This is a wonderful postcard that could have been overlooked because of the coffee stains, I can imagine a German soldier, perhaps sheltering in a dugout, drinking coffee, being uplifted by her beauty and giving the will to overcome the terrible conditions at that time. This is portrait of Henny Porten, who was a German actress and film producer of the silent era, and Germany’s first major film star. She appeared in more than 170 films between 1906 and 1955. Many of her earlier films were directed by her husband Curt A. Stark, who died during World War I on the Eastern Front in 1916.
In 1921, she remarried to Wilhelm von Kaufmann. When the Nazis took power, she famously told Hitler where he could go to when he castigated her for being married to a Jew, when she refused to divorce her Jewish husband she found that her career (while doing twelve films a year ), dissolved immediately. When she resolved on emigration, she was denied an exit visa to prevent a negative impression. She made ten films during the Nazi era. Her placid and reassuring persona helped calm audiences confronted with Allied bombardment. In 1944, after an aerial mine destroyed her home, she and her husband were out on the streets, as it was forbidden to shelter a full Jew.
Frieda Ulricke “Henny” Porten (7th January 1890 – 15th October 1960)
I was fortunate to find an album of photographs kept by Peter Hibbitt, an amateur actor as a record of his stage performances. These provide a great insight into stage production during the 1960’s.
Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the role of ‘The Tramp’.
Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the part of Frank Gibbons.
A tribute to all actors past and present who give of their time to entertain us.
I have just found and purchased this wonderful photograph from John Tolley Antiques opposite my home church, King’s Church, Catford Hill, London, Se6. See notes below photograph for details of this wonderful image showing the fashions at the time.
The United States Educational Foundation in India New Delhi
Institute in Indian History and Culture
(24th July to 13th August 1965)
Department of Political Science, Manasagangothri, University of Mysore,
Mysore State, India.
Original Photograph 8” x 11” by Star Studio Mysore 1
We have a small house clearance shop just across the road from our church and I usually look in when I pass by. I have an interest in old postcards and photographs and this week I was lucky to find these two wonderful photographs from the 1940’s ?
What a wonderful portrait, a work of art, undated, by Guttenberg Photographers, Manchester.
I love the composition of this photograph, how ones eye is lead to the farmhouse, then the fields beyond. Again this photograph is undated but the chalk quarry in the far distance on the right suggest the home counties.