DAPPER GENTLEMAN WITH A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE IN BARMEN, GERMANY (CDV)

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This cartes de visite features a dapper gentleman wearing a three piece suit and a wonderful handlebar mustache. He displays an air of confidence. This cdv portrait was taken by Zeppenfeld & Company which was located in Barmen, Germany. Barmen was pioneering center of the early European industrial revolution as well as the development of socialist theory and the socialist movement. Barmen was the birthplace of socialist Friedrich Engels. This cdv measures 4 5/8″ x 2 1/4″. It is longer and narrower than the typical cdv. The reverse of the image has information about the photographer and it can be seen below.

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Published in: on August 21, 2015 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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FLORENCE COLLINGBOURNE: STAGE ACTRESS

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The beautiful woman pictured in this Cabinet card is stage actress, Florence Collingbourne. Obtaining significant biographical information about her has been difficult and further research will be done and provided in an addition to this blog. However, information from readers about this stage beauty will be appreciated.  The Cabinet card was produced by the Rotary Photographic Company which also produced many postcards with images of theatrical stars. This Cabinet card was published  in London, England. The second image displayed is a vintage real photo postcard also featuring the beautiful Miss Collingbourne (1880-?). The postcard was published by the Rotary Photo Company. The reverse of the postcard has evidence that it once occupied a photo album.

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Published in: on August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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A DAPPER MORRIS GASTON FACES THE CAMERA

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The reverse of this photograph is inscribed with the name “Morris Gaston”, presumably the handsome subject of this portrait. Mr Gaston is well dressed and very poised in front of the camera. He is is wearing a pocket watch and holding a magazine or newspaper. The photograph was taken at the Green & Company studio in Berlin. Unfortunately, the logo on the mat of this photograph does not indicate in what locale Berlin is located. Is this image from a studio in Germany or in the United States? There are several US states that have towns named Berlin and there is even a Berlin in Ontario, Canada. I have been unable to uncover the answer to the location riddle. Perhaps a cabinet card gallery visitor can solve the mystery. The cabinet card measures about 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ and has terrific clarity.

Published in: on August 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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IMMIGRANT COUPLE AND A PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

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This vintage photograph features an immigrant couple posing for their portrait at an unknown photography studio in an unknown location. How do I know that this lovely couple are immigrants? I actually don’t know if they are really immigrants. They have an ethnic appearance and are dressed in a fashion that a casting director might hire them to portray a couple “right off the boat”. What is their ethnicity? I would guess they are European but have little confidence in that hypotheses. The couple are well dressed in a “sunday best” sense. The woman has a cute hat, white gloves, and a purse. The couple are posed next to a vase of flowers sitting on a table. Interestingly, the woman has her arm linked around her husband’s arm. She is clearly not afraid of public displays of affection. This photograph was found in a Vancouver antique store but experience tells me that there is a large possibility that the image did not originate in Vancouver.

Published in: on August 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  

PRETTY PARISSIENNE WOMAN WEARING SHEER VEIL

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This real photo postcard is quite intriguing. Who is this pretty young woman behind the sheer veil and wearing this middle eastern type dress. Is she a native of the Middle East? Is she an actress? Is she a fashionista that is wearing the latest style? I tend to rule out the possibility of her being from the Middle East. I do so because her clothing  appears more fashionable than functional and her stylish shoes seem to be very not Middle Eastern. This photographic portrait was taken at the Baldomar studio in Paris, France.

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Published in: on August 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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TEN WELL DRESSED GUYS POSING FOR A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH (REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a group of well dressed youngish men posing for a group photo.The men are wearing an assortment of types of hats. Most of the guys are wearing some kind of pin on their lapel but their common bond is unclear. Perhaps they are members of a fraternal organization? The postcard was produced on “AZO” paper sometime between 1904 and 1918. The clarity of the image is excellent.

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Published in: on August 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL WEARING RUFFLES IN LAMAR, MISSOURI

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A pretty teenage girl poses for her portrait at the E. C.Grant studio in Lamar, Missouri. She is posed as if she is deep in thought. She is well attired and her dress is quite ruffled. The girl is wearing a bracelet on each wrist and is also wearing a ring. Her name is inscribed on the reverse of the  photograph (see below). I believe her first name is Emma but I can not decipher the rest of her name and any help on this endeavor from Cabinet Card Gallery visitors would be welcomed. The photographer of this image is Ezra C Grant (1848-1894). Research revealed that at one time, the address of his studio was “Northwest Corner Square” in Lamar. A book entitled Truman’s Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, reports that Gustavus Seyffert, the first cousin of the German composer, Richard Wagner, organized the community’s first uniformed band in 1889 and E. C. Grant was one of the players. Ezra Grant died while still a young man and is buried in Lake Cemetery in Lamar Heights. His wife took over his photography business. Belle Grant (1853-?) is listed in the 1900 and the 1910 census as working as a photographer in Lamar. In the earlier census she was residing with her eleven year old son in Lamar.  This image has great clarity. Be sure to note the scalloped edges that border the cabinet card.  SOLD

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DISTINGUISHED LOOKING GENTLEMAN IN HELENA, MONTANA

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Lowry’s Art Place was the location that the distinguished looking man in this cabinet card portrait had this picture taken. The gentleman pictured is well dressed and well groomed. Though he was likely a resident of a western town, he appears to have made his living with his brain rather than his brawn. Perhaps he is a lawyer or a physician. The photographer of this image is H. J. Lowry, who according to the advertising on the reverse of this cabinet card, had studios in both Bozeman and Helena, Montana. Howard J Lowry is listed in the Helena Business Directories of 1889 through at least 1892 as a “portrait artist” (photographer) and as a teacher of drawing and painting at Helena Business College.  (SOLD)

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Published in: on August 13, 2015 at 11:58 am  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF THE SASSIEST GIRL YOU EVER DID SEE AND A SHY BOY (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a sassy little girl and an apprehensive little boy. The children are adorably dressed and very expressive. The little girl’s picture should be in the dictionary under the word “sassy”. The postcard paper was produced by AZO sometime between 1904 and 1918.   The postcard is unused and clearly once resided in a photo or postcard album. The image has excellent clarity.

Published in: on August 12, 2015 at 11:57 am  Comments (4)  
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COWBOY WEARING CHAPS AND HOLDING A PISTOL IN PORTLAND, OREGON (REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a cowboy wearing frilly chaps, a holster, a bandana  and a cowboy hat. In one hand he is holding a pistol and in the other he has a pair of gloves decorated with a five point star. The cowpoke in this studio image appears ready to head out on the next cattle drive. The cowboy in this photograph has an ethnic appearance. Perhaps he was Hispanic or Native American. This photograph was taken at the Mazeograph Studio in Portland, Oregon. Charles E. (Cal) Calvert operated his studio between 1906 and 1930. As the advertisement on the reverse of the postcard attests, Calvert’s specialty was creating fast postcards. Studio backdrops and set-ups awaited customers, so they simply had to place themselves in the scene. This arrangement coupled with quick development techniques, allowed subjects to be able to procure a postcard image of themselves in less than ten minutes. The postcard itself was made by Cyko and the stamp box indicates that it was produced between 1904 and the 1920’s.

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Published in: on August 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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