THE BRADFORD BELTING COMPANY : (1907) CALENDAR : CINCINNATI, OHIO

This vintage real photo advertising postcard served as a New Year’s greeting card. The postcard provided a January, 1907 calendar and provided wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. The postcard advertised the Bradford Belting Company as the manufacturer of “Monarch Leather Belts and Cement”. In addition, the postcard hawks “monarch belt dressing” which came in stick or liquid form. The card has a Cincinnati postmark from the year 1906. The addressee on the card, presumably one of Bradford’s customers, is the firm, Straw Brothers which was located in Easton, Ohio. Preliminary research yielded little information about the Bradford company. The Motor Way (1907) reports that Pope Motors built a business car (open delivery wagon) for Bradford. The photograph on this advertising postcard features a pretty woman writing a letter by lamplight. Using female models to sell products in male dominated industries or areas of interest, is a practice that continues today. The card was published by the Photographic Company of America, located in Chicago, Illinois It is numbered 1552. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF FIVE MEN AND A JEEP ON A DIRT ROAD IN SERBIA

I would love to know the story behind this vintage postcard. Five men are standing by a Willys Jeep or Jeep-like vehicle. The car is on a dirt road. The men are posed in an odd manner. There are four men on one side of the automobile and a single man on the other side of the vehicle. Is the lone man a hired driver? Are the four other gentleman traveling together for business? There are mountains in the background. A cable car type system is in the near background. I wonder what was being transported by the cable cars? There is a small flag above the hood of the jeep. Although the design of the flag is not fully visible, the flag appears very similar to the flags flown by Serbia and some of it’s neighboring countries. The previous owner of this photograph has advised me that this photo was taken in Serbia. An inscription on the reverse of the  photograph lists five names that most likely belong to the five men in the photo. This photograph appears to be from the 1950’s. It is in very good condition (see scans).

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TWO YOUNG CHILDREN OUT FOR A DRIVE

outforadrive12020-06-17_231404 outforadrive22020-06-17_231508This vintage real photo postcard features two young children sitting in a faux automobile. Most likely, the pair are siblings. The youngest of the two is behind the wheel. Judging by the facial expression of the driver, the roads must have been very treacherous that day. The little girl in the photo is flashing a wonderful smile. This studio photograph was taken by the Mage studio, located in Grand-Montrouge, France. Grand-Montrouge is a southern suburb of Paris. This vintage portrait postcard is probably from the 1910’s era and is in very good condition (see scans).

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A MAN AND HIS BERLIET

french carThis vintage photograph features a well dressed man poses in front of his automobile. He is looking pretty self-important. His cap is resting on the top of his car and he is enjoying a cigarette. The auto is impressive. The back of the vehicle is a convertible. Note the headlights and the front bumper. Also of interest, is the sign behind the car for “Motoricine Motor Oil”. Compare the bumper to the bumpers of today. We’ve come a long way. The front grill has the Berliet signature and in addition, the Berliet’s emblem. Berliet was a French company that manufactured automobiles, buses, trucks, and military vehicles. The company was based near Lyon, France. The company was established in 1899 and was privately owned until 1967 when it became part of Citroen. In 1974, it was acquired by Renault. Berliet was merged with Saviem to become Renault Trucks in 1978. By 1980, there were no vehicles in the Berliet line. This photograph measures about 4 5/8″ x 3″ and is in very good condition. Note the bottom border of the photo appears to have been trimmed to fit a frame.                                                                                                     

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LITTLE FOXES : A LOVELY COUPLE AND TWO YOUNG FOXES (SNAPSHOT)

This vintage snapshot is highly unusual. A couple poses with two cute young foxes. The gentleman in the photo is holding the two fox pups on his lap. The woman is wearing pants and sitting on the automobiles side board. The old car is a nice backdrop, Note the man’s cool cap. This photograph measures about 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ and is in excellent condition.

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SILENT SIOUX OIL BURNER CORP : ORANGE CITY, IOWA, : OWNER AND HIS ADVERTISING PANEL TRUCK (VINTAGE PHOTO)

This vintage snapshot features a man and his truck. This photo has captured a commercial truck with a painted advertising sign. The vehicle is a work truck for Silent Sioux Oil Burner Corp.. The business was located in Orange City, Iowa. Presumably, the warmly dressed gentleman, posed with the truck, is the owner of the company. Note the man’s bow tie and the snow on the ground and on the roof and fender of the truck. It was winter in Iowa when this photograph was taken. A trade catalog from this company is part of the Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collection.The catalog was published in the period between 1900 and 1909 though the company existed beyond those dates.      (SOLD)

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A CHAUFFEUR AND A “WOODY WAGON”

A uniformed chauffeur leans against his “woodie” station wagon. Peering out the window is a young woman, possibly, a teenager. An inscription on the reverse of the photo indicates that this snapshot was taken in 1948. The pictured automobile is called a woodie because part of the rear body is made of wood or material that resembles wood. Woodies were  popular in the United States in the 1930’s and 40’s. The wagons were made as versions of sedans as well as station wagons. Some were basic and some of these autos were luxury vehicles. Generally, they were manufactured by third party conversion companies. The last year of production of real wood construction in American station wagons was 1953. From then on, only faux wood was used. The uniformed driver and the thatched roof on the brick building may offer a hint of where this snapshot photo was taken. The previous owner of this image suggested that the photo was taken somewhere in Africa. This snapshot photograph measures about 3 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ and is in very good condition.

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PHOTO OF A COUPLE GOING FOR A SPIN IN A VERY EARLY AUTOMOBILE

This vintage photograph features a couple sitting in a very early automobile. A gentleman is standing beside the car with one foot on the sideboard. Note the large headlamps and the disparity in size between the front and rear tires. I have seen cars similar to this one, started and driven. My most lasting memory is the sound of their engines. Their engines don’t purr; they growl. They are incredibly loud. This image is printed on thin photo paper. The photograph measures about 5 3/8″ x 3  5/8″.  (SOLD)

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A BOY AND HIS ’59 CHEVY IMPALA SPORTING A BARRY GOLDWATER SENATE CAMPAIGN SIGN (1968)

chevy 1 This snapshot photograph is an excellent piece of American social history. The image shows a young man pointing to a political poster affixed to the side of a 1959, or 1960 Chevy Impala. The sign is supporting the 1968 US Senate campaign of Barry Goldwater  (1909-1988).  Goldwater was a conservative republican from Arizona. The sign states that Goldwater “hit the floor in ’64”.  Hitting the floor is a reference to the fact that Goldwater lost the Presidential election to Lyndon B Johnson in 1964. Johnson won a landslide victory. Goldwater only won six states. The sign maker wrote “Watch our weight in ’68”, referring to Goldwater’s Senate race that year. The sign maker was predicting victory and victory is exactly what occurred. Note the car’s radio antenna. Also take note of the “Taxi” sign behind the boys left shoulder. It is interesting to note the John McCain succeeded Goldwater in the US Senate. This photograph is a perfect illustration of life in the late 1960’s. The Chevy and the boy’s attire (love the cardigan sweater), take me back to a simpler time.  (SOLD)

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FANTASTIC 1940’S AUTOMOBILE ON A PYRENEES MOUNTAIN ROAD (NOTE THE ALIEN TREES DANCING IN THE BACKGROUND)

This vintage photograph offers a look at automobile travel in the 1940’s. The photo features a beautiful car with the driver and a passenger peering out through the open windows. The automobile is incredibly long. I wouldn’t want to parallel park this massive sedan. Take special note of the trees behind the car. The trees look like monsters, or space aliens, with arms and legs awkwardly posed. The trees appear to be dancing. Printed on the reverse of the photo are some words that may offer a clue as to where and when this photo was taken. The photograph appears to have been shot in Roncevaux, a mountain pass in the Pyrenees on the border between France and Spain. The photograph was taken in 1947. This vintage photo measures about 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.   (SOLD)

 

 

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