PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG FAMILY IN MIFFLINBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

Young parents pose with their two children at the James Haus studio in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. Dad is wearing a three piece suit with a bow tie. Mom is wearing a dress with many buttons and a collar pin. Both Dad and Mom are wearing very serious expressions like so many photographer subjects did during the cabinet card era. Dad has a bushy mustache and Mom has wavy or curly hair. She holds her baby securely on her lap. The older child is making sure he is standing close to his father and has his hand resting lightly on father’s leg. The photographer of this portrait is James Haus. He appears in both the 1870 and 1880 US census as a photographer. He was born in 1842 and married to Mary Haus. The 1880 census indicates that the couple had two children. Haus served as a private in the civil war and he served as a musician. Part of his service was with the Fifth Pennsylvania Infantry. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans). Note the butterfly design on the reverse of the photograph. 

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PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY OF FOUR IN TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA

This cabinet card features a lovely portrait of a well dressed family of four. Note the father’s neckwear. Is he wearing a bow tie or is it an ascot-like accessory. As per usual for this era, the father is sitting and the mother is standing. I wonder if the reason for this popular pose is that husbands tended to be taller than their wives and that taller people added undesirable empty space at the top of images. This photograph was taken at the studio of Eppert & Son. The business was located in Terre Haute, Indiana. Charles Eppert was born in Indiana in 1836. He was one of eleven children. At the age of 21, Charles was working in a grist mill. Sometime around 1859, he moved to Terre Haute. He learned photography there and established his studio in 1860 at 111 Wabash Street. In 1862, Charles married Mary C. Badgely (1840-1931). The couple had two children. Mary joined Charles in the photography business which is illustrated by the 1870 US census which lists both Charles and Mary as photographers. The 1880 census indicates that the couple’s son, George, went to work as an apprentice in the family studio.. Sometime in the 1880’s, George joined his father to form Eppert and Son, the studio that produced this cabinet card photograph. The 1920 census reveals that Charles, despite being in his eighties, was still working as a photographer. He died in 1923. In researching Charles, I found a web site (Indiana Album) that featured a beautiful photograph of an eclipse that Charles had taken. This family portrait cabinet card has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans). SOLD


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YOUNG COUPLE AND THEIR LITTLE GIRL IN DERBY, CONNECTICUT

An attractive young couple and their little girl pose for their portrait at the Morse studio in Derby, Connecticut. The little girl in this photograph is absolutely adorable and her smile is priceless. Her love for her mother is quite evident. The mother in this photograph is wearing a pretty dress and seems to be enjoying her intimate moment with her child. The photographer of this image, Thomas N. Morse, did an excellent job of capturing the joy that this family appears to have experienced while having their portrait taken. This vintage photograph measures about 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF THREE SERIOUS SIBLINGS : ONE SIBLING HAS VERY LONG HAIR

This cabinet card portrait features what appears to be three siblings. The older two sibs are obviously young woman and the youngest is likely a girl because she is wearing a necklace.. Their identities are unknown as is the photographer and the location of the studio. The threesome are well dressed and displaying serious expressions. The two oldest girls are wearing crosses. Note the long hair worn draped over the shoulder of the sister in the far right of the photograph. This cabinet card has been trimmed to fit into a frame. It is in good condition (see scans).

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SPARTAN FAMILY DRINKS TOO MUCH RED BULL IN ILLINOIS

J. Granger’s studio, located in Sparta, Illinois,  produced this cabinet card portrait of the Brown family. The wide-eyed Brown’s give the appearance of a family that are  overdosing on “Red Bull” or some other mega dosed caffeine drink. The Brown’s first names are written on the reverse of the photograph but only half of the names are legible. The United States Census provided assistance in learning more about the Brown clan. The 1900 census reveals that Sylvester W.  Brown (1857-?) was a 42 year-old man living in the town of Central, Illinois. He was a farmer and married to Lydia Brown, three years before the census (1897). The census reports that Sylvester Brown lived with his wife Lydia (age 37), his daughter Hazel (age 12) and son Olin (age 4). It is not likely that Lydia is the mother of  Hazel and Olin. That would only be possible if she was not married to Sylvester at the time of the children’s births and only married him later. A more likely scenario is that the mother of these children had died and Sylvester was a single father when he married Lydia. This theory is supported by the fact that   Sylvester and the children’s names written on the reverse of the image are very legible  but the older woman’s name is illegible and the name is clearly not “Lydia”. My best guess is that the woman standing next to Sylvester is either his first wife or an elder daughter. More research is required to clarify the family structure and history. The 1920 census indicates that little Olin became a soldier and pilot. The census states that he was sergeant/radio operator stationed in Pasadena, California. The 1930 census reveals that Olin became an “Air Pilot” in the US Army. Olin was then living in Belleville, Illinois with his wife, Fern. Olin was mentioned in an article appearing in Aerial Age Weekly (1922). The story is about the Army testing the Airship T-C-1 and Olin’s role as a “Motor Specialist”. The T-C-1 was a hydrogen inflated blimp. In 1923 the T-C-1 caught fire and was destroyed. No biographical information could be located about photographer J. Granger. This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans). Note the 3 small numbers, printed in ink, on the border of the mount.

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PORTRAIT OF A FATHER, TWO YOUNG SONS, AND A HOOP TOY IN DUSSELDORF, GERMANY

This cabinet card captures a well dressed father and his two sons posing for their portrait at the Elite studio in Dusseldorf, Germany. The father is wearing a three piece suit with a tie and a pocket watch. The older child is holding a hoop toy. Both boys are wearing naval caps with lettering spelling out “Kaiserliche Marine”. The “Kaiserliche Marine” was the name of the German Empire’s Navy. It existed between 1871 and 1919. Kaiser Wilhelm II expanded and improved the navy, as well as, broadened it’s mission. The German navy became a very powerful force, second only to Britain’s Royal Navy. This fantastic family portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A BULGARIAN FAMILY (FATHER IS WEARING A MILITARY UNIFORM)

This cabinet card portrait features a Bulgarian family. The seated man and woman may be the parents of the three individuals behind them. It is also possible that the five subjects in the photograph are siblings. The man in the image is wearing a military uniform. The previous owner of this image asserted that his uniform indicates that he holds the rank of sergeant. The little boy in the image is also wearing a uniform. It may be a school uniform or possibly he is dressing in this manner in order to imitate his older brother or father. The females in this image are wearing traditional clothing. Some words are penciled on the reverse of the photograph but I do not know their translated meaning. The cabinet card gallery has several Bulgarian photographs and they are quite interesting. To view these images, click on the category “Bulgaria”. This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF FOUR ADORABLE SIBLINGS

This vintage real photo postcard features four siblings posing for their portrait. Each child is cuter than the other. Note the boy’s neatly combed hair and bow tie. The girl sitting on the chair appears to be the only one having a good time at the photographer’s studio. She is showing a hint of a smile. This postcard’s stamp box indicates that the card was published by Crown Studios sometime between 1913 and 1929.   (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF TWO LOVELY SCHOOL GIRLS IN UNIFORM

This vintage real photo features two lovely girls wearing their school uniforms. It is likely that they are sisters. The patch on their jackets probably reveals where they attended school. This photo was taken at the Van Ralty Limited Studios. The company operated photo studios in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Oldham, and Bolton, England. Research uncovered one article that reported that the Van Ralty enterprise was in business between 1911 and 1933, It is unclear if the writer was referring to one of the individual studios or referring to the entire operation. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).   SOLD

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THREE SIBLINGS POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT : YOUNGEST IN THE GROUP IS NOT HAVING A GOOD TIME

This vintage real photo postcard features three siblings posed for their family photograph. The children are well dressed. The standing sister seems relatively relaxed about being photographed. Perhaps she has been through the process before. Her little brother is less accepting of the situation. He is frowning, as if to say, “you can make me get photographed, but you can’t make me smile”. He has his arm resting on big sister’s shoulder more for security than balance. Seated sister seems to be neutral judging by her flat affect. The “Noko” stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the postcard paper was produced sometime between 1907 and 1929. The postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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