PORTRAIT OF THREE YOUNG MEN IDENTICALLY DRESSED IN READING, PENNSYLVANIA (CDV)

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Three handsome young men pose for their carte de visite portrait at the studio of Charles A. Taylor, in Reading, Pennsylvania. The men are dressed identically. Are they co-workers and wearing a uniform of some kind? Note their checkered shirts, bow ties, and work boots.   (SOLD)

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THREE PRETTY SISTERS IN SOFIA, BULGARIA (CDV)

This relatively large CDV features three pretty young girls. Presumably, they are sisters. One of the older girls is holding a book (possibly a notebook), while the other is has a rolled up paper in her right hand. The two girls expressions can best be described as austere. The littlest girl is much younger than her sisters. Note her straw hat. The trio in this photograph had their photo taken at a studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. The photographer’s last name is Bradukoff. This vintage photograph  measures about 4 3/4 x 3″.  (SOLD)

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NICELY DRESSED MAN WITH CONFIDENCE : MUTTONCHOPS : AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

This cartes de visite features a nicely dressed man with mutton chops and a chin beard. His arms are crossed across his chest and he has a look of confidence. Note that his hair is slicked back and is parted in the middle. The photo was taken by Albert Greiner (1833-1890) who operated a studio in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This cdv image is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY AND FASHIONABLE YOUNG WOMAN IN KREFELD, GERMANY (CDV)

This carte de visite portrait features a a nicely dressed pretty young woman. The top of her dress is quite busy. It includes a high collar, lace trimming, and two wide ribbons. Her dress seems rather large for her figure. Perhaps she had recently lost a significant amount of weight. Another possibility is that she borrowed the dress from the studio’s wardrobe collection. Some photographer’s did in fact provided their subjects with clothing for their photographs. This photo was taken by Samson & Company. The studio operated in Krefeld, Germany. At the time of this writing, the Cabinet Card Gallery had three other German photographs that were taken by “Samson & Co.”. The other Samson photos were taken by studios located in three different German cities (Duisburg, Barmen, and Karlsruhe). I do not know if the four studios were independent of each other, or if they were all owned by the same individual. If they shared an owner, it would mean that “Samson & Son” was like the “Starbucks” of retail German photography. This cdv portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN WEARING A LARGE CROSS IN BATAVIA, NEW YORK (CARTE DE VISITE)

This carte de visite is a photograph of a pretty young woman wearing a large chain and cross. She was photographed at the studio of C. W. Tallman (1833-1896), in Batavia, New York. The town is located in Genesee County and is in the West Central part of the state. Charles W. Tallman operated a gallery in Batavia between the 1870’s and 1905. He began his photography business in Lockport, New York (1866-1877). A number of his early photos were railroad related. Tallman was the first photographer in Batavia,  Some of Tallman’s photographs can be found in the George Eastman Museum and the New York Public Library collections. Tallman was an amateur astronomer and wrote about the subject. This cdv photograph is in very good condition (see scans).                                                       

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PORTRAIT OF AN ELEGANT WOMAN IN NANTES, FRANCE

This cartes de visite portrait features a woman posing for photographer, Louis Martin of Nantes, France. This profile view shows a well dressed and well coiffed subject. The cdv is an example of a bas relief photo (raised image providing a 3 dimensional effect). photograph. Nantes is a city on the Loire River and is located in the Upper Brittany region of western France. This photograph is in very good condition. (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL IN A PLAID DRESS HOLDING A HOOP TOY IN BORDEAUX, FRANCE

This carte de visite portrait features a young girl wearing a plaid dress and holding a hoop and stick toy. The photographer of this photo is J. Ernest Forest and he operated a studio in Bordeaux, France. Advertising on the reverse of the cdv indicates that the studio won prizes at exhibitions in Bordeaux and Paris.This photograph is in good condition (see scans). A look at the top of the backside of the cdv reveals that this photo is likely a former resident of a photo album or picture frame.  (SOLD)

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TWO PRETTY SISTERS IN ANTWERP, BELGIUM : VALENTINE AND MADELEINE FALCON

This carte de visite portrait features two pretty young women posing for their photograph at the Kriegsmann studio in Anvers, Belgium. These women are extremely likely to be sisters. They have similar faces and hairstyles. The women are wearing, what looks to be, spring or summer dresses. They are also wearing serious expressions. In fact, the woman on the right, appears dour. Anvers, the studio location, is also known as Antwerp. The city dates back to the middle ages. It is a port city and has an international reputation for it’s diamond trade. The young women in this photograph are identified by an inscription on the reverse of the cdv. they are Valentine and Madeleine Falcon.  (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF AN APPREHENSIVE LITTLE GIRL IN LA FERTE-BERNARD, FRANCE

This original carte de visite photograph features a cute little girl sitting on a fur covered chair. Judging by the expression on her face, she is not sure how to interpret the situation she finds herself in. The photographer of this cdv image is Henri Heil. He operated a studio in La Ferte-Bernard, France. This carte de visite is slightly bowed but in overall good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY PARISIAN YOUNG WOMAN BY CELEBRATED PHOTOGRAPHER, ALPHONSE LIEBERT (1890 CDV)

The pretty young woman seen in this carte de visite portrait, is named Anna Lesian. An inscription on the reverse of the cdv reveals her name and the year (1890) that the photograph was taken. The photo was taken at the studio of A. Liebert, in Paris, France. The Getty Museum, located in Los Angeles, California, as well as other fine museums, have  photographs in their collections by Paris photographer, Alphonse J. Liebert (1827-1913). Many of his Parisian subjects were actresses. Perhaps Miss Lesian is one of those actresses. Mr. Liebert has an interesting story. He was a photographer in Nevada City, California (1857-1862),  and later, operated in Paris (1863-1890’s). He was born in France. He became an officer in the French Navy. He left the navy in 1848 to study daguerreotypy. He must have reenlisted in the navy because In 1851, he arrived in San Francisco, as a Lieutenant on a French ship. This was a time when there was much excitement about Gold mining. As a result, there was a mass desertion of the ship’s crew. The sailors joined the rush for gold. Liebert had in mind, his own venture. He and two partners decided to take on the project of refurbishing a steamship. They sought investors and hired workers to transform the ship. However, due to the partners inexperience, the venture failed. Liebert than tried gold mining but met little success. In 1857 he opened a photo gallery in Nevada City. He lost thousands of dollars after a fire in 1858. In 1859 Liebert ridiculed a former photography pupil of his, named Louis Celarie, in the press. This started a bitter professional feud. Soon after, Liebert announced that he had won a medal at the state fair. Unfortunately, there was no evidence to confirm this claim. The competition between Liebert and Celarie was fierce. Each offered special promotions to best the other. By 1861, Liebert triumphed, evidenced by the sale of Celarie’s studio. About a year later, Liebert sold his photo gallery. By 1863, he had returned to France and opened a gallery specializing in tintypes. Liebert closely identified with his photography experience in America, and as a result, he named his Paris gallery “Photographie Americaine”. That very name can be seen on the reverse of this CDV. Liebert began to write photography articles and books, and ultimately, invented a prototype solar camera. In 1867, Liebert had a problem with the law. He was sentence to two months in prison and levied a fine of 200 francs. He was charged for the intent to distribute banned post mortem photographs. These were not photos of some random person. Instead, they were images of Emperor Maximillian, who had been executed in Mexico. Liebert ultimately did exhibit these photos. Liebert was becoming more and more successful. His photo gallery was so lavish that a reviewer for the British Journal of Photography wrote that it was “worthy of the smiles of the ‘God of Light’, and a repository for some of the best productions of the photographic art”. In 1879, Liebert’s gallery was the first studio to utilize electric light. By 1880, he was considered to have the most impressive photo studio in Paris. This carte de visite portrait has excellent clarity and is  in very good condition (see scans).   (SOLD)