PRETTY NUDE WOMAN RECLINING ON A PILLOW

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman, sans clothing, reclining on a pillow. This risque postcard, and others like it, was sold as art. The postcards were meant for mailing, but gentleman knew to send them concealed inside an envelope. Many people preferred to collect them rather than send messages on them. This card was made in France and published by S.O.L. as part of a series (no3222). The publishing firm was located in Paris. The card dates back to circa 1920’s. This postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL WEARING A BONNET : HOLDING A DOLL OR PUPPET (1939)

This vintage real photo postcard features an adorable little girl holding a doll. It is possible that the doll may actually be a marionette puppet. Note the child’s bonnet as well as her apprehensive expression. A stamp on the reverse of the card reveals that the child was photographed by the Jupiter studio in Bucharest, Romania. The photo was taken in 1939. This vintage postcard has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A PLEASANT YOUNG WOMAN IN CHAMBERSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

A young woman poses for her portrait at the Bishop studio in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The woman appears pleasant and quite relaxed. Unlike most cabinet card subjects, she is actually displaying a bit of a smile. The photographer, Henry Bishop, is mentioned in some accounts of the Confederate incursion into Pennsylvania during the civil war. According to Historical Reminiscences of the War  (1884), published by the Kittochtinny Historical Society, it seems that Bishop met southern General A. P. Hill in the street near his studio. They had a conversation in which General Hill asked Bishop about some of the people he had known in the area while Hill was stationed at nearby Carlisle Barracks before the war. Hill told Bishop that General Lee was on his way to town to meet with him. While he was telling Bishop that Lee was coming, Lee’s approach was seen in the distance. Bishop hurried back to his studio to prepare to  capture a picture of General Lee. He opened the studio’s windows and pointed the camera lens out the window. Unfortunately for Bishop, Lee and Hill’s meeting on the street was a brief one, and he was unable to capture the historic scene. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE TRIO OF LITTLE GIRLS PERFORMING A CHARITY CONCERT (1906)

This vintage real photo postcard features three precious little girls performing a charity concert. The girl’s musical instruments include a squeeze box, a pipe, and a violin. I hope I identified the instruments correctly as my knowledge of such things is limited. In fact, I would settle for accurately identifying two out of three of the musical instruments. The photographer of this image used some interesting props. Note the music stand, sheet music, and the sign stating “Charity Concert”. I particularly like the violinist’s hat. I could imagine a present day blues player wearing such a hat. This postcard was published by the Rapid Photo Printing Company. The company existed between 1901 and 1910. It was located in London. The company is best known for their portraits of actresses. The card was part of the “Real Silverprint Photograph Series (no.2728). This English postcard was postmarked in 1906. The card is addressed to someone at the “Semore Convalescent Home”. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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HANDSOME FASHIONABLE GENTLEMAN IN VIENNA AUSTRIA (CABINET CARD)

This cabinet card portrait features a handsome and well dressed gentleman in Vienna, Austria. He looks like he stepped off the pages of Gentleman’s Quarterly. The photographer of this image is Salomon Weitzmann (1866-1912). He was born in the Ukraine and died in Vienna. He was a talented lensman and one of the Cabinet Card Gallery’s favorite photographers. In fact, this photograph is the fifth Weitzmann image to appear in the Gallery’s collection. This antique photograph has excellent clarity and is in good condition (see scans),

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TEENAGE GIRL IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK

This scalloped cabinet card features a slim figured teenage girl. She is wearing a necklace and earrings. The reverse of the photograph has a stamp which identifies the photographer as Thomas Ryerse and lists his address as 31 Emslie Street in Buffalo, New York. He is listed in the 1893 Buffalo directory as a photographer at the Emslie address. To view other photographs by Ryerse, click on the category “Photographer: Ryerse”.   SOLD

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MISS GERTIE MAY : PRETTY ACTRESS : BACKGROUND INFO INACCESSIBLE (1907)

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty actress named Gertie May. She has beautiful flowing dark hair and is flashing a wonderful half smile. Miss May is nearly surrounded by flowers. Preliminary research uncovered “bubkes”. I would welcome any information about this performer. This postcard was produced by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no.1976 A). The card has a 1907 postmark from Manchester, England. This wonderful portrait of Miss May, was taken by Dover Street Studios. The studio was active between circa 1906 and circa 1912. The gallery specialized in taking theatrical portraits and was located in London, England. They were the successors to the Biograph Studios as well as Adart (a studio that took advertising photos). This postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PATRIOTIC 4TH OF JULY POSTCARD : FIRECRACKERS, SPARKLERS, CANNON (1912)

This patriotic vintage postcard celebrates America’s 4th of July holiday. The postcard is chock full of action. A young girl runs with a lit firecracker in one hand and an American flag in the other hand. A firing cannon and exploding firecrackers add to the action. Unlit firecrackers creatively spell out the words “4th of July”. A 1912 postmark from Chicago, can be seen on the reverse of the card. The postcard offers wishes for a happy 4th of July, from one sister to another. The card is addressed to Pana, Illinois. Pana became incorporated in 1857. “Pana” is derived for the name of an American Indian tribe (Pawnee). In the late 19th and early 20th century the town became centered around the coal mining industry. In 1899, the Pana Riot occurred. The incident happened after a violent confrontation between black and white miners. Seven people were killed in the violence. When the situation calmed, about two thirds of the black miners moved to another mine, located in Kansas. Despite some extra effort, I have been unable to identify the publisher of this card. SOLD

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PRETTY JAPANESE WOMAN WEARING A KIMONO

This vintage photograph features a pretty Japanese woman wearing a kimono. What is the woman posing next to? Is it a fountain? This photo might be part of a fashion shoot. Her kimono seems to be the center of the shot. The photograph measures about 5 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ and is in excellent condition.

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PORTRAIT OF THE SANTA CRUZ MUNICIPAL WHARF

This vintage photograph features the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. There are a number of interesting automobile diagonally parked in front of the building. In case you are wondering, yes, cars were driven on the wharf. The signs on the front of the building reveal much about the activities happening at the wharf. The sign on the far left announces that bait is available at the end of the wharf. The building has a window where people could order hamburgers, hot dogs, cold drinks, candy, and “smokes” from Cartwrights food stand. There are also posted speed limits; 15 mph for cars and 10 mph for trucks. The Santa Cruz Wharf opened in 1914. The reason for its construction was to provide a place to ship potatoes to San Francisco for the residents of mining camps in the Sierra Nevada. When roads were developed that provided efficient land routes for shipping products, the wharf’s focus turned to the north Monterey Bay fishing industry. When the fish and sardine population decreased, the wharf became a popular recreation destination. It remains so, today. The wharf is 2745 feet; the longest wooden wharf on the west coast. This image is from the circa 1930’s. This photograph measures about 5″ x 3 1/8″. SOLD

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