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01 January 2016

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: New Rares from the Collection of Didier Hanson

Happy New Year! We wish you all the best for 2016. And how can EFSP better start a new year of posts than with twelve new and rare acquisitions from the collection of our friend Didier Hanson...

Vera Karalli
Vera Karalli. Russian postcard. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vera Karalli
Vera Karalli. Russian postcard. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vera Karalli
Vera Karalli. Russian postcard. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vera Karalli (1889-1972) was a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and actress in the early 20th century.

Vasili Kachalov
Vasili Kachalov. Russian postcard. Sent by mail in 1904. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vasili Kachalov in Anathema
Vasili Kachalov. Russian postcard, no. 10682. Photo: publicity still for the stage play Anathema (1909) at The Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow, Russia. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vasili Kachalov
Vasili Kachalov. Yugoslavian postcard. Photo: Foto Atelier Tonka, Zagreb. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Russian film and stage actor Vasili Kachalov (1875-1948) was one of Konstantin Stanislavsky's best known performers. He led the so-called Kachalov Group within the Moscow Art Theatre. He also appeared in four films.

Vera Kholodnaya
Vera Kholodnaya. Russian postcard, no. 24. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vera Kholodnaya
Vera Kholodnaya. Russian postcard, no. 116. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vera Kholodnaya and Vladimir Maksimov
Vera Kholodnaya and Vladimir Maksimov. Russian postcard, no. 144. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vera Kholodnaya (1893-1919) was the first star of the Russian silent cinema. Only 26, the ‘Queen of Screen’ died of the Spanish flu during the pandemic of 1919. Although she worked only three years for the cinema, she must have made between fifty and hundred short films. The Soviet authorities ordered to destroy many of the Kholodnaya features in 1924, and only five of her films still exist.

Russian actor Vladimir Maksimov (1880-1937) was known for Skorb beskonechnaya/Infinite Sorrow (Aleksandr Panteleyev, 1922), Katsi katsistvis mgelia/Man Is Enemy (Ivane Perestiani, 1923) and Dekabristy/The Decembrists (Aleksandr Ivanovsky, 1927). He died in 1937 in Moscow, Soviet Union.

Rita Sacchetto
Rita Sacchetto. German Postcard by Verlag Hermann Leiser, Berlin, no. 1755. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Rita Sacchetto
Rita Sacchetto. German Postcard by Verlag Hermann Leiser, Berlin, no. 1683. Collection: Didier Hanson.

German actress and dancer Rita Sacchetto (1879-1959) was in the 1910s a star of the Danish Nordisk Film Company.

Conrad Veidt, preparing for his American trip
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 1682/1. Collection: Didier Hanson. Conrad Veidt preparing for his first trip to the United States and poking fun at the American sport spirit. In 1926 Veidt went to Hollywood to act in films like The Beloved Rogue (1927) and The Man Who Laughs (1928). The woman is probably his then wife Felicitas Radke. They were married from 1923 till 1932.

Thanks, Didier! This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at the The Best Hearts are Crunchy. You can visit her by clicking on the button below.

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