March 07, 2019 12:00 PM EST Cincinnati
Ends March 18, 2019


Extensive Group of Mora Studio Composite Photographs of 19th Century Personalities

Lot includes:

38 double-sided imperial cabinet cards by Mora, NY, each 9 x 14 in. and featuring 81 photographs on each side. These inventory cards, as they are sometimes called, likely catalogued the various sets of Mora Studio's celebrity cabinet cards, assigning a unique number to each individual pose. With over 6,100 photographs featured in this card collection, a multitude of celebrities ranging from athletes to musicians to actors and actresses are showcased. A few highlights include Kentucky-raised actress Mary Anderson, young Brazilian violinist Maurice Dengremont, novelist and poet Dr. Josiah Holland, and American trapeze artist and acrobat Leona Dare. 

Soft cover booklet, 10 x 12.5 in., The Maude Adams Book. New York: Charles Frohman, Empire Theater, 1909. Booklet features more than 45 printed photographs showcasing moments from the incredibly successful actress's career up to 1909. Notably, publisher of this booklet and Adams's manager, Charles Frohman, died in the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania

Provenance:Property from the Inventory of Rex Stark


Some cards rather worn, with toning to images (sometimes rendering names/numbers unreadable), with brittleness, some loss, and discoloration to edges. 

Booklet with wear to edges of covers, some creasing/folds in printed photographs/pages, but with tissue paper still present between pages. 

Estimate: $300 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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