CLERGYMAN IN LUDLOW, VERMONT

Vermont. The man has an educated appearance emanating from his beard and pince-nez spectacles.Pince-nez are a style of spectacles that was popular in the nineteenth century. These glasses were not supported by ear pieces but instead, stayed on the wearer by pinching on the bridge of his or her nose.  The clergyman  is wearing a pin near his collar and part of the chain from his pocket watch is visible at the bottom of the image. The Photographic Journal of America (1890) mentions photographer, C. A. Moore of Ludlow, Vermont. He is likely the same Moore that created this image.  (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN : ANTIQUE EYEGLASSES : ARGENTINA : (1914)

This vintage real photo postcard a portrait of an attractive young woman. She is wearing a necklace as well as antique eyeglasses. Note that the glasses have no temples, reflective of the popular style in the early twentieth century. This photograph was taken in 1914, revealed by the inscription on the image.  (SOLD)

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ATTRACTIVE FAMILY : PRAGUE, CZECHOSLOVAKIA : PORTRAIT BY LANGHANS : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card features an attractive family posing for their portrait at the studio of J. F. Langhans in Prague, Czechlosvakia. Mother, father, and their two sons are all beautifully dressed. Father appears to be small of stature and looks quite austere with his hands folded across his chest and his stern facial expression. The children in this photograph seem significantly more relaxed than their parents. Take note of the style of father’s eye glasses. In regard to the photographer, Jan Langhans (1851-1926) is the best known figure in Czech photography and his gallery is still in existence. There is a wealth of information about Langhans online at the  “Langhans Archive”. The site provides biographical and historical information as well as the “Gallery of Personalities”. The gallery has photographs of many prominent Czech citizens as well as well known visitors to Czechoslovakia.. These portraits date from 1890 through 1948. The studio was founded by Jan Langhans, who was a food chemist by training but developed a passion for photography. He opened his first studio in 1876 and was the preeminent portrait photographer of the region. He opened a number of branch studios throughout Czechoslovakia. He photographed many celebrities and aristocrats. After World War I the gallery possessed over a million negatives. He gave the studio to his daughter Marie and her husband Viktor Meisner.  After World War II, his grandson Viktor Meisner took over the studio. In 1948, soon after the Communist take-over, the studio was nationalized and most of the negatives were destroyed. Fortunately, more negatives were discovered and they comprise the Gallery’s current collection. This cabinet card has corner wear. The photograph has excellent clarity and is in overall good condition (see scans).

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WOMAN WEARING A GYPSY COSTUME AND SHAKING A TAMBOURINE (CABINET CARD)

This cabinet card features a young woman dressed in a gypsy costume and waving a tambourine. Note her spectacles. The photographer and the studio’s location is unidentified. Close examination reveals slight scruffing on her dress just below her waist. (SOLD)

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GRANDMOTHER WITH GRANDCHILD : WIRE RIMS : CHICAGO : GREAT BACKDROP : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card portrait features a lovely older woman and an adorable toddler. This photograph appears to capture a grandmother and her smiling grandchild. Grandma is wearing a collar pin and wire rimmed glasses. Dare I say, granny glasses. The photographer of this image may have been S. W. Dillon, who was the Vice President of the Chicago Photographers Club, according to an article in The Photo Beacon (1897). Mr. Dillon used a wonderful backstamp with a drawing showing the “elegantly appointed” interior of his photo studio. SOLD

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WOMAN WITH A SENSE OF STYLE AND A VERY LARGE FEATHER HAT (RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features an older woman with a unique sense of style. Note her large feather hat, wire rimmed glasses, necktie, and long fur coat. The woman has a very sweet facial expression. The AZO stamp box indicates that this postcard dates back to sometime between 1904 and 1918, has excellent clarity, and is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

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A WOMAN WEARING GLASSES IN CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Alonzo Harlow is the photographer of this cabinet card image of a woman wearing glasses. Note that the eyeglasses are lacking temples (the part of the frame that rests on, or are hooked around, the wearer’s ears. This was the style of eyewear at the time that this photograph was taken. The woman is wearing a fur trimmed dress or jacket as well as a headband and earrings. This photograph was taken in Harlow’s Claremont studio. Alonzo Harlow is listed in the 1880 US census as being a native of Vermont and as living in Montpelier with his wife and a boarder. Alonzo (age 32) worked as a photographic artist. His wife Lucy (age 27) kept house, and the boarder, George Dale (age 23) also worked as a photographer. Alonzo was listed in the 1890 through 1892 Montpelier city directories as a photographer. The 1900 census found Harlow living in Boston, Massachusetts and working as a real estate clerk.  To view other photographs by Harlow, click on the category “Photographer: Harlow”. This cabinet card portrait has gold beveled edges and is in excellent condition (see scans). The use of of gold edges was most common between 1885 and 1892.

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A MOTHER AND HER TWO CHILDREN POSE IN FRONT OF A HOUSE AND ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILES

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family 3 snapshot 4 This vintage snapshot features a mother and her two young children posing in the front yard of a house. Note that mom is wearing a pair of glasses and that the boy is barefoot. The threesome are plainly dressed. The little boy looks like he is a “rough and tumble” kind of kid. Behind the family are two old automobiles and what appears to be a shed, or barn. Further behind the family, I believe there is a man bending down as if to pick up something up off the grass. This vintage photograph measures about 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and is in very good condition.

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AN EDUCATED MAN IN SARATOGA, NEW YORK

SARATOGA BEARD_0001The gentleman in this cabinet card portrait gives the appearance of an educated man. His long beard and wonderful spectacles contribute to his intellectual look. For an undisclosed reason, the previous owner of this photograph believed that the subject was a teacher at Smith College. The Record and Epler studio of Saratoga, New York, produced this image. View other photos by this studio by placing the word “Record” or “Epler” in the search box.  (SOLD)

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STUDIOUS YOUNG MAN AND HIS PINCE-NEZ GLASSES IN TOPEKA, KANSAS

This cabinet card portrait is particularly interesting because the young man in the photograph is wearing an interesting pair of glasses. The style of glasses that he is wearing is called “Pince-nez”. These glasses do not have earpieces but instead are supported by pinching the wearers nose. If the young man’s glasses had earpieces, it would look very similar to the glasses worn today. The gentleman in this photo is well coiffed. His handlebar mustache is perfect. He looks very studious. This cabinet card was produced by the Snyder studio in Topeka, Kansas. Charles J Snyder (1855-1925) was born of German parents in Kentucky. He married Laura Hooven Snyder in 1877. He is listed in the 1880 US Census as a photographer as well as in the 1921 Topeka Directory. Take note below of the verso of this cabinet card. If the reverse of a cabinet card can be beautiful, this backing is beautiful. It is also an unusual cabinet card verso design. It looks like the back of a playing card.  (SOLD)

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