PORTRAIT OF AN INQUISITVE TODDLER IN ROANNE, FRANCE (CARTE DE VISITE)

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This Carte de Visite features an adorable child displaying a skeptical but very inquisitive expression. The toddler is sitting on a chair and wearing a short gown with strings across his/her shoulders. The child’s attire would be unacceptable today due to safety concerns. The photograph was taken by Jean Emile Dessendier of Roanne, a city in central France. The cdv was produced in 1889 or later as evidenced by the printing on the bottom border of the photograph which states that Dessendier won a photography medal at the 1889 Exposition at the University of Paris. This cdv portrait is in good condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE CHILD IN KLADNO, CZECHOSLOVAKIA

This carte de visite portrait features an adorable child sitting on a wooden bench next to a toy dog. The child is wearing a cute sailor style outfit. The photograph was taken by the Jiri Lomicek studio in Kladno, Czechoslovakia. Kladno is a city in the Central Bohemian region of the current Czech Republic. It is located 16 miles northwest of Prague. This cdv is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN OLD MAN WEARING A “NECK BEARD”

This carte de visite features an old man wearing a “neck beard”. This style of beard was popular in the 19th century. This gentleman is in good company. Other neck bearders include Richard Wagner (composer), Henry David Thoreau (Essayist, Poet, Philosopher), and Horace Greeley (Author, Statesman, Newspaper Editor). It is interesting to note that in today’s culture, “neck beard” is a perjorative term for social awkwardness or pretentiousness. The subject of this cdv photo is well dressed. He gives the appearance of a kind good humored man. The photographer of this image is the Rodgers studio, which was located in Hartford, Connecticut. The Connecticut Historical Society’s online site provides some information about Hart J. Rodgers (1831-1905). During the 1850’s he worked as a daguerreotypist in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1855, he married Grace A. Rodgers. By 1871, he was operating a photo studio in Hartford. Interestingly, in the 1880’s he was the owner of a skating rink. This cdv image is in very good condition.

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN WITH CHARISMA IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (CDV)

A pretty young woman poses for her carte de visite portrait at the Charles S. Rawson Gallery on Fulton Street in Brooklyn, New York. I would estimate that the subject is in her teenage years. Her sparkling eyes and smile give her a very engaging appearance. The photographer, Charles S. Rawson is listed in Brooklyn business directories in at least !870 through 1892. This cdv is in very good condition (see scans)

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG SALVATION ARMY WOMAN IN GEFLE (GAVLE), SWEDEN

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A young woman dressed in a Salvation Army uniform poses for her Carte de Visite portrait at the Central studio in Gefle, Sweden. Note her Salvation Army badge which she is wearing at her collar. She is also wearing quite a serious expression. “Gefle” is a spelling for the town “Gavle” which was used from the 1500’s to the early 1900’s. The city is the oldest city in the “Norrland”. It received it’s charter in 1446. This carte de visite is in very good condition.

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ELDERLY WOMAN WEARING MOURNING DRESS IN EDMONTON, CANADA

This carte de visite portrait features an aged woman wearing mourning clothes. Her black dress, black hat, and sad expression, all suggest that she has suffered a recent loss. Her left hand is placed on a book atop a small table. The book is likely a bible. The photographer of this cdv photograph is J. R. Bentley. He operated a studio in Edmonton, Canada. Research found an ad in “The Photographic News” (1893) in which Bentley advertises the sale of his studio. It is very interesting to note that the advertising on the reverse of this CDV refers to Bentley as a “Portrait, Landscape, & Equestrian Photographer”. I do not remember ever seeing a early photographer refer to himself as a “Equestrian” photographer. I wonder if Mr. Bentley took photos of individual horses, or if he photographed individuals sitting on horses. I hope someday I locate one of Bentley’s equestrian photographs.

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CARTE DE VISITE PORTRAIT OF A LADY AND A ROSE IN BERLIN

This carte de visite portrait features a pretty woman holding a rose. The woman is holding a book in her other hand. She is wearing an abundance of jewelry and a very aloof expression. The photographer who produced this cdv is Joseph Alfred Lehmann and his studio was located in Berlin, Germany.   (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE BOY IN SCHWERIN, GERMANY

An adorable little boy poses for his portrait at the studio of H. Tonn in Schwerin, Germany. The young child appears quite poised and is so cute in his outfit which includes overalls (or are those straps..suspenders), bow tie, and wide rimmed hat. The cdv has an inscription on it’s reverse that I could not translate.

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE POUTING LITTLE BOY IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Photographer Adolph Westphal photographed this wonderful carte de visite portrait of an adorable pouting little boy in Chicago, Illinois. Westphal (1835-1913) was a photographer in Prussia before he opened a photography studio in Chicago in 1864. He also bought a tavern which included a dance hall and beer garden. He eventually closed the tavern and began bottling beer. Wesphal’s son continued the carbonated soft drink business after his father died.                                                                                                              SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY LITTLE GIRL WEARING A CONFIRMATION GOWN IN DIJON, FRANCE

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This cartes de visite portrait features a pretty young girl wearing her confirmation gown and holding a cross on a chain and bible. She is wearing white gloves and a necklace with a pendant. It appears that she has a small purse hanging from the front of her dress. This cdv photograph was taken by L. Bertrand at his studio in Dijon, France. Dijon is the capital city of the Burgundy region in eastern France. This area is one of the leading wine producing regions in France.

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