LADY AT THE CROSS IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

This cabinet card requires some interpretation. A young woman is posed standing next to a cross. Her hand is touching the cross. She appears to be dressed in an outfit from another era, or perhaps she is wearing her night clothes. Where is the cross supposed to be located? Is it a gravestone in a cemetery? Is it a symbol outside a church? Another possibility is that the woman is an actress and the image shown originates from her role in a play. The photographic studio that produced this image,  is W. G. and A. J. Thuss, of Nashville, Tennessee. William Gustave Thuss (1854-1943) came to Nashville by 1875 and created several partnerships. He was partners with Charles Parel (1878), Emil Koellein (1880), and Thus, Koellein and Gierss 1883-1889). In 1889, William joined his brother Andrew Joseph Thuss (1866-1950) in starting their own studio. The pair prospered and photographed many of the dignitaries who lived in, or visited, Nashville. Work from the studio won many awards, and a studio was established in 1897 at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. In 1917, the brothers split up. Each one operated what they called the “original” Thuss studio. The brothers relationship remained damaged for many years, illustrated by the report that when William Gustav Thuss  was on his death bed, his brother never visited him.   (SOLD)

PRETTY TEENAGER CELEBRATES HER RELIGIOUS CONFIRMATION : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty and mature looking young teenage woman posing for her confirmation photograph. The girl has long braided hair. She is wearing a cross and is posed behind a table holding items related to the confirmation. The scallop edged postcard has a German stamp and is in Very Good Condition (see scans).
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN : HIGH FASHION : ST. LOUIS : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card portrait features a pretty teenage girl dressed in high fashion. The manner in she is dressed and the fact that she is holding a scroll and flowers; strongly suggests that she is being photographed in connection with a religious ceremony. Initially her appearance was suggestive of her being a bride. Her youthful appearance and the scroll convinced me that she is likely making her confirmation. This photograph was taken at the Genelli Studio in St. Louis, Missouri. The studio was operated by Melzar Whittlesey (M.W.) Starks.  He was born in Illinois in 1851. At age 21, he became a photographer apprentice in St. Louis. A short time later, he partnered with the Hulbert Brothers to build what many considered to be, the best portrait studio in the state. Starks moved to Sioux City Iowa in 1883. He opened a photography studio there.The Hulberts stayed in St. Louis and remained in business until 1898. Starks retired from his professon by 1910. This cabin card portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).          

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INDIAN PUNDITS : TRINIDAD : HINDUISM : RPPC (c 1930’s)

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of “Indian Pundits” in Trinidad. A pundit is “a man with specialized knowledge or a teacher of any field of knowledge in Hinduism”. Today, as we see on the major cable news networks, a pundit is an expert in any specific area of knowledge. It is interesting to note that Hinduism is the second largest religion in Trinidad and Tobago. This ethnographic postcard is part of a series (no.400). The photo on this postcard was taken in 1931 and the card itself dates back to the 1930’s.  SOLD

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JEWISH TEMPLE : SYNOGOGUE : COLUMBUS, OHIO : (1913)

This vintage postcard features a Jewish Temple (Temple Israel) located in Columbus, Ohio. The Synagogue was located on Bryden Road. The temple was part of the Reform Judaism movement. The building finished construction in 1904. The postcard was published by Haenlein Brothers. The card was postmarked in 1913. SOLD

PORTRAIT OF REVEREND ALBERT TYLER (1823-1913): PUBLISHER AND HISTORIAN IN WEBSTER, MASSACHUSETTS

 

This cabinet card is a portrait of Reverend Albert Tyler (1823-1913) who was a publisher and historian in Worcester,  Massachusetts. Tyler was a Universalist minister. Tyler’s portrait was done by the studio of Davis & Woodward, located in Webster, Massachusetts. Tyler’s name, date of birth, and date of death are listed in an inscription on the reverse of the photograph. This image was taken in his later years and he has a long gray beard that becomes very wispy at its bottom. In the book, “History of  Worcester Massachusetts” , by Lincoln and Hersey (1862), Tyler is said to have been born in Smithfield, Rhode Island. The publication states that Tyler was ordained in 1851 from the Union Association of  Universalists in Warren, Massachusetts. He then became pastor of churches in Oxford, Ma. (2 years), Granby, Connecticut (6 years), and Quincy, Ma.. Next he moved to Worcester and entered the printing business. The Webster Times (1889) supplies an interesting story about Reverend Tyler. He was in attendance of the 28th reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Company E) when he displayed some unusual behavior. Tyler “created a sensation” among the 25 veterans in attendance “by rising and saying he received a “spiritual communication” from Lieutenant Nelson Bartholomew who had died during the war. The message that Tyler received stated that the Lieutenant’s spirit was attending the meeting and found it “most enjoyable to him” and that he loved his comrades, just as he had in 1861. This cabinet card photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL FINDS RELIGION IN REUTLINGEN, GERMANY

This carte de visite portrait features a beautifully dressed teenage girl. She is being photographed to commemorate a religious ceremony. Gotthold Wurster is the photographer of this image. His studio was located in Reutlingen, Germany. This cdv photograph is in excellent condition (see scans)

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FIRST COMMUNION PORTRAIT : LOVELY YOUNG EUROPEAN GIRL IN LANDESHUT OR ROTHENBACH

This cabinet card features a young girl posing for her first communion portrait. The photograph was taken at one of the two locations of the Czechatz studio. The sites of these two studios were Landeshut (Poland) and Rothenbach (Germany). Landeshut is also known as Kamienna Gora. This cabinet card is in excellent condition (see scans).

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BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT OF A NUN : CABINET CARD PHOTO BY JOSEPH APERS (1903-1917)

This gorgeous cabinet card portrait features a half smiling nun. She is wearing a cross and a silver ring (indicating that she has taken perpetual vows). She is holding a prayer book and a small statue of a crucifix is on the table beside her. This lovely image comes from the studio of Joseph Apers. The studio was located in Boom, Belgium. Boom is about 10 miles from the city of Antwerp. A Belgian early photographer guide reports that Apers operated his Boom studio between circa 1903 and 1917, He also had studios in Antwerp during his career. SOLD

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JEWESS : MIDDLE EASTERN OR NORTH AFRICA : ETHNOGRAPHY

This ethnographic postcard features a portrait of a half smiling pretty young woman. Printed beneath the image is the word “Juive”. The English translation of the word is “Jewess”. Judging by her clothing, she is likely from the Middle East or North Africa. The postcard is of French origin and published by JND Hot. It is part of a series (no.190 T). The card is in very good condition (see scans).

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