A MILITARY MAN, TWO PRETTY WOMEN, FIVE BOTTLES OF WINE, AND LOTS OF SEXUAL TENSION

This vintage photograph is begging for a story. What is going on in this interesting image? A military man is sitting at a table in a bar with two pretty young woman. He is smoking a long pipe as he opens up a bottle of wine. There are four empty bottles lying on the table. One of the bottles is turned over on it’s side. Five bottles of wine is a lot of wine for just three imbibers. We can assume the women are drinking too, because they have glasses on the table in front of them. The military man is sitting rather close to one of the women but is staring at the other woman with a lecherous expression. What is going on in this interaction? How would you describe the look that the second woman is giving him? Is she accepting or rejecting his flirtatious behavior? A sign on the wall advertises the cost of the wine. The sign is written in French. SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE TRIO OF LITTLE GIRLS PERFORMING A CHARITY CONCERT (1906)

This vintage real photo postcard features three precious little girls performing a charity concert. The girl’s musical instruments include a squeeze box, a pipe, and a violin. I hope I identified the instruments correctly as my knowledge of such things is limited. In fact, I would settle for accurately identifying two out of three of the musical instruments. The photographer of this image used some interesting props. Note the music stand, sheet music, and the sign stating “Charity Concert”. I particularly like the violinist’s hat. I could imagine a present day blues player wearing such a hat. This postcard was published by the Rapid Photo Printing Company. The company existed between 1901 and 1910. It was located in London. The company is best known for their portraits of actresses. The card was part of the “Real Silverprint Photograph Series (no.2728). This English postcard was postmarked in 1906. The card is addressed to someone at the “Semore Convalescent Home”. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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FIVE WELL DRESSED HIKERS: CARRYING WALKING STICKS AND BINOCULARS

 This vintage real  photo postcard features five men in their hiking attire. They certainly don’t seem to be wearing very comfortable clothing for a hike. I hope there was no scrambling or navigating slippery portions of the trail required. If so, their suit pants won’t have a long life span. Other than wearing clothing that may hamper their efforts, the men are well equipped with binoculars and walking sticks. The men have cases for the binoculars and the gentleman all the way on the left has a larger bag slung over his shoulder. The men are also well supplied with smoking materials. Two of the men have cigarettes/cigars and two others are holding a pipe. Interestingly, mustaches must have been in vogue considering that each of the men are wearing one. Hats must have been equally popular.  It would be fascinating to know the story of this gathering of outdoorsmen. The former owner of this image believes that the men are tourists, but he offers no supporting evidence. This vintage photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF “MY DONNIE PAL” WEARING A LONDON FOG COAT AND SMOKING A PIPE

This vintage real photo postcard features a young man wearing a London Fog type raincoat and a cap. He is smoking a pipe. The young man’s outfit make me think he looks British. Forgive me for stereotyping. Note the gentleman’s long hair.  The postcard’s addressee is Rose Getchel and she lived in Park Rapids, Minnesota. The sender was Donnie Page (aka “My Donnie Pal”). The postcard is dated 1913. The stamp box indicates the publisher was Cyko and the date of publication was sometime between 1904 and 1920. This vintage portrait postcard is in good condition (see scans).   (SOLD)

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN AND HER PIPE SMOKING DOG

This unusual cabinet card portrait features a pretty young woman and her pipe smoking dog. The young lady is flashing a terrific smile which is highly unusual during the cabinet card era. It is very understandable that she is smiling as she poses for this humorous photograph. It is my guess that the woman is a teenager. She is wearing a very busy dress and a wide-brimmed straw hat. Her canine friend is wearing a wide collar and seems to be begging for the girl’s attention. One wonders if this is a photograph of a professional dog trainer who performs in carnivals, or if this image is a reflection of a creative subject or photographer. The identity of the subject and the photographer are unknown. The dog appears to be a Boston Terrier.    (SOLD)

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RELAXED COWBOY WITH A WRY SMILE AND A PIPE

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A relaxed cowboy with a wry smile poses for this vintage real photo postcard. The image is taken in a photographic studio likely located in the western United States. The cowboy is wearing a vest and a pocket watch. He is holding a pipe. His lace shoes seem to have kicked around a lot of dust in their time. The postcard’s AZO stamp box indicates that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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FOUR AFFECTIONATE GENTS

This cabinet card captures four fabulously dressed gents posing for their photograph. The men are showing affection toward each other in this image. The gentlemen are sportily dressed; note the striped sport jacket.  Their hats are interesting and varied. One man is smoking a pipe. The photographer’s name and the location of  the studio are unknown.

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OLD MAN WITH PIPE IN BALLSTON, NEW YORK

Mr E. H. Chapman posed for this cabinet card photograph at the studio of J. S. Wooley in Ballston, New York.  He inscribed the back of this card indicating that he turned 67 years old on September 17th, 1895. He gave the card to an unidentified person, to mark the occassion.  Mr Chapman’s eyes show a certain wisdom that only comes with age. His pipe and straw hat add much character to the image of this older gentleman.  Ballston, NY is in Saratoga County, and north of Schenectady. Research reveals that Edw H Chapman was President of the Ballston town board in 1856 and was involved in the manufacture of woolen goods and in 1867 had a business manufacturing bricks. Research also reveals that the photographer of this cabinet card is Jesse Sumner Wooley (1867-1943). At age 13 he worked for a photographer in Saratoga and in 1887 he opened his own photographic studio in Ballston Spa. He became a noted photographer as a result of his taking expeditions and chronicling them in the form of lantern slide/stereoptic lectures. In 1893 he and noted landscape photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard took a photographic expedition exploring the Adirondacks and they prepared a photographic lecture about this trip. Wooley also took similar expeditions to Florida (preparing a photographic historical presentation), the Chicago Exposition (Worlds Fair), New York City (100th anniversary of George Washington’s inaugaration), and to California (Yellowstone National Park). The Florida stereoptic lecture is one of the few professional lantern slide/stereoptic lectures that survive today.