jersey girl jersey girl 1A pretty girl poses for photographer Albert Vetter in either Hoboken or Jersey City, New Jersey. This “Jersey Girl’s” portrait is captured in a crisp and clear image. She is wearing a frilly dress and a ribbon pinned near her shoulder. In addition, she is wearing a necklace with a pendant, and she is wearing it over the collar of her dress where it is hardly visible. The photographer, Albert Vetter, was quite an interesting character. Apparently, he was a vengeful man. The magazine, The Camera and the Darkroom ( 1904) reported that Vetter was at odds with the family that lived in the house that was also the home of his studio. Vetter got a picture of the  head of the family, who recently died. He enlarged the picture and fastened a rope  around it at the neck, and hung it out the window. The daughter of the late man, got a step ladder and removed the photograph. A “war of words” followed and Vetter was arrested. He was arraigned in front of a judge for disorderly conduct and he was put up for bond to maintain the peace. The magazine used a humorous headline to describe this incident;  “New Idea in Picture Hanging”.  (SOLD)

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  1. What a beauty! and fantastic closeup of this girl.

  2. Gorgeous girl!

  3. Hello. I have a vetter postcard with a portrait on it and it’s signed my by family member long since passed. I would love to know if anyone has any idea if portraits were usually done and then given to the person to use as postcards. I would love to know if it’s her in the photo.
    Any info pls don’t be shy. Thank u

    • Real Photo Postcards were a cheap replacement for cabinet cards. The photo postcard arrived on the scene while cabinet cards were leaving.. People went to photo studios to get their portraits taken in a postcard form. Others used a “do it yourself ” approach and employed a brownie camera. I have never read about people using cabinet card images to produce postcards. I think it is unlikely but I don’t know for sure. Hopefully someone else will share their opinion on the matter.

    • In regard to signed portraits,. people often wrote their names on their cabinet card and postcard portraits. The name could be on the front or the reverse of the image. In addition, sometimes future generations of the subject’s family may write identifying information (including names) on the images. They do so, to insure that the identity of the people in the photos will be preserved

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