PORTRAIT OF TWO CATALAN DANCERS IN ROUSSILLON, FRANCE

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foreign dancers 1This vintage ethnological postcard features two Catalan dancers. They are wearing their traditional clothing and holding tambourines. The photograph was taken in Roussillon, a community in Southeastern France. Wikipedia reports that the Catalans are an Iberian/European ethnic group of Mediterranean and Pyrenean descent. The postcard is published by Labouche Freres which was located in Toulouse, France. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PARTIALLY CLAD YOUNG MOORISH WOMAN

morroco A young Moorish woman is the subject of this vintage ethnographic photogravure postcard. The Moors were Muslim people of the mixed Berber and Arabs inhabiting Northwest Africa. This postcard is from circa (1900-1909). It is from a series, “Scenes et Types (no. 1004)”. This postcard is in very good condition.

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BABY ELEPHANT AND FRIENDS IN THE COLONIAL GARDENS OF LAMBORENE, GABON

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This vintage real photo postcard features two men and a baby elephant at the Colonial Gardens in Lambarene, a town in western Gabon. The town is known for being the home of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. The health facility was built by a German doctor in the early twentieth century to treat victims of rare tropical diseases. Gabon was colonized by France, and became part of French Equatorial Africa in Seine-et-Marne (France) in 1905. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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A TOPLESS TATOOED WOMAN AND HER TAMBOURINE IN MOROCCO

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moroccp 1 A pretty young topless woman sits in deep thought. She is holding a tambourine. Her facial tatoos, headdress and jewelry reflect her Moroccan culture. Some viewers of this postcard believe that the woman is a prostitute. It is likely that these observers are correct. Her nudity and the popularity in Europe of photo portraits of prostitutes in less developed countries, provides supporting evidence that she is indeed a sex worker.  This is an ethnographic postcard. Buying or sending a risque photo postcards was more acceptable if the card provided a look at a people from different cultures. This postcard is part of a series (no. 92). The photo was taken by Marcelin Flandrin (1889-1957). Flandrin moved to Morocco in 1901 and volunteered for the military in 1912. He served as an Army photographer. Around this time, Morocco came under French rule. He corroborated with the French government and tourist boards. He was very involved with the French Protectorate government. Flandrin was criticized by some Moroccans for reinforcing “Orientalist” stereotypes . During the Rif War (Spain vs. Berber tribes), he published a number of reports. During World War I he served in the Air Force as an air observer, taking aerial photos of fighting. After the war he moved to Casablanca and went to work taking many photographs between 1921 and 1930. He published many photo books about Morocco. Flandrin was also an important postcard publisher in Morocco. The Cabinet Card Gallery blog includes another postcard by Flandrin. This photo postcard captures a group of prostitutes in Casablanca (Morocco). You can view this postcard by placing the name “Flandrin” in the search box. The postcard above, is in  very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A “HINDU GIRL” IN TRINIDAD

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This vintage photo postcard features a “Hindu Girl” posing against a wooden fence on the island of Trinidad. The jungle can be seen in the background. One might ask, “What is a Hindu Girl doing in Trinidad?” The island of Trinidad is about seven miles off the coast of Venezuela. It is associated with the island of Tobago. Research revealed that the island of Trinidad is ethnically and religiously diverse. It is sometimes known as the “Rainbow Island”. Currently, over 18 percent of the population are Hindus. The Hindu religion is the second most prevalent religion in Trinidad. Hindus arrived in Trinidad in 1845. They came to Trinidad when the British government gave permission to the colonists on the island to import indentured labor from India to work on the island’s estates. During the second half of the 1800’s Trinidad’s population growth came primarily from Indian laborers. In 1871, there were over 27,000 Indians on the two islands. By 1911, the Indian population on the islands was nearly 111,00. This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition. It is an “undivided” postcard revealing that it was likely published before 1907.

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A GROUP OF PROSTITUTES IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

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prostitutes 1 This vintage real photo postcard features a group of six prostitutes posing for their portrait in Casablanca, Morocco. They are gathered around a table. Atop the table is a tray of glasses and what looks to be, a silver tea pot. The women are likely waiting to be selected by the next visitor to their brothel. The caption below the photograph roughly translates from French to “Morocco- The neighborhood reserve of Casablanca- an original tea”. The photographer of this photo is Marcelin Flandrin (1889-1957). Flandrin moved to Morocco in 1901 and volunteered for the military in 1912. He served as an Army photographer. Around this time, Morocco came under French rule. He corroborated with the French government and tourist boards. He was very involved with the French Protectorate government. Flandrin was criticized by some Moroccans for reinforcing “Orientalist” stereotypes . During the Rif War (Spain vs. Berber tribes), he published a number of reports. During World War I he served in the Air Force as an air observer, taking aerial photos of fighting. After the war he moved to Casablanca and went to work taking many photographs between 1921 and 1930. He published many photo books about Morocco. Flandrin was also an important postcard publisher in Morocco.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO PRETTY GEISHAS STANDING IN A GARDEN

This vintage real photo postcard features two pretty geisha women standing in a garden. The women’s portrait provides an excellent view of their traditional clothing. The postcard is color tinted and made in Japan. The postcard is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY VIETNAMESE WOMAN WEARING A GIANT HAT IN HAIPHONG (PHOTO BY DIEULEFILS)

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty Vietnamese woman wearing an extremely large hat. She is dressed in the custom of her country and her era. The text on the postcard indicates that she was photographed in Haiphong, a major port city in northeastern Vietnam. The postcard was published by P. Dieulefils of Hanoi, Vietnam. Pierre Dieulefils was the first established professional photographer in Hanoi. In addition, he was a postcard editor and explorer. He had an excellent reputation as a photographer throughout Europe and Indochina. He won many medals at Universal Exhibitions. It is estimated that he produced approximately five thousand photos and postcards and he is considered one of the greatest photographers of the region. His photographic expeditions included such locales as Vietnam, China, and Cambodia. The Cabinet Card Gallery has a nice collection of early Vietnam  (Tonkin) postcards that can be viewed by putting the word “Vietnam” in the blog’s search box. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A FALCONER AND HIS FALCON IN COLONIAL ALGERIA

This vintage real photo postcard features a falconer, in native garb, and his falcon. The art of falconry may date back to the time of Mesopotamia (2000 BC). Falconry involves hunting wild animals using a trained bird of prey. Commonly used birds of prey are Red-tailed and Harris hawks, as well as Peregrine falcons. This postcard was published by Jomone which was a large colonial era photographic studio. The photographer of this image worked for OFALAC (communication office and press agency of the General Government of Algeria). The office was established at the time of the centenary of Algeria in 1930. This postcard is part of a series entitled “Scenes Et Types (no, 54)”. The photograph was taken in “Alger” which is a former colonial French province that existed between 1848 and 1962.

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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IN BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (BY FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER ROLAND REED)

 

This vintage photograph features a smartly dressed pretty woman with her adorable young daughter. The little girl’s expression is absolutely priceless. The photograph was taken by the Reed studio in Bemidji, Minnesota. Bemidji is a Ojibwe (Chippewa) word that means “a lake with crossing waters”. The town was chartered and organized in 1896. The town has been called the “curling capital” of the United States. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph has the name “Mary Keining”. This is probably the name of the mother in this portrait. The photographer of this photograph was a well known American artist and photographer named Roland (Royal Jr.) W. Reed (1864-1934). He was part of an early 20th century group of photographers of Native Americans known as pictorialists. The pictorialist movement was influenced by the 19th century art movement of Impressionism. The pictorialists emphasized lighting and focus. They tried to recreate images as they may have been rather than as it was. A group of pictorialists took photographs of Native Americans and Native American life as it was before the damage wrought on the culture by reservations. Roland Reed was born in Wisconsin. He grew up with a strong caring interest in Native Americans and a desire for adventure. His first job when he left home was working in a Minnesota sawmill. In 1885 he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad and became familiar with the Plains Indians. He soon returned to Minnesota and used it as a home base for five years of exploration and adventure which included traveling to Tennessee, Arkansas, New Mexico, and finally Montana in 1890. He worked for the Great Northern Railway and utilized his artistic talent doing portrait sketches of Piegan and Blackfeet Indians as well doing landscape sketches and paintings. In 1893 he apprenticed with photographer Daniel Dutro in Havre, Montana. The pair eventually became partners in a studio and they also sold Native American photographs to the Great Northern Railway. For a short duration in 1897, Reed worked for the Associated Press in Alaska photographing the Klondike Gold Rush. He returned to Havre but in 1899 he opened a photo studio in Ortonville, Minnesota. He quickly developed a reputation for being an outstanding photographer of local landscapes and children. His business grew and he opened another studio in Bemidji. He frequently would leave his Bemidji studio to go photograph the Ojibwe Indians on nearby reservation. In 1907, he sold both of his studios and went to live near the Ojibwe Red Lake Reservation so he could focus on his work documenting Native Americans. He pursued this interest full time for two years. In 1909, Reed returned to Montana and opened a studio in Kalispell (the town near the western entrance of today’s Glacier National Park. He operated the studio there and also sold copies of his Native American photographs and Native American arts and crafts. While in Kalispell he spent six years on a major project of ph0tographing the Plains Indians, including the Blackfeet, Piegan, Boood, Flathead and Cheyenne. While in Montana he became part of the state’s community of artists. Included was western artist Charlie Russell. In 1913, Reed spent several months photographing the Navajo and Hopi in Arizona. That same year, Reed opened a branch of his photography studio in San Diego, California. After just a few years, he retired to Ortonville, Minnesota.  It didn’t take too long for wanderlust to set in. In 1916 he built a cabin near Cable, Wisconsin where he spent half his time between there and Ortonville. In 1920 he relocated to Denver, Colorado, where he opened a new studio and remained in business for seven years. In 1930 he retired again, this time to San Diego. During this time he worked on a book of his photographs titled “Reed’s Photographic Art Studies of the North American Indian”. While visiting Colorado Springs in 1934 he was killed in an accident. Reed’s work photographing Native Americans were funded by himself. He had little interest in having his photography utilized for advertising. He is known to have turned down an offer of fifteen thousand dollars for 200 negatives in order to ensure they would not be used commercially. In 1950, National Geographic Magazine licensed the rights to approximately forty of his photographs. A portrait of Roland Reed can be seen directly below. (SOLD)