PORTRAIT OF A CLOWN AND HIS DOG : CIRCUS : MUNICH, GERMANY

This carte de visite photograph features a clown in his clown costume. He is dressed like a hobo with the exception of his top hat. Note that he is wearing eye glasses and is smoking a cigarette. The clown is posing with his small dog on a table beside him. This clown and his dog are likely members of a circus troupe. This cdv photograph was taken at the Reichel studio in Munich, Germany. The reverse of the photo lists the photographer as Anton Putterich. It is likely that one of these gentlemen succeeded the other in operating the studio. SOLD

PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN (CARTE DE VISITE)

This carte de visite portrait features a pretty young woman. She is wearing her hair up. Note the collar pin at the bottom of her high collar. I am unsure of who took this photograph. There are two photography studios listed and one of the studios succeeded the other. I believe that this cdv photo was taken by Ad. Baumann and that Baumann’s studio took over the business from Prof. Hanfstaengl. Franz Hanfstaengl (1804-1877) was a lithographer, photographer, printer, and publisher. The photographer of this carte de visite had studios in both Frankfurt and Munich, Germany. This cdv photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY WOMAN WEARING A SUMMER HAT IN DRESDEN, GERMANY (1908)

This carte de visite photograph features a pretty woman wearing a summer hat. She was photographed by Oskar Rothe who operated a studio in Dresden, Germany. An inscription on the reverse of the cdv indicates that the photograph was taken in 1908. This photograph has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL FINDS RELIGION IN REUTLINGEN, GERMANY

This carte de visite portrait features a beautifully dressed teenage girl. She is being photographed to commemorate a religious ceremony. Gotthold Wurster is the photographer of this image. His studio was located in Reutlingen, Germany. This cdv photograph is in excellent condition (see scans)

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PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE SERIOUS YOUNG WOMAN IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE (CARTE DE VISITE)

This carte de visite portrait features a close up view of an attractive serious young woman. She is wearing earrings as well as a pin. Her hair is short and frizzy. This young lady was photographed by S. Piper. His photo studio was located at 905 Elm Street in the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. Stephen Piper (1835-1903) was a photographer in Manchester from 1866 to at least, 1887. He was born in Sanborton, New Hampshire. His obituary in the Manchester Union Leader nearly filled the entire front page of the newspaper. Even more remarkable for the time, was the fact that his picture was also on the front page. Piper was clearly considered an important citizen of Manchester, at the time of his death. The cdv has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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A HANDSOME GENTLEMAN IN VIENNA (CARTE de VISITE)

This carte de visite portrait features a handsome well dressed gentleman with a carefully manicured beard and mustache. The photographer of this cdv photo is Rudolf Krziwanek (1843-1905). He operated a photographic studio in Vienna, Austria between 1870 and 1905. He also ran a summer studio in Ischl (Austria) between 1879 and 1900. He took portraits of the Hapsburg Court. His photographs are part of the collections in the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Portrait Gallery (UK), and the New York Public Library. At this point in time, there are three of Krziwanek’s photos in the Cabinet Card Gallery. Krziwanek was also an inventor. In 1905, he received a patent for a device which was used in an “air gas system”. He committed suicide that same year. Print on the reverse of the photograph states that the studio was next to the Cafe Weghuber, a popular coffeehouse. The establishment was in business between 1806 and 1865. It was founded as Cafe Eichhorn and renamed Cafe Weghuber in about 1840. Later, a park was built in front of the cafe and it became a venue for concerts and large parties. Since the Cafe Weghuber went bankrupt in 1865, it is safe to say that this photo was taken before 1865. This carte de visite photograph has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A STUDIOUS YOUNG MAN IN PWLLHELI, WALES

This carte de visite portrait features a well dressed young man holding a book and flanked by a faux bookcase. The subject appears to be in his teenage years. The photographer of this cdv is Benjamin R. Edwards. His studio was located in Pwllheli, Wales. SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF A SMALL BOY AND HIS TOY HORSE IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

This carte de visite portrait features a well dressed small boy holding a stick and posing with his toy horse. A closer look at the photograph reveals that the child is holding a pull string which could use to pull the toy horse from place to place. This cdv image was taken by the Mitscher studio in Lausanne, Switzerland (circa 1900). Lausanne is a city located on Lake Geneva in the French-speaking region of Vaud. This cdv portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN BERLIN (PHOTOGRAPHER: SOPHUS WILLIAMS)

This carte de visite photograph features an adorable little girl. She is well dressed and is holding a parasol. This cdv photo was taken at the Berlin (Germany) studio of Sophus Williams. Mr. Williams was a significant figure in the early days of photography. His photographs are cited in many articles and they appear in multiple esteemed museums. Sophus Williams’s actual name was Sophus Vilhelm Schou. He was of Danish origin but became a German photographer and publisher. He was born in Copenhagen in 1835 and he died in Grabow, Germany in 1900. He went to London in 1859 and at an unknown date, moved to Berlin where he passed himself off as being British. He was married to Agnes Klitz (1843-1911). In 1868, Sophus partnered with businessman Rudolph Gustav Leonhard Reinhold Knaak , to buy out an art dealer’s trading company (E. Linde & Co). The firm was located in Berlin, Germany. Sophus Williams published the work of many photographers and participated in Vienna’s 1873 World Exhibition. His publishing firm was well known for many formats, including Stereoscopic photos, Carte de Visite images, Cabinet Cards, and Leporellos. What are Leporellos? They are printed material folded into an “accordion-pleat” style. The method is also known as a “concertina fold”. Williams’s “Linde & Co” was well known for their photographs of paintings. Williams was active in Berlin through much of the 1860’s and 1880’s. Sophus Williams succumbed to a heart attack in 1900. His work can be found in high profile museums such as J Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA) and the George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), The British Museum (London, England), and The Altes Museum (Berlin). This carte de visite image is in good condition (see scans).

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A WELL DRESSED GENTLEMAN IN AMIENS, FRANCE (CDV)

This carte de visite features a well dressed man posing for his portrait at the L & F Caron studio in Amiens, France. Note the gentleman’s bushy mustache and his bowler hat. In addition, check out the box on which the fellow is resting his right hand. I wonder if the box served a purpose or if it was purely decorative. The gentleman seems very poised in front of the camera. The Caron studio was located in Amiens, a city in northern France. Leon Jean-Baptiste Victor Caron was born in 1841 in Amiens. His father, Alfred, was a printer and bookseller. Upon his father’s death,, Leon’s mother managed the bookstore. At the end of the 1860’s his mother opened a photography studio which she named “Veuve Alfred Caron”. Interestingly, the translation of “veuve” is “widow”. Leon’s mother chose to name the studio under her late husband’s name, rather than her own. This was likely the result of best business practices in a misogynist society. At an unknown date, Leon took over the studio from his mother. For a time, he had a partner named F. Caron, who was likely, Leon’s brother. Leon won many medals for his photographs, including a gold medal in Paris in 1892. He was still an active photographer in 1901. Remarkably, the Caron studio remained in business until the 1960’s.

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