PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL NURSE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card photograph features a portrait of a very pretty young nurse, or maid. She clearly is clearly is wearing a uniform. She seems very serious as she poses for her photograph at the Louis H. Rudolph studio in Chicago, Illinois. She has a wide-eyed expression and seems very attentive to the photographer. A drawing of the photographer’s studio (street view) can be seen on the reverse of the photograph. A sign in the window of the drawn building indicates that, at the time, cabinet cards sold for two dollar per dozen photographs. A listing of Chicago’s early photographers reports that Rudolph operated a studio between 1892 and 1900. He was born in 1871 and married Henrietta S. C. Ziehn in 1895.  (SOLD)

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A DOZEN WORKING MEN HAVING LUNCH : DOGNEVILLE, FRANCE : VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH

This vintage photograph features a group of twelve men posing for their photo as they eat a meal. The men have bowls and cups and one of the men is holding a ladle for a large bowl or pot that sits on the table. The men are dressed similarly. Six of them are wearing berets. These guys are certainly expressive. The gent in the middle of the top row looks shocked and fearful; as if he saw something disturbing. The fellow in the middle of the middle row looks impish. What brings these men together? Perhaps, they are workers at a factory having lunch. They may also be soldiers or even prisoners. An inscription on the reverse of the photo indicates that the picture was taken in Dogneville, a town located in northeastern France. This photograph has excellent clarity.  The photo is trimmed and measures about 4.25 x 3.25 in. The image is in overall good condition (see scans). (SOLD)

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THE PRETTY BARMAID WITH THE BUNNY EARS : OUTDOOR PUMP : BEER MUG : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features a young woman working as a bar maid. She seems to be enjoying herself judging by her wide smile. She is wearing a costume which includes bunny rabbit ears. The young woman is filling a beer mug at an outdoor pump. The AZO stamp box seen on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.   (SOLD)

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DOG CART : DELIVERING MILK : FLEMISH MILK MAID : THREE DOGS : BELGIUM

This vintage real photo postcard features a couple delivering milk transported by a dog cart. The wagon is being pulled by three large dogs. The caption printed on the card, “Laitiere Flamande”, is translated as “Flemish Milk Maid”. The woman on the cart is wearing traditional Flemish clothing. This divided back postcard dates back to around 1907 to 1915. Note the light crease in the upper right hand corner of the card. Overall, this vintage postcard is in good condition. 

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BRAKEMAN : MICHIGAN CENTRAL RAILROAD : UNIFORMED : TRAIN : WEST BAY CITY, MICH.

This cabinet card features a handsome young man dressed in his railroad uniform. His cap identifies his occupation as a brakeman. A brakeman’s job was to assist in the braking of a train when the conductor wants the train to slow down or stop. Among the job’s other duties was to ensure that all couplings between cars were set properly. It was a dangerous job. The cap also identifies the railway abbreviation as being “M. C. R. ?.”. The photographer of this image was George F. Sterling. His business was based in Bay City, Michigan. The reverse of the photo has an advertisement for Sterling’s business. The ad includes a drawing of his photographic studio rail car. Attatching the studio to a train gives the photographer the advantage of having the opportunity to gain business in more than one town. Sterling’s studio car was attatched to a train belonging to the Michigan Central Railroad. The railroad was established in 1846. In time, the railway served Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ontario (Canada). In 1867 the Michigan Central was taken over by the New York Central Railroad company. (SOLD)

FRAMER : PUSHING CART OF MATERIAL AND TOOLS : HAVANA, CUBA : PRESS PHOTO (1988)

This vintage press photo features an older Cuban worker pushing his work cart down the street in Havana, Cuba. The cart seems to contain tools and materials. A translation site could only tell me that the man worked with frames in homes. I am hypothesizing that he is a framer. A stamp on the photo’s reverse indicates that the photograph was taken in 1988 and belonged to “Bohemia Fotografia”. It is likely that this image was used by “Revista Bohemia”; Cuba’s oldest general consumer magazine. This photograph measures about 4 3/4″ x 7 1/8″ and is in excellent condition.

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DENTIST TRADE CARD : LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA : IMPRESSIVE ADVERTISEMENT

This vintage trade card is an advertisement for “Albany Dentists”. The practice was located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Albany Dentists was managed by Dr. N. A. Becker. The advertising copy on this trade card is very astute and interesting. The advertisement counters many of the objections people have about going to the dentist. The card states that “Teeth Extracted Positively Without Pain”. To counter women’s concerns about safety, the trade card asserts that there is a “Lady in Attendance”. For fearful patients, the advertisement states “Special Attention given to the Weak and Nervous”. Note the prices printed on the reverse of the card. An extraction cost twenty-five cents. A set of teeth only cost $5.50. Research discovered that there was a Dr. M. A. Becker that practiced dentistry in Lancaster. His full name was Dr. Michael Augustus Becker (1866-1938). It is very likely that the “N. A.” seen on the trade card is a misprint. This trade card was printed by the Calvert Lithograph Company (Detroit, Michigan). The firm was established in 1863. SOLD

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POP-UP WORLD WAR I ERA MILITARY BARBERSHOP

CLOSE UP VIEW OF BARBERS AT WORK AND BARBER SUPPLIES

This vintage real photo postcard features a pop-up barbershop tent in a camp of World War1 era soldiers. The caption on this photograph states “Camp Barber”. The close-up view of the shop is very interesting. There are two adult barbers giving haircuts and a child barber giving a soldier a shave. I wonder how many men reading this would trust a child, who appears to be about 12 years-old, to give them a shave. Check out the barber’s supplies. They can be seen on the table. Note the calendar and the sign advertising sun lotion for sale. There is another sign over the entrance of the tent which advertises the name of the barbershop. Unfortunately, I can not decipher the shop’s name from the letters that are visible. Notice that there is a man sitting near the table drinking a bottle of alcohol. Lets hope he is not drinking a bottle of hair tonic. Another soldier is examining a bottle of “something”. This postcard was published by Valentines as part of the XL series. The Valentine and Sons printing company was founded in Dundee, Scotland in 1851. The founder was James Valentine (1815-1879). The company became the leading manufacturer of picture postcards in Scotland. After James died, his two sons operated the business. The company was purchased by John Waddington Limited in 1963, In 1980, the Valentine business was bought by Hallmark Cards. In 1994, the company ceased operations. The card was printed in Great Britain and has an affixed British postage stamp. The postcard is addressed to someone in Landes, France. This card was postmarked in Crieff, a Scottish market town. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans)

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WHAT’S MY LINE? PORTRAIT OF A TRADESMAN

This vintage real photo postcard is a wonderful example of an occupational image. My only issue with this photograph is that I am uncertain of the subject’s occupation. My first hypothesis is that the man is a wallpaper hanger. My second guess is that he works with cement or tile. His tools should reveal his occupation but I know little about such things. Hopefully, a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will leave a comment and reveal this tradesman’s line of work. This photo postcard portrait presents the man, his work clothes, and his tools with great detail and clarity. He is well poised, has a great smile, and gives an impression of being a friendly nice guy. This vintage postcard has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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WOW! A TERRIFIC OCCUPATIONAL CARTE de VISITE : LAHTI, FINLAND

This carte de visite photo is special because it is an occupational photograph. Many vintage image collectors search for and value occupational photographs. This CDV features a man at work but what is his occupation? It is clear that a clamp vice is one of the tools that he utilizes. There are strips of some material on the table in front of the vice. Are they strips made from medal? The worker appears to be wearing a uniform. I wish I knew his story? The photographer of this image is named Vaino Anshelm Rautell. As a photographer, he went by the name of VA Rautell. He was born in Lahti, Finland in 1875, and died there in 1942. Rautel studied art (painting) in Helsinki during the early 1890’s. He worked as a photographer in Lahti from about 1895 through 1927. In 1918, he photographed events of the Finnish civil war in Lahti. Teresia Dahlbom, his wife (m.1905) , worked with him in his studio. The couple divorced in 1927 and it appears they both ended their photography careers that same year. The pair had two children. At least one of Rautell’s photographs can be found in the collection of the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki.   SOLD

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