Felia Litvinne (October 11, 1860 ? October 12, 1936) was born in Russia as Francoise Jeanne Schutz into a family of German and French Canadian origin. She came to Paris to study and made her stage debut at the Theatre-Italien in 1883. Apparently, she performed in "The African" at The Met in New York sometime in 1895-1896, after a pause in her career to get married. In this real photo postcard taken by H. Manuel of Paris, she recaptures that role dressed in a jaw-dropping costume! This postcard has virtually no surface wear, a matte finish, and has been superbly hand-painted. It is in almost mint condition except for the sender's Bonne Annee greeting written on front above her name, which has faded during the last century.
I've included direct scans (darker and truer to original colors) and photos taken at natural daylight and under table lamp light (much lighter) to attempt to capture the details and quality for you. Since computer monitors and color calibration often vary, the card in hand may not be exactly the tones you see here, but it will be somewhere in between and definitely incredibly beautiful.
Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Circa 1904-1918.
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