PORTRAIT OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IN HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK (1903)

 

This vintage photograph portrait captures a mother and her young daughter. The little girl stands on her mother’s lap and appears interested, but a bit dubious, about the process of being photographed. The reverse of the photograph has an inscription indicating that the subjects seen in this image are Cora and Jo (baby) Sinezey (?) and the photo was taken in 1903. This photograph originates from the studio of Benjamin Conklin in Huntington, New York. The town of Huntington is located on Long Island and the Conklin family are noted early settlers in the area. In 1902 Ben Conklin bought the photography business of Frederick H. Lockwood upon the proprietor’s retirement. Retirement didn’t stick and Lockwood opened up a new photo shop in 1903. Later, Conklin left the field of photography and joined the Bank of Huntington. This photograph measures 4 1/2″ x 6″.

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PORTRAIT OF FRENCH FILM STAR MLLE BARBIER (PHOTOGRAPHED BY LEOPOLD REUTLINGER)

This exceptional real photo postcard comes from the Paris studio of Leopold Reutlinger. His subject for this photograph is a beautiful theatrical actress, Mlle Barbier. The actress is spectacularly dressed and wearing hoop earrings in this color tinted photograph. The postcard is part of a series published by SIP (no. 1357). The home of SIP (Societe Industrielle de Photograpie) was Rueil, France. Research did not yield a firm identification of Mlle Barbier. A strong possibility is that the attractive actress photographed for this postcard was Charlotte Barbier-Krauss (1877-1938). The French actress was best known for appearing in “The Empty Cradle” (1910), “Le calvaire de Dona Pia” (1925), and “Poil de carotte” (1925). In 1914, she married director Henry Krauss. Mlle Barbier’s filmography includes about 34 films between 1909 and 1938. She is also credited with appearing in six plays between 1921 and 1937.

RARE CABINET CARD: LITTLE GIRL POSING IN FRONT OF A RAILROAD THEMED BACKDROP

This is quite a rare cabinet card. What makes the photograph unusual is the railroad themed backdrop. The young girl is standing in front of a faux railroad bridge. I have seen thousands of cabinet cards and I have never seen a similar backdrop. The little girl is wearing a dark dress with a collar pin. She is holding a fan. This photograph was taken at the Buchenau & Giegerich studio in Prairie Due Sac, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Photographers Index reports that Hugo Buchenau operated a photography studio in Sauk City between at least 1891 and 1896. The 1870 US census reveals that Buchenau was born in Wisconsin in 1865 to immigrant parents. His father was a saloon keeper. The directory also states that he was partners with Mr Giegerich in 1887 through 1888 and possibly in other years. Mr. Giegerich’s first name was likely Bertrand (aka Bert) based on the fact that local directories report a man with this name was a printer and newspaper publisher during this era.

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TINTYPE PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN

This tintype portrait features a beautiful young woman wearing a lovely dress. Her jewelry includes a bracelet and a ring. According to Wikipedia, tintypes were made by “creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion”. Tintypes were most popular during the 1860’s and 1870’s.

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CARTE DE VISITE PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN IN PENZANCE, ENGLAND

This Carte de Visite features a very attractive and well dressed young woman. She appears to be in her teenage years or slightly beyond them. Her dress is very fancy and pretty. She is wearing a nicely decorated hat and is accessorized with a necklace and collar pin. Her hair is braided and it falls over her right shoulder. She is holding something in her hands and I am at a loss to identify what it is. Perhaps it is a handkerchief or a purse. The photographer of this cdv portrait is Robert H. Preston who operated a studio in Penzance. The town and port of Penzance are located in Cornwall, England. Robert Hawker Peniel Preston (1837-1931) was partners with Samuel Poole in the early part of his career. Later he operated his own studio until 1901. At some point, his son Richard Preston, worked with him in the photographic studio. Robert Preston married Harriet Snell Body and they had at least seven children. The advertising on the reverse of this carte de visite declares that Preston was one of the official photographers of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

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PORTRAIT OF PRETTY BURLESQUE ACTRESS EDY VAYLAND

The pretty costumed blonde actress featured in this real photo postcard is Edy Vayland. She is wearing a fantastic headdress. This portrait is a bit risque for it’s era. Preliminary research revealed zero information about this Belle Epoque theatre actress. The postcard is from the 1910’s and was published in Italy by A. Traldi from the city of Milan. Traldi operated in Milan from 1902-1918. The publisher concentrated on view cards of Europe and the Middle East. They are also known for a series published that focussed on dogs. Research reveals that they produced a number of postcard portraits of European stage performers. If any visitors to the Cabinet Card Gallery have information about Miss Vayland, please leave a comment to educate the rest of us.

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG CHILD AND HER CHINA HEAD DOLL IN GIRARD, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card portrait features an adorable little girl with a terrific smile. She is holding her china head doll. The close-up view of the child makes this image quite special. The photographer of this photograph was Fred Jorns who operated a studio in Girard, Illinois. Frederick W. Jorns (1857-1943) was once partnered with William L Harrod in operating a studio in Girard. In addition they operated the Jorns and Harrod Palace Art Car. This was a mobile studio that travelled the rails stopping in towns in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. The studio car was pulled by an engine from the Cincinnati-Chicago and St. Louis Railroad. An 1892 photo of the studio rail car can be seen below. Fred is the gentleman wearing the suit. Jorn’s father, Gustav Jorns, immigrated from Germany in 1848. He married in 1856 and learned the photography business from his brother-in-law. Gustav established a photo studio in Springfield, Illinois. Gustav’s son, Fred learned the photography business from his father and set up his own studio in Girard. Fred married Lena Hann in 1884 and a portrait of the couple can be seen below.The couple travelled together on the Palace Art Car leaving their three children with relatives. Jorns sold his photography business around 1901 and became a grocer. He later resided in the Oklahoma Territory and then Houston, Texas. Please note the cabinet card portrait below which captures Fred Jorns reclining on a chaise. Initial research was unsuccessful in determining whether Fred Jorns operated his studio alone before he partnered with William Harrod or visa versa.

PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL ALL BUNDLED UP FOR WINTER

This vintage photograph features a cute little girl all bundled up in her winter outdoor clothing. Her coat and hat are unique by todays standards. She is wearing gloves and a nice grin. This photograph was taken by the studio belonging to John D. Strunk. He was a talented and prolific photographer who operated a studio in Reading, Pennyslvania. After adding this photograph to the Cabinet Card Gallery, the site will display fifteen of his images. According to evidence gathered in preliminary research, he worked as a photographer between 1888 and 1910. This photograph measures about 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ and was taken during the last half of his career. An additional aspect of this photograph is that there is a ghost image on it’s reverse.

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TWO PORTRAITS OF GERMAN FILM ACTRESS MARINA VON DITMAR

These two real photo postcards feature German film actress Marina von Ditmar (1914-2014), a leading lady of the 1930’s and 40’s. . She was born in the Russia Empire and was of Baltic German descent. When she moved to Germany she studied acting. Her first roles were appearances at Schauspielhaus, Bremen, and the Altes Theater (Leipzig). In 1937 she joined the ensemble at the Volksbuhne in Berlin and by 1940, she was a permanent actress at this venue. Her first major movie success was in “The Csardas Princess” (1934). In 1943, she starred in “Muchhausen”, a film that had great commercial success. Von Ditmar was also well known for her role in “The Big Shadow” (1942). She appeared in several Nazi propaganda film including Stukas (1941). She married D. Hans-Georg Dehnhardt (1913-2001), a leading physician and owner of a sanitarium,  Soon after her marriage, she retired from acting. The IMDB credits Miss von Ditmar with thirty film roles. The top postcard was published by Film-Forto-Verlag and was part of a series (A 2622/1). The photographer was Baumann and there is an advertising logo for the German film company UFA. The bottom postcard was also published by Film-Foto-Verlag and was part of a series (no. A 3926/1). The photographer was Binz and there is an advertising logo for Prag Films. The Prag company produced 14 films between 1943 and 1945. Many of the people employed to produce these films were Czechs who were forced by war time German authorities to produce these films. The photographer, Tita Binz (1903-1970), was German and she photographed many film stars of the Third Reich, She also made portraits of the soldiers who earned the Knight’s Cross (the highest military award in Nazi Germany). Binz began her career by apprenticing in Paris between 1928 and 1930. She was an apprentice for her uncle, the celebrated photographer, Leopold Reutlinger whose studio was opened in 1850 and became of the worlds most renowned studios. Binz settled in Berlin and worked for various photo studios until opening her own studio in 1938. She specialized in portrait photography and photographed actors, artists, politicians, and other celebrities. One of her clients was the publisher Film-Foto-Verlag (formerly Ross Verlag). The founder of the company, Heinrich Ross was forced out in 1937 by the National Socialists because he was Jewish and Jews were not allowed to own businesses. Ross Verlag retained it’s name until 1941. Film-Foto-Verlag became known for it’s postcard portraits of film stars of the German and Italian cinema. Today, many of Binz’s photo portraits can be found in the collection owned by the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin.

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A FAMILY OF FIVE IN MOURNING GATHER AROUND A POST MORTEM PHOTO OF BABY CARRIE

This cabinet card portrait is both interesting and sad. The photograph shows a family of five in mourning. They are dressed in dark clothing and on the table that they are sitting or standing by, is a cabinet card post-mortem photograph of a baby. On the reverse of this cabinet card is the inscription “Carrie Picture”. Clearly, someone has identified the baby as being named “Carrie”. This photograph was taken at the Bannister studio in St. Johns, Michigan. The Michigan Directory of Photographers reports that he operated his St Johns studio in 1895. The directory provides no first name for Mr. Bannister. It is my hypothesis that the photographer of the cabinet card portrait was Frank T. Bannister. He is listed as a photographer in the 1885 business directory for Saginaw, Michigan. He also appears in the 1910 US census as a photographer residing in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

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