PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE BOY ON A TRICYCLE IN TOPEKA, KANSAS

This cabinet card portrait features a little boy sitting on a tricycle. The bike appears to be made from wood. The child is wearing a bow tie and a serious expression. The image was produced by the Mohler studio in Topeka, Kansas. J. W. Mohler was born in Indiana in 1850. While young, his family moved to Missouri. Mohler enlisted th the 3rd Illinois Infantry (Co. H) as a fifer. He spent two years at a garrison in Detroit. In 1871 he married Belle Viard. He came to Topeka to work as a photographer in 1880. He is listed in the Topeka business directories from at least 1882 through 1895. At one point he was partnered in a photography business named Mohler & Rector.

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Published in: on September 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THREE YOUNG MEN AND THEIR BICYCLES AND THEIR CIGARETTES

A European (probably French) photography studio created this portrait of three young men posing with two bicycles. The men are well dressed but give the appearance of ruffians. The cigarettes hanging from their lips create a roguish look. Two of the boys are wearing high boots which indicate that they are the bike owners. Tucking pant bottoms into the boots prevented bike accidents. This photo postcard of a trio of bikers is a rare find and likely dates to the 1900’s decade.

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A NERVOUS YOUNG MAN AND HIS BICYCLE

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This vintage real photo postcard features a young man standing beside his bicycle. The look on his face can be described as similar to a “deer in the headlights”. One could also describe his expression as nervous. It is as if he just got caught doing something wrong. Maybe it has something to do with the cigarette that he is holding in his right hand, though I doubt it. He is wearing a great outfit and cap but I would surmise that his boots don’t make pedaling a bicycle particularly easy. Note that the backdrop in this studio photo is quite pretty and detailed despite that it is obviously fake. This postcard was produced in the very early 1900’s.

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A FATHER AND HIS YOUNG SON OUT FOR A BICYCLE RIDE

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This vintage real photo postcard features a father and his young son outside for a bicyclc ride. The pair are posed in front of a large tree. Father is well dressed and wearing a cap. The little boy is also well dressed and he is wearing a straw hat. The postcard appears to be of French origin and is a rare find.

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Published in: on November 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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YOUNG FRENCH CYCLIST WEARING HIS BICYCLE CLUB UNIFORM POSES WITH HIS BIKE (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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A young cyclist poses with his bicycle in this vintage real photo postcard. The studio photograph shows the young man wearing the uniform of his bike club (V.C.K.). His bike clothing looks comfortable and clearly facilitates easier riding. Compare his clothing to the cumbersome bicycle clothing seen in photographs of woman of this era. Women clearly had to sacrifice comfort for beauty and modesty.  I believe that this RPPC is of French origin. The logo of the publishing company of the postcard paper has a logo showing a horse and horseshoe (see image or reverse).

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Published in: on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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AN ADORABLY DRESSED PRETTY WOMAN AND HER BICYCLE

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This cabinet card photograph features an adorably dressed young woman standing beside her bicycle. She looks so pretty in her riding outfit. Note her hat, bow tie, gloves, high boots and patterned dress. This is certainly a terrific image of a bicycle rider and her bike. There is a badge on the front of the bike (under the handlebars) that likely identifies the manufacturer of the bike. I believe that someone knowledgeable about bicycle companies existing during the cabinet card era could determine the name of the company that built this bike. There also seems to be some artwork on the bar underneath the bike’s seat. This photograph was taken by a photographer named Matthews but the location of the studio is unknown.

 

 

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A MAN RIDING A RACING BIKE: NEED FOR SPEED (FRENCH VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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A MAN RIDING A RACING BIKE: NEED FOR SPEED: This vintage real photo postcard features a bicycle racer sitting on his bike. I believe he has goggles strapped around his head. The lens’s are visible at the front of his cap. Note the photographers embossed stamp on the bottom of the right hand side of the image. This photograph was taken by Antoine Provost who worked as a photographer in Toulouse, France. At one point his studio was located at Rue de la Pomme. The photographer did an excellent job of posing the rider. The image captures the feel of speed and motion. The postcard was published by “K Ltd” sometime between 1918 and 1936

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A PRETTY FASHIONISTA AND HER BICYCLE (VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

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A pretty and well dressed young woman poses for her portrait beside her bicycle at an unidentified photography studio in an unidentified town or city. The young woman is wearing a ruffled blouse with puffed shoulders, a neckerchief, and a hat with a feather. She is also wearing a ring as well as jewelry pinned on her blouse. She is dressed to go riding on her pretty white bicycle. This is in fact the way woman dressed to go bike riding. Interestingly, the reverse of the photograph has a portrait of a little girl glued to it (see image below). It is likely that the little girl in the picture grew up to be the woman with the bicycle. This vintage photograph measures 5″ x 7″ and is a great representation of cycling history.

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Published in: on September 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm  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.

 

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BIG SISTER STANDS, WHILE LITTLE BROTHER SITS ON TRICYCLE, IN DIGHTON OR LEROY, MICHIGAN

This cabinet card portrait features a little boy on his tricycle and his big sister. The boy is wearing a bow tie, a striped shirt, and a serious expression. The young girl has a protective grip on the handlebars of her brothers trike. Her straw hat is on the ground in front of her. This outdoor scene is actually taking place inside the studio of C. E. Pelton who operated studios in both Dighton (1892-1895) and Leroy (1892-1893), Michigan. Pelton also operated a studio in Tustin, Michigan (c 1890). The young girl in this image is identified in an inscription on the reverse of the cabinet card. Her name was Maud Piper and she can be found in the Michigan birth index. Maud E. Piper was born in Williamston, Michigan in 1884. Her parents were named Isaac and Esther Piper. Unfortunately, Maud died in 1894 at the age of ten. She is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Okemos, Michigan.

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