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This vintage real photo postcard features Edwardian theater actress Miss Dorothy Chard. Preliminary research yielded little information about her life and her career. More intensive research is required to uncover biographical information. The Internet Broadway Data Base (IBDB) notes that Miss Chard appeared in eleven Broadway shows from 1926 through 1930. She played in musicals but she primarily appeared in comedies. Among her credits are “Merry-Go-Round” (1927) and “Cinderelative” (1930). The dearth of information about Miss Chard reveals that she certainly was not a leading actress of her time but she certainly was beautiful and well known enough to merit the publishing of a photo postcard by the Rotary Postcard company. This postcard was part of the Rotary Photographic series (no. 4353 A). The photograph of Dorothy Chard appearing on this postcard was taken by the Foulsham & Banfield Studio.The pair were well known celebrity photographers. Frank Foulsham and A. C. Banfield operated a studio from the 1900’s through the 1920’s. The postcard is postmarked 1909 from Edinburg, Scotland. Edinburg is Scotland’s capital city. The content of the message on this postcard mentions “fresh cards” referring to newly released photo postcards. Collecting such cards was a popular hobby during this era. I guess this hobby was a precursor to collecting pokemon. I prefer collecting photo portraits. Call me “old school”.                                                             The second vintage postcard features a portrait of Dorothy Chard from the same series as the top postcard. This Rotary postcard (no. 4353 K) presents a more complete view of the actress. Miss Chard was dressed in different clothing and accessories for the two portraits. She looks very friendly in card 1 but has an arrogant expression in card 2. The message on the reverse of this postcard states “Dearest Lil, Have you been feeling well today. I have. M. has not spoken to me yet. Wish I was going to see you tonight. –?– on saturday night. Have you had your chocolates? Hope you will like the P-C (postcard). I think it is very good. With fondest love. I remain yours forever.  (JM?)  My- Word -” It is interesting that the writers of postcard 1 and 2 both mention the photo postcard that they are sending. It would be interesting to know what “My-Word-” means. Does it mean “I will remain yours forever, you have my word”. Hopefully, a Cabinet Card Gallery visitor will be able to offer an explanation,



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 A lovely well dressed couple pose for their portrait at the Evans Studio in Hawick, Scotland. The gentleman is elegantly dressed in jacket and tie. The woman is wearing a dark dress and is holding a book in one hand antd resting her other hand on her husband’s shoulder. The photographer of this image is likely T. A. Evans.

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A pretty Scottish woman poses for her portrait at the Charles Reid studio in Wishaw, Scotland. The young lady has short curly hair and is wearing a necklace. She also has beautiful soulful eyes. Printing on the reverse of the cabinet card displays drawings and descriptions of some of the medals won by the photographer. The dates of the awards span between 1886 and 1891. This photograph was likely taken in 1891 or shortly thereafter. Charles Reid (1838-1929) was a noted Scottish photographer. The 1881 census reported that he was married and had seven kids. His eldest, Charles, was fourteen years old and worked as Reid’s assistant. In 1877  Reid conducted his business in New Pitsligo. Between 1882 and 1900, Reid operated a studio on Young Street in Wishaw. Reid is well known for the many wildlife photographs that he produced. He lectured the Edinburgh Photographic Society on animal and bird photography in 1882, 1890, and 1896. He produced a book, Animal Studies, published in 1901. His son, Charles, took over the studio from his father. Later, an Andrew Reid, became the proprietor. Perhaps he was the elder Charles Reid’s grandson.


A pretty young woman arranges cabinet cards in a photograph album. The woman is Scottish, and she is photographed by Wohlgemuth & Company. The studio was located in Glasgow, Scotland. The studio operated between 1887 and 1914. However, a photography journal reported that Benjamin Wohlgemuth was elected to the Glasgow Photographic Association in 1879. The reverse of the image has a pencilled inscription that includes a name and address. The name is difficult to decipher, but it is something close to Prince H. France. The address is 22 Short Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales.

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