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    39.00 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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    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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    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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    26.00 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. We really adore this one. Guessing this was produced in Germany or Austria between 1906 and 1914.
    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

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

    Great turban image! As a child, French born Lilianne Carré (1904-1994) was educated in convents, and studied ballet. By 14, she was a dancer in L'Opera de Paris. By 16, she was a dancer in the revue at the Casino de Paris. By 1925 she was a star in the silents, married to Hungarian Director Michael Curtiz, and by 1935, she was living in Hollywood, and married to Errol Flynn! We heartily recommend the Wikipedia article from which we lifted these snippets of her history. You don't hear a lot about her today, but Miss Damita's films pop up now and then, and there are some really stunning images of her floating around.
    A very nice, unposted card with a bit of rounding at the corners. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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

    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! Practically mint. Such lovely, crisp and unposted, condition. We are always very happy when we can showcase a card like this one.


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    24.00 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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    29.00 USD

    German soprano Elisabeth Rethberg (1894 – 1976) was considered one of the finest opera singers of the 20th century. She performed internationally, mostly in the '20s and '30s.
    Autographs are such fun! Usually Miss Rethberg signed her full name on autographed pictures, but in this case she signed just her first name, and on the back of this card wrote the message (our translation), "To see the picture, is to remember the original." or more directly, "a look at the picture, a remembrance of the original."
    Clearly this was a more personal message and a souvenir given to a special friend, or yes, possibly just a generous gesture to a very nice fan :).

    Miss Rethberg initially studied in Dresden, Germany, and sang there until 1922 when she joined the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York. This card lists no photographer or publisher. We recognized the singer only because, well...it's what we do :) But a quick google image search under Elisabeth Rethberg or Elisabeth Rethberg autograph may come in handy.

    If you'd care to hear her sing, follow the link below to a sound clip on Youtube of a recording of her singing Ave Maria. There's quite a lot more of her stuff available as she was really quite the diva in her time.

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

    A very nice, and very rare, RPPC. No way of knowing if it's a German or an American card as she traveled between the two countries often during the '20s. 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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    29.00 USD

    Great, evocative bit of circus memorabilia! No info on Herr, or Fraulein, Bernt. Very nice 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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    33.00 USD

    Fantastic clown image!! No history on performer Leo Billwarek, unfortunately...still looking :) The photograph was made at the Atelier R. Grunberger in Prague, probably between around 1906 and 1914, but we're guessing before 1910. On the backs of their cabinet cards produced in the later 1800s, the Grunberger Studio advertised that it was the first studio (presumably in Prague) to offer color photography.
    This particular clown might fit into the category of the "Auguste," or der "Dumme August," a technical term pertaining to performance clowning. It is a type of clown character, the pathetic, clumsy one that is made a fool of, not the malicious one doing the teasing. We read in one article that the Auguste is also often face-painted in a particular way these days, but of course these things change over time and the nasty boo-boo on his head is the big "Auguste" indicator :).
    Postcards featuring circus clowns in authentic period costume are a very collectible genre of picture postcards and this one, in its very nice condition--and autographed!!-- is quite the find!
    Please examine our high res scans for detail.

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


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    26.00 USD

    Wonderful vintage postcard of a circus animal trainer in all his gaudy finery. The photo was made in the early 1900s (card stamped with the number 1907, probably the year printed, but if not, it would be very close). It is stamped in the lower right corner C. Seldt, Atelier Kegel, Cassel.
    Kassel, formerly Cassel, is an ancient city in Germany perhaps best known these days as the place where the two Bothers Grimm penned and published all those wonderful fairy tales! Photographer Conrad Seldt took over the Kegel Studio in 1901 upon the death of the previous owner, Eugen Kegel, but kept what was by then a very well respected business name in the community.

    Great circus card, very nice 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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    39.00 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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    16.00 USD

    Flirty French Flapper Dons Lovely Lace For St. Catherine's Day, French Postcard by A. Noyer of Paris, circa 1920sThe day of Saint Catherine (celebrated on November 25th) is a saint's day traditionally celebrated by unmarried women in France. Yep, if you were still single by age 25, you'd earned the dubious privilege of calling yourself a Catherinette on that day. Women observing the day attended fétes in honor of the Saint and, among other traditions, wore cute, dramatic and sometimes truly bizarre hats that would identify them as Catherinettes. The hats were often decorated in the colors yellow and green, signifying the virtue of patience, a virtue, we feel we should mention, that might actually be put to more use once a person has gotten married :) These cards were sent by friends and family (well meaning, or otherwise :) to Catherinettes on that day).

    This is one of three very cute St. Catherine's Day cards we recently acquired out of a series (probably of six) produced by A. Noyer of Paris. Lovely, almost pristine, 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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    16.00 USD

    The day of Saint Catherine (celebrated on November 25th) is a saint's day traditionally celebrated by unmarried women in France. Yep, if you were still single by age 25, you'd earned the dubious privilege of calling yourself a Catherinette on that day. Women observing the day attended fétes in honor of the Saint and, among other traditions, wore cute, dramatic and sometimes truly bizarre hats that would identify them as Catherinettes. The hats were often decorated in the colors yellow and green, signifying the virtue of patience, a virtue, we feel we should mention, that might actually be put to more use once a person has gotten married :) These cards were sent by friends and family (well meaning, or otherwise :) to Catherinettes on that day).

    This is one of three very cute St. Catherine's Day cards we recently acquired out of a series (probably of six) produced by A. Noyer of Paris. Lovely, almost pristine, 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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    81.00 USD

    as per convo


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    14.00 USD

    Tito Corbella (1885-1966) has to be one of our favorite Italian illustrators of glamor and couples romance postcards. One reason for this, is that he designed a large number of cards after famous Italian silent screen actresses, like Pina Menichelli, Francesca Bertini and Lyda Borelli, and if you visit our shop often, you know how fond we are of these ladies.

    According to the folks at European Filmstar Postcards, he also often used his wife as a model. For more history on this wonderful artist and several fine examples of his work, follow the link below to their website. It is a site we visit often when researching our cards.

    http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.com/2013/07/painted-by-tito-corbella.html

    This is one out of a series of six (we believe) card images he created highlighting that oh-so popular headdress of the mid 1910s and '20s, the turban.

    French clothing designer Paul Poiret was not fond of big, broad-brimmed hats for ladies, and certainly inspired by the "costumes orientale" legacy of French colonialism in North Africa, his elegant haremesque designs crowned by the ubiquitous plumed turban pretty much spelled the end of the Merry Widow hat and ushered in what we think of today as "flapper" fashion.

    For a really nice bio-article on Monsieur Poiret, follow the link below.

    http://solidglow.com/2012/12/20/turban-chic-paul-poiret/

    Great card showing some 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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