TWO YOUNG MEN OUT FOR A DRIVE IN A RENAULT CONVERTIBLE (1919)

This vintage real photo postcard features two young men out for a drive in a Renault convertible. Note the emblem above the front grill of the car, and also the folded down front windshield. The stretch of road that the two rode down is quite beautiful. It is a dirt road with a canopy of leaves from two columns of trees lining the way. The reverse of this postcard reveals that the postcard formerly resided in a postcard album. Writing on the back of the card indicates that it was written in 1919. The Artura stamp box dates the card somewhere between 1908 and 1924. This vintage postcard is good illustration of  Automobile History. (SOLD)

 

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PRETTY YOUNG GIRL HOLDING A BUNCH OF FLOWERS

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young girl holding a bunch of long stemmed flowers. She is dressed in white; white bow, white dress, and white shoes. She has an ethnic appearance. She may be from the Mediterranean region, or perhaps Central or South America. This postcard’s Artura stamp box indicates that it was published sometime between 1908 and 1924. This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE BROTHER AND SISTER DUO: MEET CELIA AND MANUEL AGENOR

An adorable little boy and his sister pose for this vintage real photo postcard portrait at an unidentified studio. The photograph appears to have been taken outside but I have my doubts. I am pretty certain that I see a backdrop in the background. This image, based on some of it’s companion postcards, is likely from Argentina. The children in this photograph are intensely staring at the photographer. A message on the reverse of the card provides a bit of information about the children. The note is written in Spanish and states the the girl’s name was Celia Agenor and she was six years of age at the time the photo was taken. The boy’s name is either Baron Manuel Agenor or just Manuel Agenor. The Artura stamp box reveals that the postcard is from sometime between 1908 and 1924. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN : IS THAT A BABY BUMP?

This vintage real photo postcard features a full view of a young woman leaning against a table positioned behind her. Is she showing a “baby bump”. I have seen few early photographs of pregnant woman. Were women reluctant to be photographed while pregnant? Did male photographers find pregnant women to appear unseemly? One should never ask a woman if she is pregnant, nor should one congratulate a woman before it is confirmed that she is pregnant. To ignore this “rule” creates the potential for a major faux pas. This portrait postcard has an Artura stamp box indicating it dates back to sometime between 1910 and 1924. The postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE CHILD DEEP IN THOUGHT

This vintage real photo postcard features an adorable toddler deep in thought. The child is dressed in a very cute manner. This photograph was taken at the private studio of E. Bach. The embossed stamp seen in the bottom right hand corner of the image, indicates that the photo was taken in a Spanish speaking country. The word “calle” is Spanish for “street”. The Artura stamp box on the reverse of this postcard reveals that the postcard was published sometime between 1908 and 1924. This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition. Note the adhered sticker with the number “8” on the bottom left hand corner of the card’s reverse (see scans).

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BOARDWALK EMPIRE : PORTRAIT OF FIVE CLASSY CITIZENS FROM THE ELITE STUDIO ON THE BOARDWALK IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY

This vintage real photo postcard features five well dressed citizens being photographed by the Elite Studio, located on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The gents and ladies look like they wandered off the set of “Boardwalk Empire”. Note the hats worn by this gathering of older adults. The 1919 Boyd’s Atlantic City Directory reports that the Elite Studio was operated by photographers Erna Hoefle and Ferdinand U. Latimer. Erna is a female name. Women operating photo studios during this era was not very common. This postcard has an Artura stamp box which indicates that the card was published sometime between 1908 and 1924. This vintage postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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TWO ADORABLE SISTERS IN FANCY WINTER CLOTHING

This vintage real photo postcard features two adorable sisters wearing fancy winter clothing. These kids are an illustration of what it means to be “bundled up”. Note the children’s boots and hats. The youngest child is wearing a scarf that gives the appearance of a big ribbon. The ribbon makes her look like a wrapped Christmas gift. This postcard has an Artura stamp box which indicates that the card was published sometime between 1908 and 1924.  (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF THREE AFRICAN AMERICAN BROTHERS (1908-1924)

This vintage real photo postcard features three African American brothers posing for a studio portrait. The children are adorable. All three children are displaying a serious expression. The stamp box on the reverse of the postcard lists “Artura” as the producer of the postcard paper. “Artura”paper was utilized by postcard publishers between 1908 and 1924.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO VISITORS IN A CONVERTIBLE AT BALANCED ROCK, GARDEN OF THE GODS, COLORADO

This is one of those vintage real photo postcards that one stumbles upon and is compelled to learn more about. The postcard is a wonderful find. The photograph shows a young couple driving a 1920’s (?) car past “Balanced Rock” in the Garden of the Gods. The popular tourist location is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1859, two surveyors who were instrumental in setting up Colorado City, explored the area and one of them decided that it would be a great place for a “beer garden”.  The second surveyor responded to the suggestion stating it would be better to call it “Garden of the Gods” because it was “a fit place for the Gods to assemble”. Many Native American tribes are connected to this area including the Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Utes, and Pawnee people. The Garden of the Gods became a National Natural Landmark in 1971. This postcard does an excellent job of providing a portrait of the “Balanced Rock”. The natural geological formation is put in even better perspective by photographing an open car in front of it’s precarious pose. The viewer holds their breath hoping that the auto and it’s two occupants pass by safely. Note that there is a pennant hanging on the side of the car. Printed on the pennant is “Kansas City”, which is likely the home of the lovely couple in the convertible. This postcard was produced by the Paul Goerke studio in Manitou, Colorado. It is printed on Artura paper and was produced between 1908 and 1924 (presumably sometime toward the end of this span). The story of photographer Paul Goerke is quite interesting. In the 1890’s, Goerke purchased the land around Balanced Rock. Goerke and his son, Curt, took photographs of tourists by the rock and sold them for 25 cents apiece. At the beginning of Goerke’s business there was no charge to view Balanced Rock. They made their money by charging for the portraits. Among the props supplied by Goerke, were burros. As personal cameras became readily available, Goerke needed to change his business concept. Curt Goerke built a wooden fence around Balanced Rock and began charging 25 cents admission. He also operated a lunch counter adjacent to nearby “Steamboat Rock” and created picnic areas for the thousand of visitors who came each summer. In 1932 the city of Colorado Springs purchased The Goerke property and tore down the fence.

 

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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME HISPANIC OR MEDITERRANEAN YOUNG MAN (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome ethnic looking young man posing for his portrait at an unidentified private photo studio. Perhaps the man is of Hispanic or Mediterranean origin. The gentleman is well dressed and gives the appearance of being a businessman. His facial expression exudes self assurance. This photo postcard certainly evokes a number of unanswerable questions. The postcard’s stamp box indicates that it was printed on Artura card stock sometime between 1908 and 1924. Residue on the reverse of the postcard reveals that it once was a resident of a photo album.   (SOLD)

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