Reutlinger Models

One way to approach the Reutlinger postcards is from the perspective of the models (really, celebrities) featured on the cards, many or most of whom appear to have been well known singers, dancers, and actresses of the day. I will over time work on adding information and cards from my collection for particular models on this page. This will necessarily be a work in progress.

Cléo de Mérode, born in Paris, who was a famous ballet dancer, who also went on to dance at the the Folies Bergère. Her wikipedia page and this Red List page has more information and images. Here is an impressive online journal piece called “Cléo de Mérode’s Postcard Stardom.” This link appears to have film footage of her dancing (as well as Caroline Otero — see below).

        

C. De Merode -1906- with lyre        de Merode ballet pre-1904 mailed 1908 (w)        de Merode flowers in hair (w)

de Merode 1902 (w)      Cleo de Merode-undivided

Another popular model, Lina Cavalieri, was born North of Rome and came to Paris and sang in music halls and later in opera. Her wikipedia page has more information and images.  Also, I recently discovered via the MessyNessy Chic blog that Cavalieri was the model for Piero Fornasetti’s famous plate series ‘Tema e Variazioni’.  Check out the whole story there; the blog post also has great biographical information about Cavalieri.

        

                

                

Cavalieri-1904 (w)          Cavalieri-undivided       Cavalieri-undivided

Carolina Otero (universally known as “La Belle Otéro”) is one of the most famous personalities featured on the Reutlinger postcards. Born in Galicia in 1868, there is a lot of information about her and more images on her Wikipedia page and this Red List page, and this link that has film footage of her dancing. This link appears to have a recording of her singing. It was once said of her that her extraordinarily dark black eyes were so captivating that they were “of such intensity that it was impossible not to be detained before them.” Here are a few cards from my collection featuring La Belle Otero:

          

     

                

3 Responses to Reutlinger Models

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love to peep into this long gone world.
    The clothes, the makeup and hairstyles
    all so different to today.

    Well done for keeping this wonderful collection together.

  2. Carlos says:

    Fantastic, This set of pictures is incredible! Thank you. And the ‘blonde’ Cavalieri, 1904, with “6º Thêatre Florence” is one of the most beatiful pictures that I’ve seen. Who doesnt ‘fall in love’ at first sight?

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