ATTRACTIVE COUPLE AT CROWDED SWIMMING POOL : BATHING SUITS : SNAPSHOT

This vintage snapshot photograph features an attractive couple in their bathing suits, standing in front of a crowded swimming pool. This photo was found in France.This scallop edged vintage photo measures about 3.50″ x 2.5″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE FASHONABLE COUPLE : WOMAN HOLDS CABINET CARD

This is an interesting cabinet because of the way that this couple is posing for their portrait. It is unusual to see a a woman sitting on the floor while posing for a cabinet card photograph. It is also not typical to see a woman sitting at the feet of a man in cabinet card images. The subjects of this photograph may be married, or perhaps, they are brother and sister.  The couple is nicely dressed and the woman is holding a photograph of a man. The backdrop is high quality.  There is no identifying information about the two individuals in the image or about the photographer. This cabinet card portrait is in excellent condition (see scans).

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WEDDING COUPLE PORTRAIT : HALSTAD, MINNESOTA : O. E. FLATEN : CABINET CARD

This photographic portrait captures a lovely formally dressed couple. It is likely that this is a wedding photo. Both the man and the woman are dressed in formal clothing. In addition, the gentleman is wearing a  boutonniere while the woman is wearing a corsage. Looks like wedding attire to me. The photographer is O. E. Flaten who at the time of the photograph, had studios in Moorehead and Halstad, Minnesota; as well as in Gardner, North Dakota. Research reveals that Ole E. Flaten (1854 or 1865- 1933) was born in Vanders, Norway and emigrated to the United States. He worked as a photographer from the 1870’s through the 1920’s, retiring in 1930. This cabinet card portrait has minor edge and cornerwear and is in very good condition (see scans).

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WEDDING PORTRAIT : HANDSOME ELEGANT COUPLE : WHITE GLOVES : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome and elegant wedding couple. The bride has a lovely smile. The couple are well dressed. The bride is wearing a pretty hair ornament and one white glove. The groom is holding the second glove. This portrait postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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ATTRACTIVE YOUNG COUPLE IN MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

This image was photographed by J. M. Munson of Madison, South Dakota. The photograph was taken after 1889, the date of South Dakota Statehood. Photographs before 1889 would print the location as “Dakota Territory”. The couple in this image are an attractive pair. The woman subject is wearing a pretty dress, a ring, a collar pin and a bow in her hair.  The gentleman is well groomed and dressed    in a fancy suit. The photographer of this portrait is John M. Munson. He and his family appear in the U. S. Census of 1900. He was working as a photographer and living with his wife and daughter in Madison. He was 50 years old, his wife (Ada) was 41 years old, and his daughter Josephine was 6 years old. He and his wife had been married in 1882. The census indicated that Munson was born in 1849 in Ohio. A 1909 South Dakota business directory lists his Madison photography studio. The 1910 census confirms that he still worked as a proprietor of a photography business and lived with his family. The 1920 census finds Munson unemployed, or retired, and still living with his wife and daughter.   (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A SOMBER OLD COUPLE : CIVIL WAR VETERAN : 13TH IOWA INFANTRY

This photograph features an interesting looking older couple. The husband stands in the background with a sullen expression while the wife, appearing quite intense, stands in the forefront. One wonders if the positioning in this image reflects their respective roles in their relationship. Written notations on the reverse of this photograph reveals that the subjects in the image are “Barclay and Sarah George”. The photo is dated “1900”. No photographer or location is indicated but research quickly discovered that this couple resided in Tonganoxie, Kansas at the time this photograph was produced. The 1900 Federal census revealed that Barclay  was born in Indiana in 1839, making him 60 years old at the time of this photograph. He had one parent that was born in Virginia while the other hailed from North Carolina. Sarah George was born in 1846 in Indiana, making her 53 years old when this picture was taken. Her parents were native to North Carolina. The couple was married in 1863. The 1895 and Kansas census reported that the pair still lived in Tonganoxie on their farm and had two teenage children. The 1905 Kansas census also found them residing in Tonganoxie. Further research revealed that Barclay was a participant in the War Between the States. He served in the 13th Iowa Infantry (Company B). Sarah filed for Barclay’s civil war pension in 1898 stating that he had become an “invalid”. In 1923 she filed for his pension upon his death. She made the death claim while living in Texas. Barclay George (1839-1923) is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Pampa, Texas. An interesting side note concerns the origin of the name of “Tonganoxie”. “Tonganoxie” was the name of the chief of the Delaware tribe that occupied the area. The town was established in 1866. This vintage photo measures about 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and is in very good condition (see scans). 

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SMILING COUPLE POSE IN A FAUX GARDEN: WHY IS THIS WOMAN HOLDING A WHIP? (RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard (RPPC) features a smiling couple posing in a photographic studio’s faux garden.  Note the leaves affixed to the wall behind them. This couple seems very happy together but they apparently didn’t maintain their marital harmony because they ultimately got divorced. One hopes that the whip that the woman is holding had nothing to do with their marital discord. The woman’s name in this photograph is Grace McBurney. Her name is written on the reverse of the postcard, undoubtedly by one of her relatives. Research reveals that Grace R. McBurney (1893-1969) was born in Oregon and married at the age of 19 to William H. McBurney who worked as a “typewriter representative”, which I assume means he sold typewriters. The couple had at least five children: Virginia D.(born around 1914), Marguerite F. (1919-1999), Wilma (born around 1920), William (1923-1981), and Carl Morton (1928-2007). Perusal of US census data reveals that the couple were divorced sometime between 1930 and 1940. It appears that Grace lived her entire adult life in Portland, Oregon. She is buried in Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland. Preliminary research yielded little information about her husband. This photo postcard was produced by the Mazrograph Studio in Portland. Mazrograph was the process Calvert used to produce the photo postcards quickly. The studio’s stamp can be seen on the reverse of the postcard. The stamp also mentions that the photo production process took only ten minutes.The postcard paper was produced by Cyko sometime between 1906 and 1915. Charles E. (Cal) Calvert operated his studio at Sixth and Ankeny from 1906 through 1930. In 1907, with the opening of Council Crest Amusement Park, he operated a studio and postcard stand on it’s grounds. He also ran a studio at the Washington Street entrance to Portland’s City Park in 1910. Cal was known for his use of rustic props and for his creativity. One of his sets involved subjects appearing as if they were flying an airplane over the city of Portland. A postcard employing this setting is part of a collection at the Portland Art Museum. This RPPC was taken in a “10 Minute Photo Gallery”. The reverse of the card advertises “Cal Calvert, Postcard Man”.  As a side note, there was also a Calvert’s Studio across from Oregon City’s Southern Pacific Depot but it was run by Harry Calvert and his wife Alvilda. Harry was not related to Cal Calvert. Harry’s studio operated from 1915 through 1925. This vintage real photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A FRENCH INFANTRY OFFICER AND HIS PRETTY WIFE


This vintage real photo postcard features a lovely young couple. The husband is a French non-commissioned officer of the the 156th infantry regiment. The pin on his hat reveals his specific regiment. The soldiers pretty wife apparently likes ruffles. Her long sleeve dress is riddled with ruffles. I’m certainly no fashionista, but I think her dress is lovely as well as interesting. This postcard portrait is in excellent condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY AND FASHIONABLE GERMAN COUPLE

This vintage real photo postcard features a lovely well dressed couple. Perhaps this is a wedding photograph. The woman in this photo appears lovely and loving. The gentleman can best be described as intellectual and austere. This image was found in a collection of 1920’s German postcards. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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JUST ONE LOOK : HUSBAND EYES WIFE IN SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

This cabinet card portrait features a young man and woman posing for their portrait at the Stewart studio in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Presumably, the couple are husband and wife. This is an interesting and unusual photograph. Note the man’s facial expression as he stares at his wife. I have been struggling to find the precise words to interpret his countenance. The best way that I could describe his expression is “incredulous bemusement”. He is looking at his wife out of the corner of his eye and seems amazed. I see no intimacy between this marital pair. They appear entirely disconnected. The woman’s feathered hat is on the floor in front of the couple. Interestingly, the man’s hat is given better treatment than the woman’s hat. The woman is holding her husband’s hat and keeping it off the dirty ground. The idea that she has to be the keeper of her spouse’s hat seems a bit subservient. However, we have to remember that this photograph was taken over one hundred years ago and gender roles were far different that they “generally” are today. This cabinet card photograph is in good condition (see scans).

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