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    24.00 USD

    German Postcard, very reminiscent of work by Heinrich (Henry) Traut. Great mermaid gown image, beautifully composed, we think! "robe galbée," or "contoured gown" is a term often used in France to describe these outfits, incidentally.
    Beautiful, subtle, hand-coloring on this one and very, 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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    9.00 USD

    This is NOT a photograph!
    We just had an interesting conversation with one of our wonderful customers about how to determine if a picture postcard is an actual photograph or if it was run off on a press. It's a great point to bring up.
    Lithographs, heliotypes, colotypes, and innumerable other methods used to reproduce photographed images have been around for a long time. Even the offset press with its rubber roller, which many of us tend to think of as a "modern" invention, was being used in the first decade of the 1900s to reproduce photographic images.

    Our card, offering us a cute/naughty image of a saucy gal in lingerie, at first glance of the scan might appear to be a photograph. Up close and in person though, there is an apparent graininess of the image texture that if we examine even closer up, as we did in the close crop in our listing images, shows the stippled effect of the chemically engraved press plate's print on the card stock.

    Also, for comparison's sake, we have a close crop from another postcard, this one a photograph.

    In older photo image postcards, we sometimes find silvering on the surface of the image. This effect, produced by the oxidation of light-sensitive metallic salts that are suspended just beneath the surface of photo print paper, occurs over time as that light sensitive material slowly migrates to the photograph's surface. Silvering is a convenient clue that we're looking at an actual photograph.

    Lacking the presence of silvering though, we have to rely on our eyes to detect that grainy stippled effect visible in our card. Sometimes a jeweler's loop, or of course the "zoom" feature is a help. If we zoom in too close, we might start to see the repeating pattern of pixels in the image--not an indication of a press run image :)

    Offset press reproductions of photographs don't tend to be as valued as actual photographs, though sometimes these were produced not as mere copies of photos, but as intentional works of art and the effect can be wonderful.

    Though we can't be certain, we're guessing this card was made from an original photo postcard (circa 1910s) at some later date, say in the 1930s. Lots of fun!

    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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    33.00 USD

    Absolutely superb German postcard by Rotophot, circa 1910.
    In person, the appearance of this card is just about as close to perfect as it can get. The glossy patina appears undisturbed, the corners sharp! A drawback to high resolution scans of the kind we offer you (generally at 600 DPI), is that faults which ordinary vision won't pick up, can magically appear on a scan. This card is amazing, an iconic image so evocative of an era.

    The image itself is marvelous! Striped stockings, lovely lingerie, feather boa, the classic Art Nouveau/Jugendstil curvilinear decoration subtly framing the image. This is a difficult one to let go of :)

    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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    19.00 USD

    Lovely dreamlike, evocative nude. The sheer veil is a great effect...how'd they do that? In our closest crop, we can see that she is smiling, seemingly reaching out, so running towards, rather than away. Very nice Art Nouveau decorative frame surrounding the photograph.

    This card was produced by S.I.P. (Societé Industrielle de Photographie), one of the largest, if not the largest, postcard publishers in France at the turn of the century. No indication as to the model's identity, or her photographer's either.

    Corners a bit rounded, minor crease in upper left corner, but overall, a real gem that offers a wonderful example of Art Nouveau decorative print work, and early French risque photo-imagery. 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

    "Come hither, sweet robin,
    And be not afraid,
    I would not hurt even a feather;"

    --Old Nursery Rhyme

    Wonderful example of an effectively corseted waist, we think. I really wish we could learn a little about Mlle. d'Artois, but she remains a mystery. Such wonderful detail on the gown, such a beauty herself, and if ever there was a "come hither" look, she certainly has it down pat, wouldn't you say? :)

    Wonderful postcard print of a portrait by the great Georg Gerlach of Berlin. Posted in Belgium.

    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

    Unidentified image of Italian opera diva La Cavalieri in an absolutely stunning Pierrette costume. Often called the most beautiful woman in the world, it was said that the worst thing that could happen to the cast of a show on opening night was if Signorina Cavalieri happened to be a member of the audience...the problem was that the attention of the audience would be so hypnotically transfixed by that beautiful woman, that they would hardly glance at the stage :)

    We've never come across this image before. To be fair, we should say this means next to nothing. We've been doing this for years, but we could see three of these tomorrow, you just never know. Still, from our limited point of view, a rare Cavalieri image.

    This card was posted in Germany, in 1915, amidst the turmoil of World War One. It is very safe to say that this card, therefore, was published some years before, and only put to use in '15, particularly since Cavalieri had retired from the stage a few years prior to that point.

    There is some wear on this one at the edges and corners, some foxing as well, but it will be a feather in the cap of any collection of Cavalieri images.
    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

    The theatrical production this card represents, can't be confused with the Ballet d'Orphée set to the Stravinski score, since that one wouldn't exist for another 50 years or so. Probably this depicts a scene out of the late 18th century opera Orphée et Eurydice, by Gluck, for which a French libretto was rewritten from the Italian in the 1770s. Slightly different versions of that opera, with lots of ballet routines, were still very popular in 1900.

    Anthony's of Paris was a photographic studio in business from at least the 1890s into the early 1930s. We can say that much for certain, having located cabinet cards, cartes de visites, and later postcards, that were produced over that time. The photographer (presumably Monsieur "Anthony") never gained the kind of notoriety enjoyed by Leopold Reutlinger, Henri Manuel, or the other major French photographers whose work we often list in our shop, and perhaps this is why we can find no biographical data on him, whatsoever.

    Today, the images most often recognized as his, are probably of the Sisters Lorisson, those five young ladies with the tall chignons, who appeared in dramatic tableau images, in "costumes greques," and often hand-tinted. The images are a little over the top, and the "Sisters," like these young women, were usually posed a little woodenly. Please don't mistake us, though. While admittedly "stagey," and perhaps naive when compared to say, Manuel's work, we find these "Anthony's" images extremely charming and very evocative of the era. In fact, some readers who have visited our blog, may have noticed that our background image is from a wonderful Sisters Lorisson card.

    This Anthony's image is lots of fun, really kind of magical, we think, and in 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 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

    Gorgeous hair! And a truly priceless expression.
    CDV (2 and 3/8 by 4 inches) by Ivan (Jvan) Standl of Zagreb, Croatia.
    Ivan Standl (1832-1897) was born in Prague, but is known to have been doing professional photographic work as early as the 1860s in Zagreb. As a portraitist and documentarian he won numerous international awards for his work. We really love 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 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

    "Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
    When we touch, When we kiss
    Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
    When we touch, when we kiss
    When we touch" --Electric Six

    No history on this Belle Epoque performer, darn it. Great image by Walery of Paris. Lovely hand-coloring work.

    A wonderful card. 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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    43.00 USD

    We're hoping a knowledgeable Jean Agelou collector will offer us additional information on this one. Numbered 003, with decorative scroll-worked edges, this is in a format we haven't encountered before. Great image and in great condition too!
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    36.00 USD

    Mireille is one of our very favorite French postcard models. She certainly sizzles in this classic pin-up image with a haremesque feel to it of the kind so very popular in that period. Lovely clarity in this card! Very nice condition with minor corner and edge wear.
    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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    36.00 USD

    Beautiful and unusual vintage postcard. Classic orientalist fantaisie giving the impression of the photograph having been framed beneath decorative mat board. *Please note* This is an optical illusion. This postcard is simply the image of the framed photo and just as flat as any ordinary postcard. Fantastic card with some wear to edges and corners and a lovely addition to any collection of turn of the century orientalist imagery. We're considering the possibility that the mat board frame was photographed separately, in which case it could have been used for more than one photo...negatives overlaid? just an idea. Remember, we're not experts, just enthusiastic amateurs.
    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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    29.00 USD

    Charming boudoir fantaisie, probably German and circa 1910. Card is in lovely condition, but there is a little light speckling on the model's shoulder. Why is it so many of these models in semi-undress wear their shoes? Joking? A little, but at the same time, we'd love to be able to interview them and the photographers for the answer to that question :)
    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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    26.00 USD

    In the poem Der Gott und die Bayadere, Johann von Goethe (1749-1832) interpreted an Indian folktale about a god and a temple dancer.
    In the story, the god Mahadeva in his sixth incarnation, comes to earth to live as humans live in order to better understand them.
    On the last day of his life in that incarnation (while yet a beautiful young man), he meets a temple dancer on the street who invites him into her home.
    One thing leads to another and they spend a passionate night together, the temple dancer finding true love for the first time, in the arms of the god.
    To discover if she truly loves him, Mahadeva tests her by seeming to die in the bed they share as she sleeps.
    When she awakens the next morning to discover his dead body beside her, she is heart-broken.

    Later, funeral rites commence and his body is placed upon a pyre for burning. The temple dancer, suffering deeply from the loss, wishes only to join him in death, to join him on the pyre, but the priests refuse her.
    "This man was not your husband," they say. "You are a temple dancer and your duties are not the duties of a wife."
    Ignoring them, she cries out that even if it was only for one night, the young man whose body burns on the pyre was her true love, and running to the pyre, she casts herself into the flames.
    In that instant, Mahadeva rises up, whole and unharmed, lifts up the temple dancer, also miraculously untouched by the fire, and carries her away with him up to heaven.

    Some story, huh? Well, leaving all gender politics aside for the moment, because a story like this one certainly sparks debate, our postcard's image, from a painting by enormously gifted Austrian painter and illustrator Erich Schütz (1886-1937) is simply gorgeous!

    From the marvelous text and border design on the card's face, we'll guess this card was produced in the 1910s.

    Incidentally, the spelling of Goethe's name at the top of the card is very unusual. Though an o with an umlaut (those two little dots up on top of the o) often takes the place of an oe in German words where those two vowels are found side by side and in that order, important proper names from the past (like Goethe's) are usually left unaltered. A case of artistic license, we suppose, and the Jugendstil, after all, was all about casting off the shackles of the past and embracing the modern :)

    If you'd care to read the poem, the link below will take you to a site where it is offered both in the original German and in English.

    http://www.lieder.net/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=74030

    An amazing card with only 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 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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    203.00 USD

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    123.00 USD

    as per convo


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    17.00 USD

    Impish much? Too cute :) Actress Dolly Haas circa 1930 ed. Ross Verlag.

    Dorothy Clara Louisa Haas was born in Hamburg Germany in 1910, to a Danish father and an English mother. A small redhead with a boyish figure, Miss Haas's characters frequently donned pants and pretended to be boys. Her career first blossomed in Germany, in the theaters, the cabarets, and then film, in the late 20s-early 30s, but as with so many others in the German entertainment industry of the period, she left her home country when Hitler came to power.
    She was apparently good friends with Alfred Hitchcock, and worked with him too, but most of her work, once she settled in the US, was on Broadway.

    Below, you will find a link to Youtube, and a film clip of musical numbers from one of her films. The clip focuses a bit more on Willy Forst, Viennese actor and film director, than on Dolly, but is very much worth seeing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmMCoc2t65g

    Also, you might enjoy visiting the awesome site, European Film Star Postcards, from whom we obtained almost all of our information for this listing. Link below.

    http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.com/2013/04/dolly-haas.html

    Very nice, unposted condition. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

    The item you are considering for purchase is, unless otherwise noted, a vintage postcard of approximately 5 and 1/2, by 3 and 1/2 inches. Postage is for fully insured, first class, shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will 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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    18.00 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!

    Berlin photographer Alex Binder made this wonderful portrait of the Countess Agnes Esterhazy in about 1925.

    Born Grafin Josika von Branyitska in Klausenburg, in what was formerly Transylvania (Yes, a real Transylvanian Countess), but was at that time a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and is now in Romania, Agnes Esterhazy (1891-1956), was a stunning gal who when interviewed on the subject of ladies fashion admitted that although fabric the same shade as the wearer's flesh was the most erotic, her favorite color was still black. Well, we think she looks pretty marvelous no matter what she wears!

    As a young lady, following World War One, she left her ancestral home, and relocated to Budapest Hungary, where she studied stagecraft, performed at the State Theater, and in 1920 made her first appearance in a Hungarian film. She soon received an offer from a film production company in Vienna, moved to Austria, and then on to Berlin, where she became quite popular, playing mostly supporting, but some leading roles as well.

    Weimar era Berlin of the 1920s was, in terms of the wild "jazz baby" culture of the period, wilder than we ever could have imagined before doing a little research on the time and place. The "party" atmosphere of Paris, took on in Berlin a dark and manic character as its populace suffered through a horrible economic depression and chaotic political upheavals. We'll just say that "Cabaret," the hit Broadway show and popular film that was set in Weimar era Berlin, only barely scratched the surface of that atmosphere.

    In "Voluptuous Panic," a book by Berkeley Drama Professor and historian Mel Gordon, that delves well beneath that surface, Mr. Gordon, while touching on a particular "black mass" (yes, really) and details of a wild orgy that followed it, suggests that a certain "countess" involved, may have been our Grafin Esterhazy, who apparently had quite a reputation.

    We searched around for other sources confirming this, but with our limited time and resources found only that in 1930, she was the editor of a book titled "Das Lasterhafte Weib," or "The Vicious Woman," a collection of writings on women's sexuality and eroticism that was popularly received at the time, and is still sought after today. Incidentally, her book made the Nazi's "black list" in 1938, and any copies discovered by them would presumably have been added to those now infamous bonfires (or hoarded).

    Grafin Esterhazy's film career lasted only for about ten years, until the talkies made their appearance.
    Though she did make a couple of sound pictures, she was either unable to satisfactorily make that transition (or uninterested in doing so), and "silently" retired from the motion picture business, appearing in one film later in her life, in 1943. She was married to the well respected Czech actor Fritz Schultz.

    In 1956 she passed away, either in Budapest Hungary, or Munich Germany. Sources are not in agreement on this.

    Below, are two links to the 1925 Pabst film "Joyless Street" starring Greta Garbo and Grafin Agnes Esterhazy. The first link will take you to the full length version, in which Grafin Esterhazy's role as the young woman who chooses to "sell her virtue" in order to survive the depression is given a full showing. This version has the original German titles with subtitles in Spanish.

    The second link is to an American cut, with English titles released some years later, which is basically a showcase for Miss Garbo, with very little of Miss Esterhazy's role remaining. American censors cut the original version by more than Half of its content!

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PsHu3F695s

    A gorgeous unposted card by Ross Verlag. 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 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.

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    What a fascinating face she had. Wonderful portrait from Verlag Hermann Leiser, circa 1920s. To demonstrate the wonderful clarity of this photograph, we caught your attention with a close, close crop. Really beautiful clarity on this one :)

    Fraulein Eva was born in 1899 Berlin as Elly Giese. As a young girl, she worked in the cigarette manufacturing industry, but by age 19 was being cast in silent films. She received leading roles immediately, mainly in comedies, and playing mostly adolescent girls.

    Her career, though successful, was a relatively short one, mostly spanning the 1920s. She did make a few films into the 1930s, but whether she simply didn't catch on with the "talkies," or didn't see eye to eye with the Nazis, who gained power in the 1930s, is not a question we were able to answer through our research, though doubtless we'll learn more in future.

    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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    Fraulein Eva was born in 1899 Berlin as Elly Giese. As a young girl, she worked in the cigarette manufacturing industry, but by age 19 was being cast in silent films. She received leading roles immediately, mainly in comedies, and playing mostly adolescent girls. This was, for her, a very lucky thing indeed, since 1918, the year she began a successful career in film, was also the year the war ended, and a terrible economic depression was just around the corner from descending on Germany, whose people had already undergone great privations in the years leading up to the war's end.

    Her career, though successful, was a relatively short one, mostly spanning the 1920s. She did make a few films into the 1930s, but whether she simply didn't catch on with the "talkies," or didn't see eye to eye with the Nazis, who gained power in the 1930s, is not a question we were able to answer through our research, though doubtless we'll learn more in future.

    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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