I love to see old glamorous images of actresses and models and this early 1900’s postcard of Gertie Millar is a perfect example.
I’ve just acquired the postcard (Rotary number A1321) and scanned it to share as a free vintage image to be used for articles, homework projects or art and craft designs.
This is the original scan of Gertie:
This is the back of the postcard:
I’ve made a cleaned up version of Miss Millar that you can also download and use:
Gertrude Ward, Countess of Dudley (Gertie Millar) (21st February 1879 – 25th April 1952) was an English actress and singer from Manningham, Bradford, known for her performances in Edwardian musical comedies.
Miss Millar became the most photographed musical actress of the early 1900’s even appearing before royalty.
Gertie began her professional career at 13 years old in a pantomime in Manchester.
In 1900 Gertie was playing lead roles in popular musicals and met her future husband composer Lionel Monkton in 1901 while appearing in one of his shows.
Two months after Lionel Monkton died in 1924, Gertie married William Humble Ward, the 2nd Earl of Dudley, and became Gertrude, Countess of Dudley.
The postcard was published by Rotary Photographic Co which was established in London in 1901 and was a large publisher of real photo postcards.