PORTRAIT OF A FRENCH BOY AND HIS BICYCLE

This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed young boy posing with his bicycle. The boy is wearing a black armband. Black armbands were first utilized as a sign of mourning in 1770’s England. This postcard is of French origin and was published circa 1910. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on August 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE TYKE ON A TRIKE IN HULL, ENGLAND

This vintage real photo postcard is special. The photograph features an adorable little boy riding a tricycle. Note the bell on the handlebars.He is wearing a long coat and cap. He is also wearing a happy expression as he poses for female photographer, Alice Gibson in Hull, England. Hull is a port city in East Yorkshire, England. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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Published in: on June 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  

MISS MATTIE LOVEDAY AND HER BICYCLE IN WASHINGTON D.C.

This cabinet card has seen better days. It is quite faded and appears to have been trimmed. The young woman in this photograph poses with a bicycle for an unknown photographer. The subject of this cabinet card image is identified by an inscription on the reverse of the photo. The young lady in the photograph is Miss Mattie Loveday. Preliminary research yielded a disappointingly small amount of information. Here is what we know. The 1900 US census reveals that Miss Loveday was born in 1883 and was a student living in Washington D.C.. She lived with her father (James P. Loveday) and mother (Florence D. Loveday). Also in the home was a 20 year old brother (Arthur), 11 year old sister (Annie), and 7 year old brother (Leo). Her father and older brother both worked as clerks. The brother was also a soldier. Mattie was 17 years old at the time of the 1900 census and it is my guess that this photograph was taken close to that year.

 

Published in: on February 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE BOY ON A TRICYCLE IN TOPEKA, KANSAS

This cabinet card portrait features a little boy sitting on a tricycle. The bike appears to be made from wood. The child is wearing a bow tie and a serious expression. The image was produced by the Mohler studio in Topeka, Kansas. J. W. Mohler was born in Indiana in 1850. While young, his family moved to Missouri. Mohler enlisted th the 3rd Illinois Infantry (Co. H) as a fifer. He spent two years at a garrison in Detroit. In 1871 he married Belle Viard. He came to Topeka to work as a photographer in 1880. He is listed in the Topeka business directories from at least 1882 through 1895. At one point he was partnered in a photography business named Mohler & Rector.

Published in: on September 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THREE YOUNG MEN AND THEIR BICYCLES AND THEIR CIGARETTES

A European (probably French) photography studio created this portrait of three young men posing with two bicycles. The men are well dressed but give the appearance of ruffians. The cigarettes hanging from their lips create a roguish look. Two of the boys are wearing high boots which indicate that they are the bike owners. Tucking pant bottoms into the boots prevented bike accidents. This photo postcard of a trio of bikers is a rare find and likely dates to the 1900’s decade.

Published in: on March 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A NERVOUS YOUNG MAN AND HIS BICYCLE

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This vintage real photo postcard features a young man standing beside his bicycle. The look on his face can be described as similar to a “deer in the headlights”. One could also describe his expression as nervous. It is as if he just got caught doing something wrong. Maybe it has something to do with the cigarette that he is holding in his right hand, though I doubt it. He is wearing a great outfit and cap but I would surmise that his boots don’t make pedaling a bicycle particularly easy. Note that the backdrop in this studio photo is quite pretty and detailed despite that it is obviously fake. This postcard was produced in the very early 1900’s.

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A FATHER AND HIS YOUNG SON OUT FOR A BICYCLE RIDE

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This vintage real photo postcard features a father and his young son outside for a bicyclc ride. The pair are posed in front of a large tree. Father is well dressed and wearing a cap. The little boy is also well dressed and he is wearing a straw hat. The postcard appears to be of French origin and is a rare find.

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YOUNG FRENCH CYCLIST WEARING HIS BICYCLE CLUB UNIFORM POSES WITH HIS BIKE (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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A young cyclist poses with his bicycle in this vintage real photo postcard. The studio photograph shows the young man wearing the uniform of his bike club (V.C.K.). His bike clothing looks comfortable and clearly facilitates easier riding. Compare his clothing to the cumbersome bicycle clothing seen in photographs of woman of this era. Women clearly had to sacrifice comfort for beauty and modesty.  I believe that this RPPC is of French origin. The logo of the publishing company of the postcard paper has a logo showing a horse and horseshoe (see image or reverse).

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Published in: on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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AN ADORABLY DRESSED PRETTY WOMAN AND HER BICYCLE

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This cabinet card photograph features an adorably dressed young woman standing beside her bicycle. She looks so pretty in her riding outfit. Note her hat, bow tie, gloves, high boots and patterned dress. This is certainly a terrific image of a bicycle rider and her bike. There is a badge on the front of the bike (under the handlebars) that likely identifies the manufacturer of the bike. I believe that someone knowledgeable about bicycle companies existing during the cabinet card era could determine the name of the company that built this bike. There also seems to be some artwork on the bar underneath the bike’s seat. This photograph was taken by a photographer named Matthews but the location of the studio is unknown.

 

 

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A MAN RIDING A RACING BIKE: NEED FOR SPEED (FRENCH VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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A MAN RIDING A RACING BIKE: NEED FOR SPEED: This vintage real photo postcard features a bicycle racer sitting on his bike. I believe he has goggles strapped around his head. The lens’s are visible at the front of his cap. Note the photographers embossed stamp on the bottom of the right hand side of the image. This photograph was taken by Antoine Provost who worked as a photographer in Toulouse, France. At one point his studio was located at Rue de la Pomme. The photographer did an excellent job of posing the rider. The image captures the feel of speed and motion. The postcard was published by “K Ltd” sometime between 1918 and 1936

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