FATHER AND YOUNG SON : TOY SCOOTER : ANTOING, BELGIUM : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard a father and son. The young boy is holding on to his toy scooter. The child doesn’t look pleased about having his photo taken while his father looks deep in thought. This photograph was taken at the studio of G. Berteloit in Antoing, Belgium. This scalloped edge postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on January 25, 2022 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A YOUNG BOY AND GIRL ATOP A DONKEY (1910-1930) RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features a young boy and girl riding a donkey. Pardon my lack of equine knowledge; perhaps the donkey is actually a mule or burro. Both children are smiling and apparently having a good time. It is likely that the pair are siblings. The sister is riding side-saddle. I believe the donkey is actually a late donkey. It was not unusual to have subjects pose with a taxidermied animal for their studio photograph. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published between 1910 and 1930. This vintage postcard has a crease in it’s lower right hand quadrant. It is in fair condition and priced accordingly. See Scans

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Published in: on January 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME GROOM AND HIS PRETTY FLAPPER STYLE BRIDE (RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features a young bride and groom posing for their wedding photograph. They are an attractive couple and are very well dressed. In fact, both the bride and groom are holding formal white gloves. The attractive bride is dressed in  a “flapper style” wedding dress.The postcard is unused and clearly once resided in a photo album (evident from the black residue which was once part of the pages of the album). The postcard is from an unknown studio and is of the scalloped variety. It is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN IDENTIFIED PRETTY WOMAN IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (1889)

This cabinet card features a smartly dressed young woman posting for her portrait at the Orgill Studio in Hartford, Connecticut. She has bright eyes and curly hair. She is wearing a necklace with a locket. An inscription on the reverse of this photograph indicates that the photo was taken in 1890 and that the woman’s name appears to be “Alfrida Danielson”. SOLD

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MAJOR GENERAL JUDSON KILPATRICK : CARTE de VISITE : CIVIL WAR : WEST POINT 1861

This carte de visite portrait features Civil War Union Cavalry Major General, Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (1836-1881). He was a 1861 graduate of West Point and quickly rose in the ranks as the war progressed. As a General, he was considered to be reckless with the lives of his soldiers. He developed a disparaging nickname of “Kilcavalry” or “Kill-Cavalry” for his disregard of the lives of his men. After the war, he became the United States Minister to Chile. This cdv is on thinner than usual card stock. The photo has a bumped top right hand corner and is in overall fair condition.  SOLD

PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN WEARING A FANCY HAT : YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a pretty and well dressed young woman. She appears to be in a pensive mood. She is wearing a ring, bracelet, and necklace. Note her fancy wide brimmed hat. The woman was photographed at the Simon & Murnane studio in York, Pennsylvania. The stamp box indicates that the postcard was published between 1904 and 1918. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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IDA LYTTON : ACTRESS : MUSICAL THEATER : DAUGHTER OF HENRY LYTTON : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features actress Ida Lytton. Sketch Magazine (1902) printed her photograph and the caption states that she was about to make her theatrical debut. She performed in musical theater and I was able to locate very little of her biographical information. She was the daughter of actor, Sir Henry Lytton (1865-1936). He was a very prominent English actor and singer. He was associated with Gilbert and Sullivan roles. The photo for this card was taken by the Rembrandt Studio. The postcard was published by the German firm, Rotophot.  This portrait postcard has been trimmed and due to that, should be rated as in overall fair condition. However, the image itself has excellent clarity and is in good condition (see scans).

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PEARL LYNDON : ACTRESS : CRIME :WIFE OF PHOTOGRAPHER L. S. LANGFIER :RARE RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features actress, Pearl Lyndon. She used a variety of other names including Madame Rosario. It is interesting to note that she was the wife of the photographer who took the photograph for this postcard. The photographer was Louis Saul Langfier.The pair married in 1903. This postcard is rare and information about Miss Lyndon is sparse. She grew up in Scotland. She ran a theater school for young children. She taught music and dance and claimed to be a professor. In 1920, a police news magazine reported that the and a live in man, were assaulted by their housekeeper and her son. The housekeeper denied the charge and said that Pearl was trying to engage her employment at a nightclub and criminal activity. There was another report of Pearl being attacked. She suffered broken teeth and was threatened by a man with a revolver. The assault took place in a dance club.By 1920, she and her live-in partner were running a London dance club that drew much attention from the local police. She was fined for selling alcohol without a license. Someone at the hearing referred to her establishment as a “disreputable place”. Pearl added more clubs to her portfolio and at least three of her clubs were raided by the police. There were reports that opium was being sold at her clubs.  In 1924, at age 36, Pearl was arrested by the police in Fife, Scotland. She and her partner had split up, and he accused her of harrassment, and assault. He claimed she hit him on the head with a hammer, knocking him out. He stated she then turned on the gas in an attempt to kill him. She was also accused of hiring two men to threaten her ex with a razor. It was a “he said. she said” trial but at the end, Pearl was sentenced to two months in jail. When she was released from her imprisonment, she disappeared from the newspapers. It is interesting that research revealed much of Pearl’s nefarious behavior, and none of her history on stage. I find that quite sad. This vintage photo portrait postcard is in fair condition (see scans). 

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JUNIOR NEW YORK CITY FIREMAN HOLDING AN AXE

This cabinet card features a young boy dressed up in a fireman’s uniform complete with helmet. He is posing with a serious expression trying hard to play the part of an adult fireman. To make the portrait even more realistic, he is holding a fire axe. This image is another example of a cabinet card portrait that attempts to “adultify” children. The cabinet card gallery includes images of children dressed as sailors, soldiers, and even brides and grooms. Many of  the children’s portraits show them dressed in adult-like glamourous or elegant clothing. It appears that parents at the turn of the century had the same propensity that parents have today to rush their children to adulthood. Unlike today’s children, the children of the cabinet card era really did have to become adults in their later teenage years. Prolonged adolescence was not invented yet. The photographer of this image was J. K. Cole of New York City, New York. To view other photographs by Cole, and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Cole (New York)”.   (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN : HIGH FASHION : ST. LOUIS : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card portrait features a pretty teenage girl dressed in high fashion. The manner in she is dressed and the fact that she is holding a scroll and flowers; strongly suggests that she is being photographed in connection with a religious ceremony. Initially her appearance was suggestive of her being a bride. Her youthful appearance and the scroll convinced me that she is likely making her confirmation. This photograph was taken at the Genelli Studio in St. Louis, Missouri. The studio was operated by Melzar Whittlesey (M.W.) Starks.  He was born in Illinois in 1851. At age 21, he became a photographer apprentice in St. Louis. A short time later, he partnered with the Hulbert Brothers to build what many considered to be, the best portrait studio in the state. Starks moved to Sioux City Iowa in 1883. He opened a photography studio there.The Hulberts stayed in St. Louis and remained in business until 1898. Starks retired from his professon by 1910. This cabin card portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).          

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