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    27.00 USD

    Risque Jean Agelou image of Eve and the Snake, circa 1910s. Love the snake!!!

    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 is best known today for his risque and erotic "french postcards."

    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 than is sometimes supposed, even striking out on his own for a time.

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

    Lovely card with some minor bend/crease issues along left edge, upper quadrant. Barely noticeable, but, sigh...there it is.. 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

    Did your knees just go weak? Don't be alarmed. Signorina Menichelli has that effect on many people! One of the most beautifully expressive faces of the Italian cinema, Pina Menichelli, radiates dramatic presence. We are particularly fond of her images, and in general love what these Italian photographers, working with these amazing models, were able to achieve!

    We also love being able to offer you cards of this almost pristine quality, as if you had just stepped off a train in Milan, in 1917, and while waiting for your aunt, who was to meet you at the station but is late in arriving, you stop at a kiosk which sells newspapers, magazines and postcards. This particular image catches your eye, because only last month you admired Pina in one of her films, wearing this oh so modern outfit. As you remember sitting in the dark cinema with your sweetheart, the sights and sounds of the busy railway station disappear....

    Now, for a real treat, follow the link below to this Youtube video of a full length Pina Menichelli film, lots of fun, and with subs in English and a nice musical soundtrack, so that you can better remember that wonderful experience! We recommend a bowl of fresh popcorn and a SanPellegrino Limonata sweetened with two tablespoons of sugar!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwUXLo0277E

    Traveling through time and space is what we we are all about here at Red Poulaine. Please think of us as your own personal Tardis :)

    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

    Karl Vanselow, writer, publisher and photographer, was the founder of Verlag der Schoenheit (Beauty Publishers) and a promoter of Naturism, Nudism, and Physical Culture from the early 1900s until, we believe, into the early 1930s, in Germany.

    Though unattributed, this may be one of his photos. It is a lovely, evocative, image.

    Sometimes viewed as a direct reaction to the social taboos surrounding nudity in modern western society and therefore as political in nature, the Naturist and "Physical Culture" movements that grew in popularity from the 1890s promoted an open awareness and acceptance of the human form, physical well-being through diet and exercise, and the practice of social nudity. Of course naturism is still practiced today all over the world, but in the 1920s (our card's era), the subject was far more controversial.

    Herr Vanselow was also an advocate and promoter of Esperanto, and published a number of poems in that "new" constructed language.

    Would you like to hear Esperanto spoken? You could follow the link below to the full length version of "The Incubus," a 1966 black and white horror film directed by Leslie Stevens, the creator of "The Outer Limits," and starring a barely pre-Star Trek William Shatner. According to many modern speakers of Esperanto, the pronunciation of the language in this film is...not so great. Still, lots of fun, and a very weird little movie!!
    What does any of this have to do with our postcard? Almost nothing whatsoever :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHUfHj2lTaM

    A very nice card. Note the extra bit of card stock protruding from one of the corners, a fault (easily remedied) that must have occurred during the cutting process.
    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

    Embroidered corset, striped woolen stockings, lacy under-drawers and lots of ribbons and bows. This is quite the image! I We believe what we have here is an image of a genuine fancy woman :) It appears to be an RPPC shot in a garden setting. Our fashion historians will love this one, but we'll file it under risque.
    If you look closely, you'll see two rounded depressions at the top and bottom of the image. These were caused by the glue holding the photo in an album or on some other surface, probably shinkage of the glue of a century or so.
    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


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    14.00 USD

    Love this image. Marguerite Brésil is one of our favorites. Born in 1880, she made her first appearance on the stage of the Theatre Gymnase in Paris, in 1899, and within a few years was a tremendous star.

    This portrait was made by Leopold Reutlinger of Paris, the card printed by NPG (Neue Photographische Gesellschaft) of Berlin.

    Monsieur Reutlinger had a long standing arrangement with NPG, one of the highest quality printing and publishing houses of postcards at that time (early 1900s), where many of his Parisian photos were printed for commercial distribution.

    A very nice unposted 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


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    18.00 USD

    Did your knees just go weak? Don't be alarmed. Signorina Menichelli has that effect on many people! One of the most beautifully expressive faces of the Italian cinema, Pina Menichelli, radiates dramatic presence. We are particularly fond of her images, and in general love what these Italian photographers, working with these amazing models, were able to achieve!

    We also love being able to offer you cards of this beauty, as if you had just stepped off a train in Milan, in 1917, and while waiting for your aunt, who was to meet you at the station but is late in arriving, you stop at a kiosk which sells newspapers, magazines and postcards. This particular image catches your eye, because only last month you admired Pina in one of her films, wearing this oh so modern outfit. As you remember sitting in the dark cinema with your sweetheart, the sights and sounds of the busy railway station disappear.

    Now, for a real treat, follow the link below to this Youtube video of a full length Pina Menichelli film, lots of fun, and with subs in English and a nice musical soundtrack, so that you can better remember that wonderful experience! We recommend a bowl of fresh popcorn and a SanPellegrino Limonata sweetened with two tablespoons of sugar!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwUXLo0277E

    Traveling through time and space is what we we are all about here at Red Poulaine. Please think of us as your own personal Tardis. :)

    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    12.00 USD

    Lovely postcard print (circa 1905) of what was a photograph of ballet dancer Mlle. Boutouyrie in costume for a performance at the Opéra de Paris, probably circa 1890s. Mlle. Boutouyrie was a contemporary of Cléo de Merode and from her jaw-droppingly gorgeous costume, this image might even have been drawn from her performance with Cléo de Merode in Louis Gallet's "Thamara," a romantic tragedy and two part extravagance of Oriental Exoticism set in Baku, in which Boutouyrie and Merode dance the parts of favorites in a harem (Nope, as far as we know, they did not sing. Opera often used (uses) dancers too!). We do know that French operatic soprano Jeanne Hatto performed as Thamara in at least two of the opera's productions.

    The detail on this costume is just amazing!
    A truly 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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    11.00 USD

    Such a charming image! Four young girls costumed as if for a musical production of the Mignon type. Tragic young Gypsies, one and all, well we hope things turn out well for them :)

    Please note the small arrow drawn above the head of the leftmost young lady. It harms an otherwise gorgeous print, but still, a charming, charming 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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    14.00 USD

    Really great flapper image by Fotocelere, one of our favorite Italian printer/publishers, based in Turin, Italy. Like a number of the larger publishers, Fotocelere had satellites outside their country of origin, this lovely card having been printed in France.

    After WWI, whose dark clouds had rained all over the picture postcard's "golden era," the postcard never quite regained the mass popularity it had enjoyed prior to 1914. It was still an important means of communication of course, though the practice of mailing off a card to a friend across town on Wednesday, to invite them over for lunch on Friday, was rapidly being supplanted by that new-fangled machine, the telephone.

    The monochrome tinted card was cheaper to produce than those labor intensive, hand-colored postcards, keeping production costs down, and their bright, solid, colors were eye-catching and oh-so-modern! Postcards like this one were all the rage in the 20s and early 30s, and yes, we still love 'em :)

    Nice unposted condition on this one, though with some soft, rounding at the 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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    14.00 USD

    Jeez...don't you wish you could be there? I know I do :)

    Lovely 1920s era French RPPC of dancers in "costume orientale," preparing for a performance on an outdoor stage. 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 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

    Fi-ve Oda-lisques...
    Four calling birds,
    Three French hens,
    Two turtle doves...

    and it's not even Christmas yet :)

    Historically, the odalisque (from the Turkish Odalik) was a chambermaid in the sultan's harem, actually the lowest rank in the social pecking order according to Wikipedia, and so not a concubine or consort and actually never having anything to do with men whatsoever, but western Europeans built a fantasy around the word (odalisque is a remarkably beautiful word, don't you think?) and promoted the chambermaid to the adored concubine.

    The odalisque lounging on her satin cushions, swathed (or at least semi-swathed) in silk was a very popular theme in European "orientalist" paintings from the 18th century on, and of course inspired the creation of any number of exotic French postcards, works of fiction, poetry, and silent films. Also, acrobatic dance troupes, apparently :)

    A wonderful promotional RPPC, printed in Germany we're guessing in the 1910s.
    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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    17.00 USD

    We love the print quality on the film star postcards that were produced by Cinemagazine of Paris. Top Quality! Le Pirat Noir! Yo Ho!!!

    Douglas Fairbanks, 1883-1939, was a star of stars, actor, director, producer, founding member of United Artists, founding member and first president of the Motion Picture Academy, he and his wife Mary Pickford (America's Sweetheart), were the first to leave prints in the concrete out in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. His bio is so full of firsts, of credits, that we're not even going to attempt a written arrangement of them. Visit Wikipedia for more, link below:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Fairbanks

    And because beyond a detailed list of personal details and professional credits (though fascinating), the proof really is in the pudding, a second link we'll offer you is to one of Fairbank's most popular films, "The Thief of Baghdad," directed by the great Raoul Walsh in 1924. Free to watch on Youtube, this film is a delight. Marvelous print and with a soundtrack adapted, at least in part, from Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherazade, how could you go wrong?
    Pop some corn and make a movie night of it :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1C6PutTIow

    Great card, 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 not charge for postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

    And please come visit our blog at:

    redpoulaine.blogspot.com

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


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    17.00 USD

    Douglas Fairbanks, 1883-1939, was a star of stars, actor, director, producer, founding member of United Artists, founding member and first president of the Motion Picture Academy, he and his wife Mary Pickford (America's Sweetheart), were the first to leave prints in the concrete out in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. His bio is so full of firsts, of credits, that we're not even going to attempt a written arrangement of them. Visit Wikipedia for more, link below:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Fairbanks

    A second link we'll offer you is to one of Fairbank's most popular films, "The Thief of Baghdad," directed by the great Raoul Walsh in 1924. This film is a delight. Marvelous print and with a soundtrack adapted, at least in part, from Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherazade, how could you go wrong?
    Pop some corn and make a movie night of it :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1C6PutTIow

    Great card, 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 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!
    vintage postcard,


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    17.00 USD

    Yep, before Errol Flynn, even before Kevin Kostner!!! and in glorious sepia-tone :)

    Douglas Fairbanks, 1883-1939, was a star of stars, actor, director, producer, founding member of United Artists, founding member and first president of the Motion Picture Academy, he and his wife Mary Pickford (America's Sweetheart), were the first to leave prints in the concrete out in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. His bio is so full of firsts, of credits, that we're not even going to attempt a written arrangement of them. Visit Wikipedia for more, link below:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Fairbanks

    But because beyond a list of credits, the proof really is in the pudding, a second link we'll offer you is to one of Fairbank's most popular films, "The Thief of Baghdad," directed by the great Raoul Walsh in 1924. Free on Youtube, this film is a delight. Marvelous print and with a soundtrack adapted, at least in part, from Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherazade, how could you go wrong?
    Pop some corn and make a movie night of it :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1C6PutTIow

    Great card, 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 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!
    vintage postcard,


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    14.00 USD

    As far as we can tell, Miss Olive Haygate was an English actress whose home, in the late 1890s, was London. Nevertheless, we don't run across images of her by British photographers, so perhaps she went to France before becoming famous. We should mention that during this time, it was not unheard of for British theatrical producers to own French theaters and music halls, and also to stock those theaters with British acts.

    As to how well known she was in late 1890s London, we did come across a very interesting bit of history concerning her in 1897, at the Adelphi Theater. At this time, Miss Haygate was an under-study for a Miss Millward, which does suggest it was early in her career.

    As the story goes, Miss Haygate met with a Frederic Lane (also an understudy, to then well known actor William Terriss), before rehearsal for a production. Lane told her, in a joking way, that he was certain to take over Terriss' role, as he had dreamt the night before of Terriss lying prostrate on a stair landing in the theater, with a group of actors and others surrounding him as if he was in a terrible state. Miss Haygate laughed with Lane at the silly superstitiousness of the idea, as did others to whom Lane recounted his dream, but as it turned out, the actor Terriss was stabbed to death that very night, and on that very stair landing! The murderer was another actor, named Archer, who apparently bore Terriss a long standing grudge, and was later judged to have been insane at the time the crime was committed.

    However reliable or otherwise this account may be, we got it from a Google abstract of volume 14 of proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. Included are letters of testimony from Miss Haygate and others. Below is the link to the abstract, if you'd like to read Haygate's letter in detail:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=X1HYAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA310&lpg=PA310&dq=olive+haygate&source=bl&ots=MmdAjuEfv-&sig=vFIdNzQ9Khic_CE5mf3ICnhfYPs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mo0fU4OKDO_iyAGh44CgDQ&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=olive%20haygate&f=false

    Great image of the lovely Miss Haygate in almost pristine 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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    14.00 USD

    Very early portrait (circa 1901) of Geraldine Farrar, internationally acclaimed opera diva and silent movie star, by one of the most important 19th century German photographers, Julius Cornelius Schaarwächter. This is probably an image drawn from her operatic debut in Berlin as Marguerite.

    Born in 1882, in Massachusetts, Miss Farrar studied voice in France, and then in 1901 Berlin, enjoyed tremendous acclaim following her debut as Marguerite in Gounod's Faust (for which role she is in costume in our postcard).
    One of her fans was the eldest son of the Kaiser, Crown Prince Wilhelm, with whom she was reputed to have had an affair.

    In 1907, after returning to America, She performed the role of Cio Cio San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with the Met. She was to remain a member of that company until her retirement in 1922.

    Miss Farrar believed strongly in the idea of incorporating acting into her operatic roles, to the degree that she was known to insert unrehearsed "bits" into performances often surprizing fellow cast members, and not always happily. On one occasion, she caused quite a ruckus during a performance of Carmen, when, in the title role, she got a little carried away and reputedly "bit" famed operatic tenor, Enrico Caruso on the ear! Perhaps he didn't mind that much though, as they remained friends for many years.

    In between opera seasons she appeared in a number of silent films, and was followed about by crowds of enthusiastic young women who earned the name Gerry-flappers!

    This card was probably published right around 1901/2 at the beginning of her operatic career. Below, we have a link to Youtube where you can hear Miss Farrar and Mr. Caruso performing together as Marguerite and Faust in around 1910, when both were on the bill at the Met in New York.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YALA82msPvA

    Great opera history, great unposted card in lovely 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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    36.00 USD

    Classic mirror theme nude! This gal's hair is always kinda wild! Love this perm :) Gorgeous Art Nouveau pendant.

    We haven't been able to find any history on this wonderful model, who over the years has become one of our very favorites. On one website, it was suggested that her name was Brianna, but we haven't found that name anywhere else. We also found one of those wonderful Walery images of a Casino de Paris Dancer named Mlle. Paslowski, who closely resembled her, but a good customer of ours ran across a series of nude postcards, each with a different model pictured, and each with a different name printed in the bottom left corner of the cards' backsides. On the back of the card picturing this model was the name "Mireille," or miracle, so that's the name we've settled on 'til we know more.

    We don't actually have a good idea about whether there was any of the sort of stigma attached to nude modeling that would have encouraged a model to use one name for nude shots, and another for dancing at the Casino de Paris, but given the relatively open minded attitude prevalent in Paris during that era, we find it doubtful.

    If she was Mlle. Paslowski, it is likely enough she simply changed her name to give "Mireille" a try. In those days, models, dancers, and performers of all kinds, frequently changed their stage names, testing new ones out in the hopes of finding one that would resonate with the audience, sticking in their memories, thereby giving the artiste's career that important boost of name recognition!

    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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    Fun, fantastical postcard image by Heinrich (aka Henry) Traut of Munich, Germany. Clearly the ladies of the Jugendstil Epoche knew very well how to "get down and boogie" :)

    Some wear to edges and corners and a tiny nick along the right-hand edge.
    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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    14.00 USD

    Ah, basking in the blush of sunset, bathed in the rosy glow of romance :) Lovely Pierrot image published by Fotocelere in Paris. This company's home was in Turin, Italy, but apparently like many of the larger postcard publishers and printers, they established satellites in other countries, in this case, France.

    Following the "Great War" (1914-1918), and by the time the 1920s rolled into view, a little of the gilding had begun to rub off the "Golden Age" of the picture postcard.

    Germany, whose technical and industrial prowess had made it the central hub in the wheel of the picture postcard industry, had lost the war, and consequently some of the major players in that industry had changed.

    Generally, changing patterns in employment, looming economic depression, political upheaval resulting in the toppling of monarchs all over Europe, and technological advances making for a faster moving post-war world, all contributed to a slump in postcard collecting worldwide.

    Whether skilled colorists found better paying work elsewhere, or the struggling industry hired fewer of them (and spent far less on paints and dyes in an effort to cut costs), postcards decorated by the pochoir method (the French stenciling technique that required less time and skill from colorists), and monochrome-tinted images like this one, became much more common. The bright, sometimes garish (don't we just love them :) colors caught the eye of the consumer, and they were much cheaper to produce. Still, these monochrome tints remain some of our very favorite cards, and we always love Pierrot and his friends :)

    A very nice card. Writing on the reverse side and 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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    12.00 USD

    Great Pierrot image, ravishingly red, by Fotocelere in Paris.

    Following the "Great War" (1914-1918), and by the time the 1920s rolled into view, a little of the gilding had begun to rub off the "Golden Age" of the picture postcard.

    Germany, whose technical and industrial prowess had made it the central hub in the wheel of the picture postcard industry, had lost the war, and consequently some of the major players in that industry had changed.

    Generally, changing patterns in employment, looming economic depression, political upheaval resulting in the toppling of monarchs all over Europe, and technological advances making for a faster moving post-war world, all contributed to a slump in postcard collecting worldwide.

    Whether skilled colorists found better paying work elsewhere, or the struggling industry hired fewer of them (and spent far less on paints and dyes in an effort to cut costs), postcards decorated by the pochoir method (the French stenciling technique that required less time and skill from colorists), and monochrome-tinted images like this one. became much more common. The bright, sometimes garish (don't we just love them :) colors caught the eye of the consumer, and they were much cheaper to produce. Still, these monochrome tints remain some of our very favorite cards, and we always love Pierrot and his friends :)

    Quite a lot of writing on the reverse side, and some 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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