A WOMAN AND A BONNET IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A young woman poses wearing her bonnet at the studio of Holgenson, in Chicago, Illinois. The photograph raises the question of whether the bonnet is simply meant to be fashionable, or does the bonnet indicate that she is a member of a certain ethnic or religious groups. Please leave a comment with any hypotheses about this question.   (SOLD)

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SUSY VINING : BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS AND FASHIONISTA (EXTRAORDINARY CABINET CARD BY BENJAMIN FALK); AND A RPPC : MISS VINING AND HER YORKIE

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I am not prone to hyperbole. Without exaggeration, I find this cabinet card portrait (photo 1) quite extraordinary. The pretty woman in this photograph is beautifully dressed. She deserves the moniker of “fashionista”. If she walked into a noisy crowded room, I’m quite sure all activity would cease, and she would become the center of attention. I wish I knew the identity of this fabulous lady. She is probably an actress, which I assume by her appearance, and by the fact that she was photographed by celebrity photographer, Benjamin Falk. An inscription on the reverse of this photograph identifies her as “E Vinning”. I could not find any information about any performer with that name. However, my research did discover an actress named “Susy Vining”. Photographs of Susy Vining show a person who looks similar to the woman in this cabinet card photo. Note the real photo postcard image of Susy Vining below. Do you think “E Vinning” and “Susy Vining” are one and the same person? Just a few more words about this cabinet card. The subject is holding a fur stole and umbrella in one hand, and a top hat in the other. Considering that she is already wearing a head covering, I would love to know the story behind the top hat. This cabinet card image is not on regular cabinet card stock paper. This photograph is printed on thinner than usual stock paper. The card is gold beveled. There is a bar code sticker on the reverse of the photograph. It is very possible that this image is a REPRODUCTION, rather than an original photograph. The photograph is in very good condition and has excellent clarity (see scans). (SOLD)

Photograph 2 is a vintage real photo postcard of actress Susie Vining. Her bare shoulder dress makes this photograph a bit risque. The actress is holding a cute small dog. The dog looks like a Yorkshire Terrier. This photograph was taken by the Foulsham & Banfield studio as part of a series (no.1946 A). Foulsham & Banfield were well known celebrity photographers. Frank Foulsham and A. C. Banfield operated a studio from the 1900’s through the 1920’s. The postcard was published by Rotary Photo and is in very good condition (see scans).

Photograph 3 was published by C. W. Faulkner & Co. as part of a series (no.483A). The postcard’s message was written in 1905. The writer tells the addressee that “our Meg has got a place at Fisherrow School”. The postmark is also from 1905. The card was postmarked in Kirkcaldy, Scotland and addressed to Musselburgh, Scotland. This postcard has some silvering at the bottom of the image. The card is in overall good condition (see scans). 

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A PRETTY WOMAN WEARING A MINK STOLE : ITS THE WHOLE MINK : NOT JUST THE FUR

This uncommon real photo postcard features a pretty woman wearing a mink stole. Shockingly, it is not just a fur stole, it’s a whole mink. The animals head, feet and tail are all included. PETA would not approve. Personally, I make it a policy to never wear anything with a face. However, this postcard is from the c.1920’s and wearing a whole mink was likely not politically incorrect or a violation of social values and social norms. This is an unusual postcard. The photo has exceptional clarity and the photographer posed the young woman and her stole excellently.  (SOLD)

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN MAKING HATS : MILLINERY STUDIO : FLAPPER

This vintage real photo postcard shows a hat maker in action. She sits at her millinery table and flashes the photographer a smile. Note her hat making supplies on the table. You can also see a large hat box beneath the table. This postcard was published by Alfred Noyer as part of a series (no.3123). (SOLD)

FASHIONABLE WOMAN : WINTER ATTIRE ; AUSTIN, TEXAS

This vintage photograph features a fashionable woman posing for her photograph at an unidentified location. She is wearing winter clothing, including gloves. She is also wearing a pillbox hat. This style of hat was popular during the 1930’s and especially in the 1950’s and 1960’s. This photo was found in an antique shop in Austin, Texas. The photograph is in good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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MAN WITH BOWLER HAT IN HAND: NORTH TOPEKA, KANSAS

A gentleman poses, “hat in hand” at the H. M. Atherton studio in North Topeka, Kansas. The gentleman is holding his bowler hat and has a pocket watch with an exposed chain. There is a book on the table behind the man. The props in this photograph compose a very nice interior setting. This cabinet card portrait is in excellent condition (see scans). 

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN WEARING A FANCY HAT : YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a pretty and well dressed young woman. She appears to be in a pensive mood. She is wearing a ring, bracelet, and necklace. Note her fancy wide brimmed hat. The woman was photographed at the Simon & Murnane studio in York, Pennsylvania. The stamp box indicates that the postcard was published between 1904 and 1918. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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THE DEVEREAUX BROTHERS PHOTOGRAPH A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN DOWN ON THE BAYOU

This cabinet card features a portrait of a pretty young woman. She is fashionably dressed and wearing an exquisite hat. Her image was produced by the Devereaux Brothers. Who are the Devereaux Brothers? The Devereaux Brothers sounds like the name of a Cajun band.” Why don’t y’all come down to the Bayou Cafe and hear the Devereaux Brothers play some zydeco.” Research does not support the notion that Morrice, Vernon, Byron and Ashley played in a Lousiana band together when they weren’t producing photographs. In actuality, research reveals that the Devereaux Brothers operated their photography studio in North Lansing, Michigan.     SOLD

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BESSIE WYNN: ACTED IN “THE WIZARD OF OZ” AND “BABES IN TOYLAND”

This cabinet card features a portrait of stage actress, singer, and comedienne, Bessie Wynn. She appears quite attractive despite her rather bizarre hat. Are those grapes atop her hat? Wynn was famous for her roles in the original cast of Victor Herbert’s “The Wizard of Oz” and “Babes in Toyland”. Wynn introduced the classic song, “Toyland”. She wrote the lyrics for “Toyland” as well as for other songs. She introduced several of Irving Berlin’s songs. Wynn was a showgirl in “The Little Duchess” company that featured Anna Held. Bessie Wynn played a number of “trouser roles”. These roles were defined as roles in which a female actress played a man in men’s clothing. Wynn acted in nine Broadway shows between 1900 and 1912. The photographer of this image was James Samuel Windeatt (1861-1944). The English census (1881) found Windeatt living in Callington, Cornwall and residing with his parents and older sister. His occupation at that time was working as a photographer. The next year he emigrated to the United States and worked as a photographer in Chicago, Illinois. He was a partner in the studio of Gehrig & Windeatt and later operated his own studio. He married his wife, Augusta, in 1888. Census data indicates that he had three daughters (Blanche, Charlotte, and Dorothy). SOLD

AFRICAN AMERICAN GIRL WEARING A CAKE HAT : VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH

This vintage photograph features a well dressed African American young girl. She appears to be in her teenage years. Note her hat. It looks like there is a birthday cake on top of the rim of the hat; yet it is a pretty hat. This photograph measures about 3 1/8 x 4″. (SOLD)

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