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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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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HANDSOME SOLDIER IN UNIFORM : FRENCH CARTES DE VISITE (1920)

This carte de visite features a uniformed military man. I believe he is an officer. Note that he is holding a pair of white gloves. He was photographed by A. Grossin who operated a studio in Paris, France. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph contains the soldiers name and the date of the photo (1920). This cdv is in very good condition and has excellent clarity.

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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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HERMINE ALBRECHT : AUSTRIAN THEATER ACTRESS, PHOTO BY CELEBRATED PHOTOGRAPHER DR SZEKELY

This carte de visite portrait features Austria-Hungarian theater actress Hermine Albrecht (1856-1929). She studied acting with German actor, Karl Wilhelm Meixner and made her debut in 1875. In that year she signed with the Vienna City Theater where she worked until 1884. In 1887 she joined the ensemble of Burgtheater ensemble and in 1890 she was appointed a court actress. She left the theater in 1893 to join private life. She was married to Count Tamas Nyary de Bedegh (1838-1902). Her sister was also an actress (Charlotte Albrecht).The photographer of this image is Dr Szekely. He  is cited multiple times in the photographic journals of his time for his photography research. Dr Szekely operated a studio in Vienna, Austria. As of this writing, the Cabinet Card Gallery has two other photos by Szekely. One of these images is of Austrian theater actress Josephine Wessely (1860-1887). To view the other photographs by Szekely, place his name in the blog’s search box.This photograph was taken during or after 1873. This is known because of the the award medallions seen on the reverse of the photograph is dated 1873,   (SOLD)

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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