TWO PRETTY YOUNG WOMEN ON A TOBOGGAN

sled This vintage photo postcard features two pretty young women sitting on a wooden sled. The women are flashing beautiful smiles. They are dressed for winter and fun in the snow. Note their high boots. Printed on the postcard is the Dutch phrase “Gelukkig Nieuwjaar”. The English translation is “Happy New Year”. The postcard has a Dutch stamp and is addressed to someone living in Liwwadden, Netherlands. Liwwadden is the capital of the States of Friesland and has been inhabited since the tenth century. This postcard was published circa 1930 and is in very good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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FIVE ADORABLE CHILDREN IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

This cabinet card features five adorable children posing together at the studio of W. F. Koester in St. Paul, Minnesota. The children may be siblings, at least three of them have a strong family resemblance. In 1890, photographer, William F. Koester, took a photograph that was fascinating and historic and brought him a great deal of attention. Koester was out photographing “views” from a St. Paul bluff when he fortuitously saw and photographed a tornado approaching the city and touching down on it. The firm of Fredericks & Koester published  5×8 souvenir cards for sale. A local housepainter who aspired to be an oil painter, painted over the photograph, and it became an important work of Minnesota art. A photograph by Fredericks & Koester can be found in the American Museum of Photography (Couple on Toboggan).