PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE FAMILY IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

This vintage real photo postcard features a family portrait. The subjects are well dressed. Note the women’s large hats and the daughter’s pocketbook. The father in this photograph has a very intense expression. The former owner of this postcard believes that the photograph was taken on Easter. The subjects in this photograph are ancestors of the previous owner. This family portrait was taken by the Grand Post Card Studio in Los Angeles, California. The “PMO” stamp box indicates that the postcard was printed sometime between 1907 and 1915. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on September 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY TREE (AKA INITIAL TREE)

This vintage real photo postcard features a family visiting the “Initial Tree”. This family is not content to have a passive sight-seeing visit to the tree. Instead, this experiential family preferred to climb the tree and have their portrait taken. Three members of the family stand at the base of the tree while four others are perched on limbs or branches looking very much like human ornaments. The message on the postcard and the date on the postmark both disclose that the card was written and mailed in 1910. The postcard is from Aunt Dora to her niece, Tilly, in Portland, Oregon. The postmark discloses that the card was mailed from Nahcotta, Washington. The town is located on Willapa Bay, on the eastern coast of the Long Beach Peninsula. Nahcotta was settled in 1890 and named after an Indian chief. This real photo portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).  SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF A MOTHER AND HER ADULT SON IN IWAKI, JAPAN

This vintage photograph features a mother and her son. The son is wearing a western three-piece suit while his mom is dressed in a Japaese traditional kimono. Mom looks extremely serious or unhappy. The son in this photo appears to be in better spirits. Note his wire rim glasses. This photograph was taken by T. Nakashima who operated a photo studio in Iwaki, Japan. The city of Iwaki is located in Fukushima Prefecture. In terms of area, Iwaki is the tenth to largest city in Japan. This photograph was taken in the early 1920’s. The photo measures about 9″ x 6″ and is in good condition (see scans). There is an inscription on the reverse of the photograph that I can not translate.

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Published in: on July 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A ROCKABILLY FAMILY FROM THE 1800’S

This cabinet card portrait features a young husband and wife posing with their baby at a studio located in Willimantic, Connecticut. The father looks as if he may have been one of the originators of the rockabilly culture. The photographer of this image is Frank Gleason. He is listed in the 1898 Willimantic business directory as a photographer. This cabinet card has terrific clarity and is in excellent condition.

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Published in: on July 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY IN NORWAY, MAINE BY A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARING PHOTOGRAPHER

This cabinet card features a family portrait by the Swan & Stone gallery in Norway, Maine. The composition of this family seems to include an older couple and their adult daughter. The women are well dressed in black dresses and the gentleman is wearing a vested suit. The older woman is wearing a collar pin and has a newspaper or magazine on her lap. The younger woman has a ribbon on the upper part of her dress. The older man is wearing a pocket watch and chain. Perhaps this image is a mourning photograph. Research revealed some information about the photographers of this photo. To view additional photographs by Swan, place his name in this blog’s search box.  John Wesley Swan (1857-?) appears in the 1884 Portland, Maine city directory as a photographer. The 1900 US census reveals that Swan was Canadian born and lived in Norway with his wife (Annie) and their two daughters. Swan married his wife in 1883. According to Anthony’s Photographic Bulletin (1900), Swan’s studio was destroyed by fire and he lost a large number of valuable negatives of scenery in the area of Norway. The journal also states that the “loss was large and the insurance is said to be small”. Swan was the official photographer of the Grand Trunk Railway system. He won a gold medal at the Paris Exposition according to Photo-Era magazine (1900). At one point in his career in Norway, Swan had a partner in his business (Swan & Cobb). John Wesley Swan was involved in a bizarre incident that made the annals of the history of Norway. The book,  “A History of Norway, Maine: From the Earliest Settlement to the Close of the Year 1922”, tells a  mysterious story about Mr. Swan. While on a trip to Boston in 1893, Swan disappeared for a period of about six months. The writer states that Swan “claimed to have been sand-bagged and robbed in Boston and when he partially recovered consciousness found himself in New Orleans”. His memory had “left him” and he wandered around until his memory returned while he was in Texas. Swan returned to Norway and explained his disappearance to his friends and family, and community. According to the writer, many doubted the validity of his explanation. I found less information about photographer, George F. Stone (1856-1924). He is listed as a photographer in the 1910 and 1920 US census. Business directories list report that he was a photographer at least between 1915 and 1922, He was listed as a painter in the 1889 directory. This cabinet card is in excellent condition (see scans).

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Published in: on June 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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A PORTRAIT OF A FATHER AND HIS DAUGHTER

This vintage postcard features a portrait of a father and his teenage daughter. Both are wearing wide brimmed hats. The daughter’s hat is a straw hat. She is holding gloves. It has occurred to me that this photograph may actually be showing a husband and his very young wife. The nature of their actual relationship will remain a mystery. The “AZO” stamp box reveals that this postcard portrait was taken sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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PORTRAIT OF A LARGE NUCLEAR FAMILY

This vintage real photo postcard features a large family consisting of a mother, father, and five children. The two boys seen on the flanks, are very cute. The boy all the way on the left appears to be quite proud of his appearance in this image. He is wearing a suit and tie. The suit pants are actually shorts. His socks have a nice unusual pattern. His smiling brother, seen all the way to the right, is wearing a very realistic sailor outfit. The two older sisters are in a affectionate looking pose. One girl is resting her arm on the shoulder of her sister in a demonstration of affection. This real photo portrait is a nice image of parents and their brood. It is a bit unusual and nicer than the usual postcard family portrait due to the clan’s close-up pose. This postcard has an AZO stamp box that indicates the photograph was taken sometime between 1924 and 1949.

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PORTRAIT OF AN AUSTERE GENTLEMAN WITH A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE AND WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS

This vintage real photo postcard features a family posing for their portrait and a photographer’s studio. The backdrop in this photograph is quite detailed. All four family members are well dressed. The two daughters are wearing similar but not identical dresses. The father in this family seems quite severe. He is also fashionable and well coiffed. Note his handlebar mustache. The writing on the reverse of this postcard is in German and from the best I can tell, the writer is simply sending greetings to someone.

YOUNG MOM READS HER CHILD A BOOK IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This vintage photograph features a young mother reading a book to her child. The youngster is sitting on her lap and holding the book. A second book lies on the chair, in reserve, behind the mother.  The photograph was taken by the Koehne & Bretzman studio in Chicago, Illinois. William L. Koehne  (1869-1965) was a prominent portrait photographer in the windy city. One source reports that he was a photographer for the Chicago Tribune. Charles F. Bretzman was born in Germany in 1866 and emigrated to the United States at age 19. He settled in New York and found a photo studio job. He came to Chicago in 1894 and worked there six years until he moved to Indianapolis where he opened his own studio and worked as a staff photographer for three newspapers. Bretzman appears in the Indianapolis, Indiana city directory as a photographer in 1902. In 1911 he was at the first Indianapolis 500 auto race shooting the action. He was the first official photographer for the Indy.  The Indiana Historical Society displays some of his racing photographs online. His son, Charles Noble Bretzman joined him in the business in around 1925. Charles Bretzman’s portrait can be seen below.

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Charles Bretzman

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PORTRAIT OF A WEALTHY FAMILY: MOM IS QUITE BEJEWELED

This family portrait was taken at an unidentified studio. The family members are very well dressed and appear to be well-to-do. The mother in this photograph is very pretty. She is also quite bejeweled. Note her two necklaces (one with a locket), her collar pin, her watch (pinned to her dress), and her four rings. The little girl in this image is adorable. Be sure to notice her hair treatment. Are those wide ribbons in her hair? The child is wearing an interesting dress that resembles a Queen’s robe.  She is also wearing two bracelets, a necklace with a locket, and at least two rings. Perhaps the gentleman in this photograph is a jeweler. Lets hope so, for the sake of his finances.

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