AFRICAN AMERICAN LITTLE GIRL BASKING IN THE SUNLIGHT

This snapshot features an African American little girl asking in the sunlight. She has a lovely smile. The child is wearing a sailor outfit and has a bow in her hair. She is standing on a cement sidewalk in front of a large building. Note her shadow, which appears on the column behind her. Judging by the architecture, this photo was likely taken in a city or a large town.  The photograph measures about 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.

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Published in: on April 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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TENNIS ANYONE? PORTRAIT OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

This vintage real photo postcard features a mother and daughter. The mom is wearing a bold striped shirt. The little girl is holding a tennis racket and has a wonderful smile. This postcard was published by Thomas Illingworth & Co. (T.I.C.). The company was a paper manufacturer founded about 1904. They produced the “Horse Shoe Brand” photographic paper in London England. In 1919 they were bought by British Photographic Supplies company, Ilford. An internet source states that the company produced postcards with horseshoe stamp boxes between 1919 and 1930. Symbols were used to identify the date the postcard paper was produced. Note the triangle on the reverse of the card which can be found between the words “Post” and “Card”. The triangle indicates that this postcard stock was produced in 1928.

PORTRAIT OF SWEET LITTLE OTTO AND HIS HOOP TOY (1913)

This sweet little boy is adorably dressed. He poses for his studio portrait in front of a very nice backdrop painting of the sea. The child is holding on to a hoop toy. He takes extra precaution that the toy won’t roll away by standing on the bottom of the hoop. A note below the image identifies the boy as Otto and the year the photograph was taken (1913). I am not a linguist so I can only guess what language the embossed studio information is written in. My hypothesis is that this photograph was taken in Russia, or possibly Greece. If I am correct, one wonders what a boy with a German name (Otto) is doing in Russia or Greece. Hopefully, a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will be able to identify the language and leave a comment which will solve the mystery.

Published in: on April 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  

PORTRAIT OF TWO YOUNG AND ADORABLE SIBLINGS

I found this vintage photograph on a trip to the Texas Hill Country. Two siblings, presumably a brother and sister, pose for their portrait in this post cabinet card era photograph. The pair are adorably dressed. The young girl holds a parasol in one hand and her brothers arm with the other hand. The boy is wearing a wide brimmed straw hat and a bow tie. As he is being photographed, he is fiddling with his very loose belt. The photographer’s name is embossed on the mat of the photo (lower right hand corner). The name is difficult to decipher, but I believe the name is “Whitney”. The location of the studio is not identified.

Published in: on March 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL WEARING A GREEN DRESS

The little girl in this vintage real photo postcard is absolutely adorable. The “look” she is giving the photographer is priceless. The child is wearing a pale green dress and is sitting on a carved trunk, or table. She is playing with wooden building blocks and has already used the toy to build a structure. The postcard was printed in England and published by Rotary Photo (London). This beautiful card is part of a series (no. 1684). The postcard is from the very early 1900’s. The postcard is addressed to Middleton, which is located in Greater Manchester, England.

Published in: on March 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN MADISON SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY

This cabinet card portrait features an adorable little girl posing for the photographer while she is standing on wooden steps. She is holding a basket in her left hand. Note her high top shoes. The photographer of this photograph is W. Kurtz of Madison Square, New York City, New York. Madison Square is the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street in Manhattan.  The reverse of this photograph has printed advertising for Kurtz’s studio. His self-promoting includes his declaring that he is a photographer with “good taste” and twelve first-class medals for his photographic work. His medals came from competitions in such cities as New York, Vienna, Philadelphia, and Paris. He photographed many celebrities of his time and his work is included in the archives of many University libraries, including Harvard University. To see additional photographs by Mr. Kurtz, place his name in this blog’s search box.

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Published in: on March 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER PORTRAIT (CARDIFF, WALES)

This cabinet card portrait features a mother and her young daughter. The mother is wearing a dark dress while the daughter is dressed in white; creating a nice contrast in this family photograph. This photo was taken at Sargent Brothers studio in Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff is a port city on the coast of South Wales. I found another cabinet card image at an internet site that reveals that the Sargent Brothers also had studios in the cities of Bristol, Newport, and Penarth.

Published in: on March 10, 2018 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)  
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MALITA UNDERWOOD: PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL IN JERSEY SHORE, PENNSYLVANIA

This vintage photograph features an adorable little girl. She looks seriously inquisitive as she stares at the photographer and camera. The child was photographed at the Schindler studio in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. Charles Schindler (1874-1949) was listed in the Williamsport (Pa.) business directory between at least 1896 and 1910. A pencilled inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that the girl’s name is Malita Underwood. Research found a woman in Jersey Shore named Malita Underwood, but she is clearly a different person than the girl in this photograph. Malita Underwood (1849-1906) can not be the little girl seen in this image because this image was photographed after 1900; a time that the identified Malita Underwood was a middle aged woman.

Published in: on March 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY LITTLE GIRL IN OAKLAND, MARYLAND

A pretty little girl stands on a wicker chair while posing for her portrait at the Pritchard studio in Oakland, Maryland. The child is displaying a serious expression. Her curly hair on each side of her head is held in place by ribbons. She has a sash running across her midriff. I believe that it may signify that she is in mourning although that is just a hypothesis. An inscription on the reverse of the cabinet card identifies the girl as “Cousin Alice Salter”. Her name is too common to find biographical information about her. The photographer of this cabinet card image is Galusha H. Pritchard. The 1880 US census identifies him as being born in 1850 and as a working photographer. In 1889 he married Ella Pettit. The 1910 US census revealed that Pritchard was still working as a photographer. The Bulletin of Photography (1912) has an announcement stating that Pritchard’s photograph studio was taken over by James Bell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published in: on March 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (5)  
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TWO YOUNG HISPANIC SIBLINGS IN NATIVE CLOTHING

This vintage real photo postcard features two young siblings wearing local garb pose for their portrait at an unidentified photography studio. These children are very adorable. The older child is taking a protective position next to her younger sibling. Judging by the card on the younger child’s hat, the kids are dressed for a religious ceremony. This photograph is probably from the 1940’s. The reverse of the photograph indicates that the image was once a resident of a photo album.

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on February 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)