NATHAN HALE MEMORIAL : HUNTINGTON NY : HALESITE : REVOLUTIONARY WAR RARE : 1909

This vintage real photo postcard features the Nathan Hale Monument, located in Huntington, New York. After the battle of Long Island, the Briitsh occupied Huntington and the rest of the island. Nathan Hale, twenty one years old and a Yale graduate from Connecticut, volunteered to cross the Long Island Sound and gather intelligence on the British. He came ashore, and began his mission in Huntington. Hale was captured by the British and identified as a spy. He was hung in New York City. His last words are said to be “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”. A monument was erected in Huntington to honor Hale. Famed architect Stanford White created the original design. He also donated money to help pay for the monument. The cost of the memorial was about nineteen hundred dollars. The memorial was erected in 1894. Originally, the monument also served as a drinking fountain and it had two lamps to provide light at night.The monument was quite versatile. It also had a water trough for horses. Huntington also has another long time monument honoring Hale. It is called Nathan Hale Rock. This photo postcard was published by the Gildersleeve Shop. The card has a Northport (NY) postmark that is dated 1909. This postcard is rare. The house in the background of this photograph puzzles me. I would expect to see the town’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building or the towns historic cemetery instead. Perhaps there was a house that was adjacent to the memorial that I was unaware existed. Another possibility is that the photographer intentionally combined two photos to make it appear that the monument was in someone’s front yard. More investigation is required. This historic vintage real photo postcard has paper debris on it’s reverse from it’s former residence in an album. The postcard is in overall good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN : BY ELMER CHICKERING : BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card portrait features a welll dressed pretty young woman posing at the Elmer Chickering studio in Boston, Massachusetts. The woman is wearing a ring, earrings and a tight necklace. She has piercing eyes. Elmer Chickering (1857-1915?) was a prestigious Boston photographer who was began his career in the city around 1884.  His obituary states that he photographed many of the leading men and women of the city, state and nation. Chickering was well known his baseball related photographs as well as for his many celebrity portraits. This cabinet card is in fair condition. Note the tiny chip on the mid left border of the image (see scans).

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LENIN : RUSSIAN SOLDIER : FLAG WITH IMAGE OF VLADIMIR LENIN : VINTAGE PHOTO

This vintage photograph features a photo of a Russian soldier standing in front of a flag that has an image with the likeness of Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924). Lenin was the founder of the Russian Communist Party and the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. He was also the first head of the Soviet Union (1917-1924). His supporters viewed him as a defender of the working class from the wealthy and aristocraciy. His critics decried his totalitarian dictatorship and the mass killing and political repression that occurred under his stewardship. The unconfirmed translation of the words on this flag are”Glory to the Soviet Army”.This image is from circa the 1970’s. This photograph measures about 3.75″ x 5″ and is in good condition (see scans).

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VAN NESS HOTEL : BURLINGTON VERMONT : POSTCARD : (1913)

This vintage postcard features the Van Ness Hotel, which was located in Burlington, Vermont. Also pictured are three horse drawn coaches and several pedestrians. The Van Ness opened in 1870.The brick building was on the site formerly occupied by the Howard House until it was destroyed by fire in 1867.  The Van Ness Hotel had a capacity of 400 guests. It hosted three US Presidents (William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Howard Taft). The Van Ness was considered “first class” and the best hotel in Burlington. The Van Ness burned down in 1951. When a new building went up on the site, it was occupied by the Howard Bank. In 2007, it became the TD Bank. The postcard has a 1913 postmark from Burlington. The card is in good condition. Note the small dent near the middle of the left edge of the front of the postcard. 

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BOY RIDES DONKEY : SMILING EAR TO EAR (RPPC 1900’s OR 1910’s)

This vintage real photo postcard provides a “feel good” impact on it’s viewers. A young well-dressed boy rides a tired looking donkey and he is wearing a smile that extends from ear to ear. He seems to be having the time of his life and his smile is infectious. A nice smile serves people well in life. Marilyn Monroe must have been in agreement about the importance of smiling when she said “A smile is the best makup any girl can wear”. Note that the donkey has a pennant hanging on his forehead. The pennant has “Illinois” printed on it. We can probably posit that this photo was taken in the “Land of Lincoln” (Illinois). This postcard has an “AZO” stamp box indicating that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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GREETINGS FROM WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA (1948)

This vintage postcard (1948) sends “Greetings from Winchester, Virginia. The postcard displays two drawings of sites to visit in the town of Winchester. A visitor can see both the headquarters of George Washington (Revolutionary War) as well as the headquarters of General Phillip Sheridan (Civil War). The postcard also brags about the region’s locally grown apples. The card shows and “exaggeration drawing” of a giant apple that requires it’s own railroad car to transport it. Winchester is located in Northern Virginia. It is more specifically, in the Shenandoah Valley. Since 1924, Winchester has been the home of the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom festival. SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF A MOTHER AND HER TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS IN CAMBERWELL, ENGLAND

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This vintage real photo postcard presents a portrait of a mother and her two young daughters. Some may claim that this is actually a portrait of three sisters. I’m sticking to my interpretation, though I recognize that my hypothesis is debatable. The two young children are cute and appear unintimidated by the photographer or the photographic process. The older daughter is holding some flowers. This photo postcard was produced by Moore’s Studio which was located in Camberwell, a district in South London, England. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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EXQUISITE LOOKING “JERSEY GIRL” : IMMIGRANT JEWISH PHOTOGRAPHER : NEWARK, NEW JERSEY (CABINET CARD)

An exquisite looking teen beauty poses for her portrait at the studio of Fieldman. Fieldman had two galleries, and they were located in Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey. This Jersey girl has a fine hat and a fine figure. The photographer of this cabinet card photograph was Isidore Fieldman (1869-?). He was born in Russia and arrived in America during 1891. He was listed as a photographer in the 1900 through the 1930 U.S. Census. He and his wife Rose (born in Poland) spoke Yiddish, indicating that they were of the Jewish faith. During at least some of their years, the couple and their family lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Their children included Esther (born 1890), Milton (born 1901), Margaret (born 1901), Herman (born 1906), George (born 1914). Milton and Margaret were likely twins. Herman joined his father’s photography business. Note that this cabinet card has excellent clarity, edge wear, and light stains on the bottom border below the image. Overall, this photograph is in good condition (see scans).

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PRESIDENT JAMES GARFIELD MEMORIAL : CLEVELAND, OHIO : VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH

This vintage photograph features the James A. Garfield Memorial, located in Lake View Cemetery, in Cleveland, Ohio. Garfield, his wife, and other family members are entombed in the crypt level of the monument. Garfield was the twentieth president of the United States. He was assassinated in 1881. The memorial was dedicated in 1890. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Note the stain on the top right hand corner on the reverse of the photo. This photograph measures 8″ x 10″ and is in overall good condition (see scans). 

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PRETTY ITALIAN ACTRESS AND WRITER MARCELLA ALBANI

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Marcella Albani (1899-1959) was an Italian film actress that appeared in 50 films between 1919 and 1936. Albani was “discovered” by writer/director Guido Parish (Schamberg) when she was twenty years old. They became a very successful film couple until 1924 when they parted ways. Their movies were predominately tear jerkers and adventure stories. The actress also worked with other famous directors such as Joe May, Friedrich Zelnik, and Wilhelm Dieterle. Albani was a major star in the European cinema in the late 1920’s. Her films were made in five different European countries. Many of Albani’s roles were portraying elegant Latin beauties. At the advent of sound movies, Miss Albani turned to writing. One of her several novels was turned into a movie. She continued to act until 1936. Albani was married to director Mario Franchini in 1931.

Albani certainly looks elegant, sensual, and beautiful in this Postcard 1 portrait. She is dressed exquisitely. The postcard image is a bit risque for it’s era. This postcard was published by Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany. The postcard is part of a series (no. 538/1). This portrait of Miss Albani was taken by celebrity photographer, Alexander Binder.   (SOLD)

In the photograph seen on Postcard 2, Albani again looks elegant, and beautiful. Her hat is a fashion statement in itself. The card is of German origin and published by Ross Verlag of Berlin. The postcard is part of a series (no. 1521/1). The photo is by Aafa film. According to one reliable source, the postcard was issued sometime between 1927 and 1928.  (SOLD)

Postcard 3 features a beautiful risque portrait of Miss Albani. The publisher of this postcard is also Ross Verlag of Berlin, Germany. The postcard is part of a series (no. 596/3). Printed on the postcard is the name “Albani Film”. The company was a film production and distribution firm and was active in 1934.  (SOLD)

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