THE “LIVINGSTON ROE” SAILS INTO CUBA’S HAVANA HARBOR (1950’s)

This vintage real photo postcard features a photograph of the “Livingston Roe” sailing into Cuba’s Havana Harbor. The postcard is labeled a “Souvenir of Cuba”. The card also serves as a Christmas and New Years card. The Livingston Roe was built by the G. M. Standifer Construction Corp. It was built in Vancouver, Washington.The ship was a tanker and it was launched in 1921. The ship was built for the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. After many years of service for the Standard Oil of New Jersey Company, the ship was acquired by Imperial Oil. The ship was broken up in 1949. This postcard photo of the Livingston Roe was taken by Illa. The EKC stamp box indicates that the card was published sometime between 1930 and 1950. The postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PAULETTE DEL BAYE : CUBAN : FRENCH ACTRESS, SINGER, DANCER, & VAUDEVILLE RISQUE

This vintage real photo postcard features actress Paulette Del Baye (1877-1945).This French actress, singer, dancer and vaudevillian was born in Cuba. In 1904 she performed in the production of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Moulin Rouge. She received excellent reviews. She performed on stage at least from 1906 through 1918. She also appeared in four silent films in 1921. One of these films was a Sherlock Holmes adventure. In 1909 she was accused of being involved in a plot to restore the French monarchy. This risque photo postcard was published by SIP as part of a series (no.1322). Miss Del Baye’s portrait was taken by esteemed celebrity photographer Paul Boyer. His studio was located in Paris, France. The card has minor edge and cornerwear and is in overall Good Condition (See Scans).

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ADORABLE CHILD : MATANZAS, CUBA : CABINET CARD

An adorable young child stands on a wicker chair, posing for their photo at the studio of C. Ruiz de Castro. The studio was located in Matanzas, Cuba. The child is wearing a necklace and feminine looking shoes which leads me to believe that the child is a girl. This scallop edged photograph is in fair condition (See Scans).  (SOLD)

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HAVANA, CUBA : NATIONAL HOTEL : SWIMMING POOL : BEACH : LINEN RPPC (1931-1950’s)

This vintage linen postcard features the National Hotel, located in Havana, Cuba. The National was considered to be Cuba’s preeminent hotels. The hotel opened in 1930. It was designed, financed and built by American firms. The architecture is a Spanish eclectic style. The hotel still operates today. This postcard is unposted. It is a “Colourpicture (Boston)” publication. The card was distributed by E. Ribas (Havana). This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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FRAMER : PUSHING CART OF MATERIAL AND TOOLS : HAVANA, CUBA : PRESS PHOTO (1988)

This vintage press photo features an older Cuban worker pushing his work cart down the street in Havana, Cuba. The cart seems to contain tools and materials. A translation site could only tell me that the man worked with frames in homes. I am hypothesizing that he is a framer. A stamp on the photo’s reverse indicates that the photograph was taken in 1988 and belonged to “Bohemia Fotografia”. It is likely that this image was used by “Revista Bohemia”; Cuba’s oldest general consumer magazine. This photograph measures about 4 3/4″ x 7 1/8″ and is in excellent condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG GIRL IN HER COMMUNION DRESS IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA

This cabinet card portrait features a pretty young girl celebrating her communion by being photographed by A. Alvarez at his studio in Santiago de Cuba. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city in Cuba and is located in the southeastern part of the island. The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in this area. The 1898 battle marked the defeat of Spain in the Spanish American War. This photograph was likely taken only a few years after this war ended. To view other vintage Cuban photographs, click on the cabinet card gallery category “Cuba”. This scalloped edged cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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VINTAGE PORTRAIT OF A DAPPER GENTLEMAN IN CIENFUEGO, CUBA

This vintage photograph features a dapper looking gentleman sitting for his portrait at the Otero studio in Cienfuego, Cuba. He has the appearance of a man of accomplishment and he gazes at the photographer with just the right degree of intensity that indicates that this is not his first rodeo. This man knows how to dress. Note his three piece suit, his straw hat, and highly shined shoes. Even his hair is perfect. This is a beautiful photo. The photographer’s work is commendable. This vintage photograph measures about 4″ x 6 1/2″ and has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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ISABELA DE SAGUA : THE VENICE OF CUBA (1910’S)

This vintage real photo postcard features a building in Isabela de Sagua, Cuba. The building is surrounded by water. One must walk across a dock in order to enter or exit the building. A sign on the building identifies it as “Aduana Sagua Grande”. The english translation reveals that the building is a customs house. Isabela de Sagua is a small town which was once one of Cuba’s major ports. Presently, it is a fishing enclave. The town is also referred to as Isabella and it possesses the nickname of “The Cuban Venice”. The village was founded in 1842. It is located in Cuba’s Villa Clara Province. In the 1800’s, Isabela was a very prosperous town. It was an import/export center and was very engaged in the sugar trade. At one point, there were over a hundred sugar plantations in the region. The village was famous for its stilted houses perched above the ocean. The poor economy and the pounding it experienced from multiple hurricanes, left few of these houses standing. The demise of the Cuban economy led to the demise of Isabela’s “glory days”. The “AZO” stamp box on this postcard indicates that it dates to sometime between 1910 and 1930. The photographer of this image is F. Carrandi. SOLD

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WOMAN FINDS DISILLUSIONMENT IN TRINIDAD, CUBA

This cabinet card portrait of a young to middle aged woman was taken at a photographic studio located in Trinidad, Cuba. She poses next to generic chair and in front of a poorly painted backdrop. She holds a small hand fan. The photographers name, according to a stamp on the reverse of the image, is Tomas Gil Gzalez. The street address of his studio was Calle De Desengano 73. Interestingly, “Desengano” translated to English means disillusionment or disenchantment. Most of us, at some time in our lives, have found our way to Disillusionment Street.  SOLD

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VEILED WOMAN IN HAVANA, CUBA

A woman wearing an ornate veil poses for her portrait at the studio of Ramon Carreras in Havana, Cuba. Hopefully a visitor to the cabinet card gallery can leave a comment about the subject’s attire. What does the woman’s clothing tell us about her? Research yielded little information about the photographer of this cabinet card. The Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (2007) states that the war between Cuba and Spain (1895-1898) was documented by a number of photographers including Carreras.  (SOLD)

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