A VERY FASHIONABLE GENTLEMAN IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK (PROMENADE CARD)

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promenade 1The gentleman in this vintage photograph looks like he just walked off the page of an issue of Gentleman’s Quarterly. His jacket is buttoned with only the top button and he is wearing a wide tie and pocket handkerchief. Note the watch chain under his jacket as well as the boater hat and cane that he is holding. The photographer of this image is Andrew Simson (1837-1922). He emigrated to Buffalo at the age of 11 from Germany. At the beginning of his career he had a partner and the name of their firm was Upton & Simson. Simson had a number of  “claims to fame”. In 1901 he was an accredited photographer at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo. He also is known for training Howard D. Beach (1867-1954). Beach was a great talent who worked in several disciplines. He was a portrait photographer, inventor, scientist, poet, lecturer and photo/art critic. He partnered with with Beach in 1896 (Simson & Beach) and in 1900 purchased Beach’s interest in the studio. Research revealed that Beach was considered the major photographer in Buffalo in regard to serving the “most cultured” citizens of the city. This photograph is not the same size as a cabinet card. It measures about 4 x 7 1/4 and is known as a “Promenade Card”.  The printed word “Promenade” can be seen in the center of the bottom border of this image. This beautiful vintage photograph is in excellent condition (see scans).

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DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

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The photographic studio of  Heald and Giles produced this portrait of a distinguished older gentleman. The man is wearing a nicely groomed graying beard and mustache. He is displaying a serious expression on his face. Research reveals that Mr. Heald had a number of partners during his photography career. Among the names he operated his business under was Wright and Heald, and Heald and Erickson. The law journal, “Open Jurist” and several other turn of the century law journals, cite Mr. Heald in an important legal case. The case was “Corlis et. al. versus E. W. Walker Company et. al. (1894). Emily Corlis sued the Walker Company for inserting a portrait (photographed by Heald) of George H. Corlis in a biographical sketch about to be published. A photograph of the late Mr. Corlis had been submitted to the company by Emily Corlis but she had withdrawn her permission for them to use it after they had not complied with some of her demands. The Walker Company returned the photograph to her but then turned to Mr. Heald and purchased a copy of an original photograph Heald had taken of George Corlis. Emily Corlis was outraged and took Walker to court. The general policy of the courts, based on precedence. was that negatives of photographs belonged to photographers but the right to print negatives belonged to the customer (subject of the photograph).   The court in this case, however, ruled that this case was an exception to precedence because the rule applies only to “private persons”, and not “public characters”. The court stated that Mr. Corlis was a “public character” because of his status as the inventor of the Corlis Engine. It seems that his portrait had already appeared in a number of magazines and other publications. Stated simply, pubic characters had no right to privacy. In addition, the court stated that Walker could not be sued because  he was not the photographer. Only the photographer had a contractual obligation not to publish the subjects photograph without consent from the subject. To view the work of another photographer involved in an interesting court case  related to the business of photography, and to learn about that case, click on the category “Photographer: Rugg”. This cabinet card photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF TWO TOUGH LOOKING MEN

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fauw woods 2 guys 1 This vintage real photo postcard features two tough looking men. These guys mean business. Are they cops? Are they criminals? The stamp box indicates that this postcard dates back to sometime between 1904 and 1918. This vintage postcard portrait is in very good condition

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DAPPER GENTLEMAN AND AN OPEN BOOK IN COVENTRY, ENGLAND

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STUDIOUS MAN 1 This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome and dapper man wearing a three piece suit. He is sitting at a table, on which sits, an open book. He is flanked by a house plant and a vase of flowers. This photograph was taken by Taylor Brother’s Swanswell Studio, in Coventry, England. Coventry is a city in England’s West Midlands. This photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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WELL DRESSED AND HANDSOME GENTLEMAN WITH A FINE MUSTACHE IN PONTIAC, ILLINOIS

An unidentified well dressed gentleman with a thick mustache, poses for his portrait at the Bennett and Tate studio in Pontiac, Illinois. No biographical information about Mr Bennett was found in a preliminary search. However, investigation did find some information concerning Mr Tate. Samuel W. Tate (1886-?) is listed as living in Pontiac during the 1900 US census. Nettie Tate (1870-?), is listed as a photographer in the same census. She was Samuel’s sister. Samuel Tate was a photographer in Ponitac from the 1890’s until 1905. This cabinet card has a slight bow and is in good condition (see scans).    (SOLD) 

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SIX OF THE DANDIEST DANDIES YOU EVER DID SEE

This looks like a group photo at a “dandy convention”. The convention must be fun because these six gentlemen seem very jolly. The men are dressed identically except for their hats. Four of the men are wearing straw boaters. Note that the fellows are all wearing high collars, cummerbunds, and white shoes. My “dandy convention” theory is just an attempt at humor. More likely, these happy guys comprise a performing group. All but one of the men are young and handsome. The older gent (seated) is smoking a cigarette. If you are unfamiliar with the term “dandy”, here is a definition of the term. A dandy is a man that is inordinately devoted to style and fashion in their appearance and dress.

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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME GENTLEMAN WITH A WAXED MUSTACHE

A handsome and well dressed gentleman poses for his cabinet card portrait at the International Photo Company’s studio. The man has very short hair and a waxed mustache. He is wearing a boutonniere on his lapel. The proprietors of the photo studio were G. W. Merrill and R. M. Howe. The location of the studio has yet to be identified.

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YOUNG MAN WITH A HANDLE BAR MUSTACHE AND A TONSORIAL CRISIS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

This cabinet card portrait features a dapper young man with a handlebar mustache. Unfortunately, the handlebar needs alignment; one tip points down, while the other seems to have fallen creating a tonsorial crisis. Note the width of the gentleman’s necktie.This photograph was taken by Urlin & Pfeifer’s Mammoth Art Palace in Columbus, Ohio. Urlin and Pfeiffer are no strangers to the Cabinet Card Gallery. The gallery has photographs by Urlin and Pfeifer as individual gallery owners; as  well as multiple images taken during their partnership.  John A. Pfeifer (1859-1932) was active in the Columbus area from 1882 to at least 1913. For much of that time, he was partners with George C. Urlin (1854-1942). Urlin was active in Columbus between 1873 and 1887. The reverse of this cabinet card offers an interesting back stamp that highlights some of the medals the pair received for their photographic work. The latest date noted on these medals is 1887, which reveals that this cabinet card was photographed sometime during or after 1887. The advertising also notes that the firm was established in 1873. 

STUDIOUS YOUNG MAN AND HIS PINCE-NEZ GLASSES IN TOPEKA, KANSAS

This cabinet card portrait is particularly interesting because the young man in the photograph is wearing an interesting pair of glasses. The style of glasses that he is wearing is called “Pince-nez”. These glasses do not have earpieces but instead are supported by pinching the wearers nose. If the young man’s glasses had earpieces, it would look very similar to the glasses worn today. The gentleman in this photo is well coiffed. His handlebar mustache is perfect. He looks very studious. This cabinet card was produced by the Snyder studio in Topeka, Kansas. Charles J Snyder (1855-1925) was born of German parents in Kentucky. He married Laura Hooven Snyder in 1877. He is listed in the 1880 US Census as a photographer as well as in the 1921 Topeka Directory. Take note below of the verso of this cabinet card. If the reverse of a cabinet card can be beautiful, this backing is beautiful. It is also an unusual cabinet card verso design. It looks like the back of a playing card.

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HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WITH A FLASHY BOW TIE

 

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A well dressed and handsome young man wearing a flashy bow tie poses for his portrait at an unidentified photography studio. The gentleman has a neat mustache and thick dark curly hair. Note that his wild patterned bow tie looks like a colorful butterfly.

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