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Hilarious! We'll go ahead and place this image in the risque section, since certainly it was intended to be :)

The stage artiste is unidentified. As to the photographer, Monsieur Arjalew, do you enjoy a good mystery? I know we do. In researching this photographer, we have dredged up information online that there was an Arjalew with a studio in Dinard, France, on the northern coast. We have gotten other information suggesting he had a studio at 17 Boulevard Poissonieres in Paris, and yet another address for a photographer L. Arjalew at 16 Rue des Martyrs, Paris. We love this one, because it gave us the first initial, L, which might get us closer to learning more about him. Of course, then, as now, people moved around, and all three addresses could be correct for the one photographer, or they could be for three completely different photographers named Arjalew.

Finally, one visitor to our blog believes that Arjalew was one of many pseudonyms taken by the better known, and certainly more prolific, English born photographer Julian Walery of Paris, who was known to create professional pseudonyms by playing with the letters in his name (which was, by the way, itself a pseudonym he inherited from his father, along with the title Count Ostorog, being of Lithuanian aristocracy). Fun stuff, huh?

A great card, dated on the reverse 1911, but, we suspect, published some years earlier. Please examine our high res scans for detail.

Postage is for fully insured, first class, shipping in a secure photo mailer (to avoid any damage to your purchase in the mails), 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 increases in international shipping rates will still be charged one card's shipping fees on orders of three or more. We do not charge for insurance or shipping materials, and as of the date of this listing are still charging below our overall cost on shipping.

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French Dancer Needs to Adjust Costume, by Arjalew, dated 1911


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