Friday, May 22, 2009

Postcard Friday - Maude Adams


This is a postcard that I have of Maude Adams - who I had to look up. No date on the postcard, no address - must have just been a souvenier. The rest of the text is from Wikipedia.

Maude Adams (November 11, 1872 – July 17, 1953) was an American stage actress, who achieved her greatest success as Peter Pan.[1][2]Adams' personality appealed to a large audience and helped her become the most successful[3][4][5] and highest-paid performer of her day, with a yearly income of more than one million dollars during her peak.[6]She was often referred to simply as "Maudie" by her fans.

Most of what is known of her ancestry traces through her maternal grandmother, Julia Ann (Banker) Adams. The Banker family came from Plattsburgh, a small town in upstate New York. Maude's great grandfather Platt Banker converted to Mormonism, and it is said that the family migrated to Missouri with the Joseph Smith party. Whether this is true or not, the family did migrate to Missouri, where Julia married Barnabus Adams (a slightly distant cousin of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams). The family migrated to Utah, settling in Salt Lake City where Maude's mother Asaneth Ann "Annie" Adams was born.

The true extent of Maude Adams' Mormonism remains somewhat of a mystery. It was little spoken of in her lifetime, and Adams was known to take long sabbaticals in Catholic rectories. Upon her death she made a gift of one of her homes to one of these places. Because of this, and because her father was not a Mormon, it can be speculated that Maude was not a devout Mormon and perhaps not even a practicing one

Maude Adams was also a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland, and was the sixth cousin five times removed of President John Adams.

I love to read about the history of these old postcards...and wonder about the lives of the people who were so beautifully photographed.

Have a Happy Postcard Friendship Friday.

18 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

She was a beautiful lady.

Sheila said...

She certainly was very attractive! She was clearly very successful in her time, earning so much in those days was no mean feat!

viridian said...

hi Mim, thanks for the information. She is striking isn't she? I think I have heard of her before.
viridian

marianne said...

What a beautiful lady!
So nice to share your collection

Daryl said...

What a great face

Lynn said...

Pretty woman...interesting history...thanks for sharing...
Enjoy your weekend.

Beth Niquette said...

She was a lovely lady. Her eyes look so sad. I wonder what her life was like? Fascinating photo.

soulbrush said...

what a lovely woman, there was something so naturally lovely about women in those days.

studio lolo said...

Oh my, what gorgeous eyes!!!
I wonder if her nose had been broken at one time. It hooks to the right like mine...which has been broken!
It doesn't diminish her beauty whatsoever. She's stunning.

Marie Reed said...

She is stunning! Her eyes are so intense and seem to tell volumes... Her necklace is quite the looker too! You've found such a wealth of knowledge about her! Gosh I adore the Internet! Happy PFF!

Terry said...

Hi Happy PFF
What treasure she is wearing ,
she is quite stunning on her own ,of course it sounds like she had quite an amazing career .
I am so glad you were able to find information on her it was very intresting.
Thank you for sharing .
Have a wonderful weekend.

Artist Unplugged said...

What an interesting post, love hearing about the ancestry of this beautiful lady. Thanks for this snippet of history.

Debby said...

WOW!! She is so pretty, love your card. Have a great weekend.
debby

Robin said...

Well, she certainly was striking....and sounds as though she had quite a full life. It is fabulous that you could find so much information on her. Thank you for sharing your lovely card.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Postcardy said...

Interesting. I suppose I should have heard of her, but I hadn't.

MuseSwings said...

What a beautiful lady! A million dollars in her day was HUGE - especially since there was no income tax in the early 1900's. Very interesting biography!

Judith Richards Shubert said...

I really enjoyed your post about the beautiful Maude Adams. I first noticed her eyes and how they turned down at the corners. She DID look sad, didn't she. Loved reading about her family history, too. Happy PFF.

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