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    18.00 USD

    Darling young woman in a "costume orientale" with harem pants, turban, a hip scarf sort of thing (really marvelous with gorgeous couching, or laid work, we think its called) and a smile to warm the heart :)

    Minor wear to edges and corners on this one. Rare as rare can be is an RPPC! There may be no more than this single image anywhere!
    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

    A woman with gorgeous eyes and an enigmatic smile poses in a beautiful Gypsy costume in this vintage RPPC. We're guessing this card was printed circa 1910s.
    What an awesome print! The clarity and detail are superb. The saw-toothed edge on this postcard is something we often see on Italian cards out of the late teens and early 20s, not so much on French cards, but there's no indication of origin.

    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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    12.00 USD

    Beautiful work by Gerlach. The lovely model wears a close-fitting garment suggesting nudity, but not crossing that line. Still, it must have been chilly in that studio!
    Please note the creases in this card. They're easier to see in our scans than in person, but very much there, hence our price.
    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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    29.00 USD

    Wonderful publicity RPPC of Isa Crossella, a German cabaret performer of the Weimar era (we're guessing. This card looks late 1910s--early '20s to us).

    Isa Crossella appears to have been a female impersonator (certainly the stage name supports the theory too :)
    Unfortunately we haven't found any history on this artiste.
    H.F. Gross of Harburg (formerly the capital of Prussian Hanover, now a district in greater Hamburg, Germany) was either the photographer or a theatrical agent.

    In either case, great fun! Old, original images of female impersonators, particularly the less well known ones, are quite rare! Note that this card was not perfectly trimmed. People back then looked to the future as a time when machines would turn out perfectly produced items, and today some of us sigh and look at the past, when human hands maintained a level of originality in the marketplace. Perhaps there is no perfect time or place, but at least there are a few moments that seem to come close :)


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    14.00 USD

    Lovely Jugendstil image titled Esther by Austrian painter Adolf Hering (1863-1932). Hering was probably best known for his painting of "Death and the Maiden," 1900. He was also an illustrator and painted images directly for postcards.

    Notice that the back of this card is divided, but that the front keeps a space for the sender's message (the blank strip) typically present on earlier cards with undivided backs, when no personal messages were allowed on the backsides of cards, but only the address to which it was being sent.
    This suggests that this card's front was designed prior to 1906, when Germany adopted the divided back card, but that it was published just after this point.

    The card was posted by a soldier stationed in the field with an artillery regiment, no charge being applied as a service to active military.

    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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    18.00 USD

    In close to the pristine condition it was in on the day it was published, here is a very cute risque postcard, hand-painted, of a flirtatious woman in partial undress. We're guessing this was produced in the 1910s during the war years. Such wonderful condition!
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    24.00 USD

    Gottfried Sieben (1856-1918), was an Austrian artist and illustrator of the Jugendstil Epoche, a contemporary of many great poster, and yep, postcard artists, of the period like Jules Cheret and Alphonse Mucha.

    A wonderful find that deserves a special place in any Belle Epoque, or Jugendstil Epoche, centered collection.
    Very nice condition. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully insured, first class, shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will 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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    14.00 USD

    Isn't the hat a wonderful touch? :) Is that mistletoe that she's decorated with? And what a charming smile. We love this very 1920's-ish image! (dated 1931)
    Peter Kantner was an Austrian photographer. We've no history on him, or the RPPC's subject.

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    12.00 USD

    Two Sweet Communiantes, Hungarian RPPC, Budapest 1910s

    Wonderful Hungarian RPPC of two little girls, portrait taken in celebration of Communion. Great photo. Love the expressions.

    In the bottom right, difficult to see, the photographer's seal is embossed on the card. It was impressed a little too lightly for us to make out the photographer's name, but the word Budapest is clear in the center. We'll guess mid 1910s to mid 1920s on this one. With nothing more to go on, sometimes that's the best we can do :)
    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

    "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

    Dressing room image of stage and film actress Maria Orsca (1893-1930), a popular denizen of the Weimar Berlin arts scene. She played the part of Lulu, the lead character in the play "Erdgeist" by Frank Wedekind, a prominent and controversial figure in German theater of the Jugendstil Epoche. An author, actor and cabaret performer, he led German theater from the norm of pre-20th century Realism into the unexplored territory of Expressionism.

    Maria Orsca, a Russian actress of Ukrainian Jewish decent, was born Rachel Blindermann, near Odessa, in 1893. She appeared in some silent films, but mostly on the stage, working with some of the most important names of the time, including Max Reinhardt.

    Like Lulu, Maria Orsca was also a tragic figure, losing a lover to suicide in 1926, then her sister Gabryela, also to suicide in '28, and finally she herself, taking her own life in 1930. It has been suggested that morphine addiction, one of the popular vices of the Weimar era, lay at the bottom of much of this misery.

    Thanks to Wikipedia for much of the information in this post!

    A truly wonderful card so evocative of the time and place, published by Ross Verlag of Berlin.
    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

    Great Ross Verlag card of Garbo and Gable. We don't know the dog's name, more's the pity. An aside though, Greta Garbo adopted one of Rin Tin Tin's puppies, so she have actually been very fond of German shepherds and canine actors in general!

    This is probably a still from the film "Susan Lenox (Her Rise and Fall)" a pre-code picture made early in Clark Gable's career as a leading man in Hollywood.
    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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    28.00 USD

    Magnificent portrait of Greta Garbo in the 1931 film Mata Hari. The code on this Ross Verlag card suggests that the card itself was published in 1930, before the film's release. Gorgeous costume, gorgeous image.

    Crease at tip of corner in bottom right corner, otherwise fine.
    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

    Gorgeous portrait of the "Great Garbo" published by Iris Verlag, the Austrian film star postcard answer to Germany's Ross Verlag. On many Iris cards we find the Amag logo on the back side. Amag was Albrecht and Meister, a German publisher out of Berlin, we believe, and so the appearance of the Amag logo shows a combining of the two companies that seems to have occurred in the 1920s. The Metro Goldwyn logo, minus "Mayer" (lower right on card face) suggests that the card was printed before 1924, when Louis B. Mayer joined the company. This makes us think that possibly this card offers us an image from one of Garbo's pre-Hollywood, European films, perhaps distributed by Metro Goldwyn, why? Because Greta Garbo came to Hollywood in 1926! Just another little postcard mystery. If you have the solution, please let us know!

    A gorgeous card. We fall in love with Greta Garbo again, every time we see this one.

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    24.00 USD

    Welcome to "Idols of the 1920s," where we hope to provide a special, cozy place for those of you who long to linger among the stars of the early silver screen, the hoofers and songbirds of dear old vaudeville's fading hours, a few divas of the grand opera, and of the operetta too, flappers, flappers, more flappers, and of course, and perhaps especially, those femmes fatales who with one smoldering glance can melt a heart, or break it in two. Have fun!

    Wow...steamy enough? But what could we expect from an image out of a film titled "Flesh and the Devil." Made in 1926, this was the film that matched John Gilbert and Greta Garbo for the first time. The chemistry was perfect both on-screen and off. The two fell hopelessly in love and the audiences did too. In '26, Greta Garbo was brand new to Hollywood and following the death of her sister in Sweden was anxious to return home and prepared to abandon her career in the USA, but then she met John Gilbert and the sparks flew. Apparently Gilbert proposed to her on a number of occasions, once she said yes, but ended by leaving him at the altar.

    Born in poverty, in 1905, the Great Garbo grew up in a slum in Stockholm, Sweden. She lost her father to the Spanish flu at the age of fourteen, got a job as a shop girl at a department store, and her first motion picture work was in commercials for that store. By age 20, she was a star in Germany, and in 1926, was brought to Hollywood by Louis B. Mayer, where she very soon became the highest paid, and most popular actress, in that studio.

    She retired from film work at the age of 35. Was very careful about her investments, and so never wanted for comfort. She was never really antisocial (as is sometimes suggested), and had many close friends, but was extremely private and abhorred publicity. We love the movie Ninotchka (1939, with Melvin Douglas). It never feels dated to us, and if you haven't seen it, please do. We love Melvin Douglas in just about anything, and it's great seeing Garbo in a comedy. Also, any silent films she was in are such a treat. Before seeing a lot of her earlier stuff, we thought she may have been a little over-hyped, someone people just found it popular to rave about, but personally, we've changed our tune. She just lights up the screen with her presence.

    Of interest to her fans might be that if you go to Youtube and see her in one of the old European silents like "Joyless Street," you'll be seeing her before Louis B. Mayer had her teeth straightened. Yep, one of the first sights she saw, before even going from New York to Hollywood, was the dentist!

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    19.00 USD

    Dolores Del Rio in a fantastic "costume orientale." A truly iconic image.

    Though at the time this Ross Verlag card was published (1928/29), Dolores Del Rio was a huge star of silent films in Hollywood, and just preparing to stretch into the "talkie" roles, to call her a silent film star leaves out all the rest. This actress, dancer, muse, had a truly magnificent career. She easily made the change from the silents to the talkies, she did radio, television, she was a star in Hollywood, in Europe (winning at Cannes), and was probably the biggest star of Latin America during the first half of the 20th century. She took Orson Welles as her lover, supported the losing side in the Spanish Civil War, and so (for both of those reasons), wound up in hot water with the HUAC boys. She was close friends with Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, and Evita Peron, and...well...we could go on and on, but do check out the Wikipedia article. She led a fascinating life.

    A wonderful card, but showing evidence of age in somewhat rounded corners and a spot on the surface that is apparent in our scan. A hard to find image and priced accordingly. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    24.00 USD

    What a wonderfully bizarre image!

    Trude Berliner (born Gertrude Berliner in Berlin, Germany, 1903, was a popular cabaret performer during the Weimar era who went on in the late twenties and early '30s to star in a number of films. Please don't ask us why she's wearing custard cups, we have no idea, haha, but we love it :)

    Below, we have a Youtube link to a short film from 1931 showing a "Kabarett" act in which Trude Berliner performs onstage with Siegfried Arno, the popular cabaret performer and film actor (he appeared in Pabst's "Pandora's Box" with Louise Brooks).

    This short reminds us that although Weimar Berlin had a wild reputation, cabaret acts in the Weimar era were not all about doom, gloom, illicit substances and sexual innuendo, but offered light-hearted, vaudeville style entertainment (probably more often than not). People usually go out on the town to be cheered up, after all, not brought down, particularly during an economic depression.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPvU2cQZM74

    In '33, when Hitler came to power in Germany, Fraulein Berliner, like so many other Jewish performers, left the country. She emigrated to France where she lived until 1939 when she moved again to the USA. Wikipedia remembers the tiny roll she played in Casablanca.

    "In 1942, Berliner received her first part in an American movie, Casablanca. She portrayed a woman playing baccarat with a Dutch banker (played by Torben Meyer). In her one line in (the) movie, she says to the waiter Carl (played S.Z. Sakall), "Will you ask Rick if he will have a drink with us?", to which Carl responds, "Madame, he never drinks with customers. Never. I have never seen it."

    Though appearing in a few films after arriving in Hollywood, she was never able to get a Hollywood film career off the ground, but remained in California until her death in 1977.

    Herr Arno, who appears in the short film we link to above was more fortunate in his career. Both performers followed the same refugee path, to Europe in '33, to America in '39, but Siegfried Arno played countless small roles in Hollywood films and was a greatly loved Hollywood bit player.


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    19.00 USD

    Welcome to "Idols of the 1920s," where we hope to provide a special, cozy place for those of you who long to linger among the stars of the early silver screen, the hoofers and songbirds of dear old vaudeville's fading hours, a few divas of the grand opera, and of the operetta too, flappers, flappers, more flappers, and of course, and perhaps especially, those femmes fatales who with one smoldering glance can melt a heart, or break it in two. Have fun!

    A wonderful Ross Verlag card, circa 1928 (dated by sender on the back side, 1929), picturing Lilian Harvey looking oh-so-cute in a gorgeous "costume orientale!" Beautiful photo by the great Alexander Binder of Berlin.

    Lilian Harvey could play sexy, or sweet, or sweet and sexy, but never particularly vampy, or at least not that we've seen. Mostly known as a musical comedy star, she filled a place in late Weimar era Germany that actresses like Ruby Keeler filled in the US during that period of economic and cultural depression when people badly needed a bright and happy, optimistic character to cheer them through the tough times. The roles she played provided a necessary contrast to the often dark, "femme fatale" characters played by other German actresses of the same period, like the great Marlene Dietrich.

    Miss Harvey led a fascinating life. She was born to an English mother and a German father in 1906, in London, but by the time WWI broke out, she was living with her family in Germany. She became a successful singer, dancer, and silent film actress in Vienna and Germany, made the transition to the talkies easily, and actually starred opposite Laurence Olivier in his film debut, an English version of a very successful German film called Hokuspokus in which she'd played the leading lady.

    She was one of those people of conscience who though happy to play a part for her movie-going audience, was unwilling to act as a puppet for the state. In the late 1930s, after having been closely watched by the Gestapo for years as a result of her close associations with Jewish friends and politically dissident associates, she went out on a limb for one of them who'd been arrested, managed his release, and after his escape from Germany, she was pretty much forced out of the country herself and forced to leave her substantial fortune behind. Please read the Wikipedia article for so much more!!!

    Below is a link to Youtube, and a clip from the film Die Drei von der Tankstelle (The Three from the Gas Station), a very popular musical produced in 1930, that will give you an idea of Fraulein Harvey's charms. Playing opposite her is Oskar Karlweis, a popular song and dance man of the 20s and 30s, who like so many others, was forced to flee Germany when Hitler came to power.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri0sPJV3NGI

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    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.

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    Garbo and Gable, circa 1931 by Ross Verlag of Berlin.

    Great Ross Verlag card of Garbo and Gable. We don't know the dog's name, more's the pity. An aside though, Greta Garbo adopted one of Rin Tin Tin's puppies, so she have actually been very fond of German shepherds and canine actors in general!

    This is probably a still from the film "Susan Lenox (Her Rise and Fall)" a pre-code picture made early in Clark Gable's career as a leading man in Hollywood.
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    Greta Garbo as Mata Hari by Ross Verlag, circa 1930.

    Magnificent portrait of Greta Garbo in the 1931 film Mata Hari. The code on this Ross Verlag card suggests that the card itself was published in 1930, before the film's release. Gorgeous costume, gorgeous image.

    Crease at tip of corner in bottom right corner, otherwise fine.
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    Greta Garbo, Pub. Iris Verlag/Albrecht and Meister, circa late 1920s.

    Gorgeous portrait of the "Great Garbo" published by Iris Verlag, the Austrian film star postcard answer to Germany's Ross Verlag. On many Iris cards we find the Amag logo on the back side. Amag was Albrecht and Meister, a German publisher out of Berlin, we believe, and so the appearance of the Amag logo shows a combining of the two companies that seems to have occurred in the 1920s. The Metro Goldwyn logo, minus "Mayer" (lower right on card face) suggests that the card was printed before 1924, when Louis B. Mayer joined the company. This makes us think that possibly this card offers us an image from one of Garbo's pre-Hollywood, European films, perhaps distributed by Metro Goldwyn, why? Because Greta Garbo came to Hollywood in 1926! Just another little postcard mystery. If you have the solution, please let us know!

    A gorgeous card. We fall in love with Greta Garbo again, every time we see this one.

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