This vintage photograph is begging for a story. What is going on in this interesting image? A military man is sitting at a table in a bar with two pretty young woman. He is smoking a long pipe as he opens up a bottle of wine. There are four empty bottles lying on the table. One of the bottles is turned over on it’s side. Five bottles of wine is a lot of wine for just three imbibers. We can assume the women are drinking too, because they have glasses on the table in front of them. The military man is sitting rather close to one of the women but is staring at the other woman with a lecherous expression. What is going on in this interaction? How would you describe the look that the second woman is giving him? Is she accepting or rejecting his flirtatious behavior? A sign on the wall advertises the cost of the wine. The sign is written in French. SOLD

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The subject of this cabinet card portrait is Marie Roze (1846-1926) a French operatic soprano. She was born in Paris and at the age of 12, she was sent to England to be educated for two years. Her next school was the Paris Conservatoire. In 1865, she received first prize in singing. That same year, she made her debut at the Opera-Comique. Despite being only sixteen years of age, she met great success there which resulted in her being engaged to perform several times at the Paris Opera. It is believed that the opera “Carmen” was written by Bizet with Marie Roze in mind. Roze refused the role because she felt it was indecent. In 1875, she sang in “Elijah” at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1876, she began a ten year stint working for the Carl Rosa Opera Company. She participated in their United Kingdom tours. By then, she was performing in “Carmen”. She made her American debut in 1878 and later toured the United States with the Carl Rosa Opera Company from 1883 to 1889. She was a popular singer in the UK and in the United States. She was a proficient singer in the English language. In 1890, she established a music school in Paris. She taught singing there. Her farewell tour occurred in 1894. Marie Roze’s first marriage was to the American operatic bass, Julius E. Perkins. They had a son named Raymond (1875-1920) who was a theatre composer and conductor. Roze’s second husband was Henry Mapleson, son of a noted impresario in London and New York. Roze recieved a number of medals for her actions during the invasion of France by Germany. Upon the death of Maria Roze, the French government bought two of her portraits and had them hung in the Paris Opera Garnier Library and the Museum of the Philharmonie de Paris. Roze was a sitter in 10 portraits in England’s National Portrait Gallery. This cabinet card portrait has a very slight bow and is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

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This gorgeous cabinet card portrait features a half smiling nun. She is wearing a cross and a silver ring (indicating that she has taken perpetual vows). She is holding a prayer book and a small statue of a crucifix is on the table beside her. This lovely image comes from the studio of Joseph Apers. The studio was located in Boom, Belgium. Boom is about 10 miles from the city of Antwerp. A Belgian early photographer guide reports that Apers operated his Boom studio between circa 1903 and 1917, He also had studios in Antwerp during his career. SOLD

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This carte de visite portrait features a close up view of an attractive serious young woman. She is wearing earrings as well as a pin. Her hair is short and frizzy. This young lady was photographed by S. Piper. His photo studio was located at 905 Elm Street in the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. Stephen Piper (1835-1903) was a photographer in Manchester from 1866 to at least, 1887. He was born in Sanborton, New Hampshire. His obituary in the Manchester Union Leader nearly filled the entire front page of the newspaper. Even more remarkable for the time, was the fact that his picture was also on the front page. Piper was clearly considered an important citizen of Manchester, at the time of his death. The cdv has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman wearing a long dress and sitting at a table. She is holding sheet music from Chopin. The photograph was taken by Jose Caffaro, a photographer located in Buenos-Aires, Argentina. The message on the reverse of this card was written in 1913. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).


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A handsome young man poses for his portrait at an unknown studio. He is in uniform, but what kind of uniform is he wearing? Is he in the military? I don’t think so. There are no patches indicating rank; nor are there any other insignias revealing a military identity. However, there is the matter of the medal that he is wearing on the flap of his shirt pocket. It certainly looks military to me. Then again, he is wearing a bow tie which argues against his uniform being military issued. The clothing that he is wearing seems appropriate for someone who is spending time in a jungle or heavily wooded environment. His soft hat and the accessory that he is wearing above his shoes may be worn in such a setting. The tied wraps around the bottom of his pant’s legs are something that I have seen worn by bicyclists of this era. Its purpose was to keep one’s pant’s legs from becoming entangled in the spokes of the bicycle wheels and causing a nasty spill. Does the gentleman in this photograph use a bicycle in his work? If so, where is the bike? I have lots of questions, and unfortunately, no answers. I need some help on this one. Hopefully a Cabinet Card Gallery visitor will be able to provide more information about this photo. Guesses are welcome too. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the card was published sometime between 1904 and 1918. This vintage photograph has excellent clarity and is in good condition (see scans).

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A young boy stands on a porch as he poses for an unknown photographer. He is wearing long shorts and high socks. He also is wearing an interesting hat and a large bow on his collar. Note the detail and the quality of the bannister on the porch steps and the porch. They’re certainly not making bannisters the way they used to. The identity of the young boy, and the location where the cabinet card photograph was taken, is unknown. SOLD

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Three siblings, wearing their fanciest clothing, pose for their cabinet card portrait at the studio of J. W. Goetz, in West Bend, Wisonsin. These children have had happier days than the day they sat for this photograph. The oldest child appears to be doing her best to be stoic, but the youngest children look absolutely miserable.Their scowls at the  photographer seem to say “let me out of here”. The online “Museum of Wisconsin Art” offers a biographical profile of John W. Goetz (1839-1912). He was born near Tiffin, Ohio and by 1860, he and his family moved to Buckwood, Wisconsin. In 1864 he married Mary Wagner of West Bend. He worked as a carpenter and in 1875 he partnered with Mr Bangs in a West Bend Photographic Studio. By 1887, he owned his own photography business located on Hickory Street in West Bend. He worked as a photographer in West Bend for over thirty years. After his wife died in 1901, he sold his business and moved to Marshfield, Wisconsin where he established a photography studio in nearby Marathon City. He died in 1912. This cabinet card portrait has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).     (SOLD)

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This vintage postcard features Spanish model and operetta star, Maud d’Orby (1851-1929). She performed during the Belle Epoque era. d’Orby was born in Valladolid, Spain. She began her career as a comic opera singer toward the end of the nineteenth century. It is unknown whether she performed in Spain, she only appeared in the French press from that period of time. She worked in Paris (theaters included La Cigale, Scala, Olympia, Lyric) and Brussels (Folies Bergere, Theatre du Vaudeville). She received praise for her acting talent and for her singing ability. She was described as having a “melodious cheerful voice”. She often played the role of “La Commere”. This role involved being the character who narrated the opera’s story and connected the adjacent scenes. One writer stated that she was successful in this role because of her “playful and cheerful way” and her “eye-catching appearance”. d’Orby was also a successful fashion and postcard model. She was photographed many times by Leopold Reutlinger. These photos were published in the most popular fashion magazines. She looked phenomenal in her beautiful clothes, large feathered hats, and magnificent jewelry. At the exhibition of 1900 in Brussels, her photographs were exhibited and well admired. d’Orby was also a model for Jean Agelou, a prominent photographer who specialized in taking erotic photos. The photographer of this postcard’s photo is also an esteemed lensman of his era. The photograph was taken by Henri Manuel (1874-1947). In 1900, Manuel opened a portrait studio in Paris with his brother Gaston. He quickly became well known for his portraits of politicians, artists, and athletes. His images were used by news agencies . His studio became the largest studio in Paris and it attracted many young photographers who sharpened their skills there. In 1925 the brothers expended their business to include fashion photography. They worked for such designers as Chanel, Patou, and Lanvin. The studio shut down during World War II and many of their photographic plates were destroyed. Manuel was the official photographer for the French government from 1914 through 1944. The publisher of this postcard was CCCC (Charles Collas et Cie, Cognac). CCCC was established by Charles Collas (1866-1947) in Cognac, France. It began operating at the end of the 19th century as a bookstore and printing business. He began to produce postcards in 1894. The company also produced books and maps. By 1914, the publisher employed 500 people. CCCC postcards are cherished by serious collectors today. In 1914, the firm was taken over by Fleury & Cie. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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This vintage real photo postcard features a group of four women and two men being photographed at a Coney Island, New York photo gallery. A message on the reverse of the photograph is written in Italian. I may be going out on a limb, but it is my theory that we are looking at an immigrant family exploring New York City. They made a stop at the gallery to have their photo taken as a souvenir. Coney Island is a neighborhood and entertainment area in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn. The PMC stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it dates back to sometime between 1920 and 1935. By that time, Coney Island was well known for it’s amusement parks. In fact, between 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States. Coney Island amusement parks attracted several million visitors per year. The city of New York built a boardwalk to be utilized by visitors. Where there are boardwalks and amusement parks; there are photo studios. By the time the subjects in this postcard photo visited Coney Island, the famous “Cyclone” roller coaster was already in operation. This antique postcard is in good condition (see scans). The card may have been slightly trimmed to fit a frame. SOLD