Giovanni Martinelli

Giovanni Martenelli
Martinelli’s calling card. It is signed by him on the reverse in 1931.

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GIOVANNI MARTINELLI (1885 – 1969)

Italian Opera Singer

Martinelli was regarded as one of the most famous tenors of the 20th Century. After Enrico Caruso’s death in 1921, he assumed many of his roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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George F. Kennan

George Kennan
Kennan’s calling card, most likely as Ambassador to Yugoslavia.

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GEORGE F. KENNAN (1904 – 2005)

American Diplomat

Kennan was an influential diplomat during the Cold War. His ideas influenced the Truman Doctrine and the containment of the Soviet Union. He became the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952, and later, Ambassador to Yugoslavia between 1961-1963.

Ganna Walska

Ganna Walska
Walska’s personal calling card. McCormick was the surname of her fourth husband, the businessman Harold McCormick.

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GANNA WALSKA (1887 – 1984)

Polish Opera Singer

Walska was an opera singer who became famous for her numerous marriages to wealthy men, and for her Lotusland garden in California. With her wealth she purchased the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and the Duchess of Marlborough Faberge Egg. She is considered to be the source for the character Susan Alexander in the film Citizen Kane.

Emma Albani

Emma Albani
Personal calling card of Albani, signed in 1903. Gye was the surname of her husband, Ernest Gye.

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EMMA ALBANI (1847 – 1930)

Canadian Opera Singer

Albani was a major opera singer in her time. She was one of the first Canadian singers to achieve international fame and subsequently travel across North America and Europe. She was made a Dame in 1925.

Margaret Ayer Barnes

Margaret Ayer Barnes
Barnes’s calling card, using her husband’s name. It is also signed by her.

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MARGARET AYER BARNES (1886 – 1967)

American Author

Barnes won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1931 for her novel Years of Grace. She also became known for her play Dishonored Lady, which was published in 1930 and filmed in 1947.

Leonilla Bariatinskaya

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The Princess’s calling card

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LEONILLA BARIATINSKAYA (1816 – 1918)

Russian Aristocrat

Bariatinskaya was born into Russian nobility. At 18 she married one of the Tsar’s aides-de-camp and became Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. During the 1840s she was painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, with one of these portraits now in the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Camille Saint-Saens

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Saint-Saens’ personal calling card.

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CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS (1835 – 1921)

French Composer and Pianist

Saint-Saens was a major European composer and pianist of the 19th Century. He is best known for his work The Carnival of the Animals, and the opera Samson and Delilah. His students include Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel.