Albert Witzel was a society photographer in Los Angeles and Hollywood in the nineteen teens and twenties. He specialized in portraits of theatrical performers and, later, film stars. The original photograph of Claire Morse must date to before 1929, the year of Witzel's death.
Berta Singerman was born in the Russian town of Mozir in 1901 and grew up in Argentina. Her father founded Buenos Aires’ first Yiddish-language theater. Singerman was a major star on the Argentinean stage from the 1920s and she toured for decades throughout Latin America, and also appeared onstage in the United States, Europe, and Israel. She also made three movies including the silent film La Vendedora de Harrod’s / Harrod’s Salesgirl (1921), the melodrama Nada más que una mujer / Nothing More Than a Woman (1934), one of the Spanish-language versions of Hollywood films made for export in the 1930s, and one of the four-episode anthology dramas Ceniza al viento / Ashes in the Wind (1942). Singerman was particularly renowned for her poetry recitations, including works by Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca, and Juan Ramón Jiménez.