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This lovely picture of Truus shows her signing a batch of the first "Truus van Aalten" postcards. It was found by brilliant researcher Marja Pals and it's shown here by kind permission of Truus' niece Riny.
We've received this wonderful photo from Aukje, who lives in Amstelveen on the edge of Amsterdam. "We're renovating our house," she tells us, "and today our contractor found this old image of Truus van Aalten, tucked away between the wood. It's almost falling apart, but I thought you might be interested. No idea how it ended up here, but it has been here for quite a while!" Indeed it has, Aukje - about 86 years!
Thank you so much for sending this, so everyone can see it, Aukje. Truus's big grin is still infectious after nearly a century hidden in your house! Who owned her? Maybe we'll never know...
Film fan, graphic designer, photographer and collector Yvonne has found this very rare tinted postcard of Truusje. Thank you, Yvonne! Check out her website at http://mauronne.com
Truus was dog crazy - she posed for photos with pooches many times.
Ace researcher Marja Pals has put together the definitive study on Truus' early days - her family and her life before the days of film sets and autographs. It's published in a recent issue of the Arnhem Historical Society's magazine, and yes, that's Truus in the hat! More news when I've translated it...
When the German film "Kopfüber ins Glück" was filmed in 1931, a French version was shot on the same sets - a fairly common way of cutting costs then. Starring Jean Gabin and Gaby Basset, "Chacun ca Chance" has a scene where a boss is showing his staff how to serve customers. One of the salesgirls laughs at the wrong moment, earning a furious glare - but she won't be put in her place, pulling a face which shows that she thinks the boss is a complete idiot. It's Truus, of course, popping up in just one scene.