AFRICAN AMERICAN MOTHER AND SON (1926-1940)

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afram boy and mom 1 This vintage real photo postcard features an African American mother posing proudly next to her adorable and well dressed young son. He is wearing an adorable outfit, probably his sunday best. The AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard was published between 1926 and 1940.  SOLD

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A BOY RIDING A DONKEY: NEITHER ONE LOOKS TOO THRILLED

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boy riding donkey 1 This vintage real photo postcard features an image of a young boy riding a donkey. The boy is well dressed and is wearing a shirt and tie. He is seated on a saddle, holding the reins, and his feet are in the stirrups. Neither the boy nor the donkey appear happy. The reverse of the postcard identifies the boy as being Ralph W. Ruck and indicates that the boy was eight years old at the time of the photograph. Research reveals that Ralph was born in either 1906 or 1907 in Pennsylvania  (this dates the image to about 1914). The 1930 US census finds Ralph living in Middlesex, New Jersey with his parents and sister. A 1936 business directory lists Ralph as living in Somerville, Jew Jersey with his wife, Bertha S. Ruch. Social security information reports that Ralph died in 1994.. This postcard is addressed to a boy in Jamison City, Pennsylvania. The postcard paper was produced by AZO sometime between 1904 and 1918.  (SOLD)boy riding donkey 2

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PORTRAIT OF AN EQUISITELY DRESSED WEALTHY TONKINESE MAN

vietnam oneThis vintage photograph features a handsome and rich Tonkinese gentleman. He comes from the historical region of southeast Asia located on the Gulf of Tonkin. The area presently is part of northern Vietnam but it was a component of French Indochina  (1887-1946). This image is a former stock photo which may been used in publications such as newspapers or magazines. The photograph measures about 4 3/4″ x 7″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PHOTOGRAPH OF A VILLAGE IN VIETNAM – PEOPLE, WATER BUFFALO, AND THATCHED HUTS

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Screen Shot 2019-04-23 at 11.46.52 PM This vintage photograph features a village in Vietnam. Note the thatched huts, the children sitting on logs in front of the huts, and the two boys riding water buffalo. This photograph is a stock photo. The stock photo industry became popular in the 1920’s. Stock photo agencies charge users to use stock photos in newspapers, magazines, websites, books, and other types of media. This photo of a Vietnamese village may have been used by journalistic or educational publications. The inclusion of water buffalos in this photograph, is a reminder of the importance of water buffalo in Vietnamese culture. The animal originated in Southeast Asia and is about seven feet tall and weighs about 2,500 pounds. They can run 30 miles per hour which is almost fast enough to escape their major predator, tigers. Water buffalo tend to be gentle and tame. They serve as a source of food, and power. They are used for transportation and for plowing fields. Unfortunately, water buffalo are an endangered species. There are only 4,000 of this species remaining in the wild. When I hear the words “water buffalo”, I think of the 1977 Houston Rockets. I was a rabid fan of the team and I remember that their front line was known as the “water buffalo”. Apparently, Moses Malone, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Kevin Kunnert, were considered so slow moving; that they were given the moniker of “the water buffalo”. This photograph measures about 7″ x 4 5/8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF A SPECTACULAR AND DASHING COUPLE

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TUXEDO COUPLE 1This photograph is a portrait of a spectacular and dashing couple. The gentleman is wearing a tuxedo with a white bow tie and a corsage. He has a terrific handlebar mustache. The lady is wearing a dress with feathers, a corsage, and a necklace. This pair certainly make a beautiful couple. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph states “To Papa” and is signed “Wm. M….”. Unfortunately, a former owner of this image trimmed the photograph to fit it into a picture frame and the debris included the signer’s last name. The photographer’s name and location was also lost in the scissor work. The photo measures about 6″ x 4 7/8″.  Overall, this vintage photograph is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A MENNONITE COUPLE

This vintage cabinet card photograph features a couple holding hands and posing for a photographer. Their style of clothing leads me to believe that they are Mennonites. The photographer of this photo is W. H. Farley. He operated photographic studios in Crete, Tampico, and Gibson, Illinois during the 1880’s. The cabinet card gallery has several photos by Farley. One of these images also is of a Mennonite couple. To see Farley’s other photos, place his name in the search box.   (SOLD)

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KITTY COLYER – ENGLISH TRIPLE THREAT (SINGER, DANCER, ACTRESS) – PLAYED CINDERELLA

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The pretty actress seen in this vintage real photo postcard, is Miss Kitty Colyer (1897-?). Here are some biographical facts that I discovered in preliminary research about the English actress. She started her career at age eleven. In addition to being an actress, she was also a dancer. She has also been described as a music hall singer and a comedian. Her dance routines were varied but her favorites were acrobatic, toe, buck, and national dancing. She performed primarily in the 1920’s. She played the role of Cinderella in “Cinderella” (1920).  As the roaring twenties came to a close, her career fizzled out and she left the entertainment business. A review of Miss Colyer can be found in John Culme’s “Footlight Notes” (website). A writer from “The Era” (1911) wrote “Miss Kitty Colyer’s sensational dancing reaches its climax in some very energetic handsprings and her lissomness and activity are quite irresistible in her rendering of “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”. Look below to see an example of sheet music (1920) featuring Kitty Colyer. Now, back to the vintage postcard. It was published by Rotary Photo and is part of the Rotary Photographic Series (no. 11522 C). The photographer is unknown. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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WELL DRESSED AND HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WITH AN IMPOSING MUSTACHE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

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imposing mustache 1 This carte de visite photograph features a dashing young man with an imposing mustache. He is elegantly dressed in formal clothing. The photo was taken by the Beckel studio in Zurich, Switzerland. The cdv photograph was taken sometime shortly after 1895. The date is apparent because the reverse of the image advertises some of the awards received by the studio. The last award listed is from an exhibition in Glarus (Switzerland) in 1895, revealing that this image was created after that year. This carte de visite photograph is in excellent condition (see scans).   (SOLD)

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPH: GROTON, SOUTH DAKOTA

 

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This Cabinet photograph introduces us to a bride and groom photographed by H Steinhauer in Groton, South Dakota.  The wedding couple doesn’t look very happy or affectionate on their special day. A little research reveals that the town of Groton was established in 1881 and that South Dakota became a state in 1889.  Therefore the Cabinet card was photographed after 1889. The town of Groton had a population of of 1,356 in the 2000 census. I wonder if the bride and groom have any descendants remaining there. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF TWO AFFECTIONATE YOUNG GIRLS AT THE BEACH

 

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TWO GIRLS BEACH 1 Two young girls pose for a vintage snapshot photograph as they sit on the sand at the beach. One girl has her arm affectionately around the shoulder of the second girl. The recipient of the affection is displaying a sour expression. Are the girls sisters? Could they be close friends? The answer is lost to history. The girls names are written on the reverse of the photo. I can only decipher one of the names. It is “Ingrid”. A stamp on the reverse of the snapshot indicates that the photograph was developed in Dresden, Germany. Dresden is the second largest city in Saxony. It is situated on the banks of the River Elbe. It is near the border of the Czech Republic. There are beaches along the Elbe and perhaps this image captures one of them. This photograph is in good condition (see scans).

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