AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN AND HIS 1952 CUSTOM PONTIAC IN HOUSTON, TEXAS (PHOTO BY CHIP LORD)

pontiac This vintage real photo chrome postcard features an African American man and his custom 1952 Pontiac. This automobile is certainly “one of a kind”. Text on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the car has painted seat covers. In addition, the description asserts that the chrome work took years to finish. The artist decided to remain anonymous. This photograph was taken in Houston, Texas in 1973. The photographer was Chip Lord and the publisher was Foto Folio, located in New York City. Additional credits were attributed to Dover Press. This postcard was mailed in 1984, eleven years after the photograph was taken. It was mailed from Everett, Washington, to Erie, Pennsylvania. The photographer, Chip Lord  (1944- ) is a very successful American media artist and has led an interesting life. He is best known for being a co-founder and practitioner at the media collective, known as Ant Farm. The firm was started in 1968. Wikipedia asserts that his work is often “nostalgic, but edged with an ironic detachment”.  A graduate of Tulane, he became an architect. He taught at the University of Houston (Go Cougars….I got my graduate degree there). He also taught at a couple of the University of California Campuses. Lord is also known for many of his projects, including the “Cadillac Ranch”.  He shares credit for this public art installation and sculpture with other artist from Ant Farm.  The exhibition is comprised of ten half buried cadillacs facing nose-first in the ground. The cars ranged from 1949 through 1963, and the exhibition illustrated the evolution of Cadillac’s tail fins. In addition, there is symbolism.  Cadillacs represented 1950’s America and a “symbol of aspirations”. The sculpture is located in Amarillo,, Texas and a photo of the project can be seen below.. Lord has had many publications and his works appear in many fine museums.

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MISS MAY HART AND HER FLORAL PARASOL

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This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty performer named May Hart. She is holding an interesting parasol over her shoulder. It certainly won’t keep her dry in the rain. I have had a difficult time finding biographical information about her. Interestingly, there was another actress named May Hart who was a witness to a very historic event in American history. An actress named “May Hart” was performing in “Our American Cousin” the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford Theater. Lincoln was killed in 1865, Forty-four years before this postcard was mailed. Looking at the youthful appearance of Miss May in this photograph, it is clear that she is too young to be the same May Hart.This postcard was published by the Philco Publishing Company which was located in London, England. It is part of a series (no 3435E).The postcard was postmarked in 1909 and is in very good condition (see scans).                                                                           

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PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE BOY WEARING AN IMPRESSIVE NATIVE AMERICAN COSTUME

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This vintage real photo postcard features an adorable little boy wearing a beautiful Native American costume. Note his feathered headdress. It is likely that this child was photographed in France and is dressed for the Carnival. This private studio postcard is in excellent condition (see scans). Addendum: A visitor pointed out to me that this postcard is not of French origin (see his comment below). The postcard is actually English.

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A GROUP OF PROSTITUTES IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

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prostitutes 1 This vintage real photo postcard features a group of six prostitutes posing for their portrait in Casablanca, Morocco. They are gathered around a table. Atop the table is a tray of glasses and what looks to be, a silver tea pot. The women are likely waiting to be selected by the next visitor to their brothel. The caption below the photograph roughly translates from French to “Morocco- The neighborhood reserve of Casablanca- an original tea”. The photographer of this photo is Marcelin Flandrin (1889-1957). Flandrin moved to Morocco in 1901 and volunteered for the military in 1912. He served as an Army photographer. Around this time, Morocco came under French rule. He corroborated with the French government and tourist boards. He was very involved with the French Protectorate government. Flandrin was criticized by some Moroccans for reinforcing “Orientalist” stereotypes . During the Rif War (Spain vs. Berber tribes), he published a number of reports. During World War I he served in the Air Force as an air observer, taking aerial photos of fighting. After the war he moved to Casablanca and went to work taking many photographs between 1921 and 1930. He published many photo books about Morocco. Flandrin was also an important postcard publisher in Morocco.

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FOUR YOUNG COUPLES POSE IN FRONT OF AN AUTOMOBILE IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY (1946)

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FULL CAR2 Four young couples pose in front of a dusty car that is parked on a dirt driveway. Three of the women stand in front of a man, likely their beaus. The fourth woman is keeping her distance from the fellow who stands behind her. The three men who are standing behind the three women appear to be quite “handy”. One supposes that we are looking at a photograph of a “quadruple date”. The setting may be a Texas ranch. This photograph was found in the Texas Hill Country. Do you think these four couples arrived at this location via the car that is parked behind them? If so, the seating must have been quite crowded.  The image was photographed by Foxco in 1946. 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. This photograph measures about 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ and is in good condition (see scans).

 

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LOUISE LORRAINE: BEAUTIFUL AND DELICATE FILM ACTRESS

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 This vintage real photo postcard features beautiful American film actress, Louise Lorraine (1904-1981). She was born in San Francisco and was discovered by a photography salesman who had knocked at the door of her home and was met by Louise. The salesman was startled by her good looks and her winning personality He told Louise’s mother that her daughter should be in films. Her widowed mother had five other children and after some time, she agreed to allow Louise to investigate becoming an actress. The salesman used a contact, and before long, Louise was in independent two-reel comedies. That was followed by stints with MGM and Universal. She became very popular for her roles in action-packed serials such as “The Radio King” (1922) and “With Stanley in Africa” (1922). She starred in eleven serials and was known for her energy and charisma. Her small stature and delicate beauty were unlikely characteristics expected in a serial heroine. However, she starred these physically demanding serials. In 1921, she became the third actress to portray “Jane”. She starred in the movie serial “The Adventures of Tarzan’ (1921). She was selected as a “Wampas Baby Star” in 1922. The organization was very successful at identifying future stars. Among their “finds” was Clara Bow and Joan Crawford. She starred in only five talkies during her film career including “Near the Rainbow’s End’ (1930). After this film appearance, she retired to spend time with her husband and two children. The IMDb reports that Louise Lorraine appeared in 83 films between 1922 and 1930. Lorraine was married twice. Marriage number one was to actor Art Acord, Her second marriage was to Chester Hubbard. She had two children. This vintage postcard was published by Ross Verlag and was part of a series (no. 836/1). The photographer of this portrait was Roman Freulich (1898-1974). Freulich was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14. He learned his trade from New York photographer Samuel Lumiere. He moved to Hollywood in the mid 1920’s where his brother Jack was a portrait photographer at Universal Pictures. Roman became a still photographer for Universal and produced many portraits of their major stars. He stayed at Universal until 1944 when he moved to Republic Studios. After Republic stopped production, Freulich did much work for United Artists.The stamp box of this postcard has an interesting story. “NBC” (Neue Bromsilber Convention) was a price cartel established in 1909 that continued until the 1930’s. The purpose of the cartel was to ensure that the minimum price charged for postcards was kept at a sufficiently profitable level. A number of postcard publishing companies joined the cartel in an effort to stave off the effect of competition on the pricing of postcards. This postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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ADORABLE BRIGHT EYED LITTLE GIRL AND HER TEDDY BEAR IN SARAJEVO, YUGOSLAVIA

tom thumb 3 Ain’t she sweet? This adorable little girl and her teddy bear, pose for their portrait at a photo studio in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. The child is enchantingly dressed. Sarajevo later  became the capital of Bosnia. This photo postcard measures about 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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ADORABLE PORTRAIT OF A BRIDE AND GROOM AND WEDDING PARTY AT A TOM THUMB WEDDING (1929)

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This vintage real photo postcard is a spectacular portrait of a bride, groom, and wedding party at a “Tom Thumb” wedding. These faux weddings were similar to adult weddings. Children would dress up in real wedding clothes, take part in a fake humorous wedding ceremony, and attend lavish parties. “Tom Thumb” weddings are named after the celebrated wedding of P. T. Barnum’s dwarf performer, General Tom Thumb. That wedding took place in 1863. Tom Thumb weddings became very popular. They were theoretically, vehicles to teach children about religious values, to model adult behavior, to offer entertainment, and, at least some of them, raised money for charity. The message on this postcard was written in 1929 and is in French. The photograph has excellent clarity and appears to be issued by a private studio. If so, this image is likely one of a kind. The postcard is in good condition (see scans). (SOLD)

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WELL DRESSED AND HANDSOME GENTLEMAN WITH A FINE MUSTACHE IN PONTIAC, ILLINOIS

An unidentified well dressed gentleman with a thick mustache, poses for his portrait at the Bennett and Tate studio in Pontiac, Illinois. No biographical information about Mr Bennett was found in a preliminary search. However, investigation did find some information concerning Mr Tate. Samuel W. Tate (1886-?) is listed as living in Pontiac during the 1900 US census. Nettie Tate (1870-?), is listed as a photographer in the same census. She was Samuel’s sister. Samuel Tate was a photographer in Ponitac from the 1890’s until 1905. This cabinet card has a slight bow and is in good condition (see scans).    (SOLD) 

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PIONEER FEMINIST DRIVING HER FAMILY IN AN EARLY AUTOMOBILE

s-l1600 This vintage real photo postcard features a young woman driving an early automobile. What makes this postcard rather remarkable is that she is driving the car while her husband sits in the passenger seat. She truly was a woman before her time. She didn’t need a man to drive her around. She appears to have been self sufficient and confident enough to operate a vehicle on her own. The couple’s son is enjoying the car ride by straddling the hood of the automobile as it travels down a bumpy dirt road. I don’t know the model or year of the car but I can appreciate some of its features. Note the funky headlights, windshield and the starting crank on the front grill. This postcard was produced by AZO sometime between 1904 and 1918. Addendum: A knowledgeable and helpful cabinet card gallery visitor has informed me that this automobile is a 1910 or a 1911 Maxwell.  (SOLD)

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