PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL IN TOKYO JAPAN

taishoThis vintage photograph compensates for its less than stellar condition by featuring a very cute five year-old girl. She looks adorable in her nice outfit as she displays her long hair under a pretty hat. The previous owner of this image stated that it dates to the Taisho period (1912-1926). It was also reported that the young girl in this photograph was five years of age at the time the image was taken. The photographer of this photographic portrait is M. Matsuda of Tokyo, Japan.

 

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Published in: on January 31, 2015 at 11:49 am  Comments (2)  
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A MUSTACHIOED YOUNG MAN AND HIS BICYCLE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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This cabinet card features a mustachioed young man dressed in his sport clothing and standing beside his bicycle. At the time of this photograph, bike riding was a popular sport and many riders were members of bicycle clubs. Note that this gentleman is wearing knickers. This photograph was taken at the Lawrence studio in Chicago, Illinois. The photographer of this image was Adolph P. Lawrence who operated a studio in Chicago between 1887 and 1900.

 

Published in: on January 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm  Comments (2)  
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MEET THE WINKLERS…..PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE COUPLE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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Meet the Winkler’s. The reverse of this cabinet card has an inscription that introduces us to this lovely couple. Their names are  Gregor and Maria (Mitzi) Winkler. The couple are very well dressed. Each has a spray of flowers pinned to their lapel. He is holding his gloves while she is wearing her gloves. They appear to be dressed to attend an important formal event. The couple are posed at the August Kuhnel studio in Vienna, Austria. The photograph, according to the inscription was taken in 1920.

Published in: on January 29, 2015 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PRETTY YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IN BRUNSWICK, MAINE

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This vintage photograph features a pretty young African American woman posing for her portrait at the Kuhn studio in Brunswick, Maine. The woman is wearing a couple of pieces of jewelry. She has a collar pin which has a photograph of a young white woman. On wonders if the photo is of someone that the subject knows or if it is just a beautiful model. The woman in this photograph is also wearing what appears to be a pocket watch. The timepiece is hanging from her blouse exposed between the lapels of her jacket. The woman has a nice smile and expressive eyes. An inscription on the reverse of this image indicates that the subject’s name is Nora.

 

Published in: on January 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PRETTY AND WIDE EYED YOUNG GIRL IN SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK

 

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A pretty and wide-eyed young girl poses for her portrait at the Wheaton studio in Schenectady, New York. The girl is wearing a dark dress and a white lacy pinafore over it. She is also wearing a necklace and the beginning of a smile. The photographer of this image is Van B. Wheaton (1870-1948). The Anthony Photographic Bulletin (1897) reports Wheaton winning a medal at a photography exhibition. His son, Ivan P. Wheaton was a World War I aviator, race car driver, author, and photographer.

Published in: on January 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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CLASS PICTURE FROM THE AVONDALE SCHOOL IN NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA (1898)

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This vintage photograph is a class portrait of children from the Avondale School in Nova Scotia, Canada. The image has unusually great clarity. I suggest that the viewer magnifies the image and carefully look at the children’s expressions, their hairstyles,  and at their attire. This photograph really gives the observer an up close look at turn of the century school children. Note the two boys at the end of the first row. They are holding up signs identifying their school and the date (1898). The teacher sits in a chair, hands on his lap, and looking relaxed. I wonder how common male school teachers were during this era. Two of the girls are wearing identical dresses (same pattern). My guess is that they are sisters and their mother made the dresses. This is an exceptional example of a more than a century old class picture.

Published in: on January 24, 2015 at 11:41 am  Comments (4)  
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DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY SITS ON THE FRONT STEPS OF A HOUSE IN LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK (1887)

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A family therapist might find it interesting to analyze this portrait of three women and a man sitting on the front porch of a house in Lake Placid, New York. The therapist might note that three of the subjects are looking off in one direction while the young woman (sitting the closest to the bottom) is staring in the opposite direction. What is going on with this young lady? Not only is she oppositional but she is displaying horrible posture (slouching), and a “bored out of her mind” expression. The gentleman in this image is also exhibiting an interesting expression. He looks like the cat that ate the canary as he flashes a mischievous grin. He is holding a book/magazine. Perhaps the reading material is humorous. The four individuals in this photograph seem totally disconnected from each other. If the four subjects comprise a family, than they seem to be lacking warmth and a sense of being a cohesive unit. This photograph has an inscription on the reverse side. The inscription states “The Westside, Lake Placid, 1887”. The name of the photographer can be found embossed on the lower left hand corner of the image. His name is listed as “H. T. Hull, Amateur”. The word amateur appears so that viewers of the image would know that the photograph was not taken by a professional photographer. When photography became available to non professionals, there would be competitions held for amateurs so they could have places to exhibit their best photographs. This photograph measures 8 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.

Published in: on January 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm  Comments (8)  
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THREE ADORABLE YOUNG SISTERS AND THEIR DOG IN MITTWEIDA, GERMANY

 

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This cabinet card features a portrait of three adorable young sisters and their cute little dog. The girls may have been posing for this photograph for awhile and at least two of the siblings seem to have lost their patience. The youngest child, appears to be near tears or actually in tears. The oldest girl is rolling her eyes at the photographer while the middle child appears relatively nonplussed. The children are wearing cute identical dresses. The photographer of this image is Richard Brand and he operated a studio in Mittweida, Germany. To view other images by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Brand”.

Published in: on January 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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COUPLE DRESSED AS RAJA AND GYPSY FOR “FANCY DRESS BALL” (INDIA 1894)

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This cabinet card offers a fascinating portrait of a couple dressed for a costume party occurring in India. The couple are either in the country on holiday or perhaps the man is assigned to work there by his government. Inscriptions on the reverse of the photograph provide some explanatory information about the image. The photograph was taken 9/24/1894. The couple is wearing the costumes that they wore to a “Fancy dress ball” that was held on 9/20/1894. The gentleman is dressed as a Raja while the woman is dressed a a gypsy. She is holding a tambourine. This photograph was taken by a well know Indian studio. Theodore Julius Hoffmann and P. A. Johnston established a commercial photography studio in Calcutta (1882) and Darjeeling (1890). They also operated a studio in Simla. Johnston and Hoffmann’s photography business was the second largest commercial photography studio in India in that period. Many of their images were of North and Northeast India as well as Sikkim and Nepal. To view other photographs this pair of photographers, click on the category “Photographer: Johnston and Hoffmann”.

PORTRAIT OF MOTHER AND YOUNG DAUGHTER AND PHOTO ALBUM IN COLUMBIANA, OHIO

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A mother and young daughter pose for their portait at the the J. M. Webb studio in Columbiana, Ohio. The daughter is cute and she has one hand affectionately placed on her mother’s shoulder and her other hand on a thick photographic album. Note the girl’s long frizzy hair. The photographer of this image is John M. Webb (1850-1942). He was born in Greenford, Ohio. He took over his father’s (George G. Webb) photography business and operated it from 1884 to at least 1900.

Published in: on January 18, 2015 at 9:04 am  Comments (2)  
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