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Truly a wonderful image. We've sold one of these before that was hand-colored, and as much as we loved that one, the prints produced for coloring were often toned down in contrast to take colors better, so the contrast in uncolored ones is ramped up a bit. So many choices in life... :) The tambourine is really, we think, one of the most outstanding features of the image. Remarkable hand-painted detail.

Our unidentified model is none other than Oterita, a Spanish dancer of some renown who performed in the music halls and theaters of Paris and elsewhere in the early 1900s. We find her SO cute!

We haven't found a lot of history on her, and have always wondered if she was given the name Oterita (little Otero) because of a similarity in performance style to the famous dancer and courtesan Caroline Otero, Or, if her name was actually Otero, and she chose Oterita to distinguish herself from La Belle Otero, or finally, if she hoped to benefit from a name association with the more famous dancer. If she did, it may or may not have helped her career then, but it is certainly working today. Though we don't personally see any real similarity in the features of the two women, we cannot count the times we have run across images of Oterita being mistakenly listed as images of the more well known Otero.

A very nice card, published by the Neue Photographische Gesellschaft, or NPG, one of our favorite publishers of theatrical portrait cards of the period. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

Postage is for first class shipping in a secure photo mailer, and we happily combine shipping on all paper goods. If you purchase two cards, we will refund the postage on the second card, and when you purchase three or more cards from us at the same time, your shipping will be entirely free, except for international orders which, because of sudden increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more.

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La Senorita Oterita, Belle Epoque Artiste, circa 1905 by NPG


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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