YOUNG WOMAN IN WHITE IN READING, PENNSYLVANIA

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The previous owner of this cabinet card describes the subject of this cabinet card photograph as being a “young woman devoted to spinsterhood”. The woman is further described as having a “butter wouldn’t melt expression”. This bespectacled young lady is dressed in all-white and is holding a white parasol. Her hat has feathers and seems to be preparing for flight. The photographer of this image is J. S. Fritz. The cabinet card gallery has a large collection of his photographs and to view them and to learn more about Mr. Fritz, click on the category “Photographer: Fritz (JS)”.    SOLD                                                                                                                    

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CARTE de VISITE PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE BOY AND HIS ADORABLE LITTLE DOG IN NAPLES, ITALY

This carte de visite portrait features a very cute little boy and his cute little dog. The child has his arm affectionately wrapped around the dog. Both the boy and his dog are sitting on a bench. The child is very well dressed. He is wearing a terrific cap. Advertising on the reverse of the cdv indicates that the photograph was taken at the Arena studio in Napoli (Naples), Italy. This photo is in excellent condition (see scans).

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A YOUNG WINTERIZED ETHNIC WOMAN AND HER GIANT MUFF

This vintage real photo postcard features a young woman posing in her winter jacket and her fur stole. Her winterized clothing also includes a cute hat and a giant muff. The fur muff will certainly keep her hands warm. In fact, these muffs are so large that they could probably keep three of her friends hands warm too. The woman in this photo, in my opinion, appears to be black or mulatto. This postcard was photographed by the USA studios which was located in London and the Provinces. USA Studios  was a firm established in England during the Edwardian period. It was established in around 1907. The firms focus was portrait photography. The company was also known as the American Photographic Company. The firm was started by either photographer John Harry Woolfe (1880-1942) or by his parents, Henry Wolfe (1852-1927)  and Mrs Fanny Wolfe (1854-?). John Harry Wolfe”s younger brother, William Swift Woolfe (1893-?), also became a photographer. John Harry became a photographer in the early 1900’s and bought an established London studio in 1907. The studios were very successful during World War I. The studios were all managed by Wolfe family members until World War II. John Harry’s mother, Mrs Fanny Woolfe, was listed as the proprietor of some of the USA studios. A list of the company’s studios indicates that there were at different times, fourteen studios in London and it’s nearby towns. These studios operated between 1907 and 1919. There were thirteen studios in the provinces and they were in operation cumulatively between 1907 and 1969. This vintage postcard is in very good condition.

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A MOST ADORABLE YOUNG CHILD SITTING IN A BABY CARRIAGE

strawhat12020-06-08_082515This boy, or girl, is adorable. He/she looks at the camera with interest coupled with uncertainty. The child is holding something in his/her right hand. Is it a cookie? Is it a toy? The child’s outfit is cute. Overalls and a straw hat; perfect attire for playing outside. An inscription on the reverse of the photo reveals that this youngster is 16 months old. The inscription is written in French. This photograph measures about 3 3/8 ” x 2 1/2″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PEGGY RUSH : PORTRAIT OF A BRITISH AMERICAN CHIGAGOAN STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS

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This vintage real photo postcard features pretty stage and film actress Peggy Rush. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, in around 1898. Her parents relocated to England when she was just three months old. Miss Rush began her stage career playing in musical comedy choruses.  In 1915 she played such a role in New York. She was a member of the company that appeared in “Quinneys” at the Maxine Elliott theatre. The Green Book magazine (1916) reported that for for the first three seasons Rush appeared on stage, she was a chorus girl for the first year, and she was a leading lady for the final two seasons. A reviewer in “The Theatre” magazine described Rush as “fascinatingly girlish”. The New York Times (1916) reported her engagement to to the Honorable George St. John Brodrick, the eldest son of Viscount Middleton and heir to the peerage (definition – those holding title).  George St John Brodrick, 2nd Earl of Midleton (1888 –1979) was an English aristocrat, landowner and soldier. It was not unusual for actresses or chorus girls to meet and marry titled individuals. Some of these men were “stage door Johnnies”. A photograph by the Bassano studio (1923) can be found in Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. I also found a notice of Rush’s divorce from her titled husband. I uncovered a 1924 press photo of Peggy Rush. The caption of the image discloses that the Viscountess Dunsford (Formerly Peggy Rush) was suing her husband, the count, for divorce. He went on to marry two more actresses. Miss Rush had a sense of humor. She once said that she never knew whether to refer to herself as American or English. She quipped that she felt safest calling herself a Chicagoan. This photo postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no.A171-2).The card is “hand painted” and part of the “British Beauty” series. The postcard was written and postmarked in 1917. This real photo postcard is in very good condition.

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ATTRACTIVE YOUNG COUPLE IN NORWICH, NEW YORK : A POSSIBLE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

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This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed young man and young woman. Are they husband and wife or are they siblings. The pair look quite young to be married, but it certainly is possible that they are a wedded couple. The woman is wearing a cross and a collar pin. Her dress is very stylish. The young man is wearing a fashionable hat, a pocket watch, and has a handkerchief peeking out of his sport jacket’s top front pocket. He is holding a long stick. It is too thin to be a cane. Perhaps it is a crop used to control horses. I would appreciate some help from cabinet card gallery visitors to identify what exactly the gentleman is holding. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph identifies the subjects as “Emory and Effie in their younger days”. The note adds that at least, one of the pair, were married at age 20. I have difficulty resisting a challenge so I became determined to further identify this lovely couple. I am uncertain if I succeeded. Effie Mae Lafler (1875-1955) married Emory Grant Speers (1869-1964) in 1894. They were married in Canandaigua, New York. Effie was about 20 years old at the time of her marriage, which is consistent with the inscription. The pair had three children. Emory was a farmer. Before I could congratulate myself on a job well done, I realized that there was “a fly in the ointment”. Printed on the bottom of the reverse of the photo is the date 1884. If this is the date that the photograph was taken, Effie would have been nine years old. Clearly, she is much older than 9 in the photograph. However, the photo could have been made on old card stock, and that accounts for the date discrepancy. Although there is uncertainty about the identification of this couple, I was able to learn much about the photographer of this image.  The photographer of this cabinet card is Alston E. Hotchkiss ( c 1846-1907) of Norwich, New York. A. E. Hotchkiss came to Norwich in 1872 at the age of twenty-six. He ran the most popular photo gallery in town and it is reported that he took on the persona of an artistic and cultured gentleman. His wife played a major role in his running the studio and at one point, he employed at least twenty workers. At this point in time, the Cabinet Card Gallery has three other photos by this excellent photographer. This trimmed photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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BOARDWALK EMPIRE : PORTRAIT OF FIVE CLASSY CITIZENS FROM THE ELITE STUDIO ON THE BOARDWALK IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY

This vintage real photo postcard features five well dressed citizens being photographed by the Elite Studio, located on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The gents and ladies look like they wandered off the set of “Boardwalk Empire”. Note the hats worn by this gathering of older adults. The 1919 Boyd’s Atlantic City Directory reports that the Elite Studio was operated by photographers Erna Hoefle and Ferdinand U. Latimer. Erna is a female name. Women operating photo studios during this era was not very common. This postcard has an Artura stamp box which indicates that the card was published sometime between 1908 and 1924. This vintage postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY AND FASHIONABLE YOUNG WOMAN (1911 RPPC)

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2020-04-18_104738 cameo 2This vintage postcard features a portrait of a beautiful young woman. She is very well dressed and wearing a flower in her hair as well as on her collar. Note her fancy hat. The postcard is color tinted. This postcard was published by EPR as part of a series (no.327). The card has a French stamp and is dated 1911. The message on the postcard is roughly sending “our best regards.  (SOLD)2020-04-18_104913 cameo 4

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ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL DRESSED FOR WINTER

 

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This snapshot photograph features an adorable little girl dressed in warm winter clothing. Enough said. The photo measures  3 3/8″ x 5″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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SIX FASHIONISTAS AND THEIR HATS

“There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear”. These Buffalo Springfield lyrics describes my reaction to the image presented by this vintage real photo postcard. Was this photo taken to showcase attire from a fashion company? Are these women related or are they members of some sort of organization? The answers to these questions are lost to history. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).                                                                   

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