Untitled, Portrait of the actress and dancer Lya Mara
Gelatin silver print (toned), Real photo postcard, 1910s
Lya Mara, born in Riga as Alexandra Gudowitsch, began her career as a dancer in that city. She married in 1918, and throughout the 1920s was a successful film star. With the rise of the sound film, however, her career drew to a fast close in the late 1920s.