TWO BOYS RIDING BIG HORSES : WESTERN TOWN : DIRT STREETS : RPPC : (1904-1918)

Look who’s riding into town! Its the Roberts brothers. Someone better go get the sheriff. This real photo postcard is quite interesting. The boys look comfortable on their horses. The kids are on large horses, not small ponies reserved for inexperienced child riders.They appear to know what they are doing. One of the boys has a whip. No cowboy hats for these guys. One is wearing a wide brim bowler while the other is sporting a cap. Note the dirt streets. The town may actually be a frontier town in the “old west”. Also take notice of the boy standing on the sidewalk. He seems truly interested in the horseback riders, or perhaps, the photographer. The young bystander is wearing knickers. The AZO stamp box on this postcard reveals that it was likely published sometime between 1904 and 1918. The cameraman was a studio photographer who was willing to take difficult photographs in the outdoors. (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN AND HER BEAUTIFUL WHITE HORSE

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty long haired young woman posing with a beautiful white horse. Bothe the woman and the horse are very expressive. The postcard was published by LWA as part of a series (No. V/3). (SOLD)

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A MAN AND HIS HORSE AND WAGON (VINTAGE OCCUPATIONAL REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage real photo postcard features a man and his horse and his partially covered wagon. Judging by the man’s clothing; he is a working man. Perhaps he is a delivery man of some sort. He is wearing a white shirt, bow tie and smock. I believe that he is wearing long heavy gloves. The gloves probably pertain to his occupation. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that when it was published, the postcard postal rate was 1 cent. The one cent rate was in effect until World War I when it was raised to 2 cents on a temporary basis (1917-1919). The rate was again raised between 1925 and 1928. The rate became permanently two cents in 1951. As a result, the stamp box in this case, is not helpful in establishing the date that this postcard was produced. However, the style of the front of this postcard indicates that it was produced not long after the 1900’s or 1910’s. This postcard certainly documents history. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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EXTRAORDINARY PORTRAIT OF PRETTY FRENCH JOCKEY (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This fantastic vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman wearing the attire of a jockey. Note her jodhpurs, silks, cap, riding crop, and boots. This portrait begs the question, is she really a jockey? Could she be a steeple chase rider? It is also possible that she is a model. This photograph was taken at La Photo Mecanique in Paris, France. The card appears to have been trimmed and measures 5.0 x 3.25 inches. The postcard itself was made in England and is in very good condition.

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GROUP OF HORSEBACK RIDERS IN HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage lithographic postcard features a portrait of a group of nine horseback riders in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Note that the three women in the photograph are riding side saddle. The caption boasts that riders can ride horses every day in Hot Springs. Hot Springs was known for its bathhouses and hotels. Visitors flocked there to relax and improve their health. In addition, during the early twentieth century, Hot Springs was the site for many baseball training camps. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were among the teams that made Hot Springs their training site. Babe Ruth walked the streets of the town and frequented the bath spas and gambled at the local horse racing track. This postcard was published by Charles Cutter who operated his company in Hot Springs. The postcard was likely published around 1909. The postcard is addressed to someone in Wisconsin and the message indicates that the sender is in the photograph and it was taken about twenty years before the postcard was sent. 

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TWO RIDERS ON HORSEBACK : OLD TOOLS : RANCH HANDS : PROSPECTORS :RPPC (1907-1914)

This vintage real photo postcard features two men on horseback. They are carrying tools. The tools appear to be shovels or spades. One rider has coiled rope hanging from his saddle. Is it a lasso. Are these men cowboys? Prospectors? Ranch hands? This postcard has a Velox stamp box indicating it dates back to sometime between 1907 and 1914. The card has a difficult to detect crease in it’s lower left hand corner. Overall, this postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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THE ROBERTS BROTHERS RIDE INTO TOWN BRINGING THEIR SPECIAL BRAND OF LAWLESSNESS

Look who’s riding into town! Its the Roberts brothers. Someone better go get the sheriff. George and Paul Roberts are spoken about in the same conversations that occur about such criminal brothers as Jesse and Frank James, and Jim, Cole, John, and Bob Younger. This vintage real photo postcard featuring the Roberts brothers, shows them with their “game face” on. They may be small in stature but they were scary dudes. Enough with the horse s**t. This real photo postcard is actually quite interesting. These boys look comfortable on their horses. The kids are on large horses, not small ponies reserved for inexperienced child riders.They appear to know what they are doing. One of the boys has a whip. No cowboy hats for these guys. One is wearing a wide brim bowler while the other is sporting a cap. Note the dirt streets. The town may actually be a frontier town in the “old west”. Also take notice of the boy standing on the sidewalk. He seems truly interested in the horseback riders, or perhaps, the photographer. The young bystander is wearing knickers. The AZO stamp box on this postcard reveals that it was likely published sometime between 1904 and 1918. The cameraman was a studio photographer who was willing to take difficult photographs in the outdoors. This vintage real photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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McMULLIN’S BROTHERS FURNITURE STORE: DELIVERY BY HORSE AND WAGON

This vintage real photo postcard features a father and son on a horse drawn wagon. This is no ordinary wagon. Instead, as the painted sign on the side of the wagon states; it is the delivery wagon for the McMullin Brothers furniture store. The business was located in Anthony, Kansas. Research reveals that one of the McMullin brothers was Joseph Franklin McMullin (1857-1914). He can be found in the US Census of 1910 and his occupation is listed as the proprietor of a furniture store. Ten years earlier, the 1910 US Census reports that Joseph McMullin was working as a farmer, despite the fact that in 1909, the local newspaper, “The Anthony Republican”, ran an ad for McMullin Brothers furniture store. This photo postcard represents a piece of both Anthony and Kansas history. It is also a record of the workings of small business at the beginning of the twentieth century. Note that there is no furniture in the rear of the wagon. It is likely that the wagon and its driver and young assistant, presumably father and son, took the wagon out for the specific purpose of being photographed. The father is wearing nice clothing, not work clothes, which supports the theory that he was not photographed while on the job. This postcard’s AZO stamp box indicates that it dates back to between 1904 and 1918. SOLD

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PRETTY GOLD MEDALIST FASHIONISTA IN BROMLEY, ENGLAND (1889)

E. Davey Lavender is the photographer of this cabinet card portrait of a pretty well-dressed woman in Bromley, England. Bromley is a suburban town located outside of London, England. The woman in this photograph is is flashing a half smile as she sits beside a newspaper on a table. Edgar Davey Lavender was born in Westminster in 1855  and was married to Harriet Lavender (b 1869). Records indicate he operated his studio in Bromley in 1881 through at least 1891. In 1901 he was located in Grove Park (another suburb of London). Lavender died in 1909. Printed on the cabinet card are a few items of note. First, both the front and back of the photograph are marked (“Gold Medalist 1889”). This likely signifies that Lavender won a gold medal for his work at an exhibition in 1889. This accomplishment is being used as an advertisement. The second noteworthy item is that on the reverse of the photograph his business is referred to as “Portrait and Equestrian Studios”. It is my belief that the term “equestrian studio” means that Lavender had the ability to photograph people on horseback and produce photographic portraits of horses. This cabinet card portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF FOUR KIOWAH NATIVE AMERICANS ON HORSEBACK : FOURSOME INCLUDES CHIEF QUALUPAH AND CHIEF HUNTING HORSE

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of four Native Americans on horseback. The foursome are members of the Kiowah tribe. Among the group are Chief Qualupah and Chief Hunting Horse.The other two riders appear to be women. The four are dressed in Native American clothing. They are in a field which has lines of rope holding American flags.  Perhaps they are  invited guest to an Amrican patriotic holiday celebration. Researching Chief Qualupah was an exercise in frustration. I learned nothing about him. There were chiefs mentioned that had names close to “Qualupah”,  leading me to believe that there are several different spellings of his name. Information about Chief Hunting Horse was plentiful. He was a well known scout during the Custer, Sheridan, and Sherman era. In 1871 he enlisted for a two year stint in the Seventh Cavalry commanded by Gerneral Custer. By the end of his legendary scouting career, his friends included Theodore Roosevelt and Geronimo. He was born in Medicine Lodge Kansas in 1846. He was the son of a Kiowa war chief and a Spanish woman who had been kidnapped in Mexico and raised by the Kiowas. Hunting horse came to “Indian Territory” (Oklahoma) at the age of fifteen. In 1917 he appeared in the silent Western film, “Daughter of the Dawn”. In the early 1900’s relatives began celebrating his birthday. These celebrations occurred every year until his death. Military and political figure were often among the attendees. Chief Hunting Horse died at the age of 107 and his funeral included full military honors. Who are the Kiowa? They were considered a nomadic tribe of the plains. It is thought that they originated in the northern basin of the Missouri River but migrated to the Black Hills around 1650. They lived peacefully there with the Crow Indians until they were invaded by the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Sioux; resulting in the Kiowas moving further south. There they fought with the Comanche, but with the help of the Spanish, the two tribes formed an alliance and agreed to share their land. Joined by the Plains Apache, they hunted, traveled and fought war together.They raided settlements in Texas and New Mexico. They stole horses and mules which they used to trade with the Plains Indian tribes. In 1867, the Kiowa signed a treaty and agreed to settle on a reservation in Oklahoma. In 1901 their lands were open for settlement by whites and dissolving the contiguous reservation. Today, there are more than 12,000 Kiowa tribe members in Oklahoma and throughout the Southwest. The photograph taken for this postcard was taken by the Electric Studio. The postcard has an AZO stamp box indicating that the postcard dates back to sometime between 1910 and 1930. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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