ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM. MERRILY, MERRILY, MERRILY, MERRILY, LIFE IS BUT A DREAM (ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL WOMEN DOING THE ROWING)

ONTHERIVER_0006This cabinet card photograph features a fine gentleman wearing a ship captains cap and sitting between two beautiful finely dressed young women on a paddle boat. The women are holding the oars while the man rests on a blanket wrapped bench. I suppose this image has comical undertones. The boat on the lake looks like a real outdoor scene but it is most likely all taking place in a terrific well accessorized studio. The photographer of this unique image is Herrmann Witt and his studio was located in Lubbenau, Germany.

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  1. I think you’re comment about the set being “comical” was interesting. If it was a set, which I believe, after all, that it was, I think it was very authentic-looking. – Thank you so much for such a special card. Every detail draws your eye, from the gentle pleasure in the women’s eyes, to the drapes of fabric that the gentleman is seated on.

  2. I guest it is good for the male in this picture that the women that are rolling the boat is not in this generation. Because I do believe it would be a new meaning to Man overboard. ! 🙂

  3. The town of LĂĽbbenau is in the centre of a region called SPREEWALD, about 62 miles south-east of Berlin, Germany. This is indeed an outdoor photo and it shows the typical punt boat and two women of the indigenous people of the Sorbs/Wends.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spreewald

    However, I agree, that the photo looks somehow staged with the ‘captain’ sitting on a blanket showing a big ship.

    Here is a link to another photo by Herrmann/Hermann Witt from around 1905, without any further biographical info on the photographer though.
    It is a real photo postcard of the “Swans’ Home, LĂĽbbenau, Spreewald”.


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