A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN HOLDING A PARASOL IN BAZIN, HUNGARY (c.1905)

This cabinet card portrait features a pretty young woman holding a parasol over her left shoulder and a flower in her right hand. She appears to be in her teenage years. She is dressed beautifully. Her dress has a sailor-type style and emanates an aura of lightness. This photograph was taken by Karinger Ferenc. He was an active photographer between 1899 and 1910. He operated a studio in Pozsony, located in the Kingdom of Hungary. The territory is now predominately in Slovakia with only a small portion of the town still in Hungary. Note the town of Bazin is listed on the reverse of this photo. Bazin is the Hungarian name for the Slovaki named town of Pezinok. This cabinet card appears to have been trimmed. It measures about 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4″ and is in fair condition (see scans).

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SOPHUS WILLIAMS : PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN BY A MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER

This lovely cabinet card was a very difficult photograph to research. I encountered two primary problems. First, who is Matin? Her name is listed beneath her photo. She clearly is a pretty young woman who appears to be in her teenage years. She is wearing a sleeveless low-cut blouse. Apparently, she likes jewelry. She is wearing a flamboyant beaded bracelet, hoop earrings, and a ring. Is she an actress or some other type of celebrity? I have thus far, failed in my attempt to identify her. The second problem that I encountered is the difficulty I had finding biographical information about the photographer, Sophus Williams. It is ironic, his photographs are cited in many articles and they appear in multiple esteemed museums. However, getting details about his life, is akin to researching someone in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Here is what I learned. Sophus Williams’s actual name was Sophus Vilhelm Schou. He was of Danish origin but became a German photographer and publisher. He was born in Copenhagen in 1835 and he died in Grabow, Germany in 1900. He went to London in 1859 and at an unknown date, went to Berlin where he passed himself off as being British. He was married to Agnes Klitz (1843-1911). In 1868, Sophus partnered with businessman Rudolph Gustav Leonhard Reinhold Knaak , to buy out an art dealer’s trading company (E. Linde & Co). The firm was located in Berlin, Germany. Sophus Williams published the work of many photographers and participated in Vienna’s 1873 World Exhibition. Williams’s publishing firm was well known for many formats, including Stereoscopic photos, Carte de Visite images, Cabinet Cards, and Leporellos. What are Leporellos? They are printed material folded into an “accordion-pleat” style. The method is also known as a “concertina fold”. Williams’s “Linde & Co” was well known for their photographs of paintings. Williams was active in Berlin through much of the 1860’s and 1880’s. Sophus Williams succumbed to a heart attack in 1900. His work can be found in high profile museums such as J Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA) and the George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), The British Museum (London, England), and The Altes Museum (Berlin). On the reverse of this cabinet card is the printed date 1878 and a credit to Sophus Williams. An inscription located on the reverse of the photograph labels the photo a “souvenir” and confirms the 1878 date. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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TWO ADORABLE LITTLE GIRLS POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT : BOTH WERE POPULAR PHOTO POSTCARD MODELS

This vintage real photo postcard features two adorable little girls. This photograph is stunning. The card was published by PFB as part of a series (no.230). PFB stands for Paul Fink, a publishing firm located in Berlin, Germany. The company existed between 1899 and 1905. Fink was a fine art printer and they published many “elaborate” postcards. Many of these cards utilized embossing in their production.  The postmark on the reverse of this card indicates it was stamped in the 1920’s. The reverse of the card also reveals that it was published by the Philco Publishing Company of London, England. Philco published postcards between 1905 and 1934. Perhaps Philco bought out PFB and the rights to publish PFB photo cards. This postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

 

PORTRAIT OF THE SANTA CRUZ MUNICIPAL WHARF

This vintage photograph features the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. There are a number of interesting automobile diagonally parked in front of the building. In case you are wondering, yes, cars were driven on the wharf. The signs on the front of the building reveal much about the activities happening at the wharf. The sign on the far left announces that bait is available at the end of the wharf. The building has a window where people could order hamburgers, hot dogs, cold drinks, candy, and “smokes” from Cartwrights food stand. There are also posted speed limits; 15 mph for cars and 10 mph for trucks. The Santa Cruz Wharf opened in 1914. The reason for its construction was to provide a place to ship potatoes to San Francisco for the residents of mining camps in the Sierra Nevada. When roads were developed that provided efficient land routes for shipping products, the wharf’s focus turned to the north Monterey Bay fishing industry. When the fish and sardine population decreased, the wharf became a popular recreation destination. It remains so, today. The wharf is 2745 feet; the longest wooden wharf on the west coast. This image is from the circa 1930’s. This photograph measures about 5″ x 3 1/8″. SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF THE CUTEST SCHOOLGIRL IN THE USSR

This vintage photograph features an adorable Russian schoolgirl. She is wearing braids, a hairbow, and a beautiful smile. Note the five pointed star pin that she is wearing on the front of her dress. It is known as a “Little Octobrist” badge. This Soviet term made it’s apperance around 1923-1924. Originally, the term referred to children born in 1917, the year of the October revolution. As time passed, the term was utilized as the name of a youth organization for children between seven and nine years old. When children reached the age of nine, the Little Octobrists would join an organization named, “The Young Pioneers”. Groups of five Octobrists would be called “little stars” and they would be led by a Pioneer from the “Young Pioneers”. All of the octobrists would wear a ruby-colored five-pointed star badge. The badge had a portrait of Vladimir Lenin as a child. In the adult world, the Octobrist party was a liberal, reformist, constitutionalist political party in Imperial Russisa. It was moderately right wing and anti-revolutionary. I have been unable to determine when the Octobrist movement ended. This photograph appears to be from the 1970’s and I do not know if the youth movement was still active at that point in time. This photograph measures about 3 1/2″ x 6″ and is in very good condition (see scans). Note the crease in the top right hand corner of the border.

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BEAUTIFUL YOUNG JEWISH WOMAN WITH PRETTY EYES (JUDAICA)

I need to temper my words in my description of this lovely vintage real photo postcard. The previous owner of this postcard had many Judaica postcards in their collection. They described this postcard as featuring a pretty young Jewish woman wearing a dress with a low neckline. Although there is no Hebrew writing on the reverse of this postcard, as well as no identification of a Jewish name of the subject, I held the likely assumption that the card came from an album or collection belonging to a Jewish family. It seemed like a relatively safe assumption until I noticed the logo on the bottom left hand corner of the front of the postcard. The logo includes a six-pointed Star of David. Preliminary research could not identify a postcard publisher that uses this logo. I can’t help but wonder if the Star of David logo is the reason why the previous owner identified the young woman subject of this postcard as being of the Jewish faith. Personally, I would not accept the logo as evidence of the religion of this woman. Did I mention that she has beautiful eyes? This postcard dates back to the very early 1900’s (c 1910’s). The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN AND HER SMILE (TINTYPE)

This tintype photograph features a well-dressed and pretty young woman. She appears to be dressed for winter. She is wearing a dark heavy dress and a cape. She looks very pleasant and has a lovely smile. Tintypes were popular in the 1860’s and 1870’s. Over time, they were replaced by Carte de Visites and Cabinet Cards. This lovely tintype portrait measures about  2 1/2″ x 3 3/8″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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A PATRIOTIC MAN POSES WITH THE AMERICAN FLAG

A young man wearing a three piece suit and bow tie, poses next to an American flag at an unidentified photo studio. This patriotic vintage real photo postcard has an AZO stamp box which indicates that the card dates back to sometime between 1910 and 1930. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans). SOLD

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A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN AND HER WONDERFUL HAT

A pretty and well dressed young woman poses for her photograph at a studio in Berlin, Germany.This photograph was taken at the Wertheim studio located on Leipziger Street in Berlin, Germany. It is possible that the name Wertheim actually represents a photo studio in a department store. Wertheim was a large German department store chain which had four stores in Berlin. The chain’s most famous store, Leipziger Platz, was constructed in 1896. The store featured 83 elevators and an atrium with a glass roof. This young lady appears to like the “layered look”. She also seems to have a penchant for wearing jewelry. Note her necklace, two rings, and pin. She is wearing a wonderful hat and has a fur on her lap. I think that this young woman qualifies for the tile of “fashionista”. The message on the reverse of the postcard is dated 1915,  This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A FEMALE ENTOMOLOGIST STUDYING BUGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH IN THE 1920’S

The subject matter of this vintage photograph is definitely unusual. The photographer was an accomplished man outside of field of photography. The subject of this photo is a young woman studying mounted insects. On the blackboard is a drawing and the words “Musca Metamorphosis”. The drawing and the words depict the common house fly and it’s body parts. The woman is likely a biologist or an entomologist. Perhaps she is a student in one of these fields. A microscope, a tank of water, an insect mounting board, and four books can be found on the woman’s lab table. She is wearing a headband to keep her hair out of her eyes while she is working. This photograph was taken by Dr Charles S. Apgar. Apgar was born in 1902 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Westminister College and after two years transferred to the University of Pittsburgh. Apgar attained his PhD there in 1930. He became the head of the biology department at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. In 1945. he was an associate professor of Biology and he attained full professor rank in 1947. A college year book described him as ingenious, versatile, patient, and kind. Between 1961 and 1966, he served as head of the Elizabethtown College Biology department. One source reveals that Professor Apgar was very involved in the colledge’s  academic, as well as, social activities on campus. He was viewed by many students as a role model. His wife worked in the same department as Apgar. She was a PhD biologist who earned a degree at the University of Pennsylvania. The pair were at Elizabethtown College for more than 20 years. The previous owner of this photograph reports that the photo was taken by Apgar in the 1920’s at a University of Pittsburgh lab. This interesting photograph measures about 7 1/2″ x 9 1/4″. SOLD