Layered Art Postcards…

Posted in Main at 7:34 pm by carrie

About a year ago, I was inspired to purchase several black and white postcards of mostly British stage actresses from the early 1900’s. They are like the very first head shots or tiny movie posters featuring your favorite starlet… I thought they were really cool. I added color and surrounded each lady with flowers and a few other objects. Hundreds of Photoshop layers later, a collage of color and texture.

I also did some research on each of them, in the hopes that I might happily uncover an amazing story or two.

Here’s Miss Adrienne Augarde…

Miss Augarde was a young stage actress who was born on May 12, 1882. She played Renee de Saint Mezard in the 1905 production of the The Duchess of Dantzic, The Lady Margaret O’Donnell in the 1909-1910 romantic comedy Peggy Machree and in her last performance in 1912, she performed the lead role of Daphne in the operetta, The Rose Maid. She died in Chicago on March 18, 1913 at the age of 31 as a result of an operation for appendicitis.

Next is Miss Thelma Raye…

Thelma just looks like she would be sort of sassy, doesn’t she? :) She was born in 1887 in Buenos Aries, Brazil. She starred in several plays, mostly in London, between 1905 to 1922. Her second marriage was to actor Ronald Colman who was an up-and-coming actor when they wed. As his career advanced quickly during the era of the new “talky pictures”, Thelma’s career stayed flat… which sounds like a familiar story you hear nowadays! They had a messy divorce and Thelma wasn’t heard from again until early 1939. Describing herself as ‘the Original Mrs. Ronald Colman,’ Thelma Raye was reported to have opened a small sports/novelty shop at Laguna Beach, California. How very curious! You can read more of her biography here.

Miss Lalla Stanhope

I couldn’t find much on Miss Stanhope… it looks like she was in a few plays in 1891-1905, but I can’t find more information.

Finally, we have Miss Dorothy Dix

When I googled “Dorothy Dix” I couldn’t find much information on this specific actress from London. An American actress, a well-known journalist and many others came up, but alas… not our girl. The card I have states she played AndrĂ©e de Marsac in Bardelys the Magnificent.

These lovely ladies are for sale at violetcottage.com in postcard form. The cards are 4.25″ x 6″ and are 70 cents each, plus shipping. Send one to a friend, glitter them up and hang them on your Christmas tree, cut them up and craft with the scraps… have fun!


  1. Graycee said,

    October 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm


  2. sheila said,

    October 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Dorothy Dix (1892-1970) was an English actress (mostly stage) who was married to actor Jameson Thomas (“It Happened One Night”, “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town”) until about 1927. Your postcard is lovely!

  3. patricia dix said,

    September 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I am in the process of researching my family tree and have discovered Dorothy dix the actress you have in the collection of postcards is in fact a distant relative of mine….she was born in 1892 in Paddington London and married Thomas jameson also a stage and film star in 1914 he served in the army during the 1st world war he survived and resumed his career as an actor he appeared in many films his best was probably it happened one night with clark gable and Claudette Colbert he died in 1939 in California usa…. Dorothy died in 1970 in new York I have managed to trace on the net many photos of Dorothy mainly from the national portrait gallery in London …hope this is of interest to you..regards patricia dix

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