30 August 2010

Happy Birthday, Jan!

Today is the 50th birthday of Jan!!! Congratulations.

Who is Jan? It's his nom de plume, but he is my dearest friend and partner. He is the great unknown force behind EFSP. Many cards here are from Jan's incredible collection of silent film star postcards and numerous stories are in fact his. To give you an impression: here follow my 5 favorite cards of his collection.

5. Lyda Borelli

Lyda Borelli
Italian postcard by Ed. A. Traldi, Milano, no. 323. Photo: Fontana.

Considering her profile, it is not hard to imagine why critics and artists of the early 20th century compared Italian diva Lyda Borelli to the heroines of Aubrey Beardsley.

4. Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker
Austrian postcard by Iris Verlag, no. 5293.

Josephine Baker (1906-1975) is well-known as a singer and a dancer. In 1925 she became an instant success in Paris, because of her erotic dance. She also performed in a handful silent and early sound films, La Sirene des Tropiques (1927), Zouzou (1934) and La princesse TamTam (1935).

3. Pina Menicchelli

Pina Menichelli
Italian postcard by Ed. A. Traldi, Milano, no. 409. Photo: Pinto, Roma.

Pina Menichelli (1890-1984) was one of the true divas of Italian silent cinema.

2. Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino in The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Italian postcard.

The Son of the Sheik (George Fitzmaurice, 1926) was the last film of Rudolph Valentino, the latin lover of the 1920s. The film premiered July 1926; one month after Valentino had died, at the age of 31.

1. Pola Negri

Pola Negri
Italian postcard by Ed. Ballerini & Fratini, Firenze.

A great picture of Pola Negri in Good and Naughty (Malcolm St. Clair, 1926).

A big hug for Jan.

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