EXQUISITE LOOKING “JERSEY GIRL” : IMMIGRANT JEWISH PHOTOGRAPHER : NEWARK, NEW JERSEY (CABINET CARD)

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. Note that this cabinet card has excellent clarity, edge wear, and light stains on the bottom border below the image. Overall, this photograph is in good condition (see scans).

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ADORABLE BROTHER AND SISTER PORTRAIT IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

This photograph features a portrait of two siblings posing in Hartford, Connecticut. The studio that produced this image was Wise, Smith, and Company. The printing on the bottom of the image list L. E. Taylor as the studio artist. This photograph is a striking portrait. The children are adorable and beautifully dressed. The image is amazingly clear. The previous owner of the photograph suggested that the children appear to be of Latin origin, though that is certainly an impression and not to be taken factually. Research online (in the Hog River Journal) found a 1914 photograph of the Hartford Theatre which was formerly the Wise Smith Building. One may conjecture that the building was the home of the Wise Smith Gallery. The article reports that the building was originally the Hartford Opera House where, among other productions,  Yiddish plays were performed. The building was also a stage theatre prior to and during the silent film era. The Wise and Smith gallery was listed in Hartford’s 1903 business directory.

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JEWISH COUPLE, REPORTEDLY BRODER SINGERS (YIDDISH) IN BRODY, UKRAINE

This Cabinet card featuring a well dressed couple, offers a bit of mystery. The last owner of this card states that this couple are “Brody Yiddish Singers”. So what does that mean? First of all, Brody is a city in Lviv Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. The city was a crossroads and jewish trade center in the 19th century. Brody is considered to be Shtetls,  Brodersanger, Purim, Jewish theater, CzarAlexander III, Berl Margulis, Berl Broder, one of the “shtetls”. The city was famous for the Brodersanger or Broder singers who were among the first Jews to publicly perform Yiddish songs outside of Purim (a holiday) and wedding celebrations. These performers were the precursors of jewish theater. Due to anti Jewish regulation enacted in 1882 by Czar Alexander III of Russia and the resulting exodus of Russian Jews; throughout 1881 hundreds of Jewish immigrants arrived in Brody daily. The most famous Broder singer was Berl Margulis also known as Berl Broder (1815  -1868). It is not certain that this cabinet card really depicts Broder singers and no evidence is available to support the claim , but it is not unusual for families to pass down such information over generations and  there is a reasonable chance that the history is correct and the story is worth telling. The photographer of this cabinet card is Buscdorf.