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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A MAN AND A STOOL IN OOSTMALLE, BELGIUM

A nicely dressed man poses next to a stool in this vintage real photo postcard. His hat is “strategically dipped” and his the large chain of his pocket watch is very prominent on the lapel of his coat.  The gentleman’s photograph was taken by the Peeraer-Janssen studio which was located in Oostmalle, Belgium. The photographer’s stamp is on the reverse of the card. This postcard portrait is in good condition.

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Published in: on February 22, 2020 at 1:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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LITTLE FOXES : A LOVELY COUPLE AND TWO YOUNG FOXES (SNAPSHOT)

This vintage snapshot is highly unusual. A couple poses with two cute young foxes. The gentleman in the photo is holding the two fox pups on his lap. The woman is wearing pants and sitting on the automobiles side board. The old car is a nice backdrop, Note the man’s cool cap. This photograph measures about 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ and is in excellent condition.

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SEDATE MOM POSES WITH HER POSSESSED DAUGHTER

This vintage real photo postcard features a mother and daughter and a bench. Mom is sitting on and the little girl is standing on the bench. The child is directing an eerie stare at the photographer. Note 1) the child’s cute socks, 2) mom’s hat hanging on the armrest of the bench, and 3) the small pail on the bench in front of the little girl (there are roosters painted on the pail). I believe that this postcard is Hungarian based on a “google translate” search of the word “Kapta” which appears on the reverse of the card. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on January 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  

FATHER AND DAUGHTER ACT : PHOTOGRAPH BY NAPOLEON SARONY

Unfortunately, I can’t figure it out. Is this a photograph of a father and daughter or are the pair performers of the New York stage? The man looks dapper in his suit, top hat, and cane. The young girl is adorable and well dressed. Be sure to note her shoes/boots. The gentleman is very photogenic and certainly has the appearance of an actor. The photographer of this “enigmatic” portrait is Napoleon Sarony, the well known and highly respected celebrity photographer. Sarony photographed a large number of the actors and actresses appearing in New York theater. He was an eccentric man but very talented.  A faded inscription on the reverse of the photo indicates that the photograph was taken in 1879.   (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN WEARING A BLACK AND WHITE FEATHERED HAT (FORT WAYNE, INDIANA)

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fort wayne 1A pretty woman poses for her portrait at the New Hamilton Art Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She looks quite fashionable in her dark dress and wonderful hat. The feathers on the hat are neatly divided into halves of black and white. She is wearing a necklace and is leaning on a high backed chair. She looks very pensive. Advertising on the reverse of the photograph reveals that the studio was located on the corner of Calhoun and Columbia Streets. In addition, the advertising lists the cost of cabinet cards as being 2 dollars per dozen. As an added marketing technique, the studio would do a free 25 dollar oil portrait for one of every thirty customers. Apparently the photographer who operated this studio was a creative marketer as well as a creative photographer. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN OWEGO, NEW YORK

This cabinet card portrait features a pretty young woman wearing an interesting hat. I believe that it is a fur hat. Feathers on the hat as well as its shape make it quite stylish. The woman appears to be in her teenage years. The photographer of this photograph is the Allen Studio in Owego, New York. The town of Owego is located in south central New York. It is on the Susquehanna River. It is about 23 miles from Binghamton, New York. This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on December 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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FIVE PRETTY YOUNG WOMEN WEARING UNUSUAL PAPER HATS

Postcard collectors sometimes encounter photo postcards that heighten curiosity but defy explanation. This vintage real photo postcard is a perfect example of such a card. The image is comprised of five pretty young women wearing unusual hats. Perhaps I should say “bizarre” rather than “unusual”. I believe their hats are made of paper, although they are designed to look like feathers. Two of the hats have a design that includes a crescent moon. If I was asked to judge this photo, I would give the “Creativity Award” to the woman wearing paper earrings. Why are the women wearing these hats. Perhaps they are performers in a show? Another theory is that they may be dressed for a party or for a carnival. What’s your guess? The studio that took this photograph was named “La Photo Mecanique” (The Mechanical Photo). I believe, with great uncertainty, that the studio was located in St. Martin, France. It is also my belief that this postcard was published between 1913 and 1929,  given that it has a Crown Studio stamp box.   (SOLD)

 

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A FASCINATING HAT : PHOTOGRAPHED BY REGI RELANG

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman wearing an eye catching hat. This photo is part of a series entitled “Fascinating Hats”. The photographer of this beautiful photograph is Regina Relang (1906-1989). She was an outstanding German fashion photographer. She was from a talented artistic family. Her father was the artist, Paul Lang-Kurz, an art professor at the Art Academy in Stuttgart. Her mother was a noted craftswoman, and one of her sisters was a photographer, while the other sister founded the jewelery workshop, Langani.  Regina studied art in Stuttgart and Berlin. She graduated as an art teacher in 1932. She continued her studies with French painter Amedee Ozenfant. Regina taught herself photography. Between 1932 and 1939, she travelled through out Europe. She published photographic reports of her travels in 1936. Her fashion photographs appeared in French, English, and American magazines. These publications included Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. After the end of World War II, Relang moved to Munich. Twice a year, she published photographic reports on the fashion collections of Florence, Rome, Paris, and Berlin. She photographed the work of designers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, and Yves Saint Laurent. She was Germany’s leading fashion photographer of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Interestingly, in 1958,  she took 8 of 12 cover photos for Madame Magazine. Much of Relang’s photographic work is in the Munich City Museum. This photograph is a reproduction.The original photograph was taken in 1962 and this french reproduction is from Nouvelles Images (1986).  (SOLD)

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MISS JOAN KEDDIE : PRETTY ACTRESS WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty actress named Joan Keddie. Preliminary research found very little biographical information about her. An article in the “Black and White Budget” (1902) includes an interview with Miss Keddie. The article  focuses on collecting anecdotes from theatrical performers. Keddie tells an “amusing” but “annoying” story of an experience she had while on tour. She asserts that a performer’s life is not a “bed of roses” and that there are some little hardships that must be endured. She asserts that one of these annoyances is having to deal with landladies as the touring company goes place to place. She states that the landladies often look for devious ways to inflate the bill. She recounts the experience she had with one such proprietor, who, at the end of her stay, presented her with a bill that included charges for salt, pepper, and vinegar which she had used while dining. Keddie declares that she was very surprised that she wasn’t charged for the paper that the bill was written on. It appears that Joan Keddie had a good sense of humor. The “Sphere” (1902), has a review of “Merrie England” (1902), a play in which Keddie was a cast member. The article states that her acting showed “distinct promise”. This postcard was published by Rotary Photo and was part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no, 1741 A). Her photo portrait was taken by Stage Pictorial, a theater magazine. Individual portrait postcards featuring Joan Keddie are uncommon. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on August 26, 2019 at 6:52 pm  Comments (1)  
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