AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OPERA SINGER Helen Stanley (Soprano) 1919 to Arthur Meeker Jr.
AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OPERA SINGER Helen Stanley (Soprano) 1919 to Arthur Meeker Jr.
AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OPERA SINGER Helen Stanley (Soprano) 1919 to Arthur Meeker Jr.
AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OPERA SINGER Helen Stanley (Soprano) 1919 to Arthur Meeker Jr.
AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OPERA SINGER Helen Stanley (Soprano) 1919 to Arthur Meeker Jr.

AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OPERA SINGER Helen Stanley (Soprano) 1919 to Arthur Meeker Jr.

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  • TYPE : Photos
  • AUTOGRAPHED : Autographed
  • MODIFIED ITEM : No
  • COUNTRY/REGION OF MANUFACTURE : United States
  • AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTICATION : Not Authenticated
  • SIGNED : Yes
  • INDUSTRY : Music
  • ORIGINAL/REPRODUCTION : Original
  • GENRE : Opera

I got this from a 100 year old lady who had many opera antiques in her home.

This is a signed photo of the opera soprano Helen Stanley from 1919. It is framed in an antique wooden frame that is very pretty and unique. Measures roughly 8X10 inches.

Also maybe even more interestingly the picture was signed to a novelist/author Arthur Meeker Jr.

The signed part reads:

"To Mr. Arthur Meeker Jr. in remembrance of 'Micaela'"

Helen Stanley

More on Helen Stanley from https://forgottenoperasingers.blogspot.com/2016/05/helen-stanley-soprano-cincinnati-24-2.html:

She made her debut in 1911 at the Municipal Theater in Wurzburg, where she remained during a season. After her return to USA she sang in the 1912-1913 season at the Chicago Opera the following parts: Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Maliella in ‘’I Gioielli della Madonna’’ and Princes in ‘’Cendrillon’’. In the 1913-1915 seasons she travelled around the USA with the Century Opera Company and in the 1915-1916 season was engaged again by the Chicago Opera, here she appeared with success as Donna Elvira in ‘’Don Giovanni’’ (1915). During the 1920’s she was a member of the Opera Company in Canada and at the Philadelphia Opera, where in 1928 she sang the part of Sieglinde in ‘’Walküre’’. She was married the known American concert manager Loudon Charlton. 

Chronology of some appearances

1911 Wurzburg Municipal Theater
1912-1913 Chicago Opera
1913-1915  USA Century Opera Company
1915-1916 Chicago Opera

More on Arthur Meeker Jr. from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Meeker_Jr.:

He wrote society and travel articles for the Chicago American, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Herald. He achieved critical acclaim as the author of several historical novels, notably The Ivory Mischief, which was a Book of the Month Clubselection.[5] Time said "It seems another of those long (840-page), thickly upholstered Jumbos of period fiction.... But unlike most books of the type, its re-creation is solid, convincing and intimate, its characterizations are shrewd, its style adult, and even the upholstery is interesting."[6] He wrote two novels set in contemporary Chicago, The Far Away Music and Prairie Avenue, which the New York Times called a "light and colorful entertainment."[7]

At the start of his career as a novelist, one report of literary events said:[8]

Quite a formidable person is Arthur Meeker Jr., whose first novel...has just been published....According to his publishers, he has been dubbed "the embryo boy-king of Chicago society" and is "in a fair way to become the Ward McAllister of the West." We are informed further that "hostesses tremble at his epigrams, and the fact that his father was host to Queen Marie and his Royal Highness, David Windsor, is forgotten in dread of the son's gift for putting into words the amusement he finds in watching the pranks of his own 'set'. In brief, a lift of the Meeker eyebrow holds somewhat the same terror that once inhered in the late Mrs. Potter Palmer's frown." Somebody ought to write a book about Mr. Meeker.

Meeker spent part of each year in Europe, became fluent in French, and purchased a chalet in Switzerland on the Bürgenstockabove Lucerne.[9] He often accompanied the Chicago socialite-journalist Fanny Butcher and her husband on tours of Europe.[10]He gave up his Chicago home in 1951 for an apartment at 4 Gramercy Park in New York City.[9] Meeker served as president of the Society of Midland Authors[9][11] and with Butcher co-founded the Chicago chapter of P.E.N. about 1931, serving initially as its secretary.[12]


Works[edit]

Novels:

  • American Beauty (Covici-Friede, 1929)[8]
  • Strange Capers (Covici-Friede, 1931)[14]
  • Vestal Virgin (NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1934)[15]
  • Sacrifice to the Graces (NY: D. Appleton-Century, 1937)[16]
  • The Ivory Mischief (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942)
  • The Far Away Music (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1945)[17]
  • Prairie Avenue (NY: Knopf, 1949)
  • The Silver Plume (NY: Knopf, 1952)

Memoir:

  • Chicago, With Love: A Polite and Personal History (NY: Knopf, 1955)[18]



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