PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG AND HANDSOME AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

This cabinet card portrait features a young African American man. He is well dressed in a three piece suit and wearing a pocket watch. His hat appears to be strategically tipped, and indeed, he does look quite debonaire. This photograph is especially nice because it offers a full portrait of this handsome gentleman. It is difficult to find cabinet card photographs of African Americans that are in excellent condition. Many African Americans did not have the means to have their images taken and did not have easy access to photographer’s studios. This photograph was taken at a studio belonging to James H. Clark. The studio was located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is listed as a photographer in Indianapolis directories from 1889 through 1900.

 

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Published in: on May 17, 2018 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN

A young African American man is featured in this vintage real photo postcard. He is well dressed and has a pleasant smile. The photographer and the location of the studio is unidentified. The name “Raymond Clifford” is written on the reverse of the postcard. It is likely the name of the young man in the photograph. The postcard has an “Artura” stamp box indicating that the photograph was taken sometime between 1910 and 1924.

AFRICAN AMERICAN LITTLE GIRL BASKING IN THE SUNLIGHT

This snapshot features an African American little girl asking in the sunlight. She has a lovely smile. The child is wearing a sailor outfit and has a bow in her hair. She is standing on a cement sidewalk in front of a large building. Note her shadow, which appears on the column behind her. Judging by the architecture, this photo was likely taken in a city or a large town.  The photograph measures about 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.

Published in: on April 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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TOMMY RHETT: UNSPECTACULAR FLYWEIGHT BOXER WEARING SPECTACULAR YANKEE BOXING SHORTS

Meet boxer Tommy Rhett. He fought out of New York, and the website BoxRec lists him as a flyweight.  He began his boxing career in 1947 and battled his way to 1955. At first, his career got off to a promising start. He won his first five fights (1 by KO). In his next 21 fights, he lost 19 bouts. He had the unfortunate distinction of losing his last 16 fights. He finished his career with 7 wins and 19 losses. Tommy Rhett appears to have been a journeyman fighter. Apparently, after a few fights he became fodder for other boxers to improve their record. Rhett must have been frustrated and disappointed with his performance in the ring. Tommy was no champion, but he sure wore terrific boxing shorts. The logo on his shorts is the same logo that is currently worn by the New York Yankees. A little investigating revealed that the logo has a connection to Tiffany’s. The interlocking “NY” logo was designed by the jewelry store in 1877,  as part of a Medal of Valor for a NYPD officer who was shot in the line of duty. The 1909 season marked the first time the New York Highlanders used the logo in its present form. The Highlanders became the New York Yankees in 1913.

PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FINALISTS OF THE MISS BLACK OHIO BEAUTY PAGEANT (1976)

This vintage photograph features a portrait of the finalists of the Miss Black Ohio Beauty Pageant of 1976. The contest was hosted by the Bel-Aire Civic Club. All six of the African American women in this photograph are quite pretty but there could only be one winner and you can identify her by the crown on her head. This 8″ x 10″ image is likely a press photo.

PORTRAIT OF TWO AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN

This vintage real photo postcard captures two African American women sitting on the ground having their portrait taken. Both ladies are wearing flowers on their dresses and one is wearing a watch. The women have a closed umbrella lying next to them, suggesting they wanted to be prepared for threatening rain or intense sun. In the background, one can see a parked buggy. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this postcard reveals that the photo was taken sometime between 1904 and 1918. This is a fabulous African American/African American History topical photo postcard and such images, in good condition, are relatively rare.

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY AFRICAN AMERICAN COUPLE POSING ON THEIR FRONT PORCH

This vintage real photo postcard features a lovely African American couple posing on the porch of their house. Both the man and woman are well dressed and displaying a serious expression. An inscription on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the couple are “Mr. and Mrs. Johnson”. The “AZO” stamp box reveals that this photo was photographed sometime between 1904 and 1918. Finding vintage real photo postcard portraits of African Americans is an uncommon experience.

Published in: on March 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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HORSE PULLED TROLLEY AT CAPO’S NORTH BEACH IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

This vintage real photo postcard features a horse drawn trolley in St. Augustine, Florida. Printing on the front of the card elaborates with “Rapid Transit at Capo’s North Beach”. Most of us would not think of a single horse pulled trolley as “Rapid Transit”, but compared to walking, the trolley was rapid transit. It wasn’t difficult to find a seat on the trolley when this photograph was taken. It’s only occupants were two passengers and the African American driver. Research revealed the story behind this particular trolley. In 1904, Paul and Ellen Capo built a boat landing on the east shore of the Tolomato (North) River, and used this horse drawn trolley to carry passengers over the dunes, to the beach. Beachgoers could swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The visitors to Capo’s North Beach arrived there via a ferry from downtown St. Augustine. The name of the ferry boat was “Pauline II”. The photographer of this photo postcard was P. A. Wolfe, of St. Augustine. Mr Wolfe was a very talented photographer. Many of his photographs can be seen at the website “Florida Memory” which is operated by the State Library and Archives of Florida. In 1921, he took a series of photographs of President Warren Harding’s visit to St. Augustine. P. A. Wolfe was born in England in 1886. The 1920 US Census reveals that he was married to Ina Wolfe and was working as a photographer in St. Augustine. The “AZO” stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

PORTRAIT OF THREE AFRICAN AMERICAN BROTHERS (1908-1924)

This vintage real photo postcard features three African American brothers posing for a studio portrait. The children are adorable. All three children are displaying a serious expression. The stamp box on the reverse of the postcard lists “Artura” as the producer of the postcard paper. “Artura”paper was utilized by postcard publishers between 1908 and 1924.

Published in: on October 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF TWO WELL DRESSED AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage real photo postcard features two well dressed African American men posing for their portrait at an unknown photography studio. The men look quite fashionable. The shorter man is wearing a single breasted jacket and fedora while the taller gentleman is wearing a bowler hat and double breasted suit.The postcard has an “AZO” stamp box indicating it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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