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Fine vintage postcards, photographs, paper ephemera and related vintage items.
Fine vintage postcards, photographs, paper ephemera and related vintage items.

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Illustrations by Raphael Kirchner, circa 1903-1910s. These highly collectable postcards displaying illustrations by Raphael Kirchner are the featured items in the Red Poulaine Etsy store today. Visit http://www.etsy.com/shop/redpoulaine to see our high resolution scans while these items are still available.
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We've got some wonderful new RPPCs featuring dolls in our shop. Come see!
Dolls and Their People - A photo collage from Red Poulaine, featuring three young adventurers about to begin their journey with a large entourage of toys and dolls, cousin Jeanette with her little smile and her doll, a small girl with a big doll, and a WWI soldier with a small doll. Visit our shop on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/redpoulaine to see these images and more.
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Printed in 1901, this lovely piece of Belle Epoque art captures in beautiful color lithograph the Carnaval celebration!

René Péan (1875-1940) was a master poster artist, an illustrator, and painter of Belle Epoque Paris. He was a contemporary of Jules Cheret, and in fact worked with him at the Chaix Printing shop. Like other artists of the period, an important part of his living was earned creating cover art for local Parisian magazines, one of which was Soleil du Dimanche, which produced occasional color covers like this one. Incidentally, Alphonse Mucha also produced cover art for "Soleil," and those original covers are even more highly collectible, auctioning sometimes for well over 1000.00 dollars (yes we are definitely looking out for those as well :).

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251288427/belle-epoque-poster-artist-rene-pean

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Young Dancers, Pozega, Croatia, by Atelier Wollner, circa 1920s
This RPPC (Real Photo Post Card) was produced at the Atelier Wollner in
Prozega, Croatia (what was then Yugoslavia), a small Eastern European
city whose history stretches back a thousand, or so, years. $ 22.00 USD by Red Poulain via Etsy: www.etsy.com/lis...

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Check out our latest treasury.

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Julian Eltinge (1881-1941), born William Julian Dalton, near Boston Mass., was one of the most famous female impersonators of the 20th century. Making his Broadway debut in 1904, just a few years before this portrait was made, he soon rose to international stardom, both in vaudeville, and on the silent screen.

At the height of his fame, he starred with a young Rudolph Valentino (not as a woman, but as a man, a la Jack Lemmon's character in "Some Like it Hot"), had stage sets for one of his reviews designed by Erté, a theater named after him on 42nd Street in NYC, and lived in one of the most palatial mansions of Southern California.

As to the most often asked question, it remains unanswered. No lover of either sex ever emerged, though he himself (those days being what they were) is said to have adopted a hyper-masculine demeanor when out of character, going so far as physically attacking stage hands, or even members of the audience, who were careless enough to suggest out loud that he might be homosexual. When stars of the period who knew him were asked, it is said they could go either way...oops :)

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1920s RPPC by Stanislas Portraits d'Art, Paris. This is, in all likelihood a one of a kind image. Really weirdly wonderful. Such costumes, and the way the couple was directed by the photographer. Amazing stuff! We are always so pleased when we are able to share something like this with you. :)

I love the way this couple have posed. So much attitude! Plus, I adore their costumes. His headdress is just amazing.

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Louise Armandine Duval (1879-1940) who took the stage name Armande Cassive, was a popular comic actress of the French theater.
Raised in an Ursuline convent, she began her work on the stage in the late 19th century, and also appeared in film in later years. Below is a quote by critic Carl Van Vechten (writer, photographer, patron of the Harlem Renaissance, and long time friend of Gertrude Stein) from "The Merry-Go-Round," in which he heaps praise upon Mlle. Cassive, apparently considering her a very funny lady, indeed!

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Mlle. Deguez made quite a name for herself performing something called the "Danse des Cheveux," or "Hair Dance." We haven't yet uncovered anything definite on the origin of Mlle. Deguez' dance, but think it's probable that it was an interpretation of the Danse des Cheveux performed by young unmarried women among the Berber people of Morocco.

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1866 was the year in which the opéra comique "Mignon" by Ambroise Thomas (based upon a novel by Goethe) opened with great success in Paris. From there, its popularity spread through Europe and the Americas.Though the opera went through a number of changes in language, in endings (from happy, to tragic, and back again), etc., it remained hugely popular, and the story, of a tragical Gypsy girl (you'll get no spoilers here), took hold in the popular imagination.
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