This cabinet card features a portrait of stage actress, singer, and comedienne, Bessie Wynn. She appears quite attractive despite her rather bizarre hat. Are those grapes atop her hat? Wynn was famous for her roles in the original cast of Victor Herbert’s “The Wizard of Oz” and “Babes in Toyland”. Wynn introduced the classic song, “Toyland”. She wrote the lyrics for “Toyland” as well as for other songs. She introduced several of Irving Berlin’s songs. Wynn was a showgirl in “The Little Duchess” company that featured Anna Held. Bessie Wynn played a number of “trouser roles”. These roles were defined as roles in which a female actress played a man in men’s clothing. Wynn acted in nine Broadway shows between 1900 and 1912. The photographer of this image was James Samuel Windeatt (1861-1944). The English census (1881) found Windeatt living in Callington, Cornwall and residing with his parents and older sister. His occupation at that time was working as a photographer. The next year he emigrated to the United States and worked as a photographer in Chicago, Illinois. He was a partner in the studio of Gehrig & Windeatt and later operated his own studio. He married his wife, Augusta, in 1888. Census data indicates that he had three daughters (Blanche, Charlotte, and Dorothy). SOLD


This vintage postcard features the New York Military Academy (NYMA). Donald Trump is the most famous  alumni of the school though many other “big names” are alumni. Trump was there for five years starting the fall of 1959. It is reported widely that his father sent him there while he was in the seventh grade because he needed a more disciplined and focused setting than the Queens, N.Y. private school he was then attending. NYMA was a college preparatory school located in the rural town of Cornwall, New York (60 miles north of New York City). The school  was one of the oldest military schools in the United States. In 2015, the school filed for bankruptcy protection. It was later bought by a Chinese owned foundation. This divided back postcard is from circa 1909. It was published by the Hugh C. Leighton Company of Portland, Maine. The firm predominately published postcards of New England. They printed some cards in Maine but most, like this one, were manufactured in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1909, the firm merged with Valentine and Sons. (SOLD)


This cabinet card portrait features a little boy holding the reigns of his toy horse in one hand and a whip in the other hand. The child is adorably dressed from head to toe. The toy horse beside him is nearly as tall as he is, and is very realistic looking. The horse even has a mane with real hair. E. I. Ellery is the photographer of this lovely image. His studio was located in the city of Truro which is located in Cornwall, England. On the reverse of the photograph is a very elaborate logo advertising Mr. Ellery’s services. An inscription on the reverse identifies the child as being “Percy Rogers” at two years and two months of age.  (SOLD)

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LADY LIBERTY_0009This photograph presents an interesting mystery. What exactly is going on in this image?  It appears that this is a photograph of a theatrical presentation or possibly a costumed mother and her costumed children having fun and posing at a photographic gallery. Their clothing appears to be European. The mother is dressed in some sort of patriotic costume. She is holding a black flag with a white cross and a pole that may be a flag staff. The young boy is holding an identical flag to his mother.  What is the origin of this flag?  Some assistance from an informed cabinet card gallery visitor to answer this question would be greatly appreciated.  A similar flag to the pictured flag is Saint Piran’s Flag. Saint Piran’s Flag is the flag of Cornwall. The people of Cornwall used the flag as a symbol of identity. Saint Piran is supposed to have created the flag from seeing the molten tin spilling out of the black ore in his fire. It is a white cross on a black background but the cross part covers the whole flag rather than float in the background like the crosses on the flags in this image. The woman in this image looks rather intense while the children appear uninterested. The subjects of this photograph are unidentified as is the photographer. The photograph has been trimmed to fit into a  frame or album and it is likely that the name of the photographer and studio were removed in the process.


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