the yacht L’Aimée

Today I’d like to talk about the yacht L’Aimée from which Lantelme desappeared in the hot night of July 1911. Was it a murder or an accident, we don’t know till now, but the yacht itself was something special even without the criminal story that made L’Aimée so famous.

First of all, the yacht belonged to Alfred Edwards and was constructed for him and his wife, who was not then Lantelme but previous madame Edwards, Misia (known now as Misia Sert). Soon a magazine called La Vie Heureuse published an article about the yacht where we can see very interesting photos and read about the impression L’Aimée produced at this time.

Many thanks to Corinne for the scans! Source: La Vie Heureuse (August 1906 issue).

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Text (partially missing on the left ): “UN VOYAGE qui n’est point agité par les locomotives, mais où la vie glisse sur des eaux couronnées de verdure, où le fil d’un courant paisible emporte les pensées, et où le bateau stoppe pour le repos de la nuit : tel est le plaisir de l’Aimée (…)

L’AIMEE, qui vient de partir pour gagner d’abord la Meuse, reflète dans les eaux des rivières le double agrément d’un bateau de plaisance et d’une villa à flot, d’un yacht et d’un house boat.
Et il semble amusant pour nos lectrices de les promener à bord. Une femme qui a la coquetterie de l’intérieur rêvera un peu devant ce joujou, qui est un palais, un très petit palais qui participe à l’immensité du ciel et des eaux.

Le bateau a 38 mètres de long; c’est plus qu’un très bel appartement à Paris; mais la moitié environ appartient au plaisir de vivre. Tout l’arrière est le domaine des machines et de l’équipage. On y voit le pont hérissé (…)”

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Photos of Edwards’ guests: painter Helleu, madame Letellier, actress Rejane children, Sem…

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The painter Pierre Laprade is not named, but looks like he was a friend of Alfred Edwards. Among his works we can see a painting called Le Yacht Edwards (The Edwards Yacht) with Misia and her husband

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Later Laprade paints Lantelme, and this painting is named Lantelme on her yacht, as if L’Aimée had been made especially for her (or belonged to her and not to her rich husband).

Pierre Laprade Lantelme sur son Yacht

The yacht L’Aimée was very famous and its photos were published on postcards:

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I’ve also found this postcard, where the yacht is not named but the sender added a remark saying the yacht belongs to Lantelme.

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After the accident Alfred Edwards sold the yacht. During the World War I L’Aimée was a boat for transport of wounded soldiers (info found in Le Miroir, 25.10.1914, on Gallica site).

Le Miroir 1914-10-25 yacht Lantelme

Later L’Aimée was renamed as L’Améthyste (source: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k56547986/f23.image.r=Lantelme%20yacht%20Amethyste.langEN ). It still existed in 1932.

Scans by Corinne, postcards found on delcampe and via google.

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more postcards

Scans of postcards from my collection.

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Postcard SIP 97/1. Caption: Lanthelme. Photo by Reutlinger (circa 1902).

This early postcard of young Lantelme was very popular – even now its different variations (tinted, not tinted etc.) are very easy to find online. The actress’ name is written with an ordinary mistake (Lanthelme instead of Lantelme).

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Usually postcard collectors prefer postcards without written text, but I think every message is interesting because it’s a bit of ordinary life in this time.

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Postcard SIP 97/1 (tinted variation).

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Postcard series SIP, Collection artistique du VIN DESILES. Caption: Lantelme Th(éatre) Réjane. Photo by Reutlinger (Lantelme is wearing a crinoline dress for La Savelli play).

It was a series of ad postcards, with facsimiles of stars signatures and few lines written. Lantelme wrote: Le vin Désiles redonne la santé donc la joie, et vive la joie!!! Lantelme.

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Postcard Eclair 46. Caption: Lanthelme. Photo by Nadar.

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Postcard SW 0537. Caption: Lanthelme.

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The message text.

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Postcard with no number/publisher name. Lantelme is wearing here a gown by Vionnet. Caption: Lantelme. Photo by Manuel (circa 1909). On the left: facsimile of her sigtanure.

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Postcard UDD 213. Caption: Lantelme. Photo by Reutlinger (circa 1906). Lantelme is in a dress by Doucet.

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Message text.

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Postcard printed in USA (series 107). Photo by Manuel (circa 1910). The name of Lantelme is not mentioned, but it’s her of course.

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Postcard back.

2 postcards of Lantelme

2 postcards I didn’t see before (pictures found via google).

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Postcard Croissant 3858.

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Postcard KF 2313. Caption: Lantelme. Photo by Reutlinger (circa 1908).

Lantelme in Vionnet’s gown

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Geneviève Lantelme in a gown designed by Madeleine Vionnet (négligée mandarin).

Many thanks to Corinne for this wonderful scan!

postcard series SIP 173

Postcards from series SIP 173 show beautiful women as butterflies (papillons in French) and are signed Reutlinger (for photos) and John Laurent (for artistic work). I’ve found 6 postcards of this kind. Postcard 173/1 represents Lantelme. These papillon postcards seem to be very popular because they were published in many variations: tinted or b/w, with additional words (like Bonne annee – Happy New Year), etc.

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Postcard SIP 173/1. Lantelme. Photo by Reutlinger (circa 1902).

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Postcard SIP 173/2. Photo by Reutlinger.

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Postcard SIP 173/3. Mieris (?). Photo by Reutlinger.

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Postcard SIP 173/4. Dieterle (?). Photo by Reutlinger.

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Postcard SIP 173/5. Photo by Reutlinger.

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Postcard SIP 173/6. Photo by Reutlinger.