PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, TWO WOMEN & A VERY COOL OAKLAND AUTOMOBILE : OHIO 1914

This is an incredibly nice vintage real photo postcard. It is perfectly posed and has all the elements of an outstanding photograph. In the middle of the photograph there is a young man wearing a grin ear to ear as he sits on the hood of his beautiful Oakland automobile. For extra comfort, he is sitting on a fur blanket. The man is dressed in great fashion. I love his suspenders and hat.  He is flanked by two smiling women and he is holding one of the hands of each of them. He clearly is located “out in the country”. In the background are fields and the proverbial weathered barn and lone tree surrounded by sky. Take a close look at the car. Note the partial front windshield, the starting crank, the front grill and Oakland name plate, as well as the bug-eyed headlights. The motor car has 1914 license plates and it appears that the automobile has a soft top. What do we know about the Oakland make of automobile. The first Oakland auto rolled of the Pontiac, Michigan, assembly line in 1908. Five models were offered and the price ranged from $1300 to $2150. By 1909, General Motors owned the Oakland manufacturing company. Oakland automobiles survived for 23 years and experienced it’s peak in 1928. The Oakland’s demise was caused by GM’s introduction of the cheaper Pontiac model. The marketing slogans of “Sturdy as an Oak” and “The All American Oakland” could not turn around plummeting sales and the Oakland brand ceased production at the end of 1931. The reverse of the photograph has an “AZO” stamp box and it’s format indicates that the card was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.  Research reveals that the car’s 1914 plates come from the State of Ohio. There were 121,000 Ohio license plates issued that year. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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FLORENCE METTA YOUNG PONDERS IN MOUNT VERNON, OHIO

Florence Mette Young poses for her portrait at the studio of Fred S. Crowell, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Florence is well dressed and apparently likes jewelry. She is wearing two rings, two bracelets and a necklace. Florence appears to be deep in thought. What might she be pondering about? The 1880 U.S. census reveals that she was born in 1862 and at the time of the census, she was living with her parents, Charles and Angelina Young. Her father was a farmer and her mother was a homemaker. The photographer of this cabinet card, Fred S. Crowell, can also be found in the 1880 census.He was born in 1844 and lived with his wife Ella, and their three children. Other research reveals that there was a Fred Crowell from the Mount Vernon area who enlisted in the 142nd Regiment of the Ohio Infantry during the Civil War.. He served only during 1864. Crowell trained as a photographer under Anna Payne, and worked in the profession in Norwalk, Sandusky, and Cleveland, Ohio. He then opened his own studio in Fredericktown in 1866. In 1869, he moved to Mount Vernon where he established another  photography studio that was in business until at least 1889. To view other photographs by Crowell, click on the category “Photographer: Crowell”. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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PRESIDENT JAMES GARFIELD MEMORIAL : CLEVELAND, OHIO : VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH

This vintage photograph features the James A. Garfield Memorial, located in Lake View Cemetery, in Cleveland, Ohio. Garfield, his wife, and other family members are entombed in the crypt level of the monument. Garfield was the twentieth president of the United States. He was assassinated in 1881. The memorial was dedicated in 1890. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Note the stain on the top right hand corner on the reverse of the photo. This photograph measures 8″ x 10″ and is in overall good condition (see scans). 

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THE RIBBON LADY OF NAPOLEON, OHIO

This cabinet photograph, by the Gardner studio in Napoleon, Ohio, offers a helpful hint worthy of appearing in Real Simple magazine. What should one do with those extra ribbons that are just laying around the house? A creative and economic answer is to stick them onto a plain dress to liven it up. Unfortunately, the end result of following this advice is that one is left with a very unattractive dress. To learn more about the photographer and to view other photographs by the Gardner studio, click on the category “Photographer: Gardner”. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A BUCKEYE: CADDIE JOHNSON POSES IN CANTON, OHIO

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This cabinet card portrait features Caddie Johnson in a very fine dress. She is posing for the photographer at the Buckeye Portrait & View Company  at No. 13 North Walnut Street in Canton, Ohio. No further information could be found about Ms. Johnson or the Buckeye Portrait and View Company. However, an explanation of the term “Buckeye” was excavated. The Buckeye is the state tree of Ohio.  (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVING FATHER AND FIRECRACKER DAUGHTER IN HAMILTON, OHIO

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This cabinet card portrait captures the great facial expressions of a loving father and his spunky daughter. Dad looks quite intense and protective of his adorable daughter. The daughter offers a priceless expression. She has amazing poise for a girl her age. The photographer brilliantly has the daughter holding her fathers hat. Great looking subjects and a terrific pose characterize this image by the Leiter studio in Hamilton, Ohio.

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YOUNG BOY WITH A FANTASTIC SMILE IN LANCASTER, OHIO

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This vintage photograph captures a young boy doing something rare for his time. The unusual activity is the fact that he is smiling and even more rare is that he is exhibiting a broad smile. The child is cute and nicely dressed. Note his terrific cap and high shoes. The photograph was taken at the Moore studio in Lancaster, Ohio. The photographer was Charles T. Moore (1866-?). He is listed as a photographer in the 1900 and 1910 US census. He lived in Lancaster and was married to Stella Moore. The couple had at least two children, both were girls. The photograph measures about 4 1/4 ” x 6 1/2″.

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FOUR BLACKSMITHS, A HORSE, AND A PORNOGRAPHER IN EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO

This cabinet photograph looks like a scene from a Clint Eastwood western feature film. It is as if the four men are looking into the street to watch Clint challenge four outlaws to a gunfight. More likely, this photograph captures a portrait of four men who work in an East Liverpool, Ohio blacksmith shop. Note that two of the men are holding  tools of their trade and also take notice that there is a tool box in the center of the image.  In additon, two of the men are wearing aprons and all four men are wearing what appears to be appropriate blacksmith garb. In the center of the photograph is a pretty horse. The photographer of this wonderful portrait is Culbertson’s Art Studio. The Culbertson studio is associated with the seamier side of photography and created quite a scandal in East Liverpool. Harry and Leon Culbertson were brothers and at one point were business partners in the Culbertson Brothers photography studio. On 5/10/1892, Harry was arrested on a charge of taking lewd and indecent photographs. His legal defense was that the photographs were “purely works of art”.The Lowell Daily Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts) reported the story on 5/13/1892. Culbertson claimed that two unknown young woman came to his studio and induced him to photograph them “undraped”.  He left town shortly after his arrest.

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AN OLD MAN AND HIS WISPY BEARD IN TIFFIN, OHIO

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An old man with a long pointy wispy beard poses for his portrait at the studio of W. D. Miller in Tiffin, Ohio. The elderly gentleman has a knowing but far away look in his very expressive eyes. He is well dressed for his day at the photography studio. William D. Miller operated a photography business in Tiffin from 1881 through 1887 and then again from 1897 through 1908.

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PROFILE PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN DAYTON, OHIO

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This cabinet card portrait features a profile view of a pretty young woman. She is wearing a necklace, earrings, and a serious expression. Note her lace collar. The photograhic studio that produced this image is Appleton & Hollinger which operated out of Dayton, Ohio. The studio was located at the corner of 3rd and Jefferson. To learn more about Joseph M. Appleton and William Hollinger and to view more of their photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Appleton & Hollinger”.