PORTRAIT OF A SPECTACULAR AND DASHING COUPLE

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TUXEDO COUPLE 1This photograph is a portrait of a spectacular and dashing couple. The gentleman is wearing a tuxedo with a white bow tie and a corsage. He has a terrific handlebar mustache. The lady is wearing a dress with feathers, a corsage, and a necklace. This pair certainly make a beautiful couple. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph states “To Papa” and is signed “Wm. M….”. Unfortunately, a former owner of this image trimmed the photograph to fit it into a picture frame and the debris included the signer’s last name. The photographer’s name and location was also lost in the scissor work. The photo measures about 6″ x 4 7/8″.  Overall, this vintage photograph is in good condition (see scans).

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WELL DRESSED AND HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WITH AN IMPOSING MUSTACHE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

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imposing mustache 1 This carte de visite photograph features a dashing young man with an imposing mustache. He is elegantly dressed in formal clothing. The photo was taken by the Beckel studio in Zurich, Switzerland. The cdv photograph was taken sometime shortly after 1895. The date is apparent because the reverse of the image advertises some of the awards received by the studio. The last award listed is from an exhibition in Glarus (Switzerland) in 1895, revealing that this image was created after that year. This carte de visite photograph is in excellent condition (see scans).   (SOLD)

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DAPPER YOUNG MAN IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (PHOTOGRAPH BY CHICKERING)

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A handsome and well dressed young man poses for his portrait at the studio of Walter E. Chickering in Boston Massachusetts. The gentleman’s hair and mustache are well groomed and his mustache takes an interesting twist at it’s ends. To view other interesting mustaches, click on the category “Mustaches (Only the Best)”. The reverse of the photograph has a back mark that includes the statement,  “Walter E. Chickering, The Original Photographer, of that Name”. These words were a written swipe at photographer, Elmer Chickering, who was also  based in Boston. Elmer was a highly acclaimed celebrity photographer who Walter clearly perceived as a threat to his business. To learn more about both Walter and Elmer Chickering, click on the category “Photographer: Chickering, W.”. This cabinet card portrait is in very good 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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DAPPER GENTLEMAN WITH A HUGE MUSTACHE IN SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed gentleman wearing a huge mustache. The mustache is joined with his sideburns. To see other amazing mustaches, click on the cabinet card gallery’s category of “Mustaches (Only the Best). The photographer of this facial hair extravaganza is D. B. Millard. He operated a studio “Over the Post Office” in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His cabinet card price list can be seen on the reverse of this photograph. The cost of a cabinet card was $3.00 but volume buyers could purchase a dozen photographs for $1.50 each. The internet resource, Langdon Road, reveals that Millard owned Millard’s Gallery, at 314 Lackawanna; in the city of Scranton. His obituary appears in the “Photographic Times and American Photographer” (1891). The article labels him as the best and most popular photographer in Scranton. The obituary notes that Millard died of heart failure after a short illness. Millard’s name appears in Scranton’s business directories from at least 1879 through 1888. Other directories list his name as “Durand B. Millard”. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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HANDSOME DEVIL IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

A handsome dapper man, exudes a cool confidence as he poses for his portrait at White’s Postals, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a well groomed mustache and sits with his bowler hat on his knee. The gentleman in this photo is wearing a suit that appears to be quite baggy. It is possible that the suit was borrowed from the studio’s prop room, and doesn’t actually belong to the subject. Preliminary research found little information about White’s Postals except that at least one of their postcards is part of the collection of Temple University’s digital library. This real photo postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition. The card’s AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard is from sometime between 1904 and 1918.  SOLD

HANDSOME GENTLEMAN WITH A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (CARTE DE VISITE)

This carte de visite portrait features a well-dressed handsome gentleman wearing a handlebar mustache. This photo as taken by S. H. Waite who operated a studio in Hartford, Connecticut. Stephen H. Waite (1832-1906) is known for a photograph he took of African American orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The Connecticut Historical Society’s website offers a brief biography of Stephen Waite. He was born in Massachusetts and as a young man was friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson (essayist, poet), John Greenleaf Whittier (abolitionist, poet), and Theodore Parker (Unitarian minister, Abolitionist). He opened his Hartford photography studio in 1863 and conducted business until 1879 when he was succeeded by Charles Stuart. He later worked as a photographer in Kansas City, and later retired and died there. This cdv photograph has excellent clarity and is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

This cabinet card portrait features a lovely couple posing for their portrait at the Philadelphia Gallery in San Francisco, California. The gentleman is wearing a three piece suit and a pocket watch. He has a handsome mustache and is holding a walking stick. The woman is well dressed. She is wearing a collar pin and earrings. She is holding a small bouquet of flowers. This cabinet card has great clarity and is in very good condition.

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CUBAN GENTLEMAN WITH A GLORIOUS MUSTACHE IN CIENFUEGOS, CUBA

A handsome Cuban gentleman with a handlebar mustache poses for his portrait at the Mariano, Gonzalez, and Blanco studio in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Cienfuegos is a city on the southern coast of Cuba and is about 160 miles from Havana. The man is well dressed and wears an intensely serious expression. The photo studio belonging to Mariano, Gonzalez, and Blanco exhibited at the Exposition of Pan America (1901) that was held in Buffalo, New York. The exposition was basically a Worlds Fair. The exposition was very much in the news after President William McKinley was shot there at the “Temple of Music”. McKinley died eight days later from effects of his gun shot wound. The assassin was Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. McKinley was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt. This photograph measures about 8 1/2″ x 5″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE IN ANDRINOPLE, TURKEY (POSSIBLY ARMENIAN ETHNIC ORIGIN)

This cabinet card features a lovely couple posing for their portrait at a studio in Andrinople, Turkey. The pair are attractive and well dressed. The gentleman has a handlebar mustache. Is this couple of Armenian origin? It would be so interesting to know more about this couple, but that is an impossibility. The name of the photographer who photographed this image is L. Nicolaou. Preliminary research revealed that the name “Nicolaou” is a surname that can be found in multiple cultures and languages (including Portuguese and Romanian). In addition, the name is also found in Cyprus. This information indicates that the photographer was probably from Bulgaria, Greece or Cyprus; but operating his studio in Turkey. The city of Andrinople is also known by other names, including Edirne (Greek). The city is located in northwestern Turkey, and close to Turkey’s borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne was once the capital city of the Ottoman Empire. In 1928, Edirne replaced Adrianople as the name of the city. Edirne has been the site of numerous battles through history. Some consider Edirne to be the most frequently contested location in the world. A battle that occurred near the time that this photograph was taken is “The Siege of Adrianople” (1912-1913) which was a battle fought during the First Balkan War. An article in Wikipedia states that in 1905, the city had 80,000 inhabitants comprised of 30,000 Turks, 22,000 Greeks, 12,000 Jews, 10,000 Bulgarians, 4,000 Armenians, and 2,000 people of unknown origin.