JOHN FRANKLIN FORT FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY : CAMPAIGN POSTCARD (1907)

This vintage postcard was employed as advertising for New Jersey Governor candidate, John Franklin Fort (1852-1920). Fort was a Republican and won his race to become the 33rd Governor of New Jersey. He served between 1908 and 1911. He defeated Democrat, Frank S. Katzenbach. In 1908, Fort participated in New Jersey’s first radio broadcast. In 1910 he established New Jersey’s first Department of Education. Fort was followed by Woodrow Wilson in the position of Governor. Wilson went on to become the President of the United States. Fort was a lawyer. He obtained his law degree at the Albany Law School. Governor and ex civil war General, George B. McClellan, appointed Fort to serve as a judge in a Newark district court. In 1884, 1896, and 1912 he served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 1900, he was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. In 1915, Wilson, now President, appointed Fort to the Federal Trade Commission. He held the position for about four years but was forced to resign due to failing health. At one point,Wilson appointed Fort to act as US Ambassador to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Besides featuring a portrait of John Franklin Fort, the postcard also displays a drawing of the state capital building in Trenton. It is interesting to note that John Franklin Fort’s uncle, George Franklin Fort, was the Democratic Governor of New Jersey from 1851 to 1854. This postcard was published by the Whitehead & Hoag Company of Newark, New Jersey. Benjamin Whitehead (1858-1940) was born in Newark. He received his technical information from the Cooper Union Institute in New York City. He became a printer and some of his printing samples were exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. In 1876, he opened his own firm in Newark. The business was named Whitehead & Clark. Whitehead liked to travel domestically and abroad (he visited 22 nations)  and he took many photographs as well as gathered ideas for novelties for his business to produce. Whitehouse was joined in business by Chester R. Hoag (1860-1935). They incorporated their business in 1892. Whitehead & Hoag manufactured over 5,000 different novelty advertising items. They were considered the largest business in the nation that manufactured advertising novelties. They were particularly well known for their efforts producing advertising buttons. The company opened offices around the U.S. and in some international cities. In 1959, the company was sold and shuttered it’s doors. This would be nice addition to any New Jersey politics collection. The postcard is from about 1907 and in excellent condition (see scans).             

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YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN GIRL IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

 

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This young African American woman is posing for her photographic portrait at the studio of J. Henry Smith in Newark, New Jersey. Smith is listed in Newark business directories as early as 1870 and as late as 1897. The young lady in this photograph appears to be in her teenage years. Cabinet card photos of African Americans are not very common.  (SOLD)

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DARLING PORTRAIT OF A BABY IN NEWARK, OR GRANVILLE, OR THORNVILLE, OHIO

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This cabinet card portrait features an adorable baby standing on a chair. The baby is wearing a ring with an attached bracelet. The child looks a bit fearful as she poses at the Chase gallery. The photo studio had three locations, all in Ohio. There were galleries in Newark, Granville, and Thornville. The advertising on the front of the photograph indicates that the photograph was taken in 1893. The reverse of the photograph has an inscription which is difficult to read (see image below). The child’s first name is clearly Ray. Research suggests that the baby is Ray Mc Slyer who was born in Ohio in 1892. Frank Chase (1863-1941) worked as a photographer in Cleveland, Ohio in 1884 and then in Newark between 1885 and a least 1905. He worked in Newark with his father, George W. Chase (1839-1925) except in the mid 1890’s when he operated a studio in nearby Granville.

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PORTRAIT OF MISS LIZZIE COOPERIDER (UPPER SANDUSKY, OHIO)

The pretty woman with the large eyes in this portrait is identified on the reverse of the photograph as Miss Lizzie Cooperider. She is wearing a “layered look”. Note her unusual collar pin. The photograph was produced by McCahon’s Art Gallery in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. John McCahon was born in Ireland sometime around 1828. He was a photographer in central Ohio for more than 3 decades. He operated the Cottage Photograph Gallery in Roscoe and galleries in Utica (1870) and Westerville (1878). He opened a studio in Upper Sandusky in 1880 and the last stop of his journey as a photographer was in Newark (late 1880’s). In 1893 McCahon suffered a stroke and his wife Isabella and his daughters Bertha and W. Blanche assisted in continuing the operation of the studio. John McCahon died in 1896. His daughter W. Blanche (1864-1944) continued working as a photographer. After gaining valuable experience managing her fathers studio during his illness, she continued running the gallery until 1918. She then worked in a Mansfield, Ohio studio until she opened her own studio in Westerville as some time during the 1920’s and continued its operation until 1938.

THREE PRETTY SISTERS ALL IN A ROW IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

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Three young and adorable sisters pose for their portrait at Pomranz’s Art Studio in Newark, New Jersey. Two of the girls have long hair and all three of them are wearing large hair bows. The two older girls are holding flowers. Isadore Pomranz was listed by the US Census as being a photographer in Newark during 1910, 1920, and 1930.

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN FLOWER DRESS IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY (NINETEENTH CENTURY FLOWER CHILD)

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A young woman, looks very pretty in her stunning dress, as she poses for her portrait at the Bazaar Photo Rooms in Newark, New Jersey. This trend setting fashionista is one of America’s first “flower children”. The dress has a pattern consisting of flowers and leaves. The cabinet card photograph was taken by studio operators  J. T. Creighton and Fred F. Mix. Their studio was located at 653 Broad Street in Newark and research reveals that they worked as partners in 1886. It appears that John Creighton was a sole operator between the rest of 1882 through 1889.

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EXQUISITE LOOKING “JERSEY GIRL”

An exquisite looking teen beauty poses for her portrait at the studio of Fieldman. Fieldman had two galleries, and they were located in Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey. This Jersey girl has a fine hat and a fine figure. The photographer of this cabinet card photograph was Isidore Fieldman (1869-?). He was born in Russia and arrived in America during 1891. He was listed as a photographer in the 1900 through the 1930 U.S. Census. He and his wife Rose (born in Poland) spoke Yiddish, indicating that they were of the Jewish faith. During at least some of their years, the couple and their family lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Their children included Esther (born 1890), Milton (born 1901), Margaret (born 1901), Herman (born 1906), George (born 1914). Milton and Margaret were likely twins. Herman joined his father’s photography business.

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FIREMAN IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

This cabinet card features a fireman, or possibly a policeman, posing for his portrait in the studio of F. L. Huff, in Newark, New Jersey. Huff’s studio was located at 707 & 839 Broad Street in Newark. Huff was a native “Jerseyman” and established his photographic studio in 1870.

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BEAUTIFUL BELLE IN CHARLESTON: EFFE MAY BLANCHARD-WALTER

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This Cabinet card is a portrait of a beautiful woman named Effe May Blanachard-Walter. Effe was from Newark, New Jersey where her father, Noah Farwell Blanchard ran a successful leather business. His company made knapsacks, haversacks and other leather goods for the Union Army during the civil war. In 1879  he became the President of a start-up company that became Prudential Life Insurance Company. He also was a religious man who served as President of the Board of Trustee at Trinity Church in Newark, New Jersey. Effe married Julian Hazelhurst Walter in about 1896. Interestingly, a book on the history of Newark, New Jersey, spells her name as Affie rather than Effe. Another source reveals that Julian H Walter (1870 – ?) was born in New Jersey but  at age 2 he and his family returned to their native South Carolina. As a young adult he worked in his fathers cotton business and then at age 26 moved to New York where be became a prominent businessman. He worked in the seed business founding the firm Stumpp and Walter Company. Now, back to the Cabinet Card. This photograph captures Effe in a beautiful white dress with  much lace and puffed sleeves. The photographer is Leidloff of Charleston, South Carolina. Herman Leidloff came to the United States from Berlin, Germany in 1872. After living in New York, Boston and Baltimore he came to Charleston in the late 1870’s and by 1881 had begun operating his photographic studio.