ERUDITE CHILD LECTURES ST. BERNARD ON STEROIDS

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This vintage real photo postcard features a little boy (or is it a girl) and his (her) dog. The dog is a giant. I think someone’s been putting steroids in the dog’s food. The dog appears to be at least partially a St. Bernard. The child is smartly dressed and has an air of privilege. The child looks as if he is lecturing the dog. The child’s index finger is pointed as if he is making a major point. This postcard is dated 1906. The postcard was published by Germany’s Neue Photographische Gesellschaft (NPG) (New Photographical Society). The company was in business between 1894 and 1948 and was one of the most well known and largest companies involved in the production of postcards.

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SWEET PHOTOGRAPH OF A LITTLE BOY RIDING A ST. BERNARD (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a sweet little boy dressed in winter clothing riding a large St. Bernard dog. Of course the dog is a stuffed toy but it sure looks realistic. In fact, the dog may actually be a stuffed “real” dog. This winter scene photograph is a rare find. The image was produced by a private studio. There are two photographer stamps on the reverse of the postcard. One stamp is from “Le Bon Photographe” (The Good Photographer?) which was located in Ostende, Belgium. Ostende is a coastal city in West Flanders. The second stamp states “Studio Universele” which was located in Brussels.   SOLD

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A BOY AND HIS DOG: BOY IDENTIFIED AS “ELDEN McFARLAND (I THINK)”

boystbernard_0006A little curly haired boy in a rufflled shirt poses at the Twasaki studio along  with his large white and black spotted dog. The boy is wearing a checkered bow tie. The dog appears to be resting comfortably as it sprawls on a rug in front of his young master. The boy has a sparkle in his eyes and his foot is resting lightly on the dog’s back.The reverse of the photograph has a handwritten inscription that identifies the child as “Elden McFarland (I think)”. The writer of the inscription was unusually honest about his lack of conviction in the identification. The dog pictured in this photograph is a St. Bernard (I think). If I am wrong, someone more informed than me about dog breeds will assuredly  correct me via a comment.The photographer’s name on the bottom of this image is illegible. It appears to be Twasaki or Iwasaki but research was of no value in identifying the photographer or the location of his studio. The name Elden McFarland was too common to find biographical information about the subject. Knowing the location of the studio would have facilitated finding background information concerning young Master McFarland.

Published in: on December 20, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (3)  
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YOUNG GIRL AND HER HUGE ST. BERNARD IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK

A young girl poses with her huge St. Bernard at the studio of Albert L. Werner in Buffalo, New York. The long haired young girl in her dark dress sits with her arm partially around the outstretched dog. The dog appears to be a St. Bernard.  The studio backdrop is faux garden or park type setting wall. Albert L. Werner’s name is still prominent in Buffalo. The Werner Photography Building stands in the Genesee neighborhood of Buffalo. The building is considered a work of “artistic architecture”. It was constructed in 1895  and was designed by internationally prominent Buffalo architect, Richard A. Waite. Werner was a popular photographer of German descent who began operating a photographic studio in 1890, He relocated his business into the Werner Building in 1896. Some historians believe that the building may have been designed with him and his business in mind and the building certainly was assigned his name. Werner left the building in 1899, but his name remained on the building throughout modern times. The signage with his name was recently repainted. To view other photographs by Werner, click on the category “Photographer: Werner”.

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