Tag Archives: 1920s

Misled Love

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PC Paris #2886. Postcard. Private Collection.

Love which serenades your heart
Is it sincere? Is it misled?

A pink tinted French PC Paris postcard with a warning!

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1928 Bulgarian Duo

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Bulgarian duo dated 28 Dec. 1928. Private Collection

A duo that took their picture during the Holidays of 1928. I don’t know if anyone else but me is seeing this, but the buddy on the right reminds me of one of the dancers in Madonna’s Vogue music video of the 90’s, but if he were in his teens.

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Close-up.


Photographer:
Foto-Lux. Shumen,Bulgaria.


I found him again, with chicks

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PC Paris #2963. Young man with chicks. RPPC. Private Collection.

That was way too easy. :)

Do you remember when I posted the beautiful couple on the bicycle? That was last September. I hoped to stumble upon this 1920’s postcard model again, but I did not hold my breath. So when I spotted him after eight months of casually scouring seller stocks, I was thrilled to finally add another one of his cards to this collection. Unlike some others he is near impossible to find. Unfortunately, there is no information about postcard models of the period. I would have liked to find out who he was.

While I understand the models who posed for the more risqué cards had to hide their identity and are now essentially uncredited, I don’t see why there is absolutely no information about the models who posed for tamer photoshoots. Frustrating!

This was of course an Easter postcard (I edited out the French greeting for this blog).


Edward, Prince of Wales, on a Montreal street. Or is it?

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Edward, Prince of Wales photomontage. RPPC. Private Collection.

When I got this photo postcard I was excited about two things; it combines early 20’s men’s fashion with a beautiful street view of Montreal. I had no idea who the man was, although he looked vaguely familiar.

But when I posted it here, Kate of the Photobooth Journal, mentioned his uncanny resemblance to King Edward VIII…Well, yes, it happens to be a photo of King Edward VIII! At least from when he was Prince of Wales, and…it is a photomontage!

The Prince of Wales did spend a few years in Canada in the early 20’s, but he did not pose for this street candid!

Here’s the original of the Prince on a boat. I was shocked, and then I laughed. I got duped by an early 1920’s “photoshop”! They even changed his cane’s position! Still a beautiful, expertly done photograph. I’m impressed.

 

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Source: kingedwardviii.tumblr.com

 

 

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You can also see the sign for the Allen Theater, once at 698 St. Catherine West (now a less grand Five Guys burger joint). The Allen was bought and renamed The Palace in 1922. St. Catherine West was a hub of movie-going and nighttime entertainment.

Restored image © Caroline E. Ryan

RPPC: AZO squares 1926-1940s. (Data from Playle.com, but this shows AZO squares were available in 1923)


Cap and Bowtie

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1920s-30s studio portrait. Private Collection.

This picture is photobooth size, and what a lovely portrait of this gentleman with the cap. This charming fella looks to be Italian too, and a blue collar for certain. He comes off  as the friendly, hard working father of a fast growing family. :)

Photographer: Stamped on back – THE LITTLE PICTURE SHOP (how cute of a name is that??) 80 Kansas Avenue. Topeka – Kansas.


Flat, Slick and Shiny

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Young man with slicked back hair. 1923, Hostetler studio. Davenport, Iowa. Private Collection.

A profile portrait taken in 1923. It came in a nice folder frame with the photographer info, and still has the protective sheet.

If you ever wondered why great grandma’s armchairs always had lace doilies on the top of the backs, now you know the habit was born out of wanting to protect her precious furniture from her household’s intentionally greasy heads!

Photographer: Hostetler. Est. Since 1888. 212 West 3rd St. Davenport. Iowa.


The 1920s boy with the rouged lips

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A 1920s little boy with the rouged lips. RPPC. Private Collection.

“When I grow up, I want to be Rudolph Valentino!” Look at this mini gentleman…What a  cute close-up portrait of this boy, and with the rouged lips. Though I knew the practice was common for mass marketed postcards, mostly of romance couples and actors, this is the first time I see this done to a child on a regular portrait picture. Maybe he did work as a postcard model.

RPPC: AZO 1918-1930


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