|A cabinet card showing the beautiful equestrienne Elvira Guerra who took part for France in the Hacks and Hunters Combined event in the 1900 Olympics in Paris, the first games in which women were allowed to compete.
Born in St. Petersburg in 1855, she came from a line of circus riders. Her father was Rudolfo Guerra, and her grandfather was Alessandro “Furioso” Guerra of the Cirque de l’Hippodrome.
A review in the Times (27 December 1882) of 'Hengler's Grand Cirque' mentions 'the terpischorean powers of the pretty horse "Sylvan," admirably controlled by Mdlle. Elvira Guerra.'
She died in Bordeaux [France] in 1937. A street there is named in her honour.
The photographer is Chalot & Co. of 18, rue Vivienne, Paris, identified recto on the mount. Isadore Alphonse Chalot was the successor during the 1880’s of Franck [François Marie Louis Alexandre Gobinet de Villecholle] at this address.
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