TWO PRETTY TEENAGE GIRLS AND AN AKWARD POSE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card portrait features two pretty teenagers in an awkward pose. Don’t blame them, blame the photographer. The girls are likely sisters, and they are well dressed, well coiffed, and wearing flowers and necklaces. What exactly was the photographer’s goal in assigning this pose. If the was trying to portray the warmth and love between two sisters; he failed. The girls were likely frozen with “photo studio anxiety” as they posed for this image. The photographer of this photograph is Louis A. Kraft (1855-1938). He operated a photography studio in Chicago, Illinois. There were times in his career that he was a solo practitioner and at other times he partnered with other photographers (Kraft & Harris, Abbot & Kraft). This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans).

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BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN WITH A FLAIR IN LUNDENBURG, GERMANY (A CLASSIC FASHIONISTA)

This cabinet card features a young woman with a flair for fashion. She is most certainly what we call today, a “fashionista”. She looks absolutely beautiful. Her checkered dress is pretty, and unusual for this era’s photographs. I do not know what she is wearing around her collar. Is it part of her dress, or is it an accessory? The young lady is beautifully posed and has a magnificent smile. The stemmed flower in her right hand is a nice touch. The talented photographer of this image is Franz Stulz. He operated a studio in Lundenberg, Germany. This cabinet card photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN A PRINT DRESS AND A CLOCHE HAT

A pretty young woman poses for her portrait in this vintage real photo postcard. The young woman appears to be in her teenage years. She is wearing a very busy print dress and a cloche hat. What is a cloche hat? A cloche hat is a woman’s close-fitting, bell-shaped hat. Printed on the reverse of the postcard are the following words, “Hemetmair’s Wtw. Wels”. Hemetmair is a last name and it is possible that it is the name of the photographer. This postcard portrait appears to be from the 1920’s. The postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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THE GYPSY LADY OF BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

This vintage real photo postcard features a long haired young woman dressed in an ethnic costume. She is wearing gypsy attire in this studio photograph by S. Vaineikis. Vaineikis’s studio was located in Binghamton, New York and the business is listed in the 1920 Binghamton business directory. This postcard was produced by AZO sometime between 1910 and 1930 and is in very good condition.        SOLD
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PORTRAIT OF A SWEET YOUNG WOMAN IN AUSTRALIA

This vintage real photo postcard was taken at an unidentified studio and not mass produced. The young woman posing for the photograph is wearing a plain dress, pearls, and earrings. She dressed up for the photo but no one would accuse her of being a fashionista. The woman used the post card to transmit Christmas and New Year’s greetings. The message on the reverse of the card was written in 1933. The stamp box on the verso indicates that the postcard used Kodak of Australia paper. This postcard has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL, AND FASHIONABLE WOMAN IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card portrait features an attractive well dressed young woman. One could certainly refer to her as a fashionista. She is identified on the reverse of the photograph. Her name is E. S. Garfield and she was living in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. This portrait of Miss Garfield was taken by the McCormick & Heald studio in Boston. Research may have revealed some information about E. S. Garfield. The 1865 Massachusetts census reveals that there was an Emma Susie Garfield living in Fitchburg. She was only 4 years old at that time, as she was born in 1861. If this cabinet card photograph was taken in the 1880’s, her date of birth matches the age at which she appears in this photo. At the time of the 1865 census, Emma lived with her father (James. F. Dana), her mother (Emily), a younger sister (Mary), and 76 year-old Susan Newton (mom’s mom). Emma’s dad worked as a coal dealer. In 1882 Emma married William A. Blodgett in Fitchburg. At the time of the marriage, Emma was a housewife and William was a merchant. The cabinet card gallery has a number of images by McCormich & Heald as well as images by McCormick when he worked independently. You may see those photographs by putting the photographer’s or photographers name in the search box. John L. McCormick and his partner Sumner B. Heald (1835-1900) operated the Boston studio that produced this excellent portrait.  At one point in his career,  Heald supervised the portrait studio operated by famed Boston photographer, George K. Warren (1824-1884). Heald oversaw the celebrity and theatrical portraits produced by the Warren Studio.

 

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THE MUSKEGON 6: A GROUP OF PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT

Six young women gathered at the studio belonging to William McComb (1844-?) in order to have their photograph taken. The studio was located in Muskegon, Michigan. What is the connection between these women? The woman seated in the center front row of the photo has an open book on her lap. Perhaps the young ladies are students. More is known about the photographer than about the young women. William McComb grew up on Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was of Irish descent. By the time he was fifteen years old, McComb had developed an interest in photography. In 1859, he volunteered to become the assistant of a visiting photographer in the area. He learned the business and photography skills necessary to pursue the career of being a photographer. His career path took him to jobs in galleries in Ottawa and Montreal. He then moved to the United States where he met Muskegon photographer, J. D. Westervelt. The two men decided to work together, and the partnership lasted for just one year. In 1879, McComb opened his own photo studio. He soon became the most popular photographer in Muskegon. In 1895, a devastating fire destroyed his studio and it’s equipment as well as his collection of 40,000 negatives. McComb opened a new studio and rebuilt his business. Besides photography, he had a strong interest in weather forecasting and in 1893, he joined the US weather bureau. His duties included raising flags to notify mariners of approaching weather conditions. A photo of William McComb can be seen below. This cabinet card has gold beveled edges and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY EDWARDIAN YOUNG WOMAN AND HER WHIMSICAL HAT

This vintage real photo postcard features a beautiful young woman and her whimsical hat. She is looking over her shoulder and looking coyly at the photographer. The postcard was published by Paul Finkenrath, the Berlin postcard publishing and printing business. It is part of a series. (no. 1018). The Paul Finkenroth company made quality photo postcards and the company was heavily oriented toward export. They were known to be responsive to printing postcards that they’re customers desired over time. They were quite profitable but closed in 1911 when protective tariffs interfered with their business. The company was established by Paul Finkenrath and Paul Grasnick in 1897. The partnership lasted about a year and then Grasnick left to start his own lithography studio. The postmark on this postcard indicates that it was stamped in Kortrijk, a Belgian city in the Flemish province of West Flanders. It was postmarked in 1916 and has a Belgian stamp.

 

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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL NURSE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card photograph features a portrait of a very pretty young nurse, or maid. She clearly is clearly is wearing a uniform. She seems very serious as she poses for her photograph at the Louis H. Rudolph studio in Chicago, Illinois. She has a wide-eyed expression and seems very attentive to the photographer. A drawing of the photographer’s studio (street view) can be seen on the reverse of the photograph. A sign in the window of the drawn building indicates that, at the time, cabinet cards sold for two dollar per dozen photographs. A listing of Chicago’s early photographers reports that Rudolph operated a studio between 1892 and 1900. He was born in 1871 and married Henrietta S. C. Ziehn in 1895. This cabinet card photograph has great clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PRETTY COWGIRL AT MURDOCH’S BATH HOUSE IN GALVESTON, TEXAS

Louis Tobler was a photographer at Murdoch’s Bath House in Galveston, Texas. This vintage real photo postcard is an example of his work. The young woman in this photograph came to his studio and decided to wear a costume. She dressed as a cowgirl and she used many of the props offered to her by the photographer. Note her wooly chaps, gunbelt, holster, gun, bandana, and cowpoke hat. It appears that she is wearing regular shoes rather than boots. The cow girl in this portrait appears to be having a great time being photographed. She is flashing a wonderful smile. The AZO stamp box seen on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the photograph was taken sometime between 1924 and 1949. Murdoch’s Bathhouse played an important part in Galveston’s history. It was originally built in the late 1800’s, and for some reason, wood building was built on the beach. A storm destroyed the bathhouse in 1900. The Bathhouse was reconstructed in 1901 but was destroyed in the storms of 1909,1915, 1961, and 2008. Murdoch’s rented bathing suits and provided showers for beachgoers. When the bathhouse reopened in 1910, it had 542 rooms and a gift shop. The store sold souvenirs, shells, and other hazarai. The bathhouse also had a restaurant named Gaido’s Seafood. Having lived in Houston during the 1980’s and 1990’s, I ate at the restaurant many times and it was considered a Galveston institution. The restaurant remains in business today. The photographer of this postcard portrait, Louis Tobler (1866-1944), was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States in 1879. This portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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