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    19.00 USD

    Two mischievous woodland nymphs cavorting on an upended mushroom, kind of a weird photo by Munich photographer Heinrich (Henry) Traut :) We love it!

    Though he certainly made use of a broad array of environments in his images, Heinrich Traut often juxtaposed his models with very concrete, bulky, or harshly angular structures that contrasted dramatically with their natural physical softness.

    Also, when draping his models in the chiton he so often used, the fabric he chose seems to have been less frequently of the soft, silky type often seen in French "costume Grecque" images of the period, and more often a heavily textured cotton (almost like bed sheet material) that held the wrinkles and bends, and we have to believe this was very intentional.

    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

    Dated 1918, in the last year of the Great War, The message on the card's obverse begins, "My dear little cousin." Romantic image, beautifully tinted.

    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

    Charming nude photo that blends photo props and models beautifully with painted backdrop. Something very "folktale and legend" about this one. Love it! It makes us feel as if the two women could stand up and walk into the painting, encountering who knows what magic?

    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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    49.00 USD

    Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) is often called the "Mother of Modern Dance." Born in San Francisco, she was the youngest of four children. Her father had been wealthy and cultured—a dabbler in poetry and music, and an art connoisseur—who made his money in banking and mining, but his fortune crumbled and he was forced to sell the family home in 1878. Duncan's parents divorced in 1880 following an affair between her father and Ina Coolbrith (California's first poet laureate), who was working as a librarian at the time.

    Following the divorce, Duncan's mother moved the children to Oakland, where she struggled to support them by working as a seamstress and a piano teacher. The children had no contact with their father. Despite the family's poverty, the children continued to be exposed to music, dance, and literature. A few years later, Duncan met Coolbrith at the public library and discovered in her a mentor, as did many others, including the writer Jack London.

    Like her contemporary, Ruth St. Denis (for information on Miss St. Denis, follow link below this paragraph), Duncan studied Delsarte and skirt dancing. She also studied ballet for a short time, but quickly rejected it's formality for movements that felt more natural. And it's clear that movement did come very naturally to her for, at least by some accounts, she began to teach dance to other children when she was as young as six. Certainly, by the age of fourteen, she was much sought after as a dance teacher.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/385538420/ruth-st-denis-pioneer-of-modern-dance?ga_search_query=ruth+st+denis&ref=shop_items_search_1

    Rebellious against the restrictions of her small world, and frustrated by the constant sacrifices required by poverty, Duncan longed to travel the world to the places she had, by then, only read about in her books. We can only imagine what passion and persistence it must have taken, but she finally convinced her mother to take her to Chicago in 1895.

    Theatrical producer Augustin Daly "discovered" her there, sending her on to New York, but she enjoyed only limited success. So once more, she convinced her family to move, this time to London. At first, London seemed more of the same, until the famed stage actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell spotted her dancing under the stars in a garden with one of her brothers and took the family under her wing.

    After being celebrated in London and honored by British royalty, Duncan danced to cheers in Paris, Berlin, and Munich. While in Europe, she studied Greek myth and art, basing her dance costumes on Classical Greek attire. Eventually, she found her way to Athens, where she noted the similarity between the poses she took and those of classical statues. She vowed to build a temple to art on a hill facing the Acropolis. She started teaching Grecian peasant boys to dance as she imagined the dances of ancient Greece and Byzantium to have been, but could not sustain herself and her family that way. On she went to Vienna, and back to Berlin. Her Bohemian lifestyle and celebrity status brought her in contact with the intelligentsia and cultural elite of the time. Rodin, Nijinsky, Gertrude Stein, and Bourdelle, all paid her tribute.

    While in Berlin, Miss Duncan opened a school and taught her new style of dance, perhaps thinking of herself as a Grecian priestess, passing ancient glory on to her pupils. Her students became known as the Isadorables and eventually grew into a touring company.

    An atheist and bisexual, Duncan constantly challenged social norms. Eschewing marriage, she gave birth to two children, a girl in 1906 and a boy in 1910, whom she adored, fathered by two different lovers.

    In 1908, she started working with pianist James Skene, called Hener, of whom she wrote enthusiastically that he was "a pianist of great talent and indefatigable energy." Hener was a follower Aleister Crowley, and in 1910 or 1911, he invited Crowley to a party where Duncan and her closest friend, Mary d'Este (later called Desti, the mother of film director Preston Sturgess) were introduced. Duncan was, apparently, not particularly taken by Crowley. However, Mary was instantly fascinated, sitting on the floor with him and "exchanging electricity" before leaving with him for Zurich's National Hotel. (Desti would later be known as Crowley's "Scarlet Woman.") For the record, whatever Duncan may have thought of him, Crowley waxed rhapsodic over her dancing, which he characterized as a form of “magical unconsciousness.”

    In 1913, a terrible accident took the lives of both of Duncan's children. According to Wikipedia, "The children were in the car with their nurse, returning home after lunch with Isadora and Paris Singer. The driver stalled the car while attempting to avoid a collision with another car. He got out to hand-crank the engine, but forgot to set the parking brake. The car rolled across the Boulevard Bourdon, down the embankment and into the river. The children and the nanny drowned." Although Duncan took a few months to mourn quietly with her family, and even tried having another child, only to lose him just days after the birth, stillness was not a natural state for her. Soon she was back on stage, expressing her grief through the dances Mother and Marche Funebre.

    By 1916, Duncan was touring across Europe and America, even traveling to South America. She completed her tour in 1920, and in 1921, moved to Moscow. Believing that the Soviet Union was "a free and heroic society," Duncan founded a new school of dance with the support of the new government. In Moscow, she met the young poet Sergei Esenin. Wanting to take him with her on a tour that was to include America, she broke a vow she'd made when she was just twelve and married him. The two traveled together, touring both Europe and America. In America, at the height of the 1920s "Red Menace" scare, Duncan and her husband were labeled Bolshevik agents, a criticism she rejected. As she left America once more, she declared, "Good-bye America, I shall never see you again!"

    Duncan and Esenin soon separated, then divorced. By 1925, he was dead, either of suicide or murder. Two years later, in Nice, France, Duncan died of what might be called misadventure. Once more, an automobile was involved. Duncan, heading off in a sporty two-seater convertible driven by French-Italian mechanic Benoît Falchetto, refused her friend Mary Desti's advice to wear a cloak, insisting that her exorbitantly long, red scarf, a gift from Desti that had come to be something of a signature item of clothing for Duncan, was sufficient. Duncan's last words were said to have been, "Adieu, mes amis. Je vais à la gloire!" ("Farewell, my friends. I go to glory!"). Later, Desti shared privately with a friend that Duncan's words had actually been, "Je vais à l'amour" ("I am off to love"), Desti explaining that she had been embarrassed to share with the authorities the more salacious phrase. As the car pulled away, Desti called out to her friend, concerned that the scarf, fluttering in the wind, was a danger. Her fears, sadly, were all too well founded. The scarf became caught in one of the open-spoked wheels and wrapped around the rear axle. Duncan was pulled violently from the car, nearly decapitated, and bashed against the pavement.

    The great dancer and much beloved teacher of so many was cremated, her ashes placed beside those of her children.

    A lovely card in 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 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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    44.00 USD

    What an image! Great risque postcard from the early 1900s. No information on models or photographer. Sorry. This card has a few faults, but as a type it is classic!
    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

    Charming RPPC of precious child in costume by C. Touranchet. There was a Claudius Touranchet who represented France in a salon exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society in London, in 1896. America was represented by Alfred Stieglitz. Not bad company :) Photographers who worked at art also needed to pay the bills and studio portraiture was certainly one way of going about it. Commercial advertising, magazine illustration and government contract work too.

    A very nice unposted RPPC. 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

    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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    36.00 USD

    Jean Agelou and his brother George made use of a number of postcard logos throughout their careers. Apparently this GP logo was one of them. Indeed we've found cards out of commonly JA Paris marked series also tagged with this GP logo.

    A particularly fun bit of "insider" info: It has been suggested that if you look at the GP logo a little cross-eyed, the dark negative space within the white GP initials takes the shape of JA! Try it! Are we having a "Paul is Dead" moment? I know I am :)

    Great image. We love this model. The scene is set beautifully and we just never get tired of the infinite varieties of garters stockings and shoes :)

    Hmm...you know, when we get home, the first thing off is the shoes! Why is it that these Fin de Siecle French gals always seem to leave them for last? Any idea?

    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

    Wonderful white garters over black stockings!!! This is such a classic "french" postcard. The word french in this context, like "french" bread, sometimes remains uncapitalized by us when referring to these early 1900s nude and risque images (particularly if the card itself was not actually produced in France). Here in the USA at least, "french postcard" was a common term in the early 1900s and beyond, for nude or risque postcard images whether they originated in France, or not. This probably came about as a result of American soldiers returning home from service in France during WWI, with risque postcards tucked into their "old kit bag" that they'd picked up as souvenirs in Paris while on leave. That being said, this is also most certainly a "French" postcard :)

    Jean Agelou is practically notorious for his risque and erotic postcard images of the early 1900s. Born in Alexandria Egypt to French parents in 1878, he was active as a photographer in France from at least the early 1900s.

    He and his brother George produced "legitimate" work as well, and though we've read in a few places that George was not himself the photographer, but only handled the business end of their partnership, we've come across plenty of cards with the identifying logo "G A Paris" (G for George rather than J for Jean) and also a few marked Cliché George Agelou which might suggest that George took a more active role in the actual photography than is sometimes supposed, even perhaps striking out on his own for a time.

    Jean Agelou and his brother George both died in an automobile accident in 1921.
    A great 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 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

    In 1927 they became known around the world as "The Three Musketeers." These intrepid adventurers, from left to right, were Catherine Robbins, Hilda M. Kurth and Kathleen Norris. Robbins and Kurth were 25-year-old schoolteachers, and Norris was only 18, having just graduated from high school. They made international news and achieved way more than that "15 minutes of fame" we hear so much about, as the first women alone to hike the entire Green Mountain Trail, beginning in Mass. and ending in Vermont. They did this, a 27 day long hike, "without male escort, or firearms" which was seen as very courageous back then!

    This is an original photograph, a press photo in fact, used by a newspaper for an article on these three gals back in 1927. The paper affixed to the back of the photograph reminds the newspaper editor to credit the photo agency if they use the image.

    Photo is a very frameable large format with an interior image size of approx. 9 and 3/4 by 7 inches. As you can see, it has no left hand border, and there are various bends and minor creasings, also a little rippling at the edges. This would have been used by the newspaper, and then it seems it was carelessly shoved into a file cabinet to languish for decades before being discovered. A wonderful piece of history.

    We'll ship this in a padded envelope with interior support.


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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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    33.00 USD

    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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    18.00 USD

    Walter Grave and Therese Wiet, posing for a photo while in costume for "Der Dumme August," an operetta produced in the early 1910s in Leipzig, Germany.
    Gorgeous costumes and we almost always love a healthy dose of silvering as we see in this image! It feels like a moment out of the past pushing through layers of time, like dust, or in this case, particles of metallic salts of silver that have risen to the surface of the photograph and oxidized.
    Der Dumme August is actually a technical term pertaining to performance clowning. It refers to a particular type of clown character, we think the pathetic one that is made a fool of, not the malicious one doing the teasing. This would make sense within the context of Pierrot and that character's origins in the 16th century Italian Commedia dell'arte, in which he is regularly cuckolded by Harlequin.
    Anyway, great 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 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

    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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    24.00 USD

    "Holly Wood" is the name scrawled on the obverse of this card. An autograph? Or simply a note made by a previous owner of the card. In either case, what a great name for a cabaret/burlesque dancer :) This wonderful promotional RPPC was probably made in the 1920s. It was produced in Berlin, Germany at the Perschke Studio (Atelier Perschke), Berlin W., Maassen Strasse 15.
    ** "Berlin W." was indeed an area designation, but shouldn't be confused with the cold war era's "West Berlin." This card probably predates the "wall" by a couple of decades at least.**

    Although Hollywood was an important center of American film making as early as the mid 1910s, in the 1920s it was (according to Wikipedia) the fifth largest industry in the nation, so it's no surprise to find a dancer in Berlin capitalizing on that kind of name recognition. Great, great, image :) We particularly love these small studio RPPCs. Usually produced in very small runs, when you find one like this, they are quite possibly one of only a few, or even the last remaining copy in existence. That's a pretty fair application of the term "rare" :)
    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

    Truly a fantastic card by NPG (Neue Photographische Gesellschaft) of Berlin. We are going to guess that though published in Germany, the hub of the picture postcard industry at that time, this photo was taken in Paris. Why do we think so? Just the style of it, and we might well be mistaken. We've had a couple versions of this wonderful card over the last few years, but only a couple. This is one of our very favorite dance images, and this card is very hard to find.
    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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    28.00 USD

    Wow, but what a stunner! Beautiful soft-focus study of dancer Carla Steffens. Card is dated July 28th, 1928. We find no history on this dancer. Lovely 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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    205.00 USD

    As per convo. Not pictured, but included in this order, are the two cards featuring little girls in dance costume.


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    33.00 USD

    We are still searching for history on Mlle. Nina Barkis. Sometimes described by modern postcard sellers as a dancer and an opera singer, many of her postcards are of the "Poses Plastiques" variety so popular at the time, but apparently she played onstage as Salomé, too. Images of her as Salomé by Herr Gerlach, suggest that she performed that role in Berlin, and so probably in the Strauss version of the opera, rather than Mariotte's. The trick is to discover if she was actually an opera singer, or a dancer who stood in for the opera singer during the dance of seven veils. Not all opera stars were particularly fine dancers, and the use of a stand-in was fairly common in various productions of that opera. Chances are that this lovely image by Georg Gerlach is one of her in costume for Salomé. Though we've seen others of her in different costume, identified as Salomé, in this image she is wearing what appears to be the same necklace worn in those other identified images, so we're guessing this costume was from the same production.

    It's a bit surprising that more information is not available on Mlle. Barkis. She was certainly prolific as a postcard queen. What a fine print and in very nice, unposted condition! We've read that she posed for nude images by the renowned "french postcard" photographer, Jean Agelou and we've sold a number of images of her by Monsieur Walery of Paris too, usually in a faux-nude, elastic, body suit, or what is sometimes in French referred to as "en collant."

    That close-fitting elastic costume came into popularity (though not originally in risque postcard images or public performances) in the United States during the mid 1800s.

    The common fashion of wearing tight-laced corsets was viewed by many in the women's movement not only as unhealthy and potentially dangerous, but as yet another way in which women were held in thrall by an inflexible, patriarchal society. At the same moment in history, the movement toward the emancipation of slaves was coming to a head, and that cause was viewed by women activists as walking hand in hand with their own.

    The introduction of elastic undergarments as a replacement for corsets found great support (excuse the pun :) among those women, and these garments were given names like liberty suit, emancipation suit, or union suit, associating the garment with personal emancipation, a woman's right to make decisions regarding her own body, its health and appearance, and the "Union" side in the Civil War, which was fought in large part, over the issue of slavery. These garments became a personal statement made quietly, a choice, or determination, that was worn underneath one's exterior clothing, so that the wearer was safe from the sort of ridicule suffered by many who went "against the grain" publicly.

    So, what we have come to think of as a union suit, that funny, old-fashioned, red woolen get up with the tent-flap backdoor that is worn by gnarled and be-whiskered prospectors in period films, was not originally designed for men at all, but for women.

    In 1900, Oneita, a major manufacturer of the "elastic ribbed union suit" advertised their "Venus" (trimmed with silk ribbon and mother of pearl buttons), using images of a shapely gal posing on a pedestal, like a statue of that goddess, and very much like many of the risque faux nude postcards we sell in our shop. It's just a little ironic that a costume worn in images that can be said to objectify women, originally found popularity in the women's movement as an expression of practical feminism!

    We'll continue researching Mlle. Barkis, hoping to find more concrete information.

    A wonderful card and so beautifully tinted! 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

    Monsieur Louis Martin is one of our favorite photographers. Like Reutlinger, Walery, and other Parisian competitors, he was a celebrity portraitist, but probably far less expensive to work with and was less playful with his images. His cards were not often hand-colored either--pretty much straight forward portraits of theater people, who were then identified by name, and sometimes by act in hand-lettered white script. So no frills, but professionally accomplished promotional portraits of often lesser known acts, offering us glimpses of performers we've never met before and often will never meet again, which is just a lot of fun.

    Our dancer, Mlle. Lyonelle, poses in this image as Salomé. Her costume is simple; likewise, her pose. Her expression is as sweet as new wildflowers in a Spring meadow, but then, when would Salomé have been at her most dangerous :) She signed this card on the obverse, offering friendship, in the ubiquitous violet ink of the period. Such fun :)

    Louis Martin's studio was located at 52 Rue de Faubourg Saint-Martin in Paris, about 10 minutes walk from the Moulin Rouge, and 15 minutes walk from the Folies Bergere, so he was certainly in a prime spot at that time.
    A wonderful 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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