazine led to his career designing more than one thousand illustrated postcards featuring mostly women.

    Most of Kirchner’s women are based on his wife Nina who modeled for him. Many of Kirchner’s designs demonstrated a strong Japanese influence as best evidenced by his Geisha series of illustrations. While in Paris Kirchner continued to do portrait work and illustrate for other magazines. Kirchner’s illustrations of Paris life became very popular—especially as he portrayed its sensual side in bars and fashionable bedrooms. His depictions of women, while erotic, are also exquisitely lovely. Like Mucha, Kirchner portrayed women as essentially beautiful—sometimes ethereally so.

    Kirchner moved to the United States around 1914. His postcards became particularly sought after during WWI by soldiers on both sides of the war. Art historians credit Kirchner’s postcards as revealing the first pin up girls. Soldiers collected Kirchner’s postcard beauties and hung them in the trenches. Kirchner’s war postcards were less draughtsmanlike than his earlier designs and also more directly sensual. These erotic postcards were soldiers’ favorites and their popularity during these war years influenced the work of later pin up artists. While in New York, Kirchner also worked as a theatre costume designer as well as a portrait artist.

    Kirchner died in 1917. His wife and main model Nina attempted suicide after his death. Subsequent accounts of her life suggest she went mad with excessive drug use. Kirchner portrayed his wife so often that it would be impossible to ignore their artist and muse-like relationship. His portrayals of Nina suggest enchantment, beauty, and certainly love. Kirchner’s postcards are among the most highly collectable. His rarest designs are extremely valuable and continue to fetch large sums at auction."

    Here is a link to ArtHistory.net:

    http://www.arthistory.net/artists/raphaelkirchner/raphaelkirchner1.html

    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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    36.00 USD

    Beautiful card by Raphael Kirchner from during the period he spent in Paris.

    This card was glued into an album at some point, and whoever removed it left plenty of evidence of this attached to the back side. For this reason, while the card is in otherwise very nice condition, we are listing it at a very low price. Please examine our high res scans carefully for detail.

    For more on Kirchner, please read the wonderful summary below, that we found on the website ArtHistory.net. We usually write our own listings, but this is great. Informative, concise, and we certainly couldn't have done it better!



    "Introduction to the Artist Raphael Kirchner
    By ArtHistory.net



    Vienna-born artist Raphael Kirchner was born in 1876. Influenced by Aubrey Beardsley’s Art Nouveau style, Kirchner has often been compared to the artist Alphonse Mucha who also primarily painted women. But while Mucha went on to focus on poster art, Kirchner designed postcards during what has been dubbed “The Golden Age of Postcards.” Women in Kirchner designs were usually garbed scantily (though elegantly) and shown sitting at their vanities or lounging on beds. Some are simply smelling flowers or playing an instrument like a harp.

    Not much is known about Kirchner’s private life. While in Vienna, he painted portraits for wealthy Viennese clients. He later moved to Paris (around 1900) where he illustrated for the magazine La Vie Parisienne. This popular French magazine famously featured other well-known artists like Georges Barbier and Georges Leonnec. The magazine became infamous for its risqué, yet tasteful illustrations of women. Kirchner’s illustrations for the magazine led to his career designing more than one thousand illustrated postcards featuring mostly women.

    Most of Kirchner’s women are based on his wife Nina who modeled for him. Many of Kirchner’s designs demonstrated a strong Japanese influence as best evidenced by his Geisha series of illustrations. While in Paris Kirchner continued to do portrait work and illustrate for other magazines. Kirchner’s illustrations of Paris life became very popular—especially as he portrayed its sensual side in bars and fashionable bedrooms. His depictions of women, while erotic, are also exquisitely lovely. Like Mucha, Kirchner portrayed women as essentially beautiful—sometimes ethereally so.

    Kirchner moved to the United States around 1914. His postcards became particularly sought after during WWI by soldiers on both sides of the war. Art historians credit Kirchner’s postcards as revealing the first pin up girls. Soldiers collected Kirchner’s postcard beauties and hung them in the trenches. Kirchner’s war postcards were less draughtsmanlike than his earlier designs and also more directly sensual. These erotic postcards were soldiers’ favorites and their popularity during these war years influenced the work of later pin up artists. While in New York, Kirchner also worked as a theatre costume designer as well as a portrait artist.

    Kirchner died in 1917. His wife and main model Nina attempted suicide after his death. Subsequent accounts of her life suggest she went mad with excessive drug use. Kirchner portrayed his wife so often that it would be impossible to ignore their artist and muse-like relationship. His portrayals of Nina suggest enchantment, beauty, and certainly love. Kirchner’s postcards are among the most highly collectable. His rarest designs are extremely valuable and continue to fetch large sums at auction."

    Here is a link to ArtHistory.net:

    http://www.arthistory.net/artists/raphaelkirchner/raphaelkirchner1.html

    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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    22.00 USD

    This is a beautiful card produced by Raphael Kirchner, and published by M.M.Vienne.

    If you feverishly research your cards, as we do, you may at some point be led astray by the text on the back of this one, "M.M. Vienne." This is not a person's name, but rather, M.M. are the publisher's initials, and Vienne, the city of origin, Vienna, as in Austria, where the card was published. M. M. stands either for Max Munk, or Marcus Munk, as even this depends upon your source of information. Ostensibly reliable sources come out on both sides of this one. But, M.M. Vienne, is definitely NOT the artist's name, which is a very common error you may find repeated elsewhere.

    Of course we hate to admit it, but we have definitely wandered down the wrong path more than once when researching our cards, following well meaning researchers, dealers, bloggers, who themselves had been misled before us, so that only later do we discover that so and so was not an opera singer, but a stage actress of a different generation, or that thus and such was not the name of a photographer, but instead, the name of a district in a European city.

    This interwebs is tricksy,
    Slick and sluice, its quags and mires.
    Wander wary, lest ye slipsy,
    Down the deepsome danks and dires!

    Apologies to Lewis Carroll :)

    Munk published almost countless illustrated images of beautiful women in Art Nouveau style by a large number of artists. Probably the most commonly seen Munk ladies were done by the great Raimund Wichera, who today has faded somewhat into obscurity. Raphael Kirchner, on the other hand, has grown if not more widely known than he was at the height of his popularity in the early 1900s, certainly more collectible, and valued in terms of the artistic quality of his work. Cards out of this particular series are, like many of Wichera's "M.M. Vienne" cards, unsigned, but it has been long established that this series was produced by Raphael Kirchner.

    There are a couple of tiny chips out of this card, at one corner, and along the edge, and the card is priced accordingly. The image of the lovely young woman is NOT embossed, though it may appear to be in the scan, and the crimping along the edges was decoratively intentional, and appears on almost all cards out of this series we've found.
    Please examine our high res scans carefully for detail.

    For more on Kirchner, please read the wonderful summary below, that we found on the website ArtHistory.net. We usually write our own listings, but this is great. Informative, concise, and we certainly couldn't have done it better!



    "Introduction to the Artist Raphael Kirchner
    By ArtHistory.net



    Vienna-born artist Raphael Kirchner was born in 1876. Influenced by Aubrey Beardsley’s Art Nouveau style, Kirchner has often been compared to the artist Alphonse Mucha who also primarily painted women. But while Mucha went on to focus on poster art, Kirchner designed postcards during what has been dubbed “The Golden Age of Postcards.” Women in Kirchner designs were usually garbed scantily (though elegantly) and shown sitting at their vanities or lounging on beds. Some are simply smelling flowers or playing an instrument like a harp.

    Not much is known about Kirchner’s private life. While in Vienna, he painted portraits for wealthy Viennese clients. He later moved to Paris (around 1900) where he illustrated for the magazine La Vie Parisienne. This popular French magazine famously featured other well-known artists like Georges Barbier and Georges Leonnec. The magazine became infamous for its risqué, yet tasteful illustrations of women. Kirchner’s illustrations for the magazine led to his career designing more than one thousand illustrated postcards featuring mostly women.

    Most of Kirchner’s women are based on his wife Nina who modeled for him. Many of Kirchner’s designs demonstrated a strong Japanese influence as best evidenced by his Geisha series of illustrations. While in Paris Kirchner continued to do portrait work and illustrate for other magazines. Kirchner’s illustrations of Paris life became very popular—especially as he portrayed its sensual side in bars and fashionable bedrooms. His depictions of women, while erotic, are also exquisitely lovely. Like Mucha, Kirchner portrayed women as essentially beautiful—sometimes ethereally so.

    Kirchner moved to the United States around 1914. His postcards became particularly sought after during WWI by soldiers on both sides of the war. Art historians credit Kirchner’s postcards as revealing the first pin up girls. Soldiers collected Kirchner’s postcard beauties and hung them in the trenches. Kirchner’s war postcards were less draughtsmanlike than his earlier designs and also more directly sensual. These erotic postcards were soldiers’ favorites and their popularity during these war years influenced the work of later pin up artists. While in New York, Kirchner also worked as a theatre costume designer as well as a portrait artist.

    Kirchner died in 1917. His wife and main model Nina attempted suicide after his death. Subsequent accounts of her life suggest she went mad with excessive drug use. Kirchner portrayed his wife so often that it would be impossible to ignore their artist and muse-like relationship. His portrayals of Nina suggest enchantment, beauty, and certainly love. Kirchner’s postcards are among the most highly collectable. His rarest designs are extremely valuable and continue to fetch large sums at auction."

    Here is a link to ArtHistory.net:

    http://www.arthistory.net/artists/raphaelkirchner/raphaelkirchner1.html

    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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    16.00 USD

    Two very nice Mignons in this lot. Lovely, soft hand-tinted images. Thin, delicate, but resilient, paper. Minor wear to edges and corners, please examine our high res scans for detail.

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    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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    17.00 USD

    From the wonderful series of French postcards, "Croissants de Lune," or
    "Crescent Moons." In this image, Pierrot and Colombine embrace.

    To learn a little more about Pierrot and his friends, just follow the link below to our blog, where you can read about Pierrot's origins in renaissance Italy, his popularity in France, enjoy a number of images of Pierrot and Colombine on postcards and other works of art, and listen to a beautiful aria from a famous opera inspired by Pierrot.

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

    Although we couldn't find an appropriate piece of "Moon music" to offer you dating back to early 1900s France, we did find a rather moony number performed by Cliff Edwards and his ukelele, and we hoped you might enjoy listening to it, just for fun!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQHOe9JP2tw

    By its undivided back (a printing practice that went by the wayside in 1904
    in France and in 1906 in the USA, we can place this card as having been
    printed at the latest in 1904, but probably a bit closer to 1900.

    This was a very beloved series of cards in early 1900s France, so they are not that terribly hard to find, but it is not often we come across these in
    such nice, unposted condition. On this one, the light-sensitive silver
    bromide used in the photo printing process has, over the last 110 years,
    partially migrated to the surface of the print, a phenomenon commonly known as "silvering," that for us always adds a bit of romance to an antique photograph and in this particular case, can't help but evoke the magic of moonlight :)
    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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    17.00 USD

    From the wonderful series of French postcards, "Croissants de Lune," or
    "Crescent Moons." In this image, the two lovers are at rest, momentarily safe from the machinations of sneaky Harlequin..

    To learn a little more about Pierrot and his friends, just follow the link below to our blog, where you can read about Pierrot's origins in renaissance Italy, his popularity in France, enjoy a number of images of Pierrot and Colombine on postcards and other works of art, and listen to a beautiful aria from a famous opera inspired by Pierrot.

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

    Although we couldn't find an appropriate piece of "Moon music" to offer you dating back to early 1900s France, we did find a rather moony number performed by Ruth Etting, and we hoped you might enjoy listening to it, just for fun!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdJpFZU2LHA

    By its undivided back (a printing practice that went by the wayside in 1904
    in France and in 1906 in the USA, we can place this card as having been
    printed at the latest in 1904, but probably a bit closer to 1900.

    This was a very beloved series of cards in early 1900s France, so they are not that terribly hard to find, but it is not often we come across these in
    such nice, unposted condition. On this one, the light-sensitive silver
    bromide used in the photo printing process has, over the last 110 years,
    partially migrated to the surface of the print, a phenomenon commonly known as "silvering," that for us always adds a bit of romance to an antique photograph and in this particular case, can't help but evoke the magic of moonlight :)
    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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    17.00 USD

    From the wonderful series of French postcards, "Croissants de Lune," or
    "Crescent Moons." In this image, Pierrot appears, awakening and romancing Colombine.

    To learn a little more about Pierrot and his friends, just follow the link below to our blog, where you can read about Pierrot's origins in renaissance Italy, his popularity in France, enjoy a number of images of Pierrot and Colombine on postcards and other works of art, and listen to a beautiful aria from a famous opera inspired by Pierrot.

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

    Although we couldn't find an appropriate piece of "Moon music" to offer you dating back to early 1900s France, we did find a rather moony number performed by Helen Kane back in the 1920s, and we hoped you might enjoy listening to it, just for fun!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDyCSBp7o-Y

    By its undivided back (a printing practice that went by the wayside in 1904
    in France and in 1906 in the USA, we can place this card as having been
    printed at the latest in 1904, but probably a bit closer to 1900.

    This was a very beloved series of cards in early 1900s France, so they are not that terribly hard to find, but it is not often we come across these in
    such nice, unposted condition. On this one, the light-sensitive silver
    bromide used in the photo printing process has, over the last 110 years,
    partially migrated to the surface of the print, a phenomenon commonly known as "silvering," that for us always adds a bit of romance to an antique photograph and in this particular case, can't help but evoke the magic of moonlight :)
    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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    17.00 USD

    From the wonderful series of French postcards, "Croissants de Lune," or
    "Crescent Moons." In this image, Colombine is resting peacefully on her own. At last she is not caught up in that triangle of love, none of Harlequin's scheming or Pierrot's dreaming :)

    To learn a little more about Pierrot and his friends, just follow the link below to our blog, where you can read about Pierrot's origins in renaissance Italy, his popularity in France, and enjoy a number of images of Pierrot and Colombine on postcards and other works of art.

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

    Although we couldn't find an appropriate piece of "Moon music" to offer you dating back to early 1900s France, we did find a rather moony number performed by Bing Crosby, who is "mooning" over the lovely Dorothy Lamour, and we hoped you might enjoy listening to it, just for fun!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhDho2YC3BA

    By its undivided back (a printing practice that went by the wayside in 1904
    in France and in 1906 in the USA, we can place this card as having been
    printed at the latest in 1904, but probably a bit closer to 1900.

    This was a very beloved series of cards in early 1900s France, so they are not that terribly hard to find, but it is not often we come across these in
    such nice, unposted condition. On this one, the light-sensitive silver
    bromide used in the photo printing process has, over the last 110 years,
    partially migrated to the surface of the print, a phenomenon commonly known as "silvering," that for us always adds a bit of romance to an antique photograph and in this particular case, can't help but evoke the magic of moonlight :)
    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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    11.00 USD

    From the wonderful series of French postcards, "Croissants de Lune," or
    "Crescent Moons." In this image, Pierrot pitches his woo, and Colombine listens. Seen from the back side, this card has a tiny chip in the top left corner, and is priced accordingly.

    To learn a little more about Pierrot and his friends, just follow the link below to our blog, where you can read about Pierrot's origins in renaissance Italy, his popularity in France, enjoy a number of images of Pierrot and Colombine on postcards and other works of art, and listen to a beautiful aria from a famous opera inspired by Pierrot.

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

    Although we couldn't find an appropriate piece of "Moon music" to offer you dating back to early 1900s France, we did find a rather moony number performed by those wonderful crooners the Boswell Sisters, and we hoped you might enjoy listening to it, just for fun!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdNcKoQmDHQ

    By its undivided back (a printing practice that went by the wayside in 1904
    in France and in 1906 in the USA, we can place this card as having been
    printed at the latest in 1904, but probably a bit closer to 1900.

    This was a very beloved series of cards in early 1900s France, so they are not that terribly hard to find, but it is not often we come across these in
    such nice, unposted condition. On this one, the light-sensitive silver
    bromide used in the photo printing process has, over the last 110 years,
    partially migrated to the surface of the print, a phenomenon commonly known as "silvering," that for us always adds a bit of romance to an antique photograph and in this particular case, can't help but evoke the magic of moonlight :)
    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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    22.00 USD

    First thing, check out their stockings! Gorgeous, all in different designs! Love this! Their matching dresses with embroidered floral designs (lots of sequins) ain't bad either :)

    Seesterne is the Geman word for starfish. Starfish is a nice word, but Seesterne is a combination of Sea ("See," pronounced "Zay"), and Star ("Sterne"), or Seastar!! How poetic is that? :) Ain't language fun?

    The 6 Seesterne (under the direction of Oskar Siese) seem to have been based in Dusseldorf, Germany, and we've come across a few other images of them, one of these titled The "Four" Starfish (trans.), so they either gained or lost a couple of members somewhere along the line. That particular card was posted in 1911, so we can probably date this one to around 1905-1913 (German cards becoming pretty scarce for a time after 1913, what with WWI and its effect on the German printing industry and commercial export.

    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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    19.00 USD

    Exceptional lingerie model image by Alfred Noyer. Circa 1920s. 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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    22.00 USD

    We have no history on her, but she is a favorite of ours. So cute a flapper is she! Very nice close up lingerie image, circa 1920s, by P-C Paris (Papetery de Levallois-Clichy).
    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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    16.00 USD

    Great image! Horizontal line high up on face of card is our naughty scanner acting up. Sorry.
    No publisher, photographer, or artiste attribution. Might be an RPPC? Note the name Loredana handwritten on the reverse. No searches there bore any fruit either, so a nice mystery card in nice unposted condition, with minor wear to edges and corners.

    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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    17.00 USD

    I don't know if any of our visitors who drop by and read this were ever involved in community theater...our kids were, and sometimes there were highly talented costumers creating wonders for the plays they performed in, but never anything quite this fine. The effect, the hair, the cloth for the individual costumes, the metal work, but even more really, the feeling that everything is just as it should be...wow! Unfortunately, we really have no way of dating this card, though it feels like the twenties to us, but it could be a bit older, or more likely, newer...maybe the 30s? Anyway, a wonderful collection of costumed young people, and what feels to us like a fine piece of reference material for a costumer, no?.
    There is a tiny spot of blue ink, and another of brown, otherwise a very very nice 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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    16.00 USD

    What eyes you have! :) And such a charming pageboy cut! Miss Livingston (1895-1984) was practically the most fatale of all the silent femmes (most respectful apologies to Miss Bara:), though unlike Theda Bara, she didn't find herself typecast, and also managed a successful transition to the talkies. Still, after marrying the very successful bandleader Paul Whiteman in the early 30's, she retired from film work. If you've never seen her play the part of the city woman in Murnau's "Sunrise," please do. She destroys the poor man in a most devastating way. The film is so heartbreaking, it almost stops being entertainment, but it certainly does Murnau (maker of "Nosferatu"), and all involved, considerable credit. Thanks to Wikipedia!

    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

    From Pre-Raphaelite imagery in the mid 1800s, to Boho-chic through its various iterations into this present day, the "Gypsy" look will, perhaps, always be with us! But beyond the look, Romani music and dance is a vital and emotional performance genre that also continues to maintain its popularity.

    Here we have an exquisite RPPC portrait of Genevieve Pages in Gypsy garb, with a brief dedication on the reverse side. Apparently she went by "Gene," probably like the French "Jeanne" with the G pronounced in that soft J sound we use so rarely in English.
    Image taken at the Bras studio in Montpellier. Wonderful detail. Hand-painted tambourine :)


    To hear some beautiful Romani music, and see some great dancing, follow the link to the Youtube clip below, from the 1997 film Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Outsider). So charming :) This is one of our absolutely favoritest movies! The awesome Adrian Simionescu is the vocalist, and the dancer, actress Rona Hartner is, of course, wonderful as always.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MxP0B1w_4w

    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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    17.00 USD

    We don't usually list school group photos in the shop unless the students are costumed for a theatrical production, because, well, theater :)
    But this one grabbed us! I think it's probably the way so many of these girls really pop out at us as individuals.

    We especially love the smile on the face of the young lady in the back row far right. What an amiable expression! This one will have to be our heroine's best friend!

    Then, third row, just left of center, the one with her hair up, neat as a pin, a rather prim expression on her face, white collar, and a pocket watch on a long chain tucked away. Is she the schoolteacher's assistant in training? A bit young perhaps, but that's what we're guessing. She has the required self confidence and an air of authority, also a kind heart, don't you think? This must be the heroine of our story.

    Second row, center right. A beautiful girl, beautiful hair, with features and complexion that might suggest some familial origins in one of the North African colonies...Egypt,Algeria, Morocco. She is new to the class, terribly shy, very bright, and is immediately adopted by our two friends, making them an inseparable trio.

    Finally, front row center. strawberry-blonde, lots of ringlets...in our "Anne of Green Gables-ish" drama, she is the daughter of the local banker...who also just happens to be the chairman of the local board of education. She rules a small but influential clique with an iron hand. Her second in command? Why, the girl to the immediate right of course. Her ringlets are almost as carefully coiffed, but she is not quite as well placed socially. Her father likes to play at cards a little too much, you see, which has dropped the family into the soup. Will these two truly be agents of the dark side, or just misunderstood? Only time will tell, my friends...only time will tell.

    Great RPPC, and rare? Well, yes. After a couple of world wars and probably more than a hundred years of the sort of complications life throws at us all, this may well be the only remaining copy in existence. Valuable? Depending on your point of view...not at all...or priceless :)

    Minor wear to edges and corners. 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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    13.60 USD

    French Schoolgirls, 1905/1910, Lovely RPPC

    We don't usually list school group photos in the shop unless the students are costumed for a theatrical production, because, well, theater :)
    But this one grabbed us! I think it's probably the way so many of these girls really pop out at us as individuals.

    We especially love the smile on the face of the young lady in the back row far right. What an amiable expression! This one will have to be our heroine's best friend!

    Then, third row, just left of center, the one with her hair up, neat as a pin, a rather prim expression on her face, white collar, and a pocket watch on a long chain tucked away. Is she the schoolteacher's assistant in training? A bit young perhaps, but that's what we're guessing. She has the required self confidence and an air of authority, also a kind heart, don't you think? This must be the heroine of our story.

    Second row, center right. A beautiful girl, beautiful hair, with features and complexion that might suggest some familial origins in one of the North African colonies...Egypt,Algeria, Morocco. She is new to the class, terribly shy, very bright, and is immediately adopted by our two friends, making them an inseparable trio.

    Finally, front row center. strawberry-blonde, lots of ringlets...in our "Anne of Green Gables-ish" drama, she is the daughter of the local banker...who also just happens to be the chairman of the local board of education. She rules a small but influential clique with an iron hand. Her second in command? Why, the girl to the immediate right of course. Her ringlets are almost as carefully coiffed, but she is not quite as well placed socially. Her father likes to play at cards a little too much, you see, which has dropped the family into the soup. Will these two truly be agents of the dark side, or just misunderstood? Only time will tell, my friends...only time will tell.

    Great RPPC, and rare? Well, yes. After a couple of world wars and probably more than a hundred years of the sort of complications life throws at us all, this may well be the only remaining copy in existence. Valuable? Depending on your point of view...not at all...or priceless :)

    Minor wear to edges and corners. 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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    19.00 USD

    Probably printed in 1900 0r 1901, this "Private Mailing Card" was mailed in 1902 to Constantinople.

    Private Mailing Cards when introduced in 1898 were a major change in American postcard publishing. Prior to this point, the federal government had enjoyed a monopoly on the printing of all postcards in the US, but following this act of congress, these postcards could be published by companies in the private sector. Government regulations stipulated that the cards needed to be about a quarter inch narrower (5 and 1/2 by 3 and 1/4, instead of 3 and 1/2), and that the "Private Mailing Card" text (as seen on the back of this card) be printed on all of them. This, in addition to lowering the cost of mailing such cards to one penny, even when personal messages were written on the cards, opened up the postcard trade in the USA and encouraged a boom in picture postcard production and collectibility.

    Do notice that although this card was published by an American company, it was printed in Germany. This would be the case with the vast majority of high quality picture postcards up until 1914 and the beginning of WWI.

    Florodora was a Broadway musical production, imported from London's west end, that opened in the year 1900 at the Casino Theater on East 39th Street. It was a huge hit that ran for over 500 showings into 1902.

    This card offers us an image of the original six American "Florodora Girls," who created quite a stir with their auras of charm, grace, and innocence. In fact, they became the real stars of the show, stealing it from the leads.

    Why, we might ask, over the course of five-hundred-something performances did more than 70 girls all told perform in this sextette? Because throngs of wealthy men kept proposing to them, marrying them, and carrying them off, requiring sudden replacements in the cast. Seriously.

    A myth has arisen surrounding the first six Florodoras, that all six of them met and married millionaires while under contract at the Casino Theater. Though this is not strictly true, at least a few of them did exactly that (who knows how many of the next 70 did also), and all of the original six wound up being very comfortably wealthy indeed, in all likelihood as a direct result of their association with the show.

    The six originals, as pictured on our card, were from left to right Margaret Walker, Daisy Greene (who was only 15 on opening night), Vaughn Tex-smith, Marjorie Relyea, Agnes Wayburn, and Marie Wilson.

    In the process of researching this card, we ran across a site offering some quotes from a review of the show on opening night. The review describes the show, in so many words, as scandalous, immoral, offensive and deserving the attention of the police! The problem here is that the site we visited quoted a review of the wrong show, a review that happened to have been printed on the same page of the paper as the review of Florodora. We only mention this in case some of our more curious friends do further research and run into the same review repeated elsewhere. These Florodora Girls were popular in part because of their very sweet, chaste, and winsome (what exactly is "winsome," anyway? jk :) appearance and behavior, and probably never showed more than an inch of ankle during their graceful promenades before the footlights. Apparently very little was required of them beyond this--certainly nothing that would have compromised their reputations.

    We hoped to contact the site's manager to point out the error, but weren't able to. Oh well, just another example of how important it is to double check information gleaned on the web, a lesson we've learned more than once (oh, how it stings), and one that keeps us on our toes, we hope :)

    For more details on Florodora, follow the link below to a great post from which we drew much of our information!

    http://vitaphone.blogspot.com/2007/02/are-there-any-more-at-home-like-you.html

    This card definitely shows some wear, but is a wonderful piece of history that would fit beautifully into an American Theatrical, Broadway, or Gilded Age, card collection.

    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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    30.00 USD

    as per convo


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