YOUNG COUPLE POSING IN A FIELD

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This vintage photograph features a young couple posing for their photograph in a farm field. A tall wooden wagon is directly behind the pair. It is likely that the wagon was used to collect the crop and bring it to storage or market. The image was photographed by Foxco in the 1940’s. It was found with several photographs taken in San Antonio. The company has an interesting history.  The Fox Photo Studio was opened by Arthur C. Fox in 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. After being bought by another company, it became the largest Kodak finishing firm. Ultimately, the company grew to 12,000 dealers nationwide. The photo is printed on paper thinner than stock used for cdvs or cabinet cards. The photograph measures about 3″ x 2 1/8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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EXTENDED FAMILY POSES ON A DIRT ROAD NEAR SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (NOTE THE TWO VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES)

This vintage photograph features a group photo of what is likely an extended family. The two cars ferried six adults and three children to this rural spot for their portrait. The group is standing on a dirt road and posing in front of an agricultural field. One of the men in the photograph is wearing a military uniform. Perhaps he is home on leave. The image was photographed by Foxco in 1944. The company has an interesting history.  The Fox Photo Studio was opened by Arthur C. Fox in 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. Fox sold the studio for seven hundred dollars to Carl D. Newton in 1909. Newton was a clever entrepreneur. One of his gimmicks was to offer a free camera to anyone buying three rolls of film and prepaying developing and printing fees. His successor to the business was Carl D Newton II.  By the mid 1930’s Fox advertised itself as the world’s largest Kodak finishers. Their processing plant was in operation around the clock. The company expanded and opened facilities in Dallas, Houston, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The company grew and grew and ultimately reached 12,000 dealers nationwide. In 1986, the company was sold to Kodak. Carl D Newton III kept the retail division of the business, calling it Fox Photo. Later, the business changed hands a number of times until it faded into history.  This photo was taken somewhere near San Antonio. The photo is printed on paper thinner than stock used for cdvs or cabinet cards. The photograph measures about 3″ x 2 1/4″ and is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF FOUR MEN MAKING HAY AND LOADING IT ON THEIR HORSE DRAWN WAGON

This vintage real photo postcard features four hard working men gathering hay and loading their horse drawn wagon. The wagon is chock full of hay. It is hard to imagine that the wagon can fit much more hay. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the card was published sometime between 1904 and 1918. This occupational postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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THE CORNHUSKERS: EASTERN EUROPEAN FAMILY HUSKS CORN TOGETHER (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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When I hear the word Cornhuskers I immediately think of the University of Nebraska’s football team. This vintage photo postcard features “real world” cornhuskers. This photograph captures a family husking corn together. They appear to be hard at work judging by their serious expressions. No one is excluded from the work. The huskers include a young boy and an older man. The postcard appears to be from the 1920’s and of Eastern European origin.

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PORTRAIT OF A FARM FAMILY (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard portrait features a farm family posing for their portrait in a field. An examination of the faces of this extended family displays the feeling of hard work and determination. The expression of the farmer holding his scythe truly captures the grit of a man facing lots of responsibility and pressure. Note that two of the girls in this family appear to be identical twins. This photo postcard is printed on AZO paper which was issued sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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A FARMER AND HIS FAMILY IN A FIELD (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTARD)

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A farmer stands in his field with his wife and two young children. They seem to be “salt of the earth” type people and are likely living a hardscrabble life. The farmer is wearing overalls and holding a tool. His horse and plow and the family dog  are also in the photograph. This image is an unused real photo postcard. The identity of this farm family and the location of their farm are unknown.

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EMOTIONAL PORTRAIT OF A POOR SHARE CROPPER FAMILY IN ALABAMA

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Once again I could not resist putting a non cabinet card photograph in the Cabinet Card Gallery. I will use the same excuse I always use. This photograph is truly special and I want to share it with the gallery’s visitors and followers. This vintage real photo postcard captures a young family sitting in a field. Capture is definitely the right word. The photographer did an exceptional job of capturing the emotional state of the family members. The mother and father in this image are both quite attractive despite being dressed in their work clothing. Many photographic subjects of this era dressed in their finest clothing when being photographed. There is an implication that this family is a poor family. The words “tenant farmer”and “share cropper” come to mind. Both husband and wife look intensely worried. The wife also looks quite determined. Are they worried about a failed crop? Are they worried about the bank foreclosing on their farm? The older child in this photograph is adorable despite the fact that she is eyeing the photographer with a great deal of suspicion. This postcard was produced by CYKO sometime between 1904 and the 1920’s. The postcard is in good condition (see scan). The postcard was found in Bessemer,Alabama which is about 18 miles southwest of Birmingham. If the photograph was taken in the area of Bessemer, it is interesting to note that truck farming was one of the occupations associated with that town around the time that this postcard portrait was taken.

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PORTRAIT OF HARLEY PLACE: FARMER AND WEARY RESIDENT OF GLOCESTER, RHODE ISLAND

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This vintage photograph features a portrait of a fine looking elderly man named Harley Place (1825-1913). His name appears in a number of state and federal census reports. The 1870 US census indicates that he and his wife Amanda E. Place were living with ten of their children in Glocester, Rhode Island. The 1880 US census indicates that Harley was a farmer. It appears that he lived all or most of his life in Glocester. He is also buried there. His grave is located in Acotes Hill Cemetery in Glocester. The photographer of this image is unidentified. An inscription on the reverse of the image states “Harley Place. Dad’s grandfather. This is the one big picture was made from.”. In this image Harley has the appearance of a wise but weary man. His clasped hands may indicate some tension or impatience. He is wearing work clothing with terrific looking suspenders. Visitors to the cabinet card gallery will notice that this image also appears in the previous blog entry. The previous blog entry was actually blogged in May of 2014 but I moved it so it would follow this entry. I believe that the biographical information in that entry actually belongs to Harley Place’s son who was also named Harley Place. The image is likely not Harley Place, the son; but Harley Place, the father. I am leaving the incorrect information as an illustration of how difficult this type of research can be and to remind me and others to be very careful in our investigative work.

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HARLEY S. PLACE: PORTRAIT OF AN ELDERLY FARMER IN KILLINGLY, CONNECTICUT

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An unidentified photographer produced this wonderful photograph of a stern looking elderly man. Fortunately, the subject of this portrait is identified.  The reverse of the photograph has an inscription (see image below) indicating that the subject’s name is “Harley Place”. Harley Place is wearing clothing that indicates that he was a working man. He is wearing overalls and what appears to be a work shirt. Note his large hands. Those big mitts must have come in handy in his work as a farmer. Harley Smith Place was born in Rhode Island in 1856. He was married to Adreanna Place (1866-1933). She was eleven years his junior. The couple had five children; Walter, Cora, Everett, Reuben, and Jennie. The 1910 US census listed him as a farmer in Killingly, Connecticut. The 1920 census found he and his wife living with a niece and nephew in Killingly and still listing his occupation as farmer. The 1930 census reported Harley and Adreanna continuing to reside with their niece and nephew in Killingly. Harley Place died in 1940 and is buried in Glocester, Rhode Island. His gravestone can be seen below.

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ADORABLE FARMER BOY IN MANISTEE, MICHIGAN

This Cabinet Card features an adorable little farmer boy wearing a straw hat. He is posed as to appear like he is climbing over a wooden fence between two vine covered walls. The photographer is the Miller Gallery of Manistee, Michigan.

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