A Collection of Victorian “Carte de Visites”

The carte de visite was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854.  It was a small, cheap portrait format which made photography available to the masses.

It was usually made of an albumen print, which was a thin paper photograph mounted on a thicker paper card.

The Carte de Visite was slow to gain widespread use until 1859, when Disdéri published Emperor Napoleon III’s photos in this format. This made the format an overnight success.

The new invention was so popular it was known as “cardomania”and it spread throughout Europe and then quickly to America and the rest of the world.

The immense popularity of these card photographs led to the publication and collection of photographs of prominent persons.

Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors.

Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlors.

By the early 1870s, cartes de visite were supplanted by “cabinet cards,” which were also usually albumen prints, but larger, mounted on cardboard backs.

1860s1

Contemporary carte de visite, 1860s via

cartev

Victorian carte de visite circa 1880s via

Queen_Victoria

One of the first cartes de visite of Queen Victoria taken by photographer John Jabez Edwin Mayall via

Napoléon_III_and_his_wife_Eugenie,_CDV_by_Disderi,_c1865

Napoléon III and his wife Eugenie, cartes de visite by Disderi, circa 1865 via

carte-de-visite-photograph-of-ella-wesner-circa-1872

Carte de visite photograph of Ella Wesner, circa 1872, the most celebrated male impersonator of the Gilded Age Vaudeville circuit. via

bride1

 1860s original/vintage albumen carte de visite of a lovely young California bride in her flowing white wedding dress taken by the pioneer daguerreotypist from San Francisco, William Shew via

Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists (1920s-1930s)

marlene dietrich 1931 - by eugene robert richee

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). Her earliest professional stage appearances were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher’s Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, and in Rudolf Nelson revues in Berlin. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel (1930) brought her international fame and resulted in a contract with Paramount Pictures. Photo of Dietrich by Ruth Harriet Louise, c 1930 via

Trude-Hesterberg

Trude Hesterberg (1892 – 1967) was a German stage and film actress, cabaret artist, chanson singer, soubrette and operetta singer, as well as founder and director of a cabaret stage. It is thought that she was an early consideration for the lead role in The Blue Angel, before it was given to Marlene Dietrich via

Archiv-der-Akademie-Der-Künst-Berlin

Margo lion (1899 – 1989) first came to Berlin in 1921 and made her debut at Trude Hesterbergs cabaret ‘Wild Bühne’ (The Wild Stage) in 1923 . She is best known for her role as Pirate Jenny in director G.W. Pabst’s 1931 French language adaptation of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) via

anita-please-pay-1921-ernst-schneider (1)

Anita Berber (1899 – 1928) was a German dancer, actress, and writer. Her hair was cut fashionably into a short bob and was frequently bright red, as in 1925 when the German painter Otto Dix painted a portrait of her, titled “The Dancer Anita Berber” via

valeska-gert-berlin-underworld

Valeska Gert (1892 – 1978) could be considered one of Germany’s most ambiguous and overlooked artists. She was a dancer, actress, film and cabaret star. She was a pioneering performance artist who is said to have laid the foundations and paved the way for the punk movement via

Kate-Kühl

Kate Kühl (1899-1970) nicknamed ‘The Red Nightingale’ went on to perform in all the major cabaret venues of the time including the Wilde Bühne, Kadeko and the Katacombe via

p_blandineebinger

Blandine Ebinger (1899 – 1993) was a German actress and chansonniere. Ebinger became acquainted with Friedrich Hollaender in 1919, and with him she became heavily invested as a performer, writer, and composer in the Berlin cabaret scene in the 1920s, beginning in the cabaret Schall und Rauch and the Café Größenwahn. Photo of Blandine Ebinger performing Lieder eines armen Mädchens, 1925 via

Vintage Photos of Suzanne Lenglen – the Greatest Female Tennis Player in History

Suzanne Lenglen (1899 – 1938) was a French tennis player who won 31 Championship titles between 1914 and 1926. She was the first female tennis celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine (the Goddess) by the French press. She dominated women’s tennis from 1914 until 1926 when she turned professional.

Prior to Lenglen, female tennis matches drew little fan interest, which quickly changed as she became her sport’s greatest drawing card. Tennis devotees and new fans to the game began lining up in droves to buy tickets to her matches. Temperamental, flamboyant, she was a passionate player whose intensity on court could lead to an unabashed display of tears. But for all her flamboyance, she was a gifted and brilliant player who used extremely agile footwork, speed and a deadly accurate shot to dominate female tennis for seven straight years. Her excellent play and introduction of glamour to the tennis court increased the interest in women’s tennis, and women’s sports in general.

Lenglen’s 241 titles, 181 match winning streak and 341-7 (98%) match record are hard to imagine happening in today’s tennis atmosphere.

 

Suzanne_Lenglen_02

French tennis player Suzanne Langlen via

019-jean-patou-theredlist

Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Tennis Ensemble, 1920 via

001-jacques-henri-lartigue-suzane-lenglen-nice-1921-theredlist

Jacques Henri Lartigue, Suzanne Lenglen training, Nice, 1921 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL via

040-jean-patou-theredlist

Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Ensemble, 1926 via

Vintage Cinema Photos of Actresses Playing Nuns

229-audrey-hepburn-theredlist

Portrait of Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story directed by Fred Zinnemann, 1959 via

nunjoan

Joan Collins for the Sea wife, 1957 via

013-ingrid-bergman-theredlist

Portrait of Ingrid Bergman in The Bell’s of St. Mary’s directed by Leo McCarey, 1945. Photo by Ralph Crane via

145-anna-karina-theredlist

Anna Karine in La religieuse directed by Jacques Rivette, 1966 via

012-the-black-narcissus-theredlist

Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947 via

002-the-sound-of-music-theredlist

Julie Andrews and Peggy Wood in The Sound of Music directed by Robert Wise, 1965 via

035-debbie-reynolds-theredlist

Debbie Reynolds in The Singing Nun directed by Henry Koster, 1966 via

 

The Black Cat Audition in Hollywood (1961)

Hollywood, 1961. Following a newspaper casting call, black cats are waiting for audition for a low budget horror movie adaption of ‘Tales of Terror’ by Edgar Allan Poe. The film was released as a double feature with Panic in Year Zero!

In the film Montresor Herringbone (Peter Lorre) hates his wife Annabelle (Joyce Jameson) and her black cat. One night on a ramble about town, he happens upon a wine tasting event and challenges the world’s foremost wine taster, Fortunato Luchresi (Vincent Price), to a contest. Herringbone becomes drunk.Luchresi escorts him home and meets his wife.

Time passes, and Annabelle and Luchresi become intimate. The cuckolded Herringbone then entombs them alive in an alcove in the basement. The authorities become suspicious and two policemen (John Hackett and Lennie Weinrib) visit the house to investigate.

Hearing screeching behind a basement wall, they knock the wall down to discover the dead lovers — and Annabelle’s black cat, which Herringbone had accidentally walled up with the lovers.

Cat auditions j

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

blackcat61

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

cat1961

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

bag

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

black

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

blackcats61

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

kitten

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

blackcats

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

blackC61

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

blackcat

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

blackc

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive via

Vintage Photos of Malt Shops Scenes (1940s-50s)

malt2

Lana Turner in”Slightly Dangerous”, 1943 via

malt

Date at the malt shop, 1940s via

malt5

Teens gather at the counter of a local malt shop, 1947 via

malt3

Teen Couple Playing Juke Box in Malt Shop with Other Teens in Booths, 1950s via

malt4

Teenagers on a date in a malt shop, 1950s via