Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Playful Pretties: Tinted Vintage Postcard

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 02, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: lesbian interest, vintage, vintage lesbian, vintage photo

I'm not sure, but I think the text is in Hungarian. My best guess is that this is two actresses from the European Vaudeville stage, ca. 1900-1910, in a tender scene. If you know more or can read the text, please fill me in!


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Lynn Miller | June 2, 2011 4:05 PM

I can't read Hungarian, so I am relying mainly on Google's Translate feature. Take what I say with a grain of salt, but it might help lead to better information.

The two women were singers and actresses. They were appearing in a 1905 comic operetta called A két Hippolit or The Two Hippolit. I'm not sure if "Hippolit" is a surname or if Google was just stumped. The operetta was considered a great success, but I am not sure if it was ever performed outside of Budapest. Iván H?vös was the composer, Imre Földes the librettist.

Emma Komlóssy was a coloratura soprano who performed up to the early 1930s, leaving the stage to perform live on radio. She died in the Budapest ghetto December 1944 at the age of 63.

Sári Petráss is perhaps better known to the English speaking world, since she lived and performed both in the UK and the US. She even has a Wikipedia page. A soprano, she has been described as one of the best Hungarian operetta stars, ever. Strangely, news reports circulated during World War I that she had been executed in Budapest as a British spy. That was proven false when, a year later, she married an American in New York. She died in 1930 when the car in which she was riding missed the ferry and drove into a Belgian river. She was 42.

Gosh Lynn that is sad. I can't read Hungarian either but I adore the hat.

Lynn Miller | June 3, 2011 12:05 AM

Deena, yes, you are right. I probably should have left out their deaths. Writing in the moment, it seemed important to mention that Emma Komlossy lived her final years in the face of Nazi persecution. And at least she didn't die in the camps. However, perhaps that bit of gloom was inappropriate for a light-hearted photo.

Emma, as far as I could tell spent her entire professional career in Budapest. However, Sari Petrass was quite the globe trotter, performing in several European countries as well as in Budapest, the UK and the US. And she was adventurous. When she died she was returning from Egypt with two women friends. I'm not sure where her husband was.

Thanks for posting this postcard. find it especially interesting because I have the same surname as Sari. Guess I have to do some digging into more family history.