TWO YOUNG WOMEN WEARING FANCY HATS IN EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN

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Two young women pose for their portrait at the Bonell studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The women are beautifully dressed and their nice figures are assisted by the corsets that they are wearing. Note their fancy hats. The Cabinet Card Gallery has several photographs by Frederick Bonell. To view these photographs and to learn more about Mr. Bonell, click on the category “Photographer: Bonell”.

Published in: on January 14, 2016 at 9:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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TWO COUPLES ENJOYING A BUGGY RIDE IN HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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It appears that the two couples riding in this buggy are having a lot of fun judging by the preponderance of smiles in the photograph. Of course this buggy may in fact be standing still. The driver of the carriage is likely holding the reigns of non existent horses because there is a more than reasonable chance that the buggy is a prop located inside a photographers studio.  The photographer in question is N. E. McLeod who bills himself as a “Rustic & Wild West Photographer”. His location is advertised on the reverse of this vintage real photo postcard is Happy Hollow, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Take note of the women’s hats in this image. The woman in the back of the carriage has a wide brimmed hat and the woman in the front seat is wearing a plumed hat. Also note the lamp attached to the side of the buggy. The internet’s Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture informs us that Happy Hollow was another name for McLeod’s Amusement Park. This site was one of Hot Spring’s most popular tourist attractions from the late 1800 until the 1940’s. It’s location was at the head of Fountain Street, just off of Central Avenue and north of Hot Springs Mountain. Happy Hollow was owned and operated by photographer Norman McLeod from the time of its founding (1888) through 1908. McLeod was born on a farm in Georgia . At the age of 19 he moved to Live Oak, Florida where he learned the photography business. He then attended college in Athens, Georgia. He started Happy Hollow as a photography studio and gradually developed it into an amusement park complex which included a zoo. In 1908 he sold the property. The park became known for taking humorous photos of it’s guests. Props included an old bathtub, a burro, and painted scenery which included a jailhouse and a gigantic angry bear. McLeod and Happy Hollow were nationally known. This postcard has an AZO stamp box indicating it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.   SOLD
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A PRETTY WOMAN AND A CABINET CARD ALBUM IN AMESBURY, MASSACHUSETTS

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A pretty young woman in a dark dress with a white lace bib poses for her photographic portrait at the Thompson studio in Amesbury, Massachusetts. The young lady is posed behind an ornate chair and alongside an open cabinet card album. The album sits on a stand for easy viewing. The portrait is a product of a photographer named W. C. Thompson. Mr Thompson operated the Opera House Studio in Amesbury, Massachusetts, as well as the Globe Studio which was located in Newsburyport, Massachusetts. To learn more about this photographer and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Thompson”.   SOLD

Published in: on January 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL AND HER HOOP TOY IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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This vintage photograph features an adorable little girl sitting on a wall and holding her hoop toy. She is wearing a cute dress and is wearing a bow in her long wavy hair. She is also wearing a wonderful smile. The photographer of this image is Marie Gleissner who operated a studio in Vienna, Austria. I was unable to find biographical information about the photographer. It is my assumption that the photographer is a woman (Marie). The photographer did an excellent job posing the little girl and produced a terrific image.

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Published in: on January 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (4)  
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ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN GOODLAND, INDIANA

cute little girlThis vintage photograph features a most adorable little girl wearing a cute dress. Printing on the reverse of the photograph reveals that this portrait was taken by Hunt’s Art Studio which was located in Goodland, Indiana. I want to live in a town named Goodland. A place where everyone is “good” and everything that happens in one’s life is “good”. Research reveals that Goodland, which is probably a lovely town, does not fit the bill for being the location of  “all encompassing goodness”.  In fact, the town, which originated in 1861, is named Goodland because the soil is good. Writing on the verso indicates that the little girls last name may be “Allen”. Investigating the photographer was unproductive. Although there were a number of photographers with the last name of “Hunt” operating in Indiana during the post cabinet card era, I could not find one who worked in Goodland.

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Published in: on January 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN FOCSANI, ROMANIA

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This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty woman posing for her portrait at a studio in Focsani, Romania. Foscani is the capital city of Vrancea County and is located on the shores of the Milcov River in the historic region of Moldavia. The woman in this image is nicely dressed in what I believe is a traditional regional clothing. She is wearing a flower in her hair and she is coyly looking at the camera. Note that the photographer’s backdrop does not meet the floor. Writing on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the photograph was taken in 1937 and that the postcard was addressed to an individual living in Bucharest, Romania. Bucharest is that nation’s capital and largest city.

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TWO ADORABLE LITTLE BOYS AND A NAUTICAL THEME IN SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND

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This cabinet card portrait features two adorable little boys dressed in sailor suits sitting on a faux mast. Nautical themes such as this one were popular during the cabinet card era. Interestingly, the producer of this image, was located in a seaside town. Maddock Brown & Company operated in Southport, England. SOLD

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Published in: on January 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY AND THEIR AUTOMOBILE (VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

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“I’m going up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go? I’m going to some place where I’ve never been before. I’m gonna leave this city, got to get away. All this fussing and fighting, man, you know I sure can’t stay”. These words are part of the lyrics of  “I’m Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat.  I think the song would be good accompaniment to this vintage photograph. This image shows what appears to be a family on a road trip. They are dressed for a nice drive. One of the women in the photograph is holding a bouquet of flowers which may indicate that she had just wedded. The most likely groom is the man standing in the forefront of the image. I have been told that the car in the photo is an early Ford (unconfirmed). This vintage photo is interesting because it tells an incomplete story that the viewer can use his or her imagination to complete. This photo measures about 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ and has no identifying information written on the reverse.

Published in: on January 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF A SPUNKY BRIDE AND HER GROOM IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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This cabinet card features a bride and groom posing for their portrait at the Pulaski Photo Art Company in Chicago, Illinois. This photograph is a bit unusual relative to other wedding portraits of it’s era. The uncommon but refreshing variable in this image is that the bride is showing her personality. She is exhibiting a playful smile and appears to be a vivacious young woman. Her groom, seems to lack that same energy, and presents a more reserved personality. The bride and groom are well dressed and three bouquets of flowers as well as a the groom’s corsage mark the festive occasion. A book entitled “Certified List of Domestic and Foreign Corporations” (1909) reveals that the Pulaski Photo Art Company replaced the Koscinszko Photo Art Company in Chicago. The President/Manager of Pulaski was Max Prusinski (1883-?) and the Secretary of the company was John Prusinski. Max Prusinski was born in Poland. An advertisement in “The Neighbor” (1919) discloses that the studio continued to operate at 957 Milwaukee Avenue. The 1930 US census reports that Max Prusinski was still employed as a photographer.

PORTRAIT OF HARRIET BOSSE: SCANDINAVIAN ACTRESS PHOTOGRAPHED BY FERDINAND FLODIN

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This vintage real photo postcard features Harriet Sofie Bosse (1878-1961) who was an actress of Swedish/Norwegian background. Her father was a German publisher who for business reasons moved his family a number of times back and forth between Oslo (Norway) and Stockholm (Sweden). Harriet was the thirteenth of fourteen children in her family. Two of her sisters were performers. She was well known for her acting but also for being the third wife of playwright August Strindberg. Bosse began her acting career in a company run by her older sister in Oslo. She developed a problem with this sister (Alma) when the sister discovered that Harriet was having an affair with her husband.  Harriet clearly had a boundary problem. After appearing at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm, she was noticed by Strindberg. He was enamored with her acting ability as well as her exotic “oriental” appearance. The pair were married in 1901; he was 52 years old and she was just 21. The marriage was short and volatile. Strindberg had a history of a jealousy problem that some considered to be actual paranoia. In 1908 Bosse married Swedish actor Anders Gunnar Wingard and later had a third marriage to movie idol Edvin Adolphson in 1927. Her second and third marriages both ended in divorce after just a few years. After retiring from acting, in the midst of World War II, she returned to Oslo. This postcard photograph was taken by Ferdinand Flodin (1863-1935). He was a Swedish photographer who operated a studio in Stockholm. He was well known for his portrait work, especially of theatrical performers. He was educated in the United States from 1883 to 1887. For the next two years he ran a photography gallery in Worcester, Massachusetts. He then returned to Sweden. In 1906 he became secretary of the Swedish Photogaphers Association, a post he held nine years. This postcard was published by Axel Eliasson’s Art Publishers. The publishing house was founded in 1890 and the Stockholm company was the leading producer of postcards in Sweden for many years. A number of Ferdinand Flodin’s cabinet card photographs that were produced at his Massachusetts studio can be seen in the Cabinet Card Gallery. To view these images click on the category “Photographer: Flodin”.  SOLD

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