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    18.00 USD

    First released in December of 1925, Ben-Hur was one of the epics of epics, a magnificent movie with (according to the trailer) a cast not just of thousands, but more than onehundred and fifty thousand!

    For a very detailed and entertaining article on the making of this film, you can follow the below link to Fritzi Kramer's "Movies Silently." We think we've just happened upon a research treasure in this wonderful site:

    http://moviessilently.com/2015/08/30/ben-hur-1925-a-silent-film-review/

    A French postcard with no evident publisher attribution. Minor foxing on the reverse side. 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

    Gaby Deslys (1881-1920) was a tremendously popular artiste. She was a performer in Paris, made it big in London (she was one of the Gaiety Girls), and New York (playing opposite Al Jolson, for one), before returning to France to take Paris by storm. It's been suggested that it was she who brought the strip-tease to France, having picked it up in New York, though we kind of thought dancers had been doing that since before recorded history!
    At one time there was some question as to her actual origins, some insisting she was a Czech peasant girl only claiming to be French, others insisting she was born and bred in Marseilles. Wherever the truth may lie, she certainly loved Marseilles like a native, and when she died tragically at 38, of a persistent throat infection brought on by influenza, she left the entirety of her estate, (substantial at the time), to Marseilles' poor. Please go to Wikipedia to learn more. She led a fascinating life.
    Below is a link to you tube, where you can hear her sing two songs and quote...Shakespeare! Yep :) Particularly fun, is that while in Vienna, she made these recordings, so the songs you hear were recorded during the same visit to Vienna as when this photo was taken. We particularly enjoy making these kinds of connections. We hope you do too!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oFXU_dX53Q

    This wonderful card is one of two of hers we recently brought into the shop. The portrait was made while she was in Vienna, in 1910.

    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

    "Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome..."

    We recently came across a number of great vintage German musical theater postcards and thought we'd put them in what will probably be a temporary section under the heading "Cabaret," or, auf Deutch, Kabarett! Most of the cards in this section will concern theatrical entertainment in the 1920s Weimar era of post world war one Germany, though we may place a number of Austrian cards of the period and a few film star cards from that time and place into this section as well.

    The Weimar era, particularly in Berlin, fascinates us at least in part because of its dramatic contrasts, the tinsel glitter that could not entirely disguise an ever deepening gloom, the festive mood that seemed to so many who witnessed it as if driven by misery rather than a celebration of life as had seemed the Parisian nightlife of the previous decade. In hindsight, some compared the cabaret life of Weimar Berlin to dancing at the edge of a sheer cliff, and perhaps a little of that frenzied energy clings to these images of actors and dancers.

    Just for fun, if it's been a while since you've seen it, you might enjoy a little mood music...the very memorable opening of the classic 1972 film version of "Cabaret." Youtube link below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBlB8RAJEEc

    Amazing costumes! These gals didn't need to flutter hems to show a little leg!!! Weimar era stage entertainers 2 Sisters Maja by W. Fleischer, circa 1920s. Unfortunately, we find no history on these two. We cannot pin down the photographer either.

    W. Fleischer's name appears on a number of 1920s entertainer postcards out of a Berlin studio, but the name W. Fleischer is also attached to many, many photojournalist images now in the files of Ullstein Bild, which was one of the huge publishing empires of Weimar Berlin.

    In the 1920s, running up to '33, Germany's publishing industry turned out more newspapers and magazines to wider circulations than practically anywhere in the world. In some ways, this is similar to German postcard production prior to WWI, which was at the center of the picture postcard's golden era, producing a greater volume, and a higher quality of postcard than anywhere else in the world. But, as happened in 1914, when politics and war shut down the German postcard industry, at the end of the Weimar era in 1933, when Hitler rose to power, newspapers and magazines were forced either to narrow their focus to issues, and views, that supported the Nazi agenda, or simply cease to exist.

    The photojournalist W. Fleischer seems to have survived the war, since there are many postwar images on file credited to him (her), but we have no way of knowing whether Fleischer the theatrical portraitist, and Fleischer the photojournalist, were the same person.

    In any case, a delightful card for our new "Kabarett" section! 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

    Beautiful print of a Georg Gerlach photo! Love how the silvering supports this image, just layering a little magic!
    No history on Bella Toleska, but it's wonderful to catch a glimpse of a "mermaid gown" performance halfway through! Is she in the process of wrapping, or unwrapping? We may never know unless there are more of these in a series and we happen to luck onto them.
    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

    Martha Harvey, Circus Acrobat Costume, by Georg Gerlach of Berlin, circa 1905

    Absolutely exquisite image of Jugendstil stage performer Martha Harvey by Gerlach. We've come across other images of this beautiful young woman, costumed similarly and also by Gerlach, but no history on her as of yet. We might jump to the conclusion that she was English or American, going by her name, but then think of Lilian Harvey, one of the most famous and well known German film stars of the silent and early talkie eras. She was born in England, it's true, and to an English mother, but her father was German and she moved to Germany while very young and lived there for almost her entire professional life.

    Stars of the stage and early screen were in those days, if they chose to be, truly citizens of the world. Some were great adventuresses. We've run across examples of artistes who traversed the borders between enemy countries during wartime, granted privileges few ordinary citizens would have enjoyed, only to act as spies for their mother countries, risking death, or sometimes, as spies for their countries' enemies. After all, look at Mata Hari! Had she not been given such freedom to move about, the accusations of espionage would never have arisen, and she was by no means the only entertainer to be used in that way.

    Star of the Parisian cabaret, Constance (Elise) Devere, for example (an Englishwoman by blood), had associations with the French Resistance during the run up to WWII, though how far that went, we've no idea.

    Fern Andra, American silent film star of the early German cinema, who lived and worked mostly in Germany, spied for the allies during WWI and once, at least according to her own memoires, almost faced a German firing squad.

    The Australian can-can dancer Saharet, seems to have preferred Germany as a home, was greatly loved there, and was married to a German who was later detained in the US for suspected espionage during WWI. These are just a few. The list goes on :)

    But back to Martha Harvey...I don't think we've ever seen a more perfect image of the "hourglass" acrobat costume than this. Nothing remarkable about the pose, true, but the woman herself, such an ethereal beauty, and the print quality in this card is so very fine!

    Great condition on this unposted card, circa 1905/10. 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

    Wonderful image, wonderful condition! Vintage German postcard of two dancers, circa 1910s/20s What is "Liebesspiel" you ask? Well, in our very best Pepe Le Pew accent, we translate it for you! It is, "Zee Game of Love..." mmmwa,mmmwa,mmmwa! :)
    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

    So wonderfully happy! Lovely RPPC of girls and young ladies costumed for a party, or, given the slippers and poses, some kind of dance program at school or for a féte. We love this one!

    The deckled edge of this card moves us into more modern times than we usually travel through. This card edge apparently gained popularity in the 30s, and well, we date ourselves but some of our baby pictures from the 50s bear this edge too :) Mostly, we have to go by hairstyles on an item like this one, and to us it feels well before the swing era of the mid thirties on, but well past the flapper era of the 20s, so we're guessing late twenties to mid thirties on this image. What do you think? Your opinion is a valuable resource, and we love to hear from you.
    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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    22.00 USD

    Magical early "danse orientale" image. Dancer is quite possibly of colonial Algerian origin, but this is out of a studio series, shot in front of a lovely tromp l'oeill. Circa 1900 and in remarkable 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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    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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    80.00 USD

    as per convos


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    55.00 USD

    as per convos


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    42.00 USD

    as per convos


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    14.00 USD

    One of our favorite and most magical subgenres of "Lovely Lady" postcards has to be that of the marvelous maenad. Idealized and presumably toned down versions of those wild maidens of ancient Greece, the maenad, as an image, was practically the poster girl of La Belle Epoque, expressing that rich, earthy, "joie de vivre," which has come to be seen as so representative of the era.

    Great Art Nouveau image of stage performer Myriel in classical attire with cymbals. Produced by Leopold Reutlinger of Paris, circa 1905, this image was also used as one in a series specifically representing celebrants of the Bacchanal! In that series, the same card, rather than bearing the title Myriel, was titled Bacchante Aux Cymbales! There was another cymbal image in that series as well, in which a different artiste named Beauregard was posed similarly. Additionally, there was another image of Mlle. Beauregard in which she upended a ewer, presumably filled with wine, titled Bacchante Buvant, which simply means "drinking," and yet another titled Bacchante Au Thyrse, in which the Bacchante (also the artiste Myriel in that one) holds up with reverence the "Thyrse," which beyond its modern botanical meaning, is French for the Greek thyrsus, a ceremonial staff topped with a pine cone, often decorated with ivy, and carried by Bacchus (Ivy incidentally, was according to the late English poet and historian Robert Graves, one of the key ingredients used in brews by those wild celebrants to drive them to a frenzy. Let's definitely NOT try this at home ;).

    Our fourth listing image (NOT for sale!) is a crop of an interestingly surreal and risque French postcard in our personal collection, showing a larger print (also a slightly different crop) of this Reutlinger photograph being used as fanciful decoration in another studio's set piece! What fun, but this also reminds us that some of these Belle Epoque postcard images were not only popular in postcard form, but as "parlor" art prints of the period!

    Some wear to edges and corners, but a 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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    16.00 USD

    One of our favorite and most magical subgenres of "Lovely Lady" postcards has to be that of the marvelous maenad. Idealized and presumably toned down versions of those wild maidens of ancient Greece, the maenad, as an image, was practically the poster girl of La Belle Epoque, expressing that rich, earthy, "joie de vivre," which has come to be seen as so representative of the era.

    Great Art Nouveau image of stage performer Myriel in classical attire and holding aloft the thyrsus, ancient symbol of Bacchus. Produced by Leopold Reutlinger of Paris, circa 1905, this image was used as one in a series specifically representing celebrants of the Bacchanal! In this series, rather than bearing the title Myriel, the card was titled Bacchante Au Thyrse. There were at least two cymbal images in this series as well, one with Myriel, and another in which a different artiste named Beauregard was posed similarly. Additionally, there was another image of Mlle. Beauregard in which she upended a ewer, presumably filled with wine, titled Bacchante Buvant, which simply means " a bacchante drinking."

    The thyrse, beyond its modern botanical meaning, is French for the Greek thyrsus, a ceremonial staff topped with a pine cone, often decorated with ivy, and carried by Bacchus (Ivy incidentally, was according to the late English poet and historian Robert Graves, was one of the key ingredients used in brews by those wild celebrants to drive them into a frenzy. Let's definitely NOT try this at home ;).

    Lovely 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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    19.00 USD

    One of our favorite and most magical subgenres of "Lovely Lady" postcards has to be that of the marvelous maenad. Idealized and presumably toned down versions of those wild maidens of ancient Greece, the maenad, as an image, was practically the poster girl of La Belle Epoque, expressing that rich, earthy, "joie de vivre," which has come to be seen as so representative of the era.

    Great Art Nouveau image of stage performer Myriel in classical attire and holding aloft the thyrsus, ancient symbol of Bacchus. Produced by Leopold Reutlinger of Paris, circa 1905, this image was used as one in a series specifically representing celebrants of the Bacchanal! In this series, rather than bearing the title Myriel, the card was titled Bacchante Au Thyrse. There were at least two cymbal images in this series as well, one with Myriel, and another in which a different artiste named Beauregard was posed similarly. Additionally, there was another image of Mlle. Beauregard in which she upended a ewer, presumably filled with wine, titled Bacchante Buvant, which simply means " a bacchante drinking."

    The thyrse, beyond its modern botanical meaning, is French for the Greek thyrsus, a ceremonial staff topped with a pine cone, often decorated with ivy, and carried by Bacchus (Ivy incidentally, was according to the late English poet and historian Robert Graves, was one of the key ingredients used in brews by those wild celebrants to drive them into a frenzy. Let's definitely NOT try this at home ;).

    Lovely 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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    11.00 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 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, 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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