TWO BOYS RIDING BIG HORSES : WESTERN TOWN : DIRT STREETS : RPPC : (1904-1918)

Look who’s riding into town! Its the Roberts brothers. Someone better go get the sheriff. This real photo postcard is quite interesting. The boys look comfortable on their horses. The kids are on large horses, not small ponies reserved for inexperienced child riders.They appear to know what they are doing. One of the boys has a whip. No cowboy hats for these guys. One is wearing a wide brim bowler while the other is sporting a cap. Note the dirt streets. The town may actually be a frontier town in the “old west”. Also take notice of the boy standing on the sidewalk. He seems truly interested in the horseback riders, or perhaps, the photographer. The young bystander is wearing knickers. The AZO stamp box on this postcard reveals that it was likely published sometime between 1904 and 1918. The cameraman was a studio photographer who was willing to take difficult photographs in the outdoors. (SOLD)

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BLANCHE SWEET : SILENT FILM ACTRESS : 161 FILM CREDITS : BY FRED HARTSOOK : 1917

Blanche Sweet (1896-1986) was an American silent film actress. Her mother was a dancer and her father was a wine merchant. Blanche began show business at an early age. At age four she was performing with a touring company with stars, Marie Burroughs and Maurice Barrymore. At age thirteen, she was working at Biograph Studios under contract with D. W. Griffith. She became known as “The Biograph Blonde”. In 1914, Sweet moved to Paramount (Famous Players – Lasky). Paramount had offered her more money than Biograph could pay. During the 1910’s, Sweet appeared in several prominet film roles and kept her place as a popular leading lady. She played in a number of Cecil B. DeMille films. She and Marshall Neilan (actor, director, producer, screen writer) had an affair which led to Neilan obtaining a divorce and marrying young Blanche. She was about 16 years old. The marriage ended in 1929 because Neilan was an alleged philanderer. When “talkies” began, Sweets career suffered causing her to retire in 1930. The IMDb lists 161 film credits in Blanche’s filmography. Her post film career included radio work and non major Broadway roles. When job offers dissipated, she began working in a Los Angeles department store. She later worked with historians and gave lectures about the early days of Hollywood. This photo portrait of Miss Sweet was taken by American photographer, Fred Hartsook (1876-1930). He owned a chain of California studios described as “the largest photographic business in the world” at that time. The photo was taken circa 1917. Hartsook photographed many silent film stars as well as Woodrow Wilson during his Presidency. This vintage postcard’s AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard was published sometime between 1910 and 1930. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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ADORABLE LITTLE BOY POSES FOR HIS PORTRAIT IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (VINTAGE RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed adorable little boy posing for his portrait at the Hunter, Tuppen Company Studio in Syracuse, New York. The boy is well groomed and wearing a striped shirt and a bow. The lad is identified on the reverse of the postcard and the inscription states that he was five years old at the time of this photograph. The postcard was manufactured by AZO between 1904 and 1918. The postcard is in good condition (note the crease on the bottom left hand corner of the card). (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, TWO WOMEN & A VERY COOL OAKLAND AUTOMOBILE : OHIO 1914

This is an incredibly nice vintage real photo postcard. It is perfectly posed and has all the elements of an outstanding photograph. In the middle of the photograph there is a young man wearing a grin ear to ear as he sits on the hood of his beautiful Oakland automobile. For extra comfort, he is sitting on a fur blanket. The man is dressed in great fashion. I love his suspenders and hat.  He is flanked by two smiling women and he is holding one of the hands of each of them. He clearly is located “out in the country”. In the background are fields and the proverbial weathered barn and lone tree surrounded by sky. Take a close look at the car. Note the partial front windshield, the starting crank, the front grill and Oakland name plate, as well as the bug-eyed headlights. The motor car has 1914 license plates and it appears that the automobile has a soft top. What do we know about the Oakland make of automobile. The first Oakland auto rolled of the Pontiac, Michigan, assembly line in 1908. Five models were offered and the price ranged from $1300 to $2150. By 1909, General Motors owned the Oakland manufacturing company. Oakland automobiles survived for 23 years and experienced it’s peak in 1928. The Oakland’s demise was caused by GM’s introduction of the cheaper Pontiac model. The marketing slogans of “Sturdy as an Oak” and “The All American Oakland” could not turn around plummeting sales and the Oakland brand ceased production at the end of 1931. The reverse of the photograph has an “AZO” stamp box and it’s format indicates that the card was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.  Research reveals that the car’s 1914 plates come from the State of Ohio. There were 121,000 Ohio license plates issued that year. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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A YOUNG BOY AND GIRL ATOP A DONKEY (1910-1930) RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features a young boy and girl riding a donkey. Pardon my lack of equine knowledge; perhaps the donkey is actually a mule or burro. Both children are smiling and apparently having a good time. It is likely that the pair are siblings. The sister is riding side-saddle. I believe the donkey is actually a late donkey. It was not unusual to have subjects pose with a taxidermied animal for their studio photograph. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published between 1910 and 1930. This vintage postcard has a crease in it’s lower right hand quadrant. It is in fair condition and priced accordingly. See Scans

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PHOTO OF HIGH SCHOOL FROM COURT HOUSE CUPOLA : CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN (c1924)

This vintage real photo postcard features a view of the High School from the Court House Cupola in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. This is not a common card. The postcard has an AZO stamp box which reveals that the card was published sometime between 1918 and 1930.  SOLD

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WEDDING PORTRAIT : WORLD WAR I SOLDIER AND TRADITIONAL BRIDE : RPPC (1910-1930)

This vintage real photo postcard features a young groom and bride. The groom is dressed in an army uniform of the World War I era while his bride is wearing a traditional wedding gown. She is holding an immense bouquet of flowers. The groom is displaying a bit of a smirk as he looks at the photographer. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that it was produced sometime between 1910 and 1930. The postcard is unposted and in very good condition (see scans). 

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THE PRETTY BARMAID WITH THE BUNNY EARS : OUTDOOR PUMP : BEER MUG : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features a young woman working as a bar maid. She seems to be enjoying herself judging by her wide smile. She is wearing a costume which includes bunny rabbit ears. The young woman is filling a beer mug at an outdoor pump. The AZO stamp box seen on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.   (SOLD)

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BOY RIDES DONKEY : SMILING EAR TO EAR (RPPC 1900’s OR 1910’s)

This vintage real photo postcard provides a “feel good” impact on it’s viewers. A young well-dressed boy rides a tired looking donkey and he is wearing a smile that extends from ear to ear. He seems to be having the time of his life and his smile is infectious. A nice smile serves people well in life. Marilyn Monroe must have been in agreement about the importance of smiling when she said “A smile is the best makup any girl can wear”. Note that the donkey has a pennant hanging on his forehead. The pennant has “Illinois” printed on it. We can probably posit that this photo was taken in the “Land of Lincoln” (Illinois). This postcard has an “AZO” stamp box indicating that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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THREE SMILING MEN : WEARING GREAT HATS : FASHIONABLE : RPPC : (1904-1918)

This vintage real photo postcard features three well dressed smiling men wearing fantastic hats. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the card reveals that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918. This real photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans). 

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