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8p281 ASTA NIELSEN framed signed German Ross postcard 1927 she played Hamlet as a woman!

Date Sold 8/27/2019
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An Original Vintage Autographed German Ross Postcard (measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" [9 x 14 cm]; entire frame measures 4 3/4" x 6 1/2") (Learn More)

Asta Nielsen was a Danish actress from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Denmark in 1881, and became a major stage star there in the early 1900s. In 1910, she moved to Germany with director Urban Gad to make movies, and they had a personal and professional relationship. She had other marriages and became Germany's top star. In 1921, she appeared in Hamlet, in the title role, playing him as a woman! She returned to the stage after the coming of sound, but in the 1930s, Joseph Goebbels offered her her own studio, but she refused. During World War II, she gave much support to Allan O. Hagedorff, who helped people in concentration camps. She passed away in 1972 at the age of 90.
Important Added Info: Note that this German Ross postcard has been personally autographed (signed) by Asta Nielsen! It was framed and displayed on Jan Wahl's wall (see below), and it is still in the frame in which he displayed it. We have removed it from the frame so that we could examine the item, and we photographed the front and back of the postcard, and also as it is displayed in the frame, and it will be shipped to the winning bidder reassembled.

Note that this is from a remarkable collection of 26 items (mostly postcards and German Ross postcards) we were consigned from the estate of the late Jan Wahl. Mr. Wahl wrote over 100 children's books and received many awards, including the Coretta Scott King Prize. Throughout his career, he had a great love of silent film, and he collected many items from silent films, including the 26 items we are currently auctioning. Some of them are framed, because they were on the walls of Mr. Wahl's house! Finally, note that this does not come with a certificate of authenticity, but given the fact that Mr. Wahl purchased this item decades ago (and he noted on the back of the frame that he purchased it from the collection of A.J. Pischl), and given that he was an expert in such items, we think it is incredibly likely the signature is authentic. This is a rare opportunity to purchase autographed items from great silent film stars that have a wonderful provenance!

Also note that in the 1920s and 1930s in Germany, it became a common practice to pass out 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" "Ross postcards" to the people who attended a movie. These were postcards that people could send through the mail (each had a picture of one of the movie's stars on it, and standard postcard markings on the other side). But these were also sent to theaters where the stars would make personal appearances, and members of the audience would get the stars to autograph them if they could, but of course, the cards themselves did not come autographed! Sometimes the theaters would use a special "Das Programm Von Heute" that had a blank area on the cover, where they would cut four slits in the upper left and have the "Ross postcards" inserted into that area, so that the audience members would get the program and the card together! We imagine that theaters hoped that audience members would mail the postcards after they saw the movie to friends, telling them how much they enjoyed it, thus creating advertising for the movie. These are often called "Ross autograph cards" by collectors, because moviegoers sometimes obtained autographs on them. Ross postcards are quite collectible, signed or unsigned, but of course, they are worth far more signed. They are often quite rare, because most German paper of all kinds from before World War II was destroyed during the war, due to the massive paper shortages there at that time.

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