A BOY, A BIKE, AND A BAD BACKDROP

SEA BIKE_0005Photographer Robert Franck of Worms, Germany produced this rather amateurish cabinet card. The boy is holding his bicycle while posing indoors on what appears to be a stage with a nautical painting on a screen behind him. The child looks as if he is standing in front of a giant picture postcard. Look closely and you can see the stand on each side of the backdrop that holds it in place. The stand is on the floor and located at both corners of the screen.  If the photographer stood closer to the subject, the edges of the backdrop would have not been in the image; significantly improving the picture. The very obviously fake plant behind the rear bicycle wheel further detracts from this image. Despite my criticism of this photograph, there is something that I like about it. If one focuses on the boy and his bike, this is a fine image of a child and his beloved mode of  transportation. This photograph presents a bit of confusing information because on the reverse of the image, the photographers name is listed as F. Berf  (possibly F. Ferf). Perhaps Mr Franck succeeded Mr Berf as owner of the studio and was using up Mr Berf’s card stock.  Also on the reverse of the cabinet card is a hand written note that identifies the child as “the little Hoffman boy on his bicycle. He is now married.”  (SOLD)

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