EARLY CABINET CARD PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN IN A BLACK DRESS (MOURNING PHOTO)

This early cabinet card portrait features a seated older woman wearing a black dress. This is likely a mourning photo. The woman has a stoic expression. She is posed in front of a stark backdrop. The woman’s name, the name of  the photographer, and the location of the studio, are all unknown. This cabinet card photo is in excellent condition (see scans).

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Published in: on June 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Comments (4)  
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A LITTLE GIRL AND HER WOODEN DOLL IN PARIS, FRANCE

This vintage photograph features and adorable little girl sitting on a wall and holding her doll for all to see. I know very little about dolls, but, this one seems to be made out of wood. This photo was taken at a studio in Paris, France. The photographer was E. Chapuis. Preliminary research yielded no biographical information about Mr. Chapuis but he appears to have been a prolific photographer based on the number of his photos that are in the hands of collectors. This photograph measures about 2 1/4″ x 3 7/8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on June 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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AN ADORABLE YOUNG BOY POSES WITH HIS HOOP AND STICK TOY IN HODIMONT VERVIERS, BELGIUM (CARTE de VISITE)_

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A young boy poses for his portrait with his hoop and stick toy. He is being photographed at the Hubert Cornet studio in Hodimont Verviers, Belgium. Hodimont is a district within the city of Verviers. Note the boy’s high top white shoes and his cute cap. This cdv photograph is in excellent condition (see scans)

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THE PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH : WORLD WAR I RAIDER : INTERNED IN NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA (1915 RPPC)

This vintage photo postcard documents a fascinating time in world history. In addition, the postcard is rare. An online search was unable to find a duplicate of this interesting postcard. The postcard features the SS Prinz Eitel Friedrich, a German passenger liner which also saw service in World War I. The ship served as an auxiliary cruiser of the Imperial German Navy. It was the second most successful of Germany’s first wave of auxiliary cruisers. Between August (1914) and March (1915), the Prinz Eitel Friedrich sank 11 ships. The ship was built in 1904 for a shipping company by the AG Vulcan shipyard in Stettin. Stettin is located near the Baltic Sea and the German border. The city is a major seaport. For the ten years prior to World War I, the Prinz Eitel Friedrich operated within Far East trade routes. Just before the war, the ship was converted into an auxiliary cruiser. Guns and gunboat crews were added to the ship and Max Therichens took command. In 1914, she joined the German East Asia Squadron. She was then detached and went to the coast of Australia. She operated in the Pacific and South Atlantic. The Prinz Eitel Friedrich sunk ships from Britain, France, Russia, and America (ship named William P Frye). The sinking of the William P. Frye was the first instance of a neutral American ship being sunk by the German Navy. By 1915, the ship was “played out” and sought haven in the United States, a neutral nation at that time. She sailed into Newport News harbor where she was interned. She had 342 prisoners onboard, taken from the ships, she had destroyed. It was reported that Therichens treated his prisoners kindly and had in fact become friends with the captured captain of the William P. Frye. This postcard documents the Prinz Eitel Friedrich after it arrived in Newport News. According to the photograph, it appears that many people came to the harbor to view the ship. The ship and it’s crew became media sensations with local and national newspapers. There were many accounts of the ship’s exploits and interviews with the captain. It was learned, remarkably, that in all of the ship’s exploits, not a single life was lost by the Germans nor their foes. In 1917. the United States declared war on Germany, and the Prinz Eitel Friedrich was transferred to the US Navy. She was refitted to become a troop transport and commissioned the USS DeKalb. The ship operated on the trans Atlantic route and survived the war. After the war, 1920 specifically, the ship became an immigrant ship for the United American Line of New York. It’s last voyage in that capacity was in 1925. She then was retired and finally scrapped in 1934. You probably just read more about the Prinz Eitel Friedrich than you wanted to know. However, I have more to add to complete the saga.  Interestingly, the ship’s captain, Max Thierichens of the Imperial German Navy, was placed on trial in 1917. The trial occurred in Philadelphia and received much national attention. Thierichen had become a popular figure in the US during his two years prior to becoming a prisoner of war. He was considered a celebrity by many US citizens and a hero by German Americans. Apparently he had a number of amorous adventures in America. The result was felony charges of sex trafficking (white slavery). He was convicted and imprisoned. He received a fourteen month sentence. Facts of the trial are unclear but to be certain, the trial had political purposes.  This rare and historic postcard is in very good condition. It’s AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard is from between 1904 and 1918. The card is marked with a copyright of 1915.   (SOLD)

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TINTYPE PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL PLUNKED DOWN ON A FAUX ROCK

This 1/6 plate tintype features an unhappy young girl. It is difficult to blame her for the sour mood. Her day was going ok until she found herself plunked down upon a faux rock housed in a scary photographer’s studio. Check out her cute striped socks? Note the dark wide belt around her dress. It could be part of her dress, but I think it is actually a safety strap holding the child in place and preventing falls. This tintype photograph measures about  2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.   (SOLD)                                              

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ISABELLE PIA : FRENCH FILM AND THEATER ACTRESS

Isabelle Pia (1931-2008) was a French theater and film actress. She was known for her film roles in Madame du Barry (1954), Marianne of My Youth (1955), and “Love at Night” (1955). Pia was also a painter. The IMDb reports that she appeared in seven films between 1953 and 1955, She is also credited with two theatre appearances between 1956 and 1957. She mysteriously retired after turning down a MGM contract. The lensman who photographed Miss Pia for this postcard was Sam Levin, a respected and well known celebrity photographer. The postcard was published by the “Globe” as part of a series (no. 413). This scalloped edged photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG EDWARDIAN BOY AND GIRL SITTING ON A GARDEN WALL (RPPC 1902)

This vintage real photo postcard features two young children sitting on a garden wall. The boy and girl are adorably dressed and are very cute. The girl is holding a bouquet of pink flowers. Note the boy’s fantastic curls and terrific cap. The postcard’s message is dated 1902. This postcard was likely published by Felix Korn & Co. (F.K.) which was located in Stuttgart, Germany. I am unable to confirm the publishers name. This postcard lists F.K. as being located in Paris, not Stuttgart. Further complicating matters is that there also was another company that went by the F.K. initials (F. Kehrhan & Co of Bexley Heath, England). This card’s postage stamp is German and the postmark is from the city of Mulhausen. Mulhausen is a city located  in eastern France, near the Swiss and German borders. However, at the time of the mailing of this postcard, Mulhausen belonged to the German Empire and was part of the Alsace-Lorraine territory.  (SOLD)

CUTE LITTLE GIRL PROTECTIVELY POSES WITH HER BABY BROTHER/SISTER (CDV)

This Carte de Visite (CDV) features a little girl posing next to her infant brother/sister. The little girl is wearing a fancy dress and a bow in her hair. She  has a protective hold on her baby sibling. The CDV was photographed by the Kohler & Lacmann studio which had branches in Halberstadt and Bad Harzburg, Germany.    (SOLD)

SMILING YOUNG WOMAN WEARING A GYPSY COSTUME

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This vintage real photo postcard features a studio portrait of a young woman dressed in a gypsy costume. She is wearing two necklaces and a number of bracelets. Note her head scarf and fabric belt. The stamp box on this postcard reveals that it was produced by K Ltd. which operated between 1918 and 1936. There is a dated inscription on the reverse of the card. This postcard is dated 1922 and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN AFFLUENT DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN (EARLY CARTE de VISITE)

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This carte de visite photograph features a distinguished looking older gentleman. His fine tailor made vested suit provides evidence that the man was affluent. This photograph is from the early phase of the cdv era. The photo has no identification information concerning the subject or the photographer. The carte de visite is in very good condition (see scans).

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