Here we have a Spanish advertising photo card, picturing movie actress and "cuple singer", Raquel Meller. A beautiful image, this remains in fair condition showing some older creasing throughout. This vintage card measures an approximate 3" x 5-1/4". This was handed out with Spanish chocolates in Spain.
Raquel Meller was born on March 10, 1888, in Spain, as Francisca Marqués López. She started performing on stage at an early age, and was mostly a "cuple singer" (couplets). Couplets were, basically, naughty songs and Raquel was considered to have been the best. Artists such as Charlie Chaplin and Sarah Bernhart considered Raquel Meller to have been genius. She performed extensively in the United States under contract for the Schuberts, and performances broke box office records at the time.
Raquel Meller became a certified movie actress in 1919 with her first performance on film in "La Gitana Blanca". She would ultimately perform in less than a dozen movies but is still considered one of the most gifted Spanish performers of all time. Raquel Meller passed away on July 26, 1962.
As an actress, Raquel Meller performed in the following films, most of which have been lost: