AN ADORABLE YOUNG BOY POSES WITH HIS HOOP AND STICK TOY IN HODIMONT VERVIERS, BELGIUM (CARTE de VISITE)_

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A young boy poses for his portrait with his hoop and stick toy. He is being photographed at the Hubert Cornet studio in Hodimont Verviers, Belgium. Hodimont is a district within the city of Verviers. Note the boy’s high top white shoes and his cute cap. This cdv photograph is in excellent condition (see scans)

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CUTE LITTLE GIRL PROTECTIVELY POSES WITH HER BABY BROTHER/SISTER (CDV)

This Carte de Visite (CDV) features a little girl posing next to her infant brother/sister. The little girl is wearing a fancy dress and a bow in her hair. She  has a protective hold on her baby sibling. The CDV was photographed by the Kohler & Lacmann studio which had branches in Halberstadt and Bad Harzburg, Germany.    (SOLD)

PORTRAIT OF AN AFFLUENT DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN (EARLY CARTE de VISITE)

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This carte de visite photograph features a distinguished looking older gentleman. His fine tailor made vested suit provides evidence that the man was affluent. This photograph is from the early phase of the cdv era. The photo has no identification information concerning the subject or the photographer. The carte de visite is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN MARSEILLE, FRANCE (CARTE de VISITE)

This carte de visite photograph features an absolutely adorable little girl. She is wearing a cute dress and has a bow in her hair. The child is holding something wooden in her left hand. I can not identify the object. I wonder if she is holding a hobby horse. This portrait was taken at the Oliviere studio in Marseille, France. Marseille is a port city in southern France. This cdv has gold beveled edges.   SOLD

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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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A TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES A YOUNG LADY’S EMOTIONS (CARTE DE VISITE)

This original carte de visite features a wonderful portrait of a young woman. The photographer, J. E. James adeptly captured a photo of the woman as she appeared deep in thought or worry. I think she looks sad. She is wearing a crossed ribbon with a large pin just under her lace collar. Does the ribbon indicate that she is in mourning or is it just an accessory. Note the young lady’s cute curls. The photographer of this cdv image is no stranger to me. I have another carte de visite by Mr.James. This second cdv is also one of  high quality in regard to reflecting the photographer’s talent for recording emotion via photography. What do we know about Mr James?  The J. E. James studio was located in Galena, Illinois. James Edward James (1842-1878) was born in Liverpool, England. After immigrating to the United States he served in the 96th Illinois Infantry (Company A) during the civil war. He entered the service as a Private but was discharged as a Commissary Sergeant. He died while still a young man and left his wife Kitty to raise their four children and operate his photographic studio.  (SOLD)                                                                                               

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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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN : TRIESTE, ITALY : EARLY CDV FROM THE (1870’s)

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This oval carte de visite  photograph features an attractive young woman. Her hair is styled and she is wearing jewelry. The woman appears to be affluent. The photographer of this cdv is Guglielmo Sebastianutti (1825-1881). He has one portrait in England’s National Portrait Gallery. The portrait above is an early cdv image. It is evident that the photograph is from the early cdv era because the Sebastianutti  died in 1881 and because the years he won photography awards reveal the approximate time this photo was taken. The reverse of the photograph lists a number of awards won by the photographer. He was recognized in Berlin, Germany (1865), Paris, France (1867), Hamburg, Germany (1868), Groningen, Netherlands (1869), and Vienna, Austria (1870), Since Sebastianutti’s photography career ended in 1878, it is clear that this image was taken between 1870 and 1878. Sebastianutti’s studio was located in the city of Trieste, which is a port city located in northeast Italy. During Sebastianutti’s career, he partnered with celebrated German photographer, Franz Benque (1841-1921). Benque moved to Trieste in 1864 and partnered with Sebastianutti in the opening of a photography studio. At the time Sebastianutti was watchmaker. In 1868, Benque married Sebastianutti’s step-daughter, Isabella. Despite the success of his studio, Benque returned to Germany in 1869, and opened a studio with his cousin, Conrad Kindermann, in Hamburg. Benque must have had wanderlust because in 1870, he immigrated with his family to Brazil. There, he partnered with Alberto Henschel (1827-1882) and operated studios in Bahia and Pernambuco. Benque’s studios gained the reputation of being the best in all of Brazil. In 1878, Benque must have had another episode of wanderlust which propelled him back to Trieste and a partnership with Sebastianutti. Benque must have had one more “relocation” left in him. In 1903 he moved to Villach, Austria. This cdv image is in very good condition (see scans).

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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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