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    9.00 USD

    Beautiful German Mignon. Very nice un-posted 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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    9.00 USD

    Probably published sometime between 1900 and 1904, but posted in 1905, a great image of Belle Epoque stage performer Billy Norton taken by the great Reutlinger of Paris. A very nice card.
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    11.00 USD

    Stanislav Julian Ignacy, the Count Ostorog, took the name Walery as a pseudonym for his photographic work, just as his father, the elder Count Ostorog had before him. In those days it was not seemly, don't you know, for a member of the aristocracy to besmirch the family name by openly dabbling in a trade like photography :)
    The elder count had already made a name for himself as a photographer of celebrities in England (among his credits was Queen Victoria), before his son took over the business upon the elder count's death in 1890. It was in 1900 that the younger Walery moved from London to establish himself, in opulent digs, in Paris, where he seems to have specialized in portraits of Belle Epoque showgirls. Though his output doesn't appear to come even close to the prolific Leopold Reutlinger (a competitor of his, whose images we frequently display in our shop), Walery was responsible for a great many wonderful images of such well known performers as Mata Hari and later, the great Josephine Baker.
    This image of Mlle. Gallet, about whom we have found no biographical information whatsoever, was published by Monsieur G. Piprot of Paris, sometime between the years 1900 and 1904.
    A wonderfully evocative card (don't you just love the curled toe on her heeled slipper?), in very nice unposted condition.
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    9.00 USD

    We love Ketty cards. Do we know who the model is? Nope. The photographer? Also nope :) But that gorgeous silver glow that Ketty seemed so often to manage is there,
    Wonderful. .
    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

    Stunning image of, we are guessing, a stage performer out of the silent film era, or even conceivably a film actress. Zagreb was not Budapest, but it was still a cultural and economic hub of Eastern Europe, and in those early days of movie making, everyone was getting in on the act. Even today, it is not for a lack of film makers elsewhere that Hollywood tends to dominate the industry, but rather it is Hollywood's almost limitless advertizing budget. Just ask Australian film makers who depend largely upon public endowments. Wonderful films are produced, but never exported due to a lack of funding for publicity. But we digress a lot! :)
    This was a professional photographic studio portrait, as we can tell from the studio name impressed into the lower right hand corner of the card. Our guess at the era is mostly based upon expression, pose and make-up, though if posing in stage costume, it could even be from the 1940s. Still, we have a hunch that the 1920s is the era.
    One of those wonderful, one of a kind finds, in very nice unposted condition.
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    9.00 USD

    Great Jugendstil Epoche image, very reminiscent of Heinrich Traut's work, of a young lady giving us a glimpse of her knee (yes folks, remember you saw one here first, a young lady's finely turned kneecap!!! :) Very nice unposted condition on this one, and very effective hand tinting. The card was published and printed by Paul Fink of Berlin (hence the PFB initials, not to be confused with Paul Finkenrath, who used the same initials on his cards. He was another fine Berlin publisher who was well known for his embossed chromolithographic cards.

    Many thanks to The Postcard Album ( http://www.tpa-project.info) for that information!

    This sexy young gal could practically be Mary Irber's (risque pre-Weimar music hall star) younger sister. Nice, unposted condition.

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    19.00 USD

    Exceptional lingerie model image by Alfred Noyer. Circa 1920s. Nice, unposted condition. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    19.00 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

    Wonderful image by Rudolf Kuzelowsky of song and dance duo who performed in Weimar era Berlin. No available history on them.
    Great stuff. 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

    "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

    Harry Goebel channeling Grace Gallantry. Very difficult to find German postcard image of Weimar era cabaret performer in drag. Photographer Kuzelowsky was known for these images and in fact some of his work was recently featured in a Berlin art museum exhibit focusing on Weimar era Berlin nightlife.
    Wonderful, wonderful costume! What a headdress, and love those Louis heels :)
    This one has a few dents, but we still feel very lucky to find it! 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

    Lillian Gish, 1893-1993, has been called the first lady of American cinema. Her ability to express through her roles a believable kindness of heart and sincerity of spirit was truly amazing. Her career spanned 75 years, and her eyes were just as luminously beautiful in later roles as they were in her youth. In fact, one of our favorites of her films is a later one, the 1955 thriller, "Night of the Hunter," in which Miss Gish's character is positioned as an archetypal force for good, in gentle, courageous opposition to the unadulterated evil of the character played by Robert Mitchum. A must see!
    Wonderful card in fine, 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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    24.00 USD

    So many ruffles!!! Lovely photograph by Georg Gerlach of Berlin. Very nice condition on this gorgeous card.

    Australian born Clarissa Campbell was a tremendously popular dancer in the 1890s and well into the 1910s.

    For a very detailed and fascinating bio, follow the below link:

    http://www.hat-archive.com/Saharet.htm

    We love Saharet. She is certainly one of the most interesting looking dancers of the era we think, and her history is such a lively one!

    There are many, many, postcard images to be found of this lovely performer, as well as music hall posters, silent film posters, gorgeous paintings, and even an extant clip from a short film in which she dances the bolero! That film was directed in 1905 by a woman named Alice Guy, who may have been, according to the good people at IMDB, the first woman film director! You can easily access this clip from one of our blog posts. Link below:

    http://redpoulaine.blogspot.com/2012/09/saharet-india-rubber-lady.html

    We are always on the lookout for nice images of Saharet. Her high kicks out from under countless layers of ruffled skirt and her dark curls drawn up in her trademark chignon, framing her bright and vivacious features, make her images some of the most enjoyable we run across. Yes, we are definitely huge fans :)

    A very nice card. 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

    Lise Fleuron was born Marguerite Rauscher on December 1st, 1874. Her father was an Alsatian who, following the Prussian annexation of the Alsace-Lorraine region in the early 1870s, chose French nationality, hence her very "German" name, Rauscher.

    She was a popular cafe-concert/music hall performer in the late 1890s and into the 1900s. Her sister Meaty, or sometimes Miati, was likewise the toast of Paris for some time. Both sisters were particularly well known for their plunging necklines, apparently were the constant targets of gossip, which of course only bolstered their careers :)

    So, from Rauscher to Fleuron (meaning "jewel," and why? Perhaps Monsieur Georges Ohnet, a popular nevelist in the 1880s, may have had something to do with it. In 1884 he wrote a novel titled, "Lise Fleuron," the tale of a young girl...her fall from innocence...her gradual climb to success in the theaters of Paris...romance, scandal, and according to at least one British reviewer, an utter lack of morality (which might be why it quickly sold through more than 100 editions!). When attempting to research Mlle. Fleuron and her sister Meaty, we run across page after page of references to this novel.
    Would it be so surprising to learn that a young actress adopted the name of a very famous fictional siren of the stage? Maybe not so much :) She would have enjoyed immediate "brand recognition," at the very least.

    Mlle. Fleuron passed away in Enghien, on the 27th of February, 1960.

    A really wonderful portrait of this important Belle Epoque performer by Professor Stebbing of Paris, published by Rotophot of Berlin, and posted in Germany.

    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

    Very nice German boudoir image! No idea on either photographer or model.
    The card was published by Paul Fink of Berlin, a postcard publisher, and printer. According to one of our very favorite sites online when researching German photo image postcards, The Postcard Album (link below),

    http://www.tpa-project.info/html/body_paul_finkenrath.html

    The Paul Fink company was absorbed by the conglomerate Albrecht and Meister (Amag). This occurred probably around 1909, when they took over Aristophot.
    Please note: Paul Fink was NOT Paul Finkenrath. Both companies were Berlin based, but not related.

    Nice unposted condition on 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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    22.00 USD

    Lovely condition on this semi-nude boudoir image. Probably printed in Germany, this image was of a type very popular and after the fashion of many produced by large companies like Amag. (Albrecht and Meister). This one almost definitely dates to between 1906 (when Germany began using the divided back postcard) and 1914 (when the First World War began, shattering the picture postcard industry, a blow from which it never entirely recovered). Our guess is that it was printed circa 1909.
    We think we recognize this model from a beautiful series of German "Mignon" images.

    You may notice on the obverse of this card, the ink-stamped phrase, "Lichtbild Nr." We believe this means simply, "Photograph Number," and probably indicates that this card was part of a collection of photo image postcards that were to have been numbered and catalogued, though this one, as we can see, never was. Just one of those little postcard mysteries that keep us, here at Red Poulaine, happily guessing.

    Incidentally, Lichtbild, according to the German Wikipedia, was the earliest German word for photograph, dating to the 1830s, and translates literally into "light image."

    We love how the soft focus works in this image. Plenty of clarity for detail, like the wrinkles in her gorgeous slip, the gathering of her stockings and the embroidery work on the cushion, while, at the same time, blending the model artfully into the trompe l'oeil in the background.
    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. If we end up spending less on shipping than you are charged (which sometimes happens with international orders), we will happily refund the difference.

    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

    We love Ketty cards. Do we know who the model is? Nope. The photographer? Also nope :) But that gorgeous silver glow that Ketty seemed so often to manage is there,
    Wonderful. .
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    18.00 USD

    Our first listing image for this card is of the stamp on the back! Rather a turnaround (literally) from our usual approach :)
    This postage stamp was designed by Alphonse Mucha in 1918 for the newborn nation of Czechoslovakia (his homeland) immediately following the end of WWI, when the country declared its independance from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Mucha as you may know was, and today probably is, one of the very best known artists within the Art Nouveau movement.
    So fitting then that he designed this work of art with its gorgeous lines, that would be, a million times, put to practical use, since much of the idea behind Art Nouveau was to imbue the useful, the practical, even the industrial, with beauty.
    The front of the card offers us a very nice Pierrot image. Honestly, the quality of the paper and consequently the print of the photo are not that great, but taken as a whole, this card gave us such a taste of that remarkable era that we wanted to share it with 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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    45.00 USD

    as per convos


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    22.00 USD

    The ink on the art print of two lovers is so bright, and the gilt ink on the Art Nouveau instrument is also very fine. It's too bad our image can't do it justice. Note the little mark on the bottom right.
    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

    Wonderful image of that infamous and irrepressible adventuress, Clara Ward, while engaged in the performance art she called "Poses Plastiques." This is a press printing, not a photograph.

    La Princesse de Caraman-Chimay, aka Clara Ward (17 June 1873 – 9 December 1916), was an American lumber and steel heiress from Michigan who became a society darling in all the American papers when in 1890 she married Marie Joseph Anatole Pierre Alphonse de Riquet, Prince de Caraman-Chimay, a Belgian prince more than twice her age, becoming herself, an honest to goodness princess. Yes, we in the USA have always loved thumbing our noses at monarchy, but boy, do we ever love it when one of our own becomes a member of a royal family (case in point: Grace Kelly :).
    By 1895, the Princess of Chimay, had given birth to two children, a son and daughter, but any hopes dedicated "royal watchers" may have had for the happiness of this little family were soon to be dashed.

    Clara and her husband the prince, loved eating out at the fancier dining spots in Paris. In fact, famed chef, Escoffier, named two dishes after Princess Clara.

    One evening in 1896, the Prince and Princess were dining out in Paris at a favorite restaurant where a Hungarian Gypsy violinist by the name of Rigó Jancsi happened to be providing the entertainment. Apparently some form of irresistible electrical attraction passed between the Princess and the violinist, because shortly thereafter, their hearts afire, they began a torrid affair, culminating in their running off together in December of 1896.

    The prince was furious.The runaway couple escaped to Budapest, Hungary, where another dish, this time a chocolate sponge cake, was named in honor of Rigó Jancsi!

    The Prince of Chimay divorced Clara. She and Rigó Jancsi were then married, and traveled to Egypt, where according to newspaper accounts, she embarked on the adventure of teaching Jancsi to read and write.

    Times soon got tough for the couple, however. The prince was certainly not offering them any charity, and Clara's family back home in America were furious, and had apparently cut her off completely.

    She had her good looks though, and imagination, so the couple returned to Paris, where Clara, still often called the Princess of Chimay, began performing, or at least posing, in flesh-toned body stockings on the stages of various Parisian music halls, and perhaps, given our card, in Berlin also.

    By the way, French Post Impressionist and all around "bon-vivant," Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec produced a lithograph of Clara and Rigó in 1897, entitled "Idylle Princière."

    Of course, high society generally despised Clara, while no doubt almost everyone else in Paris (and Gypsy violinists everywhere) loved her, for the incomparably flamboyant and carelessly romantic quality of her life choices.

    ***WARNING*** It might not be safe for you to gaze too long upon this image!!! Kaiser Wilhelm II was said to have forbidden publication of her images within the borders of the German Empire, as he found her beauty "disturbing." (Yes, really!) Since this card was published there, its appearance must have predated the Kaiser's fear of her barely concealed naughty bits :)

    Clara soon met another lover, either before or after, her divorce from Jancsi. She married this one too! This third husband was one Signore Peppino Ricciardo, a waiter whom she had met on a train. Might the moral of this story be, that like sprinkling salt on a sparrow's tail, if you can catch a princess at table, when she is being well fed and entertained, she cannot possibly say no to you? Food for thought :)

    Finally, and apparently not too long after her third marriage, Clara met her fourth and last husband, Signore Cassalota, a station manager for a small Italian Railway line. According to the Wikipedia article from which we drew all of our biographical information (Thanks Wikipedia!), Clara was still married (we would like to think blissfully) to her fourth husband, when she passed away in 1916 at age 43, in Padua Italy. In Pace Requiescat.

    Okay, so it's kind of a sad story, or kind of a funny story, or a bit of both, but either way, certainly a remarkable bit of history for a remarkable little card :) Very nice condition overall, but with minor rounding of the corners. 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.

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    Really a lovely nude! Because of the overall style and appearance of this postcard and its image we're guessing it was printed in the 1890s, but because it is blank backed and lacking any identifying marks, we can't go beyond a guess in determining age or origin. We would also guess that the photograph from which this postcard was made was probably taken before the 1890s, the postcard printed later.

    Wonderful unposted condition. Note the pressure marks at the corners caused by album storage. 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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