Maiden at the Well (Lilian Greuze). Photogravures by Léopold-Émile Reutlinger, early 1900s

French stage actress, model, and later, film actress Mlle. Lilian Greuze, was associated with both Sarah Bernhardt and Polaire. She appeared in several silent films, and went on to appear in the talkies as well.

Here she is in a series of “woman at the well” postcards; a theme that easily can be counted as a sub-genre of turn of the century picture postcards. The Photogravures are by French photographer Leopold Reutlinger (1863-1937).

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Maiden at the Well Photogravure of Lilian Greuze by Leopold Reutlinger via

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Maiden at the Well Photogravure of Lilian Greuze by Leopold Reutlinger via

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Maiden at the Well Photogravure of Lilian Greuze by Leopold Reutlinger via

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Maiden at the Well. Photogravure of Lilian Greuze by Leopold Reutlinger via

Parisian Postcards of Mata Hari by Lucien Waléry (1906)

Lucien Waléry lived and worked in Paris in the period 1900-1930. He photographed an extraordinary number of beautiful women from most of the particular risque dance revues, a.o. Mata Hari and Josephine Baker.

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Postcard of Mata Hari in Paris by Lucien Waléry, 1906 via

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Postcard of Mata Hari in Paris by Lucien Waléry, 1906 via

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Postcard of Mata Hari in Paris by Lucien Waléry, 1906 via

Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria de Neubourg, Queen of Spain in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo (1878)

Ruy Blas is a tragic drama by Victor Hugo. The scene is Madrid; the time 1699, during the reign of Charles II. Ruy Blas, an indentured commoner (and a poet), dares to love the Queen, Maria de Neubourg. The story centers around a practical joke played on the queen, by Don Salluste de Bazan, in revenge for being scorned by her.

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Sarah Bernhardt as Queen Maria in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo via

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Sarah Bernhardt as Queen Maria in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo via

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Sarah Bernhardt as Queen Maria in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo via

Geneviève Lantelme (ca. 1900s)

Geneviève “Ginette” Lantelme (born 1883) was a French stage actress, socialite, fashion icon, and courtesan.

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Geneviève Lantelme, ca. 1900s via

Princess Clara Ward Postcard

Clara Ward (1873 – 1916) was a wealthy American socialite who married a prince from Belgium. Her main talents were being beautiful by the standards of the time, and being famous. She combined the two by posing on various stages, including at least the Folies Bergère and probably also the Moulin Rouge, while wearing skin-tight costumes.

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Postcard of theater star Clara Ward, ca. 1900s via