NICELY DRESSED MAN WITH CONFIDENCE : MUTTONCHOPS : AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

This cartes de visite features a nicely dressed man with mutton chops and a chin beard. His arms are crossed across his chest and he has a look of confidence. Note that his hair is slicked back and is parted in the middle. The photo was taken by Albert Greiner (1833-1890) who operated a studio in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This cdv image is in good condition (see scans).

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MISS ROSALIE JACOBI : TALENTED CHILD ACTRESS : (1906)

This real photo postcard features actress Miss Rosalie Jacobi. Little information could be found about her and this particular postcard is very uncommon. Miss Jacobi appeared in the 1900 production of “Herod” which was produced at “Her Majesty’s Theatre” in London, England. Actors in the play included Maude Jeffries and Beerbohm Tree. The Sketch (1900) has an article about the play “Bonnie Dundee”, which appeared at the Adelphi Theatre. The review praises Rosalie Jacobi and labels her as a “child actress”. The article also states that she gave a  “remarkably talented performance”. The photograph on the face of this postcard is from 1906 (see the postmark) and it is likely that the photo was taken when Jacobi was in her teenage years. The postcard was published by Rapid Photo of London as part of a series (no.3036). The photographer was Carr & Hopperton. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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ATTRACTIVE WEDDING COUPLE IN PRINCETON, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card photograph appears to be a wedding portrait. Both bride and groom are attractive. The young woman in the photo seems to be very young. She looks like a teenager while the groom seems to be several years older. This photo was taken in 1897 by the Masters and Skolds studio located in Princeton, Illinois. The photographers were partners between 1896 and 1903. The 1900 census identifies Charles T Skolds (1862-?) as one of the partners. The name “Nora” is inscribed on the reverse of the photograph. It is likely that Nora is the name of the bride. This cabinet card is in excellent condition.

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MISS ROMANIA : CONTESTANT IN THE MISS EUROPE BEAUTY PAGEANT : (EARLY 1930’s)

The pretty young woman seen in this vintage real photo postcard is a contestant in the Miss Europe beauty contest. She represented Romania sometime in the early 1930’s. This beauty contest includes only European contestants. The contest was established by a French journalist in 1927. Most of the women in this contest won their own country’s national beauty contest, and used the Miss Europa contest as a warm-up for the Miss World pageant. This postcard was published by well known and acclaimed photographer, Alfred Noyer. His Paris studio operated between 1910 and the 1940’s. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF HOWARD BRISCOE : RAILROAD CARPENTER : BARABOO, WISCONSIN

The handsome young man in this photograph is named Howard Briscoe. His name is inscribed on the reverse of this cabinet card photo. Briscoe lived in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He lived there all, or most of his life. Briscoe was born in 1878. His father was a miller by trade, Briscoe’s wife was named Julia Simon Briscoe. Howard Briscoe worked as a carpenter for a railroad company. The photographer of this image, Mr. Mould, is mentioned in a number of photographic journals. He placed an ad for his studio in a book about Sauk County, Wisconsin (1891). The Photographic Times (1898) reports on his appointment to a lobbying committee of the Photographers Association of Wisconsin. The Encyclopedia Dubuque (1911) reveals that Sim Mould operated a photographic studio at 107 Main Street in Dubuque, Iowa. The cabinet card gallery has other photographs by Mould, Place his name in the search box to view these other images. The town of Baraboo is situated on the Baraboo river. The town was settled by Abe Wood and originally called Adams. In 1852 it was renamed Baraboo. In the town’s early history it became the home of several sawmills. In the nineteenth century the town served as the headquarters of several circuses, including Ringling Brothers. Baraboo became known as “Circus City”. This cabinet card photo is in excellent condition (see scans).

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LYDIA WEST : PRETTY BRITISH STAGE ACTRESS : 1907

This vintage real photo postcard features theatre actress, Lydia West. I believe she is British but I am unable to confirm her nationality. In fact, I could find little information about this pretty stage performer. I was able to locate a photograph of Miss West, in costume for her performance in the musical comedy, “Florodoro” (1899). The photo appeared in the theatre magazine, “Play Pictorial”. Research also discovered a Play Program for a play in which West was part of the cast. She played one of twelve butterflies in “My Darling” (1907). The play was co-written by actor, Seymour Hicks, and was produced at the Hicks Theatre. Marie Studholme, a very well known stage actress was in the production. This postcard was published by Rafael Tuck & Sons. The card was part of the “Celebrities of the Stage” series (no. G 1028). The photo studio that produced West’s portrait was Johnston & Hoffmann. The postcard is in fair condition (see scans) and is priced accordingly. Note the bend in the lower right hand corner of the card. This postcard’s postmark reveals that the card was mailed in 1907.

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MISS ITALY : BEAUTIFUL CONTESTANT IN THE MISS EUROPE CONTEST (1931)

This vintage real photo postcard features Miss Italy, a contestant in the Miss Europe beauty pageant. This beauty contest includes only European contestants. The contest was established by a French journalist in 1927. Most of the women in this contest won their own country’s national beauty contest, and used the Miss Europa contest as a warm-up for the Miss World pageant. This postcard was published by well known and acclaimed photographer, Alfred Noyer. His Paris studio operated between 1910 and the 1940’s. This postcard is from 1931 and the beautiful contestant seen in this photo, is Claudia Di Nocetti. Miss Di Nocetti is wearing a ring and a pretty, but bulky, necklace. The bottom right corner of the postcard has the printed name of “St. Mano”. Generally, the name of the photographer appears in this location on a photo postcard. Perhaps the photo studio was named “Mano Street”. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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LITTLE FOXES : A LOVELY COUPLE AND TWO YOUNG FOXES (SNAPSHOT)

This vintage snapshot is highly unusual. A couple poses with two cute young foxes. The gentleman in the photo is holding the two fox pups on his lap. The woman is wearing pants and sitting on the automobiles side board. The old car is a nice backdrop, Note the man’s cool cap. This photograph measures about 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ and is in excellent condition.

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HOLDING A CLAIM IN LeBEAU, SOUTH DAKOTA : LOG CABIN : HUSBAND, WIFE, AND TWO DOGS

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This unusual vintage real photo postcard features a husband, wife, and their two dogs hanging out at their log cabin. The husband is sitting on the roof, he is probably making an attempt at humor. The wife is sitting in front of the cabin with a photographic album on her lap. The large dog in the doorway may be a hunting dog. The small light colored dog next to the woman seems to be happy being outside the cabin. The caption seen below the image states “All That Is Necessary to Hold a Claim”. My guess is that the caption is explaining that if one builds a cabin on certain land, it will be sufficient for the owner of the cabin to claim limited  surrounding land. This photograph was taken in LeBeau, South Dakota in 1909. The town started as a fur trading post in 1875. The post was opened by Antoine LeBeau, a French and Lakota fur trader. LeBeau “was” a town situated on the banks of the Missouri River. I used the word “was” because the town of LeBeau no longer exists. At one time, LeBeau was the end of the line for the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway (1907). It was a boom town and a major cattle shipping point. When another railway built a competing line, the importance of LeBeau declined until the trackage to LeBeau was removed in 1924. The town died and went “underwater”. It is located beneath Lake Oahe. The decline of the town began in 1909, the same year this photo was taken. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans) It’s postmark was  stamped in LeBeau in 1909. The postcard was published by Patterson & Downey Novelty Postcard Tent.

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GIANT WEDDING PARTY: NORTHAMPTON, PENNSYLVANIA : ACCORDION PLAYER

  This cabinet card photograph was purchased in the Texas Hill Country but was taken at a wedding in Northhampton, Pennsylvania. This group is the “mother” of all wedding parties. The bride is wearing a dark wedding dress and four of the women are wearing tiaras. Some of the children are holding dolls. Note the accordion player sitting in the bottom row. Apparently he was supplying the entertainment at the wedding reception. This cabinet card was photographed by Thomas Lenhart. He operated a studio in Northampton, Pennsylvania. The cabinet card gallery has other images from Mr. Lenhart’s other studio. It was located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.He was a talented photographer and one of his photographs is exhibited in the American Museum of Photography. The cabinet card displayed is a double self portrait. It is called a double self portrait because the image captures Lenhart taking a photograph of himself. In other words, he assumes two different poses in the same photograph. Lenhart is known to have operated in Allentown between 1894 and 1899. It is very possible that he was located there before and after those years; but no documentation for other years has been found. To view other photographs by Lenhart, click on cabinet card gallery’s category “Photographer: Lenhart”. This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans). 

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