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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Photo with Peasants Regulation of Huai River 1950s

Altes China Photo

Photo with Peasants Regulation of Huai River 1950s



Authentic photo from the early 1950ies. It depicts peasants under a huge banner: „ We definitely will dam the river Huai“. 14,3 x 10,8 cm, minor chops at margin, brown sot at left middle. Square, blue stamp by Xinhua news agency at reverse , Nr. 35692.

More old Chinese Photos: HERE

Friday, February 07, 2014

Old Chinese Snuff Bottle with embedded Stones

Old Chinese snuff bottle

Old Chinese Snuff Bottle with embedded Stones

Decorative old Chinese snuff bottle. Bronze corpus with embedded stones at all sides. Hall mark at bottom: 興盛 64 x 33 x 63 mm, good condition.

Size: 26 x 20 x 71 mm, good condition.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

La Jana Autograph, CoA

La Jana Autograph

La Jana: German Ross publisher edition of a b/w print, depicting the young pretty actress La Jana. 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm), good condition. 

La Jana (Henriette Margarethe Hiebel, 1905- 1940) was an Austro-German dancer and actress. She appeared as a dancer in revues in Berlin, Stockholm (1933) and London (1934/35) among other cities, performing in Herman Haller's An und Aus, Erik Charell's Casanova and Max Reinhardt's Die schöne Helena. In Casanova she was presented to the audience semi-naked on a silver platter. She became the talk of Berlin. Crown Prince Wilhelm became her lover and visited her regularly at her villa in Grunewald. There were also rumours of an affair between her and Joseph Goebbels.

The impresario Charles B. Cochran, in contrast, reports reading in a newspaper that "Hitler was seldom seen in public without La Jana".When Charlie Chaplin was in Berlin, they had an affair which he wrote up for the Women's Home Companion.

With Cochran's Streamline, La Jana toured throughout England and Scotland in 1934. In this show, she played a Spanish dancer. After her return to Germany, Truxa (filmed in 1936, released in 1937) made her a film star and from then on she appeared in one or more films almost every year. The Tiger of Eschnapur (originally Der Tiger von Eschnapur) from 1938, directed by Richard Eichberg, was a highlight in her career.

More such Autographs: HERE


Friday, August 23, 2013

Franz Lehar Autograph: Signed Photo. CoA



Franz Lehar Autograph

Franz Lehar portrait photo with autograph and dedication, signed in Wien in 1941.

Size: 17,6 x 23,8 cm (7 x 9.6 inches). Good condition. Authentic, hand written signature.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Franz Lehár (1870 – 1948), known in Hungarian as Lehár Ferenc, was an Austrian composer of Hungarian descent, mainly known for his operettas. Lehár studied violin and composition at the Prague Conservatory but was advised by Antonín Dvořák to focus on composing music. After graduation in 1899 he joined his father's band in Vienna, as assistant bandmaster.

In 1902 he became conductor at the historic Vienna Theater an der Wien, where his first opera Wiener Frauen was performed in November of that year. He is most famous for his operettas - the most successful of which is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe), but he also wrote sonatas, symphonic poems, marches, and a number of waltzes. Lehár was also associated with the operatic tenor Richard Tauber, who sang in many of his operettas, beginning with Frasquita (1922), in which Lehár once again found a suitable post-war style.

Between 1925 and 1934 he wrote six operettas specifically for Tauber's voice. By 1935 he decided to form his own publishing house, Glocken-Verlag (“Publishing House of the Bells”), to maximize his personal control over performance rights to his works.

He died in 1948 in Bad Ischl, near Salzburg where he was also buried.

More such Autographs: HERE


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Renners Airship over Graz. Vintage Postcard from 1909

Renner's Airship in Graz. Vintage Postcard from 1909


Renner airship postcard


“Graz, Herrengasse mit Renner’s Luftschiff“. Vintage postcard with the famous Renner airship as it passes Graz in Styria.

Sent 1909 Graz to Baden. Good condition.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Attractive, slim Agate Snuff Bottle - 玛瑙鼻烟壶

Attractive, slim Agate Snuff Bottle


Attractive Agate Snuff Bottle


Chinese vintage snuff bottle with attractive, natural design. 玛瑙鼻烟壶

Beige-grey agate with brown to dark-brown enclosures. Well hollowed. Metal stopper with blue stone ( tiny, sparkling enclosure). Oval-shaped. Height: 7,9 cm (3,2 inches), width: 2,1 cm.

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Mela Koehler Postcard with Christmas Motif



Mela Koeher Xmas Postcard

Mela Koehler Decorative Postcard with Christmas Motif



Mela Koehler Xmas Postcard. Decorative Art Nouveau postcard, lithographed. The postcard depicts a pretty young lady with a stylized Christmas tree.

Artist signed Mela Koehler. Published by M. Munk Wien as Nr. 1037.

Used in Germany in 1913. Good condition.

More such Postcards: HERE

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Unusual Krampus Postcard

Krampus and St. Nicholas: Unusual Postcards 




vintage Krampus postcard


Funny old Krampus and Saint Nicholas postcard, depicting a slim Krampus and St. Nicholas carrying corned beef tins.

(At the end and after World War II European countries like Austria and Germany received food support from the USA due the Marshall plan).

Artist signed: Alex

More Vintage Postcards at our curioshop: HERE


Saturday, March 09, 2013

WW1: Wiener Caricaturen Mocking Postcard

Pan-Slavists: Mocking Postcard WWI Wiener Caricaturen

old Austrian telephone card

WW1: b/w postcard „Panslavisten“. Russians, heavily drinking, funny text.

War series by „Wiener Caricaturen“. Published by Wiener Caricaturen. Good condition.

More WWI Postcards: HERE


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Rome 1911 International Exhibition Postcard

Rome 1911 International Exhibition Postcard



Rome 1911 International Exhibition Postcard

Decorative, lithographed postcard "Rome 1911 International Exhibition Postcard". Contemporary and Retrospective Art, Music and Dramatic Art. Archaeology Italian Ethnography, Congress, Sport. 

The postcard depicts 3 eagles on an antique Italian column. Artist signed: Duilio Cambelotti 

Used in Austria in 1911, good condition 

Duilio Cambelotti (1876 – 1960) was a famous and important Italian artist, best known for his posters.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chairman Mao Zedong Photo from Exhibition.

Chairman Mao Photo from Exhibition.



Cultural Revolution Photo

China 1960-70ies. Authentic photo print, Mao Zedong .

6 x 8 inches. Fine condition.

This photo has been displayed in a kind of touring exhibition in several Chinese communities in Anhui province.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Zhu Qishi Vintage Seal. 朱其石印章

Zhu Qishi Vintage Seal



Chinese Seal by Zhu Qishi

Zhu Qishi: Vintage Seal, White stone, carved in 1924. 

As seal engraved are 6 characters: yi jiang feng yu chao sheng  一江风雨潮生. (The elements stir up the river). 

29 x 5 x 52 mm. Very well carved. Good condition. 

Side inscriptions with details. 

Zhu Qishi is most of all famous for his paintings.