A MAN RIDING A RACING BIKE: NEED FOR SPEED (FRENCH VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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A MAN RIDING A RACING BIKE: NEED FOR SPEED: This vintage real photo postcard features a bicycle racer sitting on his bike. I believe he has goggles strapped around his head. The lens’s are visible at the front of his cap. Note the photographers embossed stamp on the bottom of the right hand side of the image. This photograph was taken by Antoine Provost who worked as a photographer in Toulouse, France. At one point his studio was located at Rue de la Pomme. The photographer did an excellent job of posing the rider. The image captures the feel of speed and motion. The postcard was published by “K Ltd” sometime between 1918 and 1936.  (SOLD)

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Published in: on March 14, 2016 at 11:53 am  Comments (1)  
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ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL SHOWING RESTRAINT IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (CDV)

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This is an unusual cartes de visite portrait because of the method utilized to hold the posing child in an optimal and safe position to be photographed. It was not unusual to restrain a young child during a photograph session but usually the restraints are hidden. The safety belt was usually hidden under clothing, a blanket or some other material. In addition, sometimes a child’s parent might hold the baby in place while being covered by a blanket or some other material. In addition, to showing the safety belt, this image is a wonderful portrait of a little girl. The photographer of this cdv is Amory Nelson Hardy (1835-1911). He was born in Cumberland, Maine. He was married to Angeline Davis (1833-1920). Early in his photography career he worked in Bucksport, Maine. He then moved to Boston and during his work there had a studio on Washington Street (1868, 1879-1887) and Winter Street (1873-1878). These dates are only a partial representation of his career. This photograph was taken at the Winter Street studio. It has been brought to my attention that it is very possible that this little girl may not be tied into her seat at all. Instead, both the black bows around her sleeves as well as the wide black band around her abdomen may be symbols of “mourning”. I certainly agree that the ribbons around her sleeves are typical mourning symbols. However, I have not seen similar mourning bands employed around a subject’s waist or abdomen. I wonder what visitors to the cabinet card gallery think about these black bands. Please feel free to leave a comment. To view other photographs by Mr. Hardy, click on the category “Photographer: Hardy”.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS

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A pretty woman poses for her portrait at the Park Studio in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is fashionable in her dark dress and she is well accessorized. Note her pretty eyes. I estimate her to be in her teenage years or possibly in her early twenties.

Published in: on March 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL IN MARLBORO, MASSACHUSETTS

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A pretty teenage girl poses for her cabinet card portrait at the Richardson studio in Marlboro, Massachusetts. She is wearing a thick chained necklace and has flowers pinned to her collar. She is wearing her hair down and has pretty curls as her bangs. The photographer, E. P. Richardson was a civil war veteran from a Massachusetts regiment. He is listed as a photographer in a Boston directory (1871) as well as in a Marlboro directory (1894).

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Published in: on March 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF AN ANGELIC HUNGARIAN LITTLE GIRL IN BUDAPEST (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features an angelic looking little girl posing for her portrait at the Kalmar Studio in Budapest, Hungary. This bright eyed little girl is a photogenic cutie pie.  The stamp box indicates that this postcard was published by K Ltd and that the photo was taken sometime between 1918 and 1936.

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Published in: on March 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL AND HER SPOOKY DOLL IN BARCELONA, SPAIN

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An adorable little girl wearing a cute dress and large hair bow poses for her portrait alongside her “spooky doll”. There may be a better word than “spooky” to describe the doll but the doll’s face is so lifelike that it it’s a bit creepy. The doll may have a haunted look but the little girl is a sweetheart. This photograph was taken by the Roe studio in Barcelona, Spain.

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Published in: on March 6, 2016 at 12:54 pm  Comments (1)  
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“THE BUTTERFLY KIDS” (HAND TINTED 1906 FRENCH REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features two beautiful children with colorful butterfly wings. One can suppose that they are also being symbolically represented as fairies or angels. This postcard was used in France and was postmarked in St. Vincent in 1906. The postcard was mailed to Sisteron, France. The postcard was published by the GL Company and is number 1174/5 in a series. The G. L. Company (1903-1920’s) was located in the Netherlands and was known for their real photo postcards featuring children and women that were used as holiday and general greeting cards. The also produced postcards that featured actresses and nudes as subjects. Most of the postcards they produced were hand tinted.

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Published in: on March 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A FASHIONABLE COUPLE IN NEW YORK CITY

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Photographer Rud Bachmann of New York City produced this portrait of a lovely and fashionable young couple. The woman in this image looks particularly young. She is wearing a dark dress with poofy sleeves and a collar pin. The gentleman is wearing a dark suit and his watch chain is visible on his vest. The photographer’s full name is Rudolph Bachmann. He was born in 1850 in Switzerland. He came to the United States in about 1880 and by 1884 was operating a photography business at 1437 Broadway in New York City. The gallery was later relocated to 6 East 14th Street. Images published after 1914 indicate that he was joined in business by his son. To  view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Bachmann”. (SOLD)

Published in: on March 4, 2016 at 10:05 am  Comments (1)  
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THREE EXPRESSIVE WOMEN WITH HATS (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features three well dressed women wearing interesting hats and interesting expressions. The two women on the right have countenances like the “cat that ate the canary”. The ladies were photographed by an unknown studio at an unknown location. The “AZO” stamp box indicates that the postcard was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

Published in: on March 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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