A YOUNG COUPLE AND THEIR HORSE AND BUGGY IN A RURAL SETTING

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The message on this vintage real photo postcard is as follows: “Edd & Susan, Here is a picture. looks like us but not good work at all. How are you? We are all well. My Dishes haven’t come yet… Bird”. I added the punctuation since “Bird” didn’t seem to have the time or interest. This photograph features a young man and woman sitting in their horse drawn buggy in front of a rural house and landscape. The previous owner of this image believed that that the couple are dressed in their wedding clothes. I certainly can not confirm that, but the pair are certainly dressed in their nicest clothing. “Bird”, perhaps short for “Birdie”, is not very pleased with this photograph. Personally, I believe the photographer did an excellent job in capturing this couple, their horse and buggy, and their homestead. The stamp box on the reverse of this RPPC indicates that it was produced on Cyko paper sometime between 1904 and the 1920’s.

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Published in: on February 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm  Comments (2)  
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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY YOUNG SERBIAN COUPLE

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This cabinet card portrait features a lovely young Serbian couple. The pair are very well dressed. The young man is wearing a pocket watch and a wedding ring on his left hand. Perhaps this image is a wedding portrait. The young woman is wearing a traditional dress and lots of lace. She is holding something in her right hand that I am guessing is a hat.  The couple looks very young and very innocent. The reverse of the cabinet card has the stamp of Bernhard Wachtl, an Austrian lithographer whose printing firm was located in Vienna, Austria. He designed and printed logos of photographic studios during the cabinet card era. His clients included photo studios located throughout most of the world.

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Published in: on February 8, 2017 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WEDDING COUPLE IN ROSEDALE, INDIANA

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This cabinet card portrait captures a young couple on their wedding day, or at least in their wedding clothing. They are dressed beautifully for their special day. The bride is wearing a garland of flowers.  Her white gloves are draped over the wicker chair and she is holding her hat. The bride is pretty and appears somewhat happy as she poses for this photograph. Her new husband wears an expression that looks like he either ate too much at his wedding, or that he is having second thoughts about getting married. Lets hope he just overate. The photographer of this wedding portrait is W. A. Baldridge (1860-1924) who operated a photo studio in Rosedale, Indiana. He is listed in the 1880 US Census as living in Florida, Indiana and working as a clerk. The 1920 US Census finds Baldridge living in Summit, Ohio and operating a photography business.

Published in: on January 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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EXQUISITE PORTRAIT OF A GERMAN COUPLE BY EMILIE BIEBER (CARTES DE VISITE 1870’s)

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Emilie Bieber is one of my favorite photographers of the Cartes de Visite/Cabinet Card era. The quality of her work soars above her contemporary photographers. View more of her images by clicking on the category “Photographer: Bieber” or just put her name in the search box. This CDV captures a lovely immaculately dressed couple posing in Bieber’s Hamburg studio. The woman’s hair is beautifully done. She is wearing a cross on a chain. The gentleman is wearing formal clothes and also is wearing a ring and pocket watch. Bieber had a second photo studio which was located in Berlin. Emilie Bieber ran her Hamburg studio for 1852 through 1872 when she was joied by her nephew, Leonard Berlin-Bieber. She died in 1884. This cdv likely dates back to the 1870’s. The reverse of the photograph lists prizes garnered by Bieber at various photo exhibitions including Berlin (1865), Paris (1870), London (1872), and Vienna (1873).

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE IN MARION, INDIANA

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This cabinet card photograph features a lovely couple posing for their photograph at the Harnish & Marquart studio in Marion Indiana. The pair are well dressed and likely are financially well-to-do. The gentleman is wearing a three piece suit, a wide neck tie, and a shirt with a formal collar. He appears to be quite intense and probably wasn’t pleased that some of his hair when he learned that some of his hair was out of place in this photograph. The woman is wearing a ruffled top, fingerless gloves, a high collar, and a “busy” hat. She is holding a black parasol. Her clothing gives her a “bell shape”. Like many portraits of couples in the cabinet card era, the man is sitting and the woman is standing. It likely would be a project for the woman to take a seat, never mind, look attractive and comfortable. This image is crisp and clear. The photographers were evidently talented. Information about Mr. Harnish was readily available but that was not the case for Mr Marquart. Harnish was born in Pennsylvania in 1847 to a family of German descent. He left the family farm at age nineteen and learned photography in Myerstown, Pa. He moved to Bluffton with his family in 1867. In 1871 he married Miss Laura Myers (born 1850). George Adam Harnish opened his first photography studio in Bluffton, Indiana in 1872. In 1881 he became a town councilman in Bluffton. He sold his photography business to Benjamin Ashbaucher in 1889. Marion is about 35 miles west of Bluffton. It is my hypotheses that Harnish began working in Marion after selling his first studio. Clearly that is where he partnered with Marquart. There is a photograph in the American Museum of  Photography that was taken by Harnish & Marquart in 1899.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on October 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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HANDSOME SOLDIER AND HIS PRETTY WIFE IN READING, ENGLAND (VINTAGE RPPC)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a lovely couple. The handsome gentleman is in his crisp British military uniform and holding his hat at his side. Beside him is his pretty wife who is wearing an attractive long white dress along with a necklace and collar pin. The couple’s portrait was taken at Ward’s Studio in Reading, England. The postcard has excellent clarity.

 

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Published in: on September 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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A BULGARIAN MILITARY OFFICER AND HIS PRETTY WIFE

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This cabinet card photograph features a Bulgarian uniformed military officer and his wife. The officer is wearing a medal on his chest and is holding a pair of dress gloves. He is wearing high boots which may indicate that he is a member of the cavalry. The soldier’s wife is quite pretty. She is clutching a purse and wearing a pair of leather gloves. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that this portrait was taken in 1916. The photographer was C. Balus and the location of his studio was in Rousse  (Pyce), Bulgaria. Rousse is currently the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. It is in the northeastern part of the country and is located on the banks of the Danube. The city is often called “Little Vienna”.

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Published in: on September 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WEDDING COUPLE IN SAALFELD, GERMANY

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This carte de visite is a wedding portrait that was taken by the Kratzert studio in Saalfeld, Germany. Like many wedding photographs of the time, we see the groom sitting and the bride standing. The couple appear to be relatively young. The pretty bride is wearing a wedding gown with a high collar. She is wearing a necklace and holding a bouquet of flowers. The groom is well dressed in his three piece suit and is displaying a poor version of a pensive expression. He appears to be uncomfortable, while his bride seems significantly more relaxed. The couple were photographed at a studio in the town of Saalfeld, which is the capital of the Saalfeld Rudolstadt district of Thuringia. The town is located in the valley of the Saale River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on August 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A WEDDING COUPLE IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK

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This post cabinet card era photograph features a young wedding couple in Syracuse, New York. The groom is formally dressed with a tuxedo/suit, white collar dress shirt, bow tie, and white gloves. He is wearing a flower on his lapel. The bride is wearing a wedding dress, holding a bouquet of flowers and wearing flowers on her dress and in her hair. She is also wearing a necklace. Both the bride and groom are displaying serious expressions as they embark on the beginning of their marital life together. The photograph was taken by James Krawczyk. His obituary appears in Utica’s (New York) Daily Press (1959). In 1959, Krawczyk had moved to Utica and died just a week later at the age of 71. The article reports that he had been born in Poland in 1888 and came to Utica in 1902. He then moved to Syracuse in 1910. While living in Syracuse, he operated a photography studio for 33 years, retiring in 1958. Krawcyk was involved with a number of Polish organizations in Syracuse. This photograph measures 6″ x 9″.

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Published in: on August 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE BY CELEBRATED PHOTOGRAPHER OTTO SARONY

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This portrait of a lovely young couple was produced by the Otto Sarony studio in New York City. Otto Sarony (1850-1903) was the son of celebrated celebrity photographer Napoleon Sarony. Otto was quite talented in his own right and he also was a photographer of the rich and famous. It is impossible to know the extent of Otto’s work because he began directing photographic sessions that appeared under his fathers signature beginning in the late 1880’s. It has been reported that he was involved with every studio portrait from 1893 until his father’s death in 1896. Otto was the sole owner of the studio from 1896 until near the end of 1898. In 1898 he sold his business and all of his equipment and supplies to Jonathan Burrow. Also included in the sale was the trade-mark “Sarony”. In 1902 Otto Sarony sold the rights to his name (Otto Sarony) to photographic businessman Theodore C Marceau and took on the role of Marceau’s manager from the end of 1902 until late 1903. At the time Sarony was looking to fund his yachting activities. After Sarony’s death in 1903 the Otto Sarony Company remained as a brand until World War I.  Since the Otto Sarony Company was producing photographs long after Sarony’s death, one must keep in mind that many photographs with the Sarony label were not taken by Sarony. This fact makes it difficult for those who collect Sarony images.  On a side note, Otto Sarony was an athlete and a founding member of the New York Athletic Club. To view other photographs by Otto Sarony, click on the category “Photographer: Sarony (Otto).

 

 

 

Published in: on June 2, 2016 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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