TWO YOUNG HISPANIC SIBLINGS IN NATIVE CLOTHING

This vintage real photo postcard features two young siblings wearing local garb pose for their portrait at an unidentified photography studio. These children are very adorable. The older child is taking a protective position next to her younger sibling. Judging by the card on the younger child’s hat, the kids are dressed for a religious ceremony. This photograph is probably from the 1940’s. The reverse of the photograph indicates that the image was once a resident of a photo album.

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on February 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  

ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL WEARING A BIRD BROOCH IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

This cabinet card introduces us to an adorable little girl. She is well dressed and wearing lots of jewelry. Her jewelry includes a brooch shaped like a bird that is carrying a letter in it’s beak (see photo below). She is also wearing earrings, bracelets, and a pendant on a chain. The studio photo was taken by the MacIntire studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. James A. MacIntire is listed in the 1903 and 1904 business directory as a photographer.

Published in: on February 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BEAUTIFUL FRENCH PERFORMER: BLEUETTE D’ARTOIS

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty French performer Bleuette D’Artois. She is beautifully dressed. In fact, she appeared in a postcard series called “Queens of Fashion”. The postcard was published by E.L.D. (E. Le Delay), a company located in Paris, France. The postcard is part of a series (no. 4264). The postmark is dated 1918 and the postcard was postmarked in Merbes-le-Château, Belgium. The postcard has a Belgian stamp.

 

FOREVER PLAID: CABINET CARD PORTRAIT OF A NEW ENGLAND GENTLEMAN

This cabinet card features a handsome middle aged man wearing a plaid vest and jacket. He has a longish but styled beard and he has piercing eyes. This gentleman was photographed by the Dunklee & Bau studio. The photographers operated studios in Northampton and Greenfield (Massachusetts as well as in Brattleboro, Vermont. Note the reverse of this cabinet card; it is quite ornate. The reverse of the photograph advertises that the photographers had won an award at a  1890 exhibition. Therefore we know that this photograph was taken during 1890 or later. Charles Dunklee was born in Rockingham, Vermont in 1842. He served four years in Company I of the 4th Vermont Infantry during the civil war. He entered the war as a private and mustered out as a private. He was the Vice President of his regiments veteran group according to an 1887 news article. In 1865 he married May C. Billings and they were married 54 years until her death. Dunklee’s 90th birthday was marked in the Lewiston Daily Sun (1932). This cabinet card was produced by Dunklee while in partnership with Charles Bau. The Bulletin of Photography (1914) notes that Bau sold his studio in Brattleboro, Vermont in order to return to Greenfield to open a new photographic gallery. To see other images by Dunklee and Bau, click on the category “Photographer: Dunklee”.   SOLD

SIX OF THE DANDIEST DANDIES YOU EVER DID SEE

This looks like a group photo at a “dandy convention”. The convention must be fun because these six gentlemen seem very jolly. The men are dressed identically except for their hats. Four of the men are wearing straw boaters. Note that the fellows are all wearing high collars, cummerbunds, and white shoes. My “dandy convention” theory is just an attempt at humor. More likely, these happy guys comprise a performing group. All but one of the men are young and handsome. The older gent (seated) is smoking a cigarette. If you are unfamiliar with the term “dandy”, here is a definition of the term. A dandy is a man that is inordinately devoted to style and fashion in their appearance and dress.

Published in: on February 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED OLD MAN IN NORWICH, CONNECTICUT

This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed older man with a long mustache and wiry beard. He has the expression of a person who has seen and experienced a lot in his many years. He looks a bit drawn and tired. The gentleman was photographed by Laighton Brothers studio in Norwich, Connecticut. The Laighton Brothers are cited in the book, “Leading Business Men of Norwich and Vicinity” (1890). At the time of the directory’s publication, William S. Laighton had become sole proprietor of the studio upon the death of his brother John. William was a native of Farmington, New Hampshire. William’s obituary appears in the Bulletin of Photography (1915). The brief article reports that he had died as a result of a fall in his studio. At the time of his death he was 76 years old. The article also mentions that he had been living in Norwich since 1874.

Published in: on February 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A PORTRAIT OF A FATHER AND HIS DAUGHTER

This vintage postcard features a portrait of a father and his teenage daughter. Both are wearing wide brimmed hats. The daughter’s hat is a straw hat. She is holding gloves. It has occurred to me that this photograph may actually be showing a husband and his very young wife. The nature of their actual relationship will remain a mystery. The “AZO” stamp box reveals that this postcard portrait was taken sometime between 1904 and 1918.

Published in: on February 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG FRENCH SOLDIER IN GRENOBLE FRANCE (CARTE DE VISITE)

This carte de visite portrait captures a uniformed soldier with a handlebar mustache. The photographer of this cdv image is the Leon studio in Grenoble, France. Grenoble is located in the southeastern section of France and is at the foot of the French Alps. It is my guess that the soldier pictured in this carte de visite served in the French military. An illustration of Leon’s gallery can be seen on the reverse of this cdv.

Published in: on February 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF A BESPECTALED WOMAN WEARING A FINE HAT IN LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed woman wearing a spectacular hat and spectacles. Her glasses are modern versus old school. They have temples and are not the pince niz variety of eyewear. The woman in this image appears quite serious. The photographer of this photograph is Napleon J. Loupret. His studio was at 51  Central Street, in Lowell, Massachusetts. According to an online researcher, Loupret occupied this building from 1885 until 1893. City directories indicate that he worked as a photographer in Lowell between 1880 and 1911. The 1913 directory reveals that Loupret was working as a watchman. Mr. Loupret was born in Canada in 1858 and moved to the United States around 1880. He married Frances H. Hevy in 1883. Interestingly, Loupret , at one point in his career, was partners in a studio called Hevy & Loupret. It is likely that Louis N. Hevy was Loupret’s father-in-law or brother-in-law. Napoleon Loupret died in 1925. A portrait of the Loupret family can be seen below. I believe that Napoleon is the young man sitting on a chair in the back row. The image was found on the ancestry.com site.

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Marie Éliza Loupret, Jérémié Loupret, Rodolphe Ludger Loupret (seated center), Napoleon Joseph Loupret

Published in: on February 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BETTY BRONSON: BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS BEST KNOWN FOR PLAYING PETER PAN IN THE 1924 SILENT FILM

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This vintage real photo postcard features American actress Betty Bronson (1906-1971).She began her career in silent films and later appeared in sound films and television. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag and is part of a series (1095/1). At the time when this postcard was released, Miss Bronson was working for Paramount Film. She appears to be quite young when she sat for this portrait. She moved to California as a teenager determined to start an film acting career. She landed a bit part at age 16 and a year later she was interviewed by the author of  Peter Pan (J M Barrie) and chosen to play the lead role in the film version which was released in 1924. Gaining this part was quite an accomplishment considering more seasoned actresses including Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford sought the role. She became became lifelong friends with two members of the Peter Pan cast (Mary Brian and Esther Ralson). Miss Bronson had major roles in the silent films Ben Hur (1925) and a Kiss for Cinderella (1925). Betty Bronson made a successful transition into talkies. She co-starred with Al Jolson in the sound film, The Singing Fool (1928). In 1933 she took about a four year break from actingto marry a wealthy North Carolinian named Ludwig Lauerhass. While she was filming Peter Pan, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. developed a crush on her. The IMDb reports that Bronson had 41 film and television appearances during her career (1922-1971). Included in her television career were roles in Run For Your Life and My Three Sons. Overall, it is reported that Betty Bronson never lived up to her original promise. She was expected to be a major competitor to Mary Pickford but it is thought that her roles after Peter Pan were not effective vehicles to showcase her talent and to help her rise to superstardom. The YouTube clip below shows Miss Bronson in her role as Peter Pan.                                                                                                             The second postcard offers another portrait of Betty Bronson. The postcard was published by Ross Verlag and has the logo of Paramount Pictures. This postcard shows her in a movie role but the movie title is unidentified.                                                                                                            The third postcard is a portrait of Miss Bronson that was published by Iris Verlag as part of a series (#504). Iris Verlag was the most important Austrian publisher of film star postcards. It operated from Vienna during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The film star looks quite beautiful and is wearing a fancy dress, long white gloves, and a tiara. Imbedded in the photo of the actress is a logo for “Fanamet Films”.  Fanamet was an Austrian film distribution company.

     Postcard 4 features a portrait of Betty Bronson published by Picturegoer as part of Series 88 (no.207b). The company was based in London. Picturegoer was a British fan magazine focussing on contemporary films and the actors and actresses who performed in them. Picturegoer also published postcards. In fact, they produced over 6500 different real photo postcards of 2000 actors and actresses.

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