ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN LUTON, ENGLAND

The little girl seen in this cabinet card portrait is absolutely adorable. Her hair is disheveled but the “wild look” suits her. Note the toy seen in the bottom left hand corner of the photograph. The toy appears to be a train car, or perhaps, a circus car. The studio that produced this image is the American Photo Company which was located in Luton, England.  Luton is a large town in Bedfordshire, about thirty miles northwest of London. It is interesting that the American Photo Company is located in England rather than in the United States.

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Published in: on September 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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AIN’T SHE SWEET: PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN KONIGSBERG, GERMANY

This fantastic carte de visite portrait features an adorable little girl with beautiful eyes. She is wearing a white ruffle dress with lace trim. The photographer of this cdv image is Wilhelm Seiler. He operated a studio in Konigsfeld im Schwarwald, a town in Germany. This cdv is an unusual size. It measures approximately 4 1/2″ x 2″.

Published in: on August 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm  Comments (2)  
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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE BOY IN SCHWERIN, GERMANY

An adorable little boy poses for his portrait at the studio of H. Tonn in Schwerin, Germany. The young child appears quite poised and is so cute in his outfit which includes overalls (or are those straps..suspenders), bow tie, and wide rimmed hat. The cdv has an inscription on it’s reverse that I could not translate.

Published in: on August 28, 2017 at 11:14 am  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF TWO INCREDIBLY PRECIOUS SISTERS IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

The sisters seen in this cabinet card image are absolutely precious. They are also adorably attired in matching dresses and hats. The dresses have a bit of nautical style. The photographer of this photo portrait is Amere Kehur (Kenur?), at least that is how I decipher the script printed below the image. Kehur’s gallery was located in Belgrade which is the capital of Serbia.

Published in: on August 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THREE YOUNG SIBLINGS POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT IN NEW YORK CITY (PHOTO BY R. A. LEWIS)

This carte de visite portrait features three sisters posing for their portrait at the R. A. Lewis gallery in New York City. Each girl has a fabric band around just above their waist. My first impression was that the band was used by the photographer to discourage the kids from moving around during the photo shoot. I believe it is more likely that the bands are decorative. In fact, the two older girls are wearing identical dresses. In addition, note the handkerchief stuffed into the middle child’s dress pocket. Magnification confirms that it is a handkerchief and not a flaw in the photograph (see scan). Richard A. Lewis, the photographer of this image, was the son of William Lewis, a renownd Manufacturer of daguerreotype and wet plate cameras and other photographic apparatus. Richard opened a Daguerreotype studio in about the early 1840’s. Lewis moved his studio around New York City on several occasions. The Langdon Road directory contends that he was located at the 160 Chatham Street address (listed on this cdv) between 1864 and 1866 and through the 1880’s and 1890’s.

Published in: on August 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL IN A STUDIO SNOWSTORM


This vintage real photo postcard features a a little girl
dressed in her winter clothing using her umbrella to 
protect her from falling snow.The little girl is adorable
and is wearing a very cute expression.The postcard is 
a New Years card. On the message side of the postcard 
is a sweet note from Aimee Banchet to her "Godmother and 
Uncle". Google Translate came up with a rough translation 
indicating that the card is a message from a niece 
to her Aunt and Uncle wishing them much love and happiness 
upon the New Year. The card is addressed to Mr and 
Mrs Martin who resided in the town of Chonon les Bains, 
France.The town is located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
region of eastern France. The postcard is from the early 
1900's.The logo for the postcard publisher appears to
be "H.B.". Two postcard publishers used those initials; 
Hutson Brothers Ltd (London,England) and Hoursch & 
Bechstedt (Cologne,Germany).  

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INCREDIBLY ADORABLE AND FASHIONABLE CHILD IN OSCHATZ, GERMANY

The young child seen in this carte de visite is both stylish and adorable. The photographer did an excellent job capturing the essence of this child. Kudos to mom for being an excellent fashion coordinator. The photographer of this cdv image is Herm. Kocxyk. He operated a studio in Oschatz, Germany which is a town located in the Free State of Saxony. An inscription on the reverse of the cdv reveals that the photograph was taken in 1903. I was unable to translate the rest of the inscription other than “Our favorite ………”. Perhaps a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery can complete the translation.

Published in: on August 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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SWEET BABY GIRL SITTING ON A PILLOW

This vintage real photo postcard features a very cute baby sitting on a pillow. The little princess is bright eyed and is smiling for the photographer. Note the loose necklace worn by this sweet little girl. The photographer of this image is unknown. His name and address are printed on the reverse of the postcard but time has made the print illegible.

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

PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG GIRL IN COATESVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA (THE GREAT MEMORIAL CARD DEBATE)

This cabinet card portrait features a relatively close-up view of a pretty girl dressed in dark clothing. She appears to be in her late adolescence. Her photograph is presented as if it is on a scroll. I have come across much debate as to whether the “scroll images” are memorial photographs. After reading both sides arguments, I tend to believe that they are not necessarily memorial photographs. The teen seen in this photograph is wearing a hat that reminds me of an old adage, “A bird on the hat is worth two in the bush”. Perhaps I may be confused about that proverb but the young lady seen in this cabinet card is wearing a “bird hat”. This style hat is not one of my favorite examples of millinery design. At the turn of the 19th century it became the style in the US and Europe to wear feathers and even whole taxidermied birds on their hats. This resulted in the killing of millions of birds all around the world. An article in “Sociological Images” (2014) reports on a single order of feathers by a London dealer in 1892 requiring the “harvesting” of 6,000 Birds of Paradise, 40,000 Hummingbirds, and 360,00 of various East Indian birds. Ornithologists started to speak out in resistance to this practice. One asserted that 67 types of birds were at risk for extinction. Ornithologists and their supporters began to target women who were supporting the practice of slaughtering birds. Women were receiving the blame for the barbarism being committed against birds. The writer, Virginia Woolf (1882-1942) reminded readers that it was men who were actually murdering the birds and making a profit from them. Interestingly, middle class women were major advocates in the bird preservation movement. In the US the movement sparked the development of the first Audubon societies. The Massachusetts Audubon Society organized a feather boycott, and soon the US government passed  conservation legislation that protected the birds. The photographer of this cabinet card is J. B. Gibson who operated a studio in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. John Banks Gibson is reported to have been a photographer from the 1870’s until the 1890’s. He initially worked producing ferreotypes (tintypes). In 1893 he sold his business to photographer Robert Young. Gibson was born in East Nottingham, Pennsylvania and died in 1913 in Coatesville at 75 years of age. He learned photography as a young man from Alexander McCormick of Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Published in: on August 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG BROTHER AND SISTER: GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU SMILE

This terrific portrait features a young and well dressed brother and sister posing for their portrait at a photographer’s studio. However, the love and closeness that these siblings feel toward each other is very evident in this photograph. Nothing else is necessary to say about this adorable pair. This photograph is truly a “feel good” image.

Published in: on August 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment