ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL WEARING A BIRD BROOCH IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

This cabinet card introduces us to an adorable little girl. She is well dressed and wearing lots of jewelry. Her jewelry includes a brooch shaped like a bird that is carrying a letter in it’s beak (see photo below). She is also wearing earrings, bracelets, and a pendant on a chain. The studio photo was taken by the MacIntire studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. James A. MacIntire is listed in the 1903 and 1904 business directory as a photographer.

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Published in: on February 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THE HAPPIEST BOY IN PORTLAND, MAINE

The little boy featured in this carte de visite may be the happiest child in Portland, Maine. He has the most wonderful smile and even his eyes sparkle with joy. He is wearing a sailor suit, which was a popular style during the cdv and cabinet card era. This photograph was taken at the J. H. Lamson gallery in Portland, Maine. The Cabinet Card Gallery has other photographs by Mr. Lamson and they can be seen by clicking on the category “Photographer: Lamson”. Joseph Harrison Lamson (1840-1901) operated a studio in Portland, Maine. His father was a maker of daguerrotypes and his mother was an artist. He began his career in photography in Bangor, Maine and then worked in Cuba, the West Indies, and South America. He made a fortune and then bought a studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then moved to Maine and and began his photographic studio in Portland. He photographed the poets Longfellow and Whittier. When he died, his two sons took over the studio.

Published in: on February 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THREE ADORABLE LITTLE GIRLS ON A ROPE LADDER

This precious postcard portrait features three adorable little girls posing on a rope ladder. The photographer of this photograph is H Traut of Munich, Germany. This postcard was mailed in Sweden in 1906.

Published in: on February 15, 2018 at 1:51 pm  Comments (3)  
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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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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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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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THE WORLD’S FAIR PHOTO VIEW COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHS A BABY IN A PRAM IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

A cute baby looks out of her baby carriage with a look of consternation. Her safety in the pram is assured because she is wearing a safety belt. The carriage appears to be on a boardwalk although the photograph is likely taken in a studio in front of a back drop. The World’s Fair Photo View Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, took this photograph. The World’s Fair, officially titled the Milwaukee Industrial Exposition was held in Milwaukee in 1881. One of the officers of the exposition was Fredrick Pabst (1836-1904), the German-American brewer for whom the Pabst Brewing company was named. It is clear that this cabinet card photo was taken during, or shortly after 1881. This cabinet card portrait is certainly an interesting remnant of early Milwaukee, and early World’s Fair history.

Published in: on January 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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TWO ADORABLE YOUNG BROTHERS AND THEIR STRAW HATS

 

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This vintage photograph is an exceptional portrait of two young boys. The pair are probably brothers. The boys are well dressed. Note their boots, straw hats, and the older boy’s bow tie. Both boys appear quite pensive. The photo measures about 7 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. The photographer and the location of the studio are unknown.

Published in: on January 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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EXTRAORDINARY PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (PHOTO BY FAMED PHOTOGRAPHER: J. B. MONACO)

This is one of those special type of photographs that collectors come across on an infrequent basis. The young girl in this portrait is pretty, beautifully dressed, and charming. She is wearing a lace trimmed coat over a lace trimmed dress and is wearing an adorable wide brimmed hat. The 5″ x 7″ image was photographed by the Monaco Studio at 205 Montgomery Avenue in San Francisco, California. J.B. Monaco (1856-1938) was a noted photographer in San Francisco. In fact, a collection of his photographs can be found at the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library. In 1875 Monaco arrived in the United States as an immigrant from Switzerland. His name was originally Giovanni Battista. He joined his brother in Eureka, Nevada. Louis Monaco operated a photo studio there and J.B. joined him in the business, thus launching a career as a photographer that would span 62 years. In 1887 J. B. moved to San Francisco where he was soon joined by his brother who died in 1897. During J. B.’s career, he distinguished himself with his earthquake and fire photographs. These images have been described as  dramatic and journalistic. He documented much of early Nevada and Northern California history. His portraiture work of prominent San Francisco individuals and their families is considered to be exceptional. During his career, Monaco was described as the “Dean of North Beach photographers”. A photograph of Monaco’s photo studio, as well as a portrait of J. B. Monaco, can be seen below.

Monaco’s Studio  (photo by JB Monaco)

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Published in: on January 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF THREE BROTHERS AND A SISTER IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

This cabinet card photograph features four siblings. The foursome include three brothers and one sister. The children are identified by first name via an inscription on the reverse of the photo. The boys are Emil, Carl, and Niels. I am unable to decipher the sister’s name though it is clear that she was born in 1890. The image comes from the studio of Budtz Muller & Company which was located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Bertel Christian Budtz Muller (1837-1884) was a Danish photographer. Muller began his career as a pharmacist before he became a popular photographer in Copenhagen. In 1884, Muller’s studio was taken over by Ludvig Offenberg. Despite the change of ownership, Offenberg did not change the name of the studio. It is interesting to note that Muller’s will included a provision to set up a fund to support needy photographers. It is also of note that Muller is also known for his portrait of writer, Hans Christian Andersen.

Published in: on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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