Anna Held (19 March 1872 – 12 August 1918) was a Polish-born stage performer and singer, most often associated with Florenz Ziegfeld, her common-law husband. This postcard is a real photo of her produced by the Reutlinger studio in Paris. Although the franking is not clear verso, the undivided back tells us that Rose sent this card with happy new year (Bonne Annee) greetings sometime in 1903 -- or perhaps even earlier. No creases and just a hint of silvering, this card -- and Ms. Held -- is a beauty. With the naked eye, one sees a white speck on her right cheek and a couple of other lighters spots elsewhere on her face. But none so significant as to be distracting from the starlett's beauty. Just for clarification, depending upon your computer monitor, I'm not sure what tones you see, but I would like to point out that this 'black and white' photo has creamy off white tones. A rich, muted look. And of course, as ever, superb photography from Reutlinger. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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