PORTRAIT OF FOUR MEN MAKING HAY AND LOADING IT ON THEIR HORSE DRAWN WAGON

This vintage real photo postcard features four hard working men gathering hay and loading their horse drawn wagon. The wagon is chock full of hay. It is hard to imagine that the wagon can fit much more hay. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the card was published sometime between 1904 and 1918. This occupational postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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EIGHT GOOD OLD BOYS IN POLO, ILLINOIS

Eight good old boys pose for their portrait at the studio of Samuel S. Johnston in Polo, Illinois. These fellows are dressed like they are workers. Their work clothing includes a various assortment of hats and many of the guys are wearing suspenders. It is apparent that these men are not desk workers. They clearly have jobs requiring physical effort. Samuel Johnston was born in Ohio in 1826. His name appears in the 1870 census and he is listed as a photographer living in Polo. His name and photography business also appear in a number of business directories from the 1870’s. Sam was married to Sarah J. Johnston. The town of Polo was named after Marco Polo. The town was incorporated in 1876. This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans).

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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. This cabinet card photograph has great clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF THE WEAVER FAMILY AND THEIR LOOM (VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

This vintage photograph features a young woman at a loom. There are four more people in the room but we are compelled to guess who they are. My hypothesis is that the children belong to the young woman and the gentleman on the bench is her husband. The man standing may be the grandfather to the children. Your guess is as good as mine. A knowledgeable source asserts that this image dates back to Imperial Russia (c. 1917). There is a question clawing at me. I wonder if this photograph was taken in a weaving room, or if the photo was taken in a photographer’s studio. The walls of the room appear to be painted, as if they are backdrops. However, I have never seen a loom used as a prop in vintage photographs. This photo is in very good condition (see scans).

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THE FLIGHT ANGELS OF WESTERN AIR EXPRESS (1940)

This vintage photograph features two uniformed stewardesses (modern parlance: flight attendants) at the door of an airplane. Standing beside them is the plane’s pilot. The light haired stewardess appears to be receiving a piece of luggage from an administrator. The luggage appears to be a hat box but may be too large for that purpose. Note the size of the hat worn by the dark haired stewardess. The hat is certainly a pill box hat, or at least, in that style. Printing on the “hat box” reads “Flight Angels”. Perhaps that term was used at the time to describe stewardesses. There was a movie entitled “Flight Angels” (1940) and it starred Virginia Bruce, Dennis Morgan, and Ralph Bellamy. It was an aviation film that described the training and operations of an airline. It showed the daily routine experienced by pilots and stewardesses during the 1940’s. Examination of the photograph reveals that the crew of this plane worked for “Western Air Express”. This airline went through many transitions during its existence. It started as a mail carrier in 1925 and in short time started flying passengers. In 1930 Western Air Express merged with TWA. In 1934 Western Air Express departed from TWA and in 1941, changed it’s name to Western Airlines. Printing on the reverse of this photograph indicates that it was taken in 1940, just a year before the airlines became Western Airlines. The photographer was Herbert Titter who operated a studio in Great Falls, Montana. Titter is known for his photographs of Blackfoot Indians. In fact, the Library of Congress owns at least 15 of his portraits. This vintage photograph measures about 5″ x 8″ and is in excellent condition (see scans). 

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PORTRAIT OF FIVE CEMENT WORKERS WITH ARTISTIC TALENT

This vintage photograph features five cement workers posing with four statues. My hypothesis is that these men are the creators of the statues. Four of the men are wearing work shirts and the fifth man is dressed in a suit and wearing a pocket watch. The better dressed gentleman is likely the manager or boss of the four workmen. This image measures 5″ x 5″ is quite an unusual occupational photograph.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO MEN, ONE IS TAKING NOTES

This vintage photograph features two men. What is the story behind this photo? The men are fairly well dressed, but not in a way that they appear to be going to a formal social event. My guess is that this is an occupational photograph. One man is holding a pencil and a sheet of paper. Are these men reporters? Are they some sort of order takers? What’s your guess? Note that the gentleman are posed in a manner that each has one foot on a stool. The stool is a somewhat unusual prop for this era photograph. The identities of the subjects and the photographer are unknown.  (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAIL CARRIER IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

This vintage real photo postcard features what appears to be a young mail carrier or delivery boy. He is carrying a tied packet of envelopes and he is wearing a uniform. A patch on his sleeve reads LMB 117. This image is a bit of a mystery. Is this teenage boy a mail carrier or a student? What does LMB signify? What is the meaning of what the boy is wearing on his head (flower wreath)? There are more questions than answers provided by this photograph. The photo was taken at the Lonyai studio in Bucharest, Romania. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the paper was produced by K Ltd, likely between 1918 and 1936. It is probable that it was produced sometime in the 1930’s. This interesting image has excellent clarity.                  ADDENDUM: A viewer of this photograph has painted a more accurate picture of what is occurring in the photo. “This boy is being an award winner of his class at the school. That package under his arm didn’t contain envelopes, but books. The page on the top is a diploma. One more thing: that wreath symbolize the laurels with which the Roman emperors adorned their foreheads when they turned victorious from the wars…The best pupil at learning was of course victorious…”.

 

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BABY NURSE LOVINGLY LOOKS AT BABY IN HER CARE IN EVESHAM, ENGLAND

This vintage photograph is special in that it captures emotion. The baby nurse pictured in this photograph is looking at the baby in her charge in a warm loving way. The nurse is looking at the baby in an identical manner that a mother looks at her infant. The photograph is also special in that it shows  a nurse’s uniform that dates back to slightly after the turn of the nineteenth century. This photograph was taken by Fred Gegg who operated a studio in Evesham, England. Evesham is a town in the district of Worcestershire. Frederick George Gegg (1871-1925? took photographs in Evesham from about 1899 until his death.

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

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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 permanantly 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.

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