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This original 1919 photograph is a truly wonderful image and in excellent condition. The photo measures 7-1/2 inches by 9-1/2 inches and is clean without any creases, bends or tears, It does appear that the white border has been trimmed at the top and bottom, but this does not at all spoil the integrity of the picture. The photo overall has a dreamy quality that compliments its female subject, having been hand-colored with pastel shades of aqua blue, lime green and dusty pink.

The photograph appears to have been signed in the negative and is stamped with "Bloom, State-Lake Bldg., Chicago." Based on what I know to be true about this photo, I would date it 1919. The lower right-hand corner of the photo bears the inscription, "To Edna, with a smile for everyone & here's one in return. Lucille." Please be aware that the watermark is not a part of this photograph.

Edna was my great aunt and Lucille was an actress that my aunt had met when both women performed in a vaudeville/burlesque show around 1919 in Santa Ana, California. While Lucille went off to New York to become a star, my Aunt Edna stayed in California, but the women continued to write to one another for many years.

I can absolutely guarantee that this photograph is an original and that it was printed around 1919/1920. The reverse of the photo is clean, having never been mounted in any way, no glue or tape residue. However, stamped on the back is "Arthur West & Co." in all capital letters. The back of the photo also has on it, written in pencil, the number "6" with a circle around it.

Think what a wonderful display this beauty would make if she were framed and up on your wall or shelf. A great photo to research that any collector of 1920s entertainment memorabilia or vintage photographs would undoubtedly love to have.

UPDATE: Since writing the description below, I have found out that Lucille, the woman in the photo, toured with the Supreme Orpheum Vaudeville Season 1919-1920 in the Arthur West & Co. production "What the Critic Said" by Gus Kahn, this being one of the promotional photographs used for the production. Also, the photographer, Bloom, was apparently a well-recognized Vaudeville portrait photographer.


Original 1919 Signed Photograph 8 x 10 Hand-colored Photo Female Vaudeville Actress in Aqua Blue Dress & Shoes Flapper Costume Autographed


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  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Primary color: Blue
  • Secondary color: Green
  • Height: 9.5 Inches
  • Width: 7.5 Inches
  • Materials: black and white photo, pastel hand coloring
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