PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL AND HER ADORABLE LARGE DOG

This vintage real photo postcard features an adorable little girl and her adorable big dog. They make a lovely pair. The child, sitting on a pillow, shows a hint of a smile and the dog looks alert and friendly. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard reveals that the postcard was made by Crown Studios sometime between 1913 and 1929.The photograph appears to have been taken by a private studio. The postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition.

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Published in: on October 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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EXTENDED FAMILY POSES ON A DIRT ROAD NEAR SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (NOTE THE TWO VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES)

This vintage photograph features a group photo of what is likely an extended family. The two cars ferried six adults and three children to this rural spot for their portrait. The group is standing on a dirt road and posing in front of an agricultural field. One of the men in the photograph is wearing a military uniform. Perhaps he is home on leave. The image was photographed by Foxco in 1944. The company has an interesting history.  The Fox Photo Studio was opened by Arthur C. Fox in 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. Fox sold the studio for seven hundred dollars to Carl D. Newton in 1909. Newton was a clever entrepreneur. One of his gimmicks was to offer a free camera to anyone buying three rolls of film and prepaying developing and printing fees. His successor to the business was Carl D Newton II.  By the mid 1930’s Fox advertised itself as the world’s largest Kodak finishers. Their processing plant was in operation around the clock. The company expanded and opened facilities in Dallas, Houston, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The company grew and grew and ultimately reached 12,000 dealers nationwide. In 1986, the company was sold to Kodak. Carl D Newton III kept the retail division of the business, calling it Fox Photo. Later, the business changed hands a number of times until it faded into history.  This photo was taken somewhere near San Antonio. The photo is printed on paper thinner than stock used for cdvs or cabinet cards. The photograph measures about 3″ x 2 1/4″ and is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL AND LUCKY YOUNG WOMAN

This vintage real photo postcard features a very attractive young woman holding a bouquet of purple flowers and what appears to be a horseshoe. The woman is beautifully dressed in an orange winter coat with a fur collar and fur sleeve cuffs. She has a wonderful smile. The postcard is from the French art deco period. It was likely published in the 1910’s. The postcard was published by Gloria and was part of a series (no. 4010). The horseshoe seen in this photograph is an enigma. First of all, is it a horseshoe? It is way too large to be anything but a piece of art, rather than a real horseshoe. Horseshoes have long been associated as being “lucky”. They were originally made of iron, a metal that was believed to ward off evil spirits. They were originally held in place with seven nails. Seven was considered a lucky number. Superstitious sailors believed a horseshoe nailed to a mast would keep storms away from their ship. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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ROAD TRIP: FOUR BOYS AND A FORD GALAXIE IN MEXICO

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Everyday life was becoming a drag. Every day was a carbon copy of the previous day. The boys needed something to do that would break up the routine. One of the boys had an idea of how to end their restlessness. After a night of the boys boozing it up, he said, “How about a road trip?”. Agreement with the proposal was unanimous. With little planning, the boys jumped into Joe’s Ford Galaxie and drove off to the border. Once in Mexico, the boys stopped at a cafe to get some grub. A sign hanging on the side of the building advertised food. Among the selections was “Pollo” (chicken) and “Carnitas” (a tasty pork dish). The boys brought along their own liquid refreshment. A large bottle sits on top of the car and one of the boys is holding a second bottle. The odds are that the liquid refreshment was some form of alcohol. One can only imagine what occurred after this photograph was taken. Hopefully, the boys had a good time and got home safely. This photograph was taken circa  early 1960’s. The Ford Galaxie was produced beginning 1959 and the pictured vehicle is one of the early models. This vintage real photo postcard has a light crease in the lower left hand corner and is in overall good condition (see scans).

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TWO ADORABLE BOYS WEARING TRADITIONAL CLOTHING IN COLMAR, FRANCE

Colmar is a town in the Grand Est region of northeastern France. It is located near the German border. Photographer, Severin Schoy operated a photo studio in Colmar. Writing on the reverse of this cabinet card photograph indicates that in 1907, Schoy photographed two young boys. Their names were Hans Malte and Herbert Crede. The lads were wearing traditional outfits from their region. They look adorable and both have wonderful smiles. This cabinet card is in very good condition.

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FLOATING YOUNG LADIES DRESSED IN WHITE

This vintage real photo postcard features two pretty young women wearing long light colored dresses, large bows, and fun hats. The unidentified photographer of this portrait either intentionally, or unintentionally, used lighting or developing techniques that made their feet disappear under the cover of darkness. The women appear to be floating above the floor. This is a privately produced postcard. The image was taken at a photo studio. There are likely no other copies of this photograph. The “AZO” stamp box indicates that the postcard photo was taken sometime between 1904 and 1918. At first glance, this postcard is in very good condition. However, it is important to note that there is a light crease running through the darker of the two pictured hats (see scans).

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BILLIE DOVE: BEAUTIFUL FILM ACTRESS, GIRL FRIEND OF FLORENZ ZIEGFELD AND HOWARD HUGHES

Billie Dove (1903-1997) was an American actress. Her parents were Swiss immigrants. During her teenage years, she worked as a model to support her family. Florenz Ziegfeld hired her as a teenager to appear in the Ziegfeld Follies Revue. She was not a particularly talented dancer or singer, her beauty and acting ability were her major assets. In the early 1920’s she moved to Hollywood and began appearing in silent films. It has been written that Ziegfield’s wife, actress Billie Burke, helped facilitate Dove’s transition to films. Apparently, Burke was trying to separate Dove from her husband because the pair were having an affair. It did not take long for her to become one of the more popular actresses of the 1920’s. Among her better known films was “The Black Pirate” (1926) with Douglas Fairbanks, and “The American Beauty” (1927). Dove was a ravishing beauty and was very photogenic. She married director, Irvin Willat, in 1923. The marriage had a six year duration. She then had a three year romance with Howard Hughes. Dove’s other interests included being a pilot, painter, and poet. After her last film, “Blondie of the Follies” (1932), Dove retired from films. It is thought that she retired because she was distraught about her role in her last film being “trimmed” by her co-star’s (Marion Davis) influential boyfriend (William Randloph Hearst). Hearst was upset because Miss Davis’s acting was overshadowed by Dove’s acting. Mr Hearst owned Cosmopolitan Productions which produced the movie. After retirement, Dove married oil executive Robert Kenaston in 1933 and the couple remained together until Kenaston’s death in 1970. She had a brief third marriage to an architect. It is interesting to note that jazz singer, Billie Holiday, borrowed Billie Dove’s first name when picking out her own stage name. Miss Holiday was an admirer of Miss Dove. The IMDb lists 50 movie credits for Billie Dove between 1921 and 1962, This vintage real photo postcard was published by “Ross Verlag”, The photographer of Miss Dove’s portrait was Defina of First National Pictures. This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY 1950’S PIN-UP

This risque vintage photograph features a pretty model covered by an almost sheer veiled material. She is showing a great deal of bare skin. The young woman has a wonderful smile and sparkling eyes. This photograph is a pin-up from the 1950’s. Pin-ups are models that are photographed in a mass produced manner and sold in the general culture. They are meant for informal display, often pinned to a wall. The women that pose for pin-up photos may be glamour or fashion models, or even actresses.These pictures are sometimes referred to as “cheesecake photos”. This vintage Italian postcard is part of a series by Foto S.P.E.S., Roma, no. 2020. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on September 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A FATHER AND SON IN DULUTH, MINNESOTA (SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THE FASHION POLICE)

A father and son pose for their portrait at the Tornquist gallery in Duluth, Minnesota. At least it is my hypotheses that they are father and son based on their similar facial features. It appears that the men are wearing work clothes. Hopefully the son learned a lot about life from his father. However, I hope the son did not inherit his father’s fashion sense. Dad’s striped pants and plaid shirt clash big-time. Someone should call the fashion police. Dad’s poor fashion judgement should result in a felony. The photographer of this cabinet card portrait is Axel M. Turnquist. Mr Turnquist got around. He was born in Sweden and trained as a photographer in Duluth. He  operated photographic studios in many Minnesota towns including, Eveleth, Hibbing, Aurora, Tower, Virginia, and Duluth. His photography career spanned from the 1880’s through 1923. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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A DAY AT THE BEACH FOR EIGHT BATHERS IN TOKAJ, HUNGARY

Eight bathers gather for their group photo at a beach in Tokaj, Hungary. The historical town is located in the northern part of Hungary. It is in the district where Tokaji wine is produced. The beach goers are wearing bathing suits. Half of the subjects are sitting in a beached rowboat.The reverse of this vintage real photo postcard indicates that the message was written in 1927. It appears that seven of the individuals in the photo are identified in the column on the right side of the back of the postcard. Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet card gallery will be able to leave a comment translating the postcard’s message. This photo postcard is in very good condition. 

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