This cabinet card photograph features a very fashionable  young boy, posing at the studio of Karl Pietzner in Wien (Vienna), capitol of the Austro Hungarian Empire. The young boy is wearing a sailor type blouse, boots, a straw hat, and holding a stick. Pietzner (1853-1927) was born in Prussia and is known to have worked as a photographer from 1877 until 1924 and he worked throughout Europe. At the time that this cabinet card was photographed, he had studios in Wien, Carlsbad, Brunn, Eger, Teplitz, Aussig, and Olmutz. The New  York Times (1899) printed an article about his photographic research work in the production of reliefs. He invented a process he named “plastophotography”.  He was a photographer for the Royal family in Austria. He did portraits of Franz Joseph. Pietzner was certainly a celebrated photographer and this cabinet card is a great example of his work.

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  1. Thank you for posting these! I recently went to Prague and bought a lovely portrait of a man by a C. Pietzner and have been trying to find out how old it might be or from where it originated. This has definitely answered my Qs

  2. One query I have though is, if you have any of the C. pietzner cabinet photos, what are the dimensions. As mine is smaller than he 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 sizes that I keep hearing about

    • Some of the European cabinet cards measure 6 1/2 x 4 1/2. They are larger than the typical American cabinet card.

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