Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gabrielle Ray – The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 20th October 1919

“THE POSTCARD QUEEN.”

Famous Musical Comedy Beauty

To Return to the Stage.

 

The return of a one-time famous musical comedy beauty to the stage is marked by the announcement that Miss Gabrielle Ray will take the part of principal girl at the Princess Theatre, Bradford, this Christmas.

The return of this noted beauty after an absence of several years is likely one of the great events of this year’s pantomime season.

Miss Ray was married under romantic circumstances on March 1, 1912, at Windsor to Mr Eric Raymond Loder, son of the late Alfred Loder, and grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, Bart.

The marriage ended in the Divorce Court in July of the following year, when Mrs Loder petitioned for restitution of conjugal rights. It was then disclosed that her husband had left her in the January previous, and had not answered her appeal that he should return.

Miss Ray during her career earned the title “The Postcard Queen,” her great beauty being responsible for unprecedented sales of cards picturising her in various poses. It is authentically recorded that one company alone sold between seven and ten millions of her pictures.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, who is her 34th year, made her stage debut as a child of ten at the old Princess’ Theatre. She was associated with many of Mr George Edwardes’ biggest successes, reaching the zenith popularity in the scene at Maxim’s “The Merry Widow.”

 

The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 20th October 1919

 

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Phyllis Dare – The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 13th May 1914

PERSONAL GOSSIP.

Phyllis Dare for Variety Stage.

 

It is announced that Phyllis Dare may shortly appear on the music halls.

At the time when the picture postcard craze was at its zenith Miss Phyllis Dare’s features were probably the most popular. 20,000 postcards annually sent for signature! Surely this is bit of a record. Yet it was the experience of Miss Phyllis Dare whose success in various musical comedies launched by Mr. George Edwardes has been phenomenal. Miss Dare usually charged a small fee for signing her name to her postcards, and in one year she was in this way able to distribute a sum of £388 to various charities.

 

The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 13th May 1914

Picture Postcard Craze – Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – 1908

The Postcard Fiend – 1909

Marie Studholme – The Nottingham Evening Post – Saturday 21st March 1908

Autograph Hunters – The Era – 1909 / 1934

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The Lady Dandies (Rotary 4403 I)

 

 

The sender Cyril writes mentioning how expensive it is to collect autographed postcards, which hasn’t changed much over the years.

Miss Dare tells of using the payments for autographs to benefit various charities

PERSONAL GOSSIP

 

Phyllis Dare for Variety Stage.

 

It is announced that Phyllis Dare may shortly appear on the music halls.

At the time when the picture postcard craze was at its zenith Miss Phyllis Dare’s features were probably the most popular. 20,000 postcards annually sent for signature! Surely this is bit of a record. Yet it was the experience of Miss Phyllis Dare whose success in various musical comedies launched by Mr. George Edwardes has been phenomenal. Miss Dare usually charged a small fee for signing her name to her postcards, and in one year she was in this way able to distribute sum of £388 to various charities.

 

(Equivalent to £45,065.15 today – CPI Inflation Calculator)

 

The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 13th May 1914

 

The Postcard Fiend – 1909

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Eric Loder – The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 4th April 1921

50 MILES’ WALK FOR £100 WAGER.

London to Brighton in 11 ¾ Hours.

 

Major Eric Loder won the London to Brighton walk yesterday, covering the distance in 11 ¾ hours against Captain Buckmaster’s 12 hours.

As Big Ben chimed the midnight hour on Saturday the rival clubmen set out on their walk, the object being to settle wager of £100 a side.

It was anybody’s race until Sussex was reached, when Major Loder, walking in fine style, got ahead of his opponent. Captain Buckmaster saw the distance increasing, and when he decided to endeavour to catch Major Loder the task was too difficult. Major Loder arrived at Brighton very fit. On behalf of Captain Buckmaster, Mr Harry Preston, Royal York Hotel. Brighton, promptly issued another challenge to Major Loder. The competitors found the weather very hot, and Captain Buckmaster described the dust from motorists on the road as something terrible and the condition of the road in places as awful.

Captain H. Buckmaster (husband of Miss Gladys Cooper) and Major Eric Loder (the famous squash rackets player) are members of the Bucks Club, and last year when the same walk was attempted Captain Buckmaster was the only one to finish. His challenger on the previous occasion was Captain Renton, who gat as far as Croydon, and what prompted the challenge on the first occasion was the fact that after a dinner celebrate the Grand National Captain Buckmaster remarked that he felt “as fit as a fiddle and ready to walk to Brighton.”

This year Major Eric Loder took up the challenge. Both gentlemen had undergone a stiff period of training. A car containing food accompanied them.

 

The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 4th April 1921

 

 

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