PORTRAIT OF JOE DEITZ: THE BIGGEST LADIES MAN IN LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

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This real photo postcard features a young man on a horse and buggy flanked by two young women. Two more young ladies are standing next to the carriage, one is holding a closed umbrella. The gentleman in this photograph seems to be a ladies man. His ego must be inflated being surrounded by this many pretty women. It is interesting to note that there is a second gentleman in this image. Look under, and slightly behind the horse and you will see another young man kneeling close to the ground and looking at the camera. An inscription on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the Lothario seen in this image is named Joe Deitz and was residing in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Genealogical research reveals that Joe Deitz was a charmer. He was married six times and finally arrested for bigamy. Actually, I am joking about his marital history. Initial research failed to find information about Mr Deitz. The AZO stamp box on this postcard indicates that it was likely published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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Published in: on August 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME WESTERN MAN IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

A handsome man poses for his portrait at “Casper’s Studio” in Spokane, Washington. An inscription on the reverse of this vintage real photo reveals that the gentleman’s name is Vincent Vergel Matson (1885-1978). Matson dressed up for this photograph. He is wearing a western vested suit and western hat. Matson was born is South Dakota. The 1900 US census finds him living with his family on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Teton, Montana. The 1910 census lists him as living in Edwards, Montana and working as a farmer. By 1920, he moved again. This time he was residing in North Bonners Ferry, Idaho and working as a laborer. He was still working as a laborer at the time of the 1930 census and he was living in a Boarding House in Spokane. He was living in Kalispell, Montana at the time he registered for the draft in 1942. He was listed in the 1943 Kalispell directory as a laborer. At the time of Matson’s death in 1978, he was living in Beaverhead, Montana. My research did not find any record of Matson ever marrying. One has to wonder if Matson was a bit of a drifter. He appears to have moved around a lot, not letting the grass grow under his feet. He had no wife or kids, and could take on labor work wherever he lived. This postcard has an AZO stamp box indicating that it was produced between 1904 and 1918.

DRUMMER BOY: PORTRAIT OF JOHN NORRIS AT TWO YEARS OF AGE

This endearing vintage real photo postcard captures a barefoot little boy and his drum. He is looking quite proud and serious. The drum does not look like a toy. Perhaps it saw some action during the civil war. The reverse of the postcard has an inscription revealing that the child is named John M. Norris and that he is two years old. The inscription also states that this photograph was taken in 1914. The AZO stamp box offers a confirmation of the date. This stamp box was utilized between 1904 and 1918. This postcard was purchased near Austin, Texas.

Published in: on June 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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“IF LOOKS COULD KILL”: PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY AND THEIR DOG

 

I wish I knew what was going on in the photograph on this vintage real photo postcard. Mom, Dad and their child all are displaying very intense expressions. The man and woman are staring at each other. It is as if their eyes are throwing darts at each other. The child, wearing a nautical outfit, looks like he just saw a ghost. The child is standing on a wagon. The family dog is standing on it’s hind legs with one paw on the wagon. This postcard’s AZO stamp box indicates that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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STUDIO PHOTOGRAPH OF A VERY HAPPY BABY (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This image is special because it features a baby with a wonderful smile and happy demeanor. It is a rare occurrence to find a portrait of a baby with such a great smile. The photograph was taken at a studio and was used to produce this vintage real photo postcard. The baby is dressed in white and looks so adorable wearing a white sweater and little booties. The baby is sitting on a chair that is covered by a lace light blanket. I am unsure how the baby is safely held in the chair. There is no evidence of a hidden mother’s hands or a device to hold the baby safely in place. A studio backdrop can be seen in the background. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the image indicates that the postcard was produced sometime between 1924 and 1949

Published in: on April 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF TWO WELL DRESSED AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage real photo postcard features two well dressed African American men posing for their portrait at an unknown photography studio. The men look quite fashionable. The shorter man is wearing a single breasted jacket and fedora while the taller gentleman is wearing a bowler hat and double breasted suit.The postcard has an “AZO” stamp box indicating it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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TWO PRETTY TEENAGE GIRLS READING “THE LETTER” (CIRCA 1911 REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage real photo postcard features two pretty teenage girls reading a letter together. One wonders about the content of “the letter”. It certainly has put smiles on these girl’s faces. Both girls are well dressed and wearing necklaces and hair accessories. The girl holding the letter is also wearing a bracelet and a ring. This postcard was published by AZO sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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PORTRAIT OF THREE OLD TIME BASEBALL PLAYERS (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

Welcome to Mudville. This vintage real photo postcard features three uniformed baseball players. The young men are wearing the uniform of St. Joseph school. Two of the players are wearing fielding gloves and the player in the middle is equipped with a catcher’s glove. The ball players appear to be standing on a ball field in front of empty bleachers. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this photo postcard indicates that the postcard was published sometime between 1926 and the 1940’s.

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AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WITH SOULFUL EYES

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This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty African American woman with soulful eyes and a slight smile. This young lady’s eyes are chock full of emotion. She is wearing a beautiful dress and a long necklace. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this card, indicates that this studio postcard was produced sometime between 1910 and 1930.

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Published in: on February 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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RELAXED COWBOY WITH A WRY SMILE AND A PIPE

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A relaxed cowboy with a wry smile poses for this vintage real photo postcard. The image is taken in a photographic studio likely located in the western United States. The cowboy is wearing a vest and a pocket watch. He is holding a pipe. His lace shoes seem to have kicked around a lot of dust in their time. The postcard’s AZO stamp box indicates that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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Published in: on January 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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