PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME SAILOR AND HIS BRIDE IN SENS, FRANCE

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sailor couple 1 This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome wedding couple. The groom is wearing his naval uniform. His hat tells us the name of his ship. Unfortunately, the camera angle only shows the beginning letters of the ship’s name. One possibility is that the ship is named HMS Constance. The Constance was a light cruiser of the Royal Navy that was active in World War I. The ship was launched in 1915. It took part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. The Constance was decommissioned in 1931 and was in reserve until 1935. The bride in this photo is wearing a pretty dress and a long veil. The photographer of this wedding portrait is Henri Pissot and his studio was located in Sens, France. Sens is a city in the Yonne department in north-central France. This real photo postcard has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans). Addendum: Please see comments section in regard to the sailors country of service and the name of his ship. Thanks to the visitors to the Cabinet Card Gallery that provided the aforementioned information.

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PORTRAIT OF A U.S. CAVALRYMAN OR INFANTRYMAN IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER)

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I like and value this vintage photograph but it causes me much confusion. At first, I believed that this young man was a sergeant in the cavalry. Now, I have my doubts about him being in the cavalry, and entertain the possibility that he was actually a member of the infantry. What is the reason for my indecisiveness? The soldier is wearing what looks to be a western cavalry hat. It may even be a Stetson hat. However, the badge on his hat has crossed rifles, which is a symbol for the infantry. Cavalrymen wore hat badges that showed crossed sabres. This soldier’s badge indicates that he was in Company M of the regiment number seen above the crossed rifles. I find the number too difficult to decipher. I am not sure how to understand the polka-dot scarf peaking out of the sergeant’s jacket. Neck handkerchiefs were definitely worn by soldiers of the era that this photograph was taken, but why a polka dot one? Research revealed that early on, no specific color bandana was designated by the military. When soldiers needed a bandana, they got whatever the local sutler could procure. Colonel Teddy Roosevelt and his regiment of Rough Riders were famous for wearing unauthorized items of clothing and incorrect insignia. A photograph below shows Colonel Roosevelt wearing a blue polka-dot scarf with his uniform. There is another possible story behind this photograph. Perhaps the man in the uniform is simply an actor dressed for his roll in a theater production. I hope that a visitor to the cabinet card gallery, who has much militaria knowledge,  will be generous enough to leave a comment revealing more information about this photograph. This photograph was taken by the Weiser studio in Knoxville, Tennessee. Langdon Road, an online photography directory, provides a glimpse of the biographical information concerning the proprietors of the Weiser studio. Miss Alice Patton Weiser (1860-1945) and Anna B Weiser (1867-1948) were the photographers who operated the studio that took this photograph. At the time the photo was taken, the pair conducted their business from 119 1/2 Gay Street in Knoxville. Business directories indicate that they occupied this address in 1894 through1903.  A George W. Weiser (1825-1903) also was a photographer in Knoxville between at least 1888 and 1903. He was the father of Alice and Anna. During part of his career he worked in the 119 1/2 Gay Street location. The 1910 census reported that sisters, Alice and Anna, were both working as photographers. By 1920, both had exited the profession. It appears that the sisters not only worked together; they lived together for decades. This vintage photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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EXTENDED FAMILY POSES ON A DIRT ROAD NEAR SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (NOTE THE TWO VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES)

This vintage photograph features a group photo of what is likely an extended family. The two cars ferried six adults and three children to this rural spot for their portrait. The group is standing on a dirt road and posing in front of an agricultural field. One of the men in the photograph is wearing a military uniform. Perhaps he is home on leave. The image was photographed by Foxco in 1944. The company has an interesting history.  The Fox Photo Studio was opened by Arthur C. Fox in 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. Fox sold the studio for seven hundred dollars to Carl D. Newton in 1909. Newton was a clever entrepreneur. One of his gimmicks was to offer a free camera to anyone buying three rolls of film and prepaying developing and printing fees. His successor to the business was Carl D Newton II.  By the mid 1930’s Fox advertised itself as the world’s largest Kodak finishers. Their processing plant was in operation around the clock. The company expanded and opened facilities in Dallas, Houston, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The company grew and grew and ultimately reached 12,000 dealers nationwide. In 1986, the company was sold to Kodak. Carl D Newton III kept the retail division of the business, calling it Fox Photo. Later, the business changed hands a number of times until it faded into history.  This photo was taken somewhere near San Antonio. The photo is printed on paper thinner than stock used for cdvs or cabinet cards. The photograph measures about 3″ x 2 1/4″ and is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF “SOLDIER SON”: SENT TO HIS DEAR MOTHER WITH LOVE

This vintage real photo postcard features a young uniformed soldier. He is holding his rifle in front of him and he appears to be ready for action. Note his multi faceted utility belt and his boots. The young man wrote a message to his mother on the reverse of the postcard. He proudly presents himself as his mom’s “soldier son”. His message also reveals that the soldier’s name is “Herbert”. The “AZO” stamp box indicates that this photo postcard was published sometime between 1918 and 1930. Interestingly, World War I ended in 1918. Perhaps Herbert was a soldier in the “War to end all Wars”. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).      SOLD

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RARE AND HISTORIC TONKIN IMAGE: KHAM-SAI MARCHING AGAINST COLONEL THAM

This vintage real photo postcard reflects a historic time in French Indo-China. The caption of the photograph states “his excellence the Kham-Sai marching against the De-Tham (Summer 1909). De Tham (1858-1913) , also known as Colonel Tham, was the Vietnamese leader of the “Yen The Insurrection”. A photograph of Tham can be seen below. This rebellion opposed French control in Northern Vietnam for a quarter of a century. This postcard is addressed and messaged in French. This photo documents the unsuccessful campaign of His Excellency Kham-Sai (Governor of Tonkin, the man in the center of the image). De-Tham had a price on his head which was ordered by the French Governor-General Klobukowsky. The reward was offered after De-Tham’s unsuccessful attempt to take Hanoi. De_Tham managed to survive until 1913 when he was beheaded in his sleep by one of his own men working for the French. His death ended a conflict which had lasted 25 years. Note the medaled man on the right. It is likely that some of the Governors best and fearless men were sent on the mission. The horse in the photograph is a Vietnamese Hmong, which is known for it’s sure-footedness in mountain terrains such as the location of De-Thams hiding place. In today’s times, Tonkin lies completely in North Vietnam. The message written on this postcard indicates that it was written by Frenchman Louis Toullaine and addressed to his niece in Paris, France. 

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THE DOG SOLDIERS: SEVEN SOLDIERS AND THEIR MASCOT JACK RUSSELL TERRIER

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of seven young soldiers and their mascot Jack Russell Terrier. I do not know what army these men served in. Perhaps a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will educate us via a comment. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the postcard was printed on “P M C” card stock. Therefore, this photo postcard was produced sometime between 1920 and 1935. The men served in the military between World War I and World War II.

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG FRENCH SOLDIER IN GRENOBLE FRANCE (CARTE DE VISITE)

This carte de visite portrait captures a uniformed soldier with a handlebar mustache. The photographer of this cdv image is the Leon studio in Grenoble, France. Grenoble is located in the southeastern section of France and is at the foot of the French Alps. It is my guess that the soldier pictured in this carte de visite served in the French military. An illustration of Leon’s gallery can be seen on the reverse of this cdv.

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PORTRAIT OF COLONIAL VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS: THE “TONKINESE RIFLES” (1905)

This vintage real photo postcard presents us with a glimpse of history in southeast Asia during colonial times. The postcard features a group of soldiers; three are Vietnmese and one is French. The caption under the photograph describes the group of soldiers as a  “Groupe de Tirailleurs Tonkinois”. The Tirailleurs were soldiers comprising several regiments of local ethnic indochinese infantry organized by the French colonial authorities.The Tirailleurs were originally established in Vietnam in 1880. The regiment members in this photograph came from the noted “Tonkinese Rifles”. Initially these regiments were known to have problems with a high rate of desertion. Eventually, with French marine officers, the Vietnamese force became effective. They were positioned to occupy France’s indochinese possessions, These troops also served in Indochina, China (Boxer Rebellion), Russia (1918-1919), Syria (1920-1921), and Morroco (1925-1926). They also participated in World War I. In 1945, some regiments rebelled against the occupation of Vietnam by Japan. Despite a fierce resistance, the Tirailleurs were nearly annihilated. The illustration below shows a soldier from a regiment (Annamite Tirailleur) that fought alongside the “Tonkinese Rifles”. This postcard was published by R. Moreau (Hanoi) and is part of a series (no. 1138). The postcard was postmarked at Ninh Binh in 1905 and has a French stamp. Ninh Bình is a province in North Vietnam’s Red River Delta.  SOLD

PORTRAIT OF FOUR WORLD WAR I PRISONERS OF WAR I HELD AT POW CAMP IN KONIGSBRUCK, GERMANY

Some images are very effective at capturing history. This real photo postcard is one of those historic photographs. The image features World War I prisoners of war held at Camp Konigsbruck. The POW camp held Serbian, Russian, and French prisoners of war. The camp held about 15,000 captives. I am unsure if this photo shows four prisoners or two prisoners and two guards (the men wearing heavy coats).  One of the possible “guards” is wearing a red cross armband. Note the high barbed wire fence in the background. This photograph was taken sometime around 1916. Konigsbruck is a town in the German state of Saxony. It is located only 17 miles from Dresden.

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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME SOLDIER IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

This cabinet card provides a portrait of a handsome uniformed Austro-Hungarian soldier. He is posing at the Rudolf Denk studio in Vienna, Austria. Note his high boots, sabre, and wrist watch. The soldier is wearing a couple of medals on his chest. His cap is on the table beside him. He is wearing a whistle which can be seen between his two breast pockets. The soldier is holding an open book. It is likely that this young man saw military action. World War I was not many years away from the time that he sat for this photograph.

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