TINTYPE IMAGE OF TWO INTENSE YOUNG MEN “GOING OVER THE BOOKS”

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tintype 2 guys 1 This tintype photograph features two very intense looking young men. One appears to be reading a book while the other gentleman listens intently. This photograph tells a story that we are not privy to, so we have an opportunity to make up our own. I think this image tells the tale of two young business partners. One of them is reviewing the “books” and the news is not good. Both men are upset about the financial state of their business. That’s my story and I am going to stick with it. What’s your story? Tintypes were popular in the 1860’s and 1870’s. This tintype image is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on January 23, 2019 at 12:15 pm  Comments (1)  
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F. C. MULHOUSE: PORTRAIT OF A FRENCH SOCCER TEAM

mulhow rugby This vintage photograph features the F.C. Mulhouse (1945/46) soccer team. After examining this photo, I was positive that this team was a rugby team, rather than a soccer team. The men on the team are certainly a scrappy group. Some of the guys are built for a scrum. My guess is that the squad was composed of ex French soldiers. World War 2 had ended only a year before this photograph was taken. The Football Club de Mulhouse was established in 1893. The team is often referred to as FCM, or Mulhouse. The team is a French association football club. It is the second oldest football club in France. Mulhouse is a city in eastern France. It is located near the Swiss and German borders. During the times that the Alsace Region was controlled by Germany, the team and city was called Mulhausen. This photograph measures about 5″ x 3″ and is in very good condition.

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Published in: on January 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN ADVERTISING “NELSON SEEDS” IN MASON CITY, ILLINOIS

NELSON_0001I surrender. Who the heck is “Nelson”? The young woman in this photograph seems to be obsessed with “Nelson”. She is wearing Nelson’s name on her skirt and it appears on her fan.  Is she a Willie Nelson groupie? A second mystery in this image is the abundance of feathers. There are feathers on the floor, pinned to her blouse and decorating her hat. Take note of the daisy chain that the woman is wearing at and below her collar. This mysterious photograph is by T. H. Eulass whose studio was located in Mason City, Illinois. Mr. Eulass knows who “Nelson” is, but he’s not talking. Perhaps “Nelson” was a political candidate or the name of a local company. Thomas H. Eulass (1841-1903) was an Ohio native. Eulass participated in the America’s civil war as a member of the 146th Ohio Infantry. He entered the unit as a private and mustered out as a corporal. He appears in both the 1880 and 1900 US census as a photographer. He was married to Kate Eulass. He is buried in the Mason City Cemetery. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans).  The thin scrape on the bottom left corner of the reverse of the card does not cause any fragility or softness to the cabinet card. ADDENDUM: A helpful visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery, has identified this photograph as being an advertisement for the “Nelson Seed Company”. Other theories can be seen in the comment section

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RISQUE PORTRAIT OF MARTINE CAROL, FRANCE’S ANSWER TO MARILYN MONROE AND PREDECESSOR TO BRIGETTE BARDOT (1960)

martine This vintage real photo postcard features French actress, Martine Carol (1920-1967). She was France’s major sex symbol of the early 1950’s. “Sex Symbol” is an awful term, but it certainly was spoken without much controversy when this postcard was published. Her popularity was short term. She was succeeded by another beautiful French actress, Brigitte Bardot. Little is known about Carol’s childhood. A random encounter with French film and stage actor, Andre Luguet, led her to seek a career in the theatre. She made her stage debut in 1940. Her first film role was in Wolf Farm (1943) and although she was a photogenic beauty and was at ease in front of the camera; her acting ability was limited. Throughout the 1940’s Martine acted in supporting roles and became a popular pin-up. She also appeared in stage roles. Martine was often considered the French version of American actress, Marilyn Monroe. After an affair with married actor Georges Marechal ended poorly, Martine attempted suicide by overdosing on alcohol and drugs, and jumping into the Seine River. The taxi cab driver that took her to the river, rescued her. The unhappy business of her suicide attempt resulted in renewed fan interest in the actress. In 1950, she had her first major film success in “Caroline Cherie”. At least part of her success was attributed to her semi-nude scenes and displays of “seductive sexuality”. She continued to appear in several films that IMDb refers to as  “costumed teasers”. Her last popular role was starring in “Lola Montes” (1955). Later roles failed to peak moviegoers interests and Martine became depressed. A severe accident, and substance abuse in the 1960’s, sabotaged her career. At age 46, Martine died of cardiac arrest in the bathroom of a Monaco hotel. News accounts suggested that she died of a drug overdose but the story was never confirmed. Martine was married and divorced three times and left her fourth husband a widower. Her longest marriage was just short of five years duration. An interesting side note is that she was once kidnapped by French gangster, Pierre Loutrel (AKA Crazy Pete). The kidnapping was brief, and the kidnapper sent her roses the next day as a gesture of apology. Martine Carol’s filmography, according to IMDb, includes 50 film credits between 1941 and 1967. This photo portrait postcard measures about 5 1/2″ x 4″ and is in very good condition. The postcard is postmarked in Pula, Croatia and was mailed in 1960. To see a video of Miss Carol, look at the clip below which shows her in “Nana” (1955).

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Martine Carol Appearing In Nana (1955)

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Published in: on January 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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STRIKINGLY PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN MONTLUCON, FRANCE

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pretty woman cdv 1 This cartes de visite features a pretty young woman posing for her portrait at the Heron studio in Montlucon, France. She is well dressed and well coiffed. She appears to be holding back a full smile. Her eyes are bright and engaging. Preliminary research yielded little information about Monsieur Heron. The Cabinet Card Gallery exhibits another photograph by Heron. That image is a photo of a bride and groom. It can be seen by entering the name “Heron” in the search box. Montlucon, the studio’s home, is a town in central France on the Cher River. Adolphe Heron (1865-?) was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He got married in Paris (1887) and at that time he was working as a photographer there. He began working in Montlucon in 1893. This cdv photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on January 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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RISQUE PORTRAIT OF A DANCER FROM THE PARIS FEMALE REVUE (GEORGIGUST)

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This vintage real photo postcard features one half of the dance partners from the “Duo Georgigust”. The pair were a popular dance couple during the 1910’s. Judging by the dancer’s tight clothing and revealing top, there must have been a sexual tone to her dance routine. This is a relatively risque photograph for it’s time.  The reverse of this postcard is an advertisement for Georgigust’s act. Georgigust is described as a “modern duo” and promises that they will perform 15 transformations (different dances?, different acts?) and a “new number” in a wonderful bright decor. This postcard is an advertisement for the “Paris Female Revue”. The photo postcard below, shows the duo reunited and dancing together. The postcard seen above, featuring just the female dancer, is in very good condition (see scans).

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2duo_georgigust1 Georgigust as a Duo (Not for Sale)

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Published in: on January 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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FOUR ADORABLE SCHOOL GIRLS ON THE MOVE IN AGEN, FRANCE (1946)

 

school kids Four adorable school girls are captured by an amateur photographer in Agen, France. The girls are carrying their school books and they appear to be quite happy. In the background, it is evident that the sidewalk is filled with pedestrians. An inscription on the reverse of the snap shot indicates that this photo was taken in 1945. It is interesting to note that World War II ended in 1945, no more than a year before this photograph was shot. Agen is located in southwestern France and is beside the Garonne River. The city is 85 miles southeast of Bordeaux. This photo measures about 3 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ and is in excellent condition.

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Published in: on January 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A MOST BEAUTIFUL COUPLE IN A MOST ROMANTIC CITY (VENICE, ITALY)

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italian cc 1 This cabinet card photograph captures a lovely couple posing for their portrait. They are very well dressed. Their attire is clearly aimed at keeping warm on a winter day. The couple appears to be affluent. Their clothing, including the young woman’s furs, lead me to that conclusion. The man and woman in this photograph, are displaying a very interesting expression. In my opiniion, they appear to be somewhat amused as they gaze at something or someone they deem a bit odd. Feel free to leave a comment concerning your interpretation of this couple’s facial expressions. This portrait photo was taken at a studio in Venice, Italy. The photographers were Giuseppe and Luitzi Vianelli. An advertisement for the Vianelli Brothers indicates that during their career they had photographed the Royal House’s of Italy, Germany, England, and Greece. The ad also states that the pair had won many photography honors. The ads appeared in publications dating between 1896 and 1899. This cabinet card photo measures about 8″ x 3 3/4″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on January 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm  Comments (2)  
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TWO PRETTY WOMAN WEARING THE NATIONAL COSTUMES OF THEIR HOME COUNTRY

national costume This vintage real photo postcard features two pretty women wearing their national costume. The portrait offers more questions than answers. What country does this attire represent? Slovakia? Russia? Is the woman in the lighter colored dress, a bride? Hopefully, a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery, will offer the answer to these questions. At the very least, maybe a visitor will be able to make an educated guess in regard to the women’s nationality. This photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on January 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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DISTINGUISHED ELDERLY COUPLE- MAN HAS AN INCREDIBLE BEARD

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elderly couple distinguished 1 This vintage real photo postcard features a distinguished looking elderly couple posing for a studio photographic portrait. The woman is holding a bouquet of flowers and the man is wearing an awesome massive beard. (SOLD)

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Published in: on January 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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