Set of two postcards of dancing couples by Lester Ralph 1919

$17.50 CAD

| /

Nice images of dancers in the Golden Age.

Drawn by respected artist Lester Ralph. Published by 'Reinthal & Newman. Pubs. N.Y.'

#1 ‘The Half and Half’

On reverse, printed: '#804 Universal Copyright'

#2 ‘The Maxixe’

On reverse, printed: '#805 Universal Copyright'

Mailed to/from Scarborough (UK), 1919.

Nice condition. Ink remnants of postal cancellation on fronts.


Ralph, Lester was born on July 29, 1876 in New York, United States. Son of Julian and Isabella (Mount) Ralph.

Educated New York grammar schools and private schools. Brooklyn High School and Adelphi Academy, Brooklyn. Student at Art Students’ League, New York. Also in London, Paris and Rome.

Artist in Turko-Greek War, 1897. In South African War, 1900. Decorator and illustrator for mags.


Reinthal & Newman, NY (American Publishers, 1906-1928), were also associated with The House of Art, NY which was the distributive arm of the company. In 1896 Albert Emanuel Reinthal (German-American, c1872-1933) immigrated to New York City and originally started the firm of Reinthal & Gross (1896-1905) who sold picture frames and room mouldings, but the company later dissolved. In 1906, Reinthal later partnered with Stephen (Sigmund) Lang Newman (American, 19th Century-1952) to form the Reinthal & Newman publishing company.

The company initially produced and sold thousands of postcards from 1906-1920, when they then began to publish art prints, Musée series of old masters works, mezzo prints, and lithographs from the original illustrations of many famous artists, as well as other works of art. Some of the famous artists included; Maxfield Parrish, Howard Chandler Christy, Harrison Fisher, Jesse Wilcox Smith, Phillip Boileau, and many others.  Reinthal & Newman utilized a lithographic technology so accurate that Maxfield Parrish entrusted his paintings to be reproduced to match the rich colors and tones in his pieces. They also had a London imprint division (England) located at 62 Great Russell St., and their London printers were Charles H. Hauff, J. Beagles & Co., and Wildt & Kray. The company went out of business in 1928.