PORTRAIT OF A BUCKEYE: CADDIE JOHNSON POSES IN CANTON, OHIO

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This cabinet card portrait features Caddie Johnson in a very fine dress. She is posing for the photographer at the Buckeye Portrait & View Company  at No. 13 North Walnut Street in Canton, Ohio. No further information could be found about Ms. Johnson or the Buckeye Portrait and View Company. However, an explanation of the term “Buckeye” was excavated. The Buckeye is the state tree of Ohio. This cabinet card is in good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY WOMAN IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

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This Cabinet card features a pretty young woman posing for her portrait in Cleveland, Ohio. The Kitzsteiner & Noville studio produced this photograph. Paul Kitzsteiner (1854-1923) operated a studio in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (date unknown) and was active in Cleveland, Ohio, from the  1870’s until 1889. There is an article about a Paul Kitzsteiner in Abels Photographic Weekly (1912). The magazine reports that he was working for Artex Photo Paper Company of Cleveland, Ohio and that he “has done yeoman service in the interests of photographers”. The writer also asserts that “Kitz” has travelled and demonstrated for photographers and printers, since 1870. Perhaps Kitzsteiner left the photographic studio business to pursue work as a photographic supply salesman. The 1900 census reveals that Kitzsteiner was of German descent and his wife’s name was Rosamund (born 1859). He had two daughters, Manda (age 15), and Edna (age 12). In addition to his family, he lived with his mother-in-law  and father-in-law (Ellen and Sam Searse), his dentist brother (Richard), and a boarder. One hopes that Kitzsteiner had a big house to accommodate such a crowd. Kitzsteiner’s partner, Otto Noville, doesn’t seem to have left much of a legacy in the field of photography; no information about his career was gleaned from research. However, he may have left a very large legacy in the field of aviation and exploration. Why the tentativeness concerning his legacy? The reason is that there was an Otto Noville as well as a Otto J. Noville living in Cleveland. One of the Noville’s was the father of George Otto Noville, a pioneer in polar and transatlantic aviation in the 1920’s. He was also a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Among his many accomplishments was his service with Commander Richard Byrd on his historic flight to the North Pole. Otto J. Noville (1872-?) is listed in the 1900 United States Census along with his wife Nellie (1872-?). His occupation is listed as “Salesman-Notions”. In fact, he was a hat manufacturer. Maybe his career as a photographer hadn’t yet started,  or had already ended. The most likely scenario is that Otto J. Noville is the father of George Otto Noville, and Otto Noville, is the photographic artist. This cabinet card portrait is in excellent condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF PRETTY FASHIONISTA WITH BOWS ON HER SHOES

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lady and a hat 4 This vintage real photo postcard features a fashionable young woman posing for a unknown photographer. This is a private postcard, as opposed to a card printed for mass distribution. The postcard is extremely likely to be one-of-a-kind. The young woman appears to be in her teenage years and is quite pretty. She gazes at the camera with wide eyes and a semi-serious expression. Note her wide brimmed hat and the bows on her shoes. This postcard is in good condition. The bottom right hand corner of the card has a crease (see scans).

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PRETTY WOMAN IN HOMER, NEW YORK

mamey 3A pretty young woman who appears to be in her teenage years, poses for her portrait in Homer, New York. The photographer who produced this cabinet card was McGillivray. The photographers first name is currently unidentified. The woman in the photograph is identified in a notation on the reverse of the image as Mayme Share Eldridge. Research revealed no information about Ms. Eldridge. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition.                                          

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FASHIONABLE AND PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN – LOVE THOSE SHOES

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This vintage real photo postcard features a young woman, possibly a teenager, posing for a full length portrait. She appears to be making a fashion statement. She is wearing a lovely dress and pretty shoes. A message on the reverse of the postcard reads “good memories, November, 1925(?). The inscription is signed presumably by the photographed subject, Liliane. The portrait’s photographer is Henri Pissot and his studio was located in Sens, France. Sens is a city in the Yonne department in north-central France. To see more photographs by Pissot, place his name in the search box. This postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN RELAXING IN HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS (PHOTO BY ERNEST ECKLER )

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hot springs 4 This vintage real photo postcard features a lovely young woman smiling for the camera at the Eckler photo studio in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Eckler’s name is embossed on the  right side of the bottom border of the postcard. The city of Hot Springs is located in the Ouachita Mountains and has several natural hot springs in the area. Beginning in the 1830’s, Hot Springs became a resort offering many spas. Hot Springs was the place to go for relaxation, fun, and good health. It is likely that the woman in this photograph is a visitor to the spa town. If so, she would come to the photographer for a photograph to serve as souvenir of her trip. The woman is wearing a dress that suggests that, in my opinion,  informality and relaxation. Her hat is quite unusual and interesting. It looks like a slab of bacon. It seems appropriate to wear such a hat in the Razorback state. Ernest Eckler was one of Hot Springs’s most renowned photographers. He operated a studio there for 49 years (1897-1946). He was from Missouri but moved to Hot Springs in the late 1890’s. He moved to Hot Springs because he was a tuberculosis patient seeking medical benefits from the springs. Eckler was a college graduate but while in Hot Springs he discovered the field of photography and learned enough to take a job with the Missouri Pacific Railroad as a photographer. He took mostly scenic shots to be used for advertising purposes. In 1897, he purchased a studio in Hot Springs. As a studio photographer he focussed on photographing individuals and families. He was a prolific wedding photographer. This postcard has an AZO stamp box that dates between 1924 and 1949. This postcard is in good condition. Note the small closed tear near the middle of the right border. The Arkansas State Archives has a collection of Eckler’s photographs. 

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YOUNG ITALIAN BEAUTY OFFERS HER SINCERE LOVE

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italian beauty This vintage real photo postcard features a seated young Italian beauty holding a large bouquet of flowers. She is wearing a hairband and a half smile. The postcard is color tinted. An inscription can be found on the reverse of the postcard. The Italian writing can be loosely translated as “I offer my sincere love and memories”. The woman’s name is also written on the back of the postcard. Her name is “Aigene Anziletti”. The postcard paper was produced by AZO sometime between 1924 and 1949.   (SOLD)

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A PRETTY WOMAN POSSESSING STAGE BEAUTY IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK

WINTERGIRLThe young woman in this photograph is very pretty. In fact, she has a certain stage beauty that suggests she may have been a member of a traveling theater company appearing in Syracuse, New York. She may have had her portrait taken at Syracuse’s Winter studio. John Winter’s studio was established in 1852 and located at the corner of South Salina and West Washington Streets. The reverse of this photograph has an advertisement for the studio which states that Winter had won a medal for his photography and both the New York State Agricultural Society (1855) and The Syracuse Mechanic’s Association (1856). John Winter Jr., like his father, was a photographer. His father was also a portrait painter. The 1880 US  census reports that John W. Winter (1824-1906) was a man of German origin and was married and had five children. One of these children was John Jr., who was a 22 year old photographer. The 1900 US census found John Sr  working as a photographer as was his daughter Clara. John Jr (age 41) was also employed as a photographer and he was married to Elizabeth Winter (age 32). The couple had two children, both under the age of three years. John Winter Jr. died in 1917. The Bulletin of Photography (1918) has an advertisement in which Elizabeth Winter offers her husbands gallery for sale.  John Winter Jr was cited in a number of photographic journals including The American Amateur Photographer (1891) for his excellent work in producing foreign views (stereoviews) and the St. Louis and Canadian Photographer (1900)  for a patent he held for a “Photographic-Negative Vignetter”. A vignetter is a device for blurring the edges of a photographic image with the purpose of fading them into a plain surrounding area. This cabinet card photograph is in good condition (see scans).                                                                                    

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LOVELY VICTORIAN WOMAN IN SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

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springfield 1 A pretty young woman poses for her portrait at a photo studio in Springfield, Massachusetts. The photographer of this cabinet card photograph is H. E. Bosworth. The subject of this photograph appears to be in her teenage years or slightly older. She has beautiful eyes. Note her hair ornament. Langdon Road reports that in 1899, Bosworth’s studio was known as Bosworth & Murphy. Research reveals that Bosworth was very active in his state’s Photography Association. This cabinet card portrait is in  excellent condition and has excellent clarity (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY AND FASHIONABLE YOUNG WOMAN IN LEWISTON, MAINE

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The woman in this vintage photograph is both beautiful and well dressed. She exhibits an engaging smile as she poses for her portrait at the studio of H. Larocque in Lewiston, Maine. She is wearing a high collared dress and holding flowers in her lap. She is likely wearing a corset judging by her tiny waist. The photographer of this image is Henri Larocque (1859-1922). He was born in Quebec and died in Lewiston. He was married to Mary Hinse Larocque (1867-1956).Henri is listed in city directories as a photographer at least as early as 1887. The 1920 US census also lists him as a photographer along with his son George (age 33) and daughter Emmilene (age 31). Henri and his wife are buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston. This vintage photo is in excellent condition (see scans).

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