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Levy Fils & Cie.

Under the ownership of the brothers Abraham Lucien and Gaspard Ernest Levy, the French photographic atelier Levy Fils & Cie was one of the most productive and successful postcard publishers in France from 1895 to 1917.

Beginning in 1862 (1864?) Moyse Leon (*1812) and Isaac (Georges) Levy (*1833 †1913), former assistants in the photo studio Ferrier-Soulier in Paris,established their photographic atelier in Paris and captioned their postcards with the signature/logo L.L.
Later, after M. Leon left the company in 1872, the atelier firmed under the name J. Levy & Cie. In 1895, Levy's sons Abraham Lucien and Gaspard Ernest took over the company, and it was renamed into Levy Sons & Co or Levy Fils & Cie. While Gaspard Ernest focused on photography, Lucien promoted the growing postcard business of the studio, still keeping the L.L. signature.

After World War I, the photo studio was owned by Émile Crété, who fusioned it in 1920 with the former studio Neurdein Frères into Levy & Neurdein Réunis.

The publication of the series "Scènes et Types" is sometimes a little confusing. We find photos from the same photo-session published by "Collection Idéale P.S." or under the L.L. signature of Levy Fils & Cie. This happens also in the opposite way. In addition, the numbering of the "Scènes et Types" published by L.L. is inconsistent. An example is the number "6300". It is printed one time with the caption "La Sieste" and the other time "Jeune Mauresque", showing two different models in different photo sessions.

 

 

References:

 

6233 Scènes et Types - Femme de Boghari. - L.L.

119 Scènes et Types - Femme de Boghari. - L.L.

6335 Scènes et Types - Mauresque voilée - L.L.

6335 Scènes et Types - Mauresque voilée - L.L.

6035 Scènes et Types - Jeune Femme. - L.L.

6300 Scènes et Types - Jeune Mauresque. - L.L.

6300 Scènes et Types - La Sieste - L.L.

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6579 Scènes et Types - Jeune Femme du Sud Algèrien. - L.L

6578 Scènes et Types - Jeune Femme sortant du Hammam. - L.L.

6061 Scènes et Types - Jeune Femme Arabe. - L.L.

6327 Scènes et Types - Jeune Femme Arabe. - L.L.

6234 Scènes et Types - Mauresque voilée (Oranie) - L.L.

36 Scènes et Types - Femme voilée - L.L. (written on the back)

6524 Scènes et Types - Ouled Naïl - L.L.

6267 Scènes et Types - Type de Mauresque - L.L. (?)

6153 Scènes et Types - Jeune Femme Maure - L.L.

206 Algérie. - Type de Jeune Femme arabe du Sud - L.L.

 

 

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