HORSE PULLED TROLLEY AT CAPO’S NORTH BEACH IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

This vintage real photo postcard features a horse drawn trolley in St. Augustine, Florida. Printing on the front of the card elaborates with “Rapid Transit at Capo’s North Beach”. Most of us would not think of a single horse pulled trolley as “Rapid Transit”, but compared to walking, the trolley was rapid transit. It wasn’t difficult to find a seat on the trolley when this photograph was taken. It’s only occupants were two passengers and the African American driver. Research revealed the story behind this particular trolley. In 1904, Paul and Ellen Capo built a boat landing on the east shore of the Tolomato (North) River, and used this horse drawn trolley to carry passengers over the dunes, to the beach. Beachgoers could swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The visitors to Capo’s North Beach arrived there via a ferry from downtown St. Augustine. The name of the ferry boat was “Pauline II”. The photographer of this photo postcard was P. A. Wolfe, of St. Augustine. Mr Wolfe was a very talented photographer. Many of his photographs can be seen at the website “Florida Memory” which is operated by the State Library and Archives of Florida. In 1921, he took a series of photographs of President Warren Harding’s visit to St. Augustine. P. A. Wolfe was born in England in 1886. The 1920 US Census reveals that he was married to Ina Wolfe and was working as a photographer in St. Augustine. The “AZO” stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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BELGIAN STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS: JANE MARNAC

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty Belgian stage and film actress, Jane Marnac (1892-1976). She appeared in dozens of parts on stage and sang in numerous operettas. She is well known for appearing in “Au temps des valses ” (1930), a play by Noel Coward that played at the Apollo Theater. She is also remembered for her role in “The Darling of Paris” (1931). Wikipedia provides a list of twenty of her play appearances (1912-1938) and notes that it is an incomplete list.  Wikipedia also lists six films (1911-1931) in which Marnac made appearances.  In regard to her personal life, she was born in Brussels, Belgium. She married an English officer in 1927. This postcard was published by K.F. (Kunzli Freres) of Paris, France and is part of a series (no. 2315). The company was one of the largest pioneer postcard publishing houses. The company was established in 1874. It had offices in Zurich and Paris. Beginning 1898, it became known for publishing postcard maps throughout Europe. The photographer who took Miss Marnac’s portrait seen on this postcard, was Leopold Reutlinger.

WOMAN POSES FOR HOARDER PHOTOGRAPHER IN KLATOVY, CZECHOSLOVAKIA

This cabinet card photograph is unusual in that it offers us a view of a room inside of a turn-of-the-century photographer’s studio. The young woman is awkwardly posed and a bit far from the camera but the focus of this image is more about the room rather than it’s occupant. The room is quite cluttered with interesting objects. Note the large statue and statuettes. Hanging from the wall, are a number of fans. Also on the wall are paintings and at least five close-up photographs of attractive women. Hanging next to the large mirror, are two identical interesting lamps. Covering the floor is an animal skin rug as well as a Persian rug. Be sure to take a close look at the furniture. The furniture is nice looking but very bulky. The photographer of this photograph is Karel Hahn who was active in Klatovy, Czechoslovakia, from 1893 until 1943. An inscription on the reverse of the cabinet card indicates that the photograph was taken in 1907.

Published in: on February 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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LITTLE GIRL WITH CYMBALS AND LOTS OF PERSONALITY (POSTCARD FROM ANTWERP, BELGIUM)

This vintage postcard features an adorable little girl playing the cymbals. She is wearing a flower wreath in her hair and a wonderful smile. The postcard was published by NPG (“Neue Photographische Gesellschaft”) and is part of a series (no. O 1448). The postcard has a Belgian stamp that was postmarked in 1909.  The postcard is addressed to someone living in Anvers (Antwerp), which is a Flemish city in Belgium.

Published in: on February 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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MISS MATTIE LOVEDAY AND HER BICYCLE IN WASHINGTON D.C.

This cabinet card has seen better days. It is quite faded and appears to have been trimmed. The young woman in this photograph poses with a bicycle for an unknown photographer. The subject of this cabinet card image is identified by an inscription on the reverse of the photo. The young lady in the photograph is Miss Mattie Loveday. Preliminary research yielded a disappointingly small amount of information. Here is what we know. The 1900 US census reveals that Miss Loveday was born in 1883 and was a student living in Washington D.C.. She lived with her father (James P. Loveday) and mother (Florence D. Loveday). Also in the home was a 20 year old brother (Arthur), 11 year old sister (Annie), and 7 year old brother (Leo). Her father and older brother both worked as clerks. The brother was also a soldier. Mattie was 17 years old at the time of the 1900 census and it is my guess that this photograph was taken close to that year.

 

Published in: on February 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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TEENAGE GIRL WEARING A BLACK DRESS IN GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

Charles F. Schroeder operated the Quincy Street Gallery in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This cabinet card comes from his studio. He photographed this teenage (?) girl. She is dressed in black and stands at an open gate,  holding her wide brimmed hat. Schroeder was born in Prussia in 1836. The 1870 and 1880 census lists him as a photographer and reveals that his wife’s name was Wilhelmena. A Wisconsin photographers list reports that Schroeder was an active photographer in Green Bay between 1870 and 1908. There is an inscription on the reverse of the cabinet card. I believe that is written in German. Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet card gallery will enlighten us by identifying the language and maybe even translating the inscription.

Published in: on January 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN A WHITE LACE DRESS IN FREEPORT, ILLINOIS

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This photograph features a pretty woman wearing a very fancy white lace dress. Hopefully, some of the cabinet card visitors with fashion interest and expertise will make some informative comments about this fashionable woman’s attire. The woman’s hairstyle is interesting. She is wearing her hair up and its in a puffy, but neat, pile. This photograph was produced by the Wilkins studio in Freeport, Illinois. Charles E. Wilkins was born in 1859 in Red Wing, Minnesota. He lived in Freeport for forty-two years and operated his photography studio there for twenty-five years. His studio was located at 123 Stephenson Street for an unknown number of years. He retired about 15 years before his death.  At age seventy-two he took up golf and “played a remarkable game” according to his obituary which appeared in the Freeport Journal Standard (1940).

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Published in: on January 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF A LARGE NUCLEAR FAMILY

This vintage real photo postcard features a large family consisting of a mother, father, and five children. The two boys seen on the flanks, are very cute. The boy all the way on the left appears to be quite proud of his appearance in this image. He is wearing a suit and tie. The suit pants are actually shorts. His socks have a nice unusual pattern. His smiling brother, seen all the way to the right, is wearing a very realistic sailor outfit. The two older sisters are in a affectionate looking pose. One girl is resting her arm on the shoulder of her sister in a demonstration of affection. This real photo portrait is a nice image of parents and their brood. It is a bit unusual and nicer than the usual postcard family portrait due to the clan’s close-up pose. This postcard has an AZO stamp box that indicates the photograph was taken sometime between 1924 and 1949.

Published in: on January 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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PORTRAIT OF A MAN AND A HORSE

“A horse is a horse, of course, of course.” This horse, of course, is not “Mr Ed”. However, this cabinet card photograph features a man and his horse. In the background are two men and a dog. The photographer and location of the studio are not identified. It is my strong opinion that the image is from a European studio.

Published in: on January 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THE MOST ADORABLE GIRL IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM: A YOUNG GIRL POSES BY A CRESCENT MOON

This is one of the most adorable real photo postcard portraits in my collection. The little girl seen in this photo has a most engaging smile. Even the crescent moon has an engaging smile. At one point in early portrait postcard history, it was not a rare occurrence to photograph someone, or a couple, sitting on, or standing next to, a crescent moon. However, I have seen few close-up crescent moon postcards such as this one. The dark background employed by the photographer is especially effective. Note the little girls colorful striped socks; they are fun and fantastic. This postcard of French origin and if I am reading one of the postmarks correctly, it was mailed in 1908.

Published in: on January 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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