This cabinet card portrait features a group of eleven men posing in front of a business with a Blatz’s Milwaukee Lager Beer advertising sign hanging on the wall of the building. The men are well dressed. Apparently they are businessmen gathered for some type of meeting or get-together.  A few of the men are smoking cigars. The Blatz Brewing Comany was a major brewer in Milwaukee. It operated from 1851 through 1959. The company developed from the John Braun’s City Brewery.Valentin Blatz was hired by John Braun and when Braun died 1in 1851, Blatz bought Braun’s business and married Braun’s wife. Blatz was trained at breweries in Bavaria. Blatz’s Milwaukee brewery was bady damaged by a fire in 1872 but he used the disaster as an opportunity to enlarge and modernize the brewery in the rebuilding process. In 1875, Blatz developed a bottling department that allowed him to ship his beer nationally. Blatz sold his company to a British syndicate (United States Brewing Company” in 1891. He continued to lead the company until his death in 1894. He was succeeded by his son. The company was sold a couple of times before it was purchased by Pabst in 1958. Although Blatz’s Brewery was sold a few more times, the label remains in Pabst’s portfolio. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans). 


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This vintage real photo postcard serves as a wonderful illustration of social history. For a reason unknown to us, the community gathered in front of Richter’s Saloon & Grocery for this photo. The whole town is represented. There are babies, children, and young and older adults. If you look carefully, you will see that there was a lot of activity occurring when this photograph was taken. First, there are a several musicians in the group. Some are playing their instruments while others are displaying them. There are a number of men in the back row drinking out of bottles. Why are they congregated in the back row? It is likely a safe assumption that they are drinking beer or some other form of alcohol. Included in the photo is an oppositional defiant little girl. She is in the first row and is the only child or adult facing the “wrong” way. I’m kidding about the “oppositional defiant disorder” diagnosis. The townspeople in this photograph are wearing an interesting assortment of hats. There is a sign advertising a brewery attached to the front of the building. The advertising is for Ruder Beer. The George Ruder Brewing Company was founded in 1892 and operated until 1920. The company was located in Wausau, Wisconsin. By now, you have probably been wondering where Richter’s Saloon & Grocery was located. I am wondering too. I found two possible locations, but there may be more. An Indianapolis, Indiana city directory lists one of the cities businesses as being William Richter & Son Grocery and Saloon. I can not determine the year of the directory. The second possibility concerning the location of Richter’s Saloon & Grocery is more remote. In 1911, there was a Emilie Richter running a saloon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is the same year that the photograph was taken. I have been unable to learn the name of the saloon. The fact that Milwaukee and Wausau (home of Ruder Beer) are in Wisconsin, may be significant. The Kruxo stamp box on the reverse of this postcard, dates the card to sometime between 1908 and 1920. This supports the 1911 date printed on the front of this postcard. SOLD


This vintage real photo postcard features a group of German beer lovers gathered around a keg in a country-side setting. This photograph is a treasure trove of interesting elements. First, the keg of beer is labelled with the title “Memories in Lindau 1927” (translated from German). Second,the bruiser in the center of the back row is holding a beer mug on steroids. It is likely that no one will challenge or fight him for the huge glass of dark beer. Finally, what is the story about the gentleman/lady in the center of the middle row. To quote the Kinks, “Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls”. It is likely that the man wearing the dress, seen in this postcard, did so for fun. It is not unusual to see cross dressing in photographs from this era. Generally, wearing opposite sex clothing in these images was done for entertainment, rather than for sexuality reasons. Women also dressed as men in photographs. Vesta Tilley (1864-1952) was an English music hall performer who was one of the most famous male impersonators of her time. She was a star in both Britain and the United States for over three decades (see her photo below). Returning to the subject of the beer drinking celebrants, we learn from the writing on the keg, that they are partying in Lindau, Germany. Lindau is a major town and an island in Bavaria. It is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German). The origin of Lindau’s name is thought to be the “linden tree”. Lindau is known for being near the Austrian, German, and Swiss borders. This vintage postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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This vintage real photo postcard features pretty French performer Bleuette D’Artois. She is beautifully dressed. In fact, she appeared in a postcard series called “Queens of Fashion”. The postcard was published by E.L.D. (E. Le Delay), a company located in Paris, France. The postcard is part of a series (no. 4264). The postmark is dated 1918 and the postcard was postmarked in Merbes-le-Château, Belgium. The postcard has a Belgian stamp.



This cabinet card is a portrait of four men sitting around a table drinking beers. The men are wearing dress clothing as they enjoy happy hour at the studio of Axel M. Turnquist, in Eveleth, Minnesota. One of the men is drinking out of a glass, while the other three prefer to imbibe straight out of the bottle. The reverse of the card has a notation indicating that the subjects in the photograph are members of the “Nelson” family. To view other photographs by Turnquist, and learn some biographical facts about him, click on the category “Photographer: Turnquist”.

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“It’s Miller Time”: Three Guys Having a Beer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


This Cabinet card depicts three guys out for a beer. They look like they are going to do some serious drinking and have a pitcher ready on the floor for refilling their glasses. The photograph was taken by F. W. Streit of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. How appropriate! Milwaukee is and was the unofficial beer capitol of the United States. The city was once the home to four of the world’s largest breweries and was the number one beer producing city in the world for many years.


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