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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MR AND MRS SPRINGGAT POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

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Being in San Francisco in the 1880’s or 1890’s was a prime time for exciting and interesting experiences. Mr and Mrs Springgat were in San Francisco during this era and decided to document their presence by having their portrait taken at the Elite Gallery. The reverse of this cabinet card reveals that the studio was operated by Mr. Jones and Mr. Lotz. To view another photograph by this pair’s gallery, click on the category “Photographer: Jones & Lotz”. The reverse of the cabinet card also informs us of the identity of the couple seen in this image. Preliminary research failed to find information about this couple.

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Published in: on May 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY YOUNG COUPLE IN NEW YORK CITY

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Photographer James Alba Bostwick of New York City photographed this cabinet card portrait of a well dressed couple. The gentleman looks quite austere in his long coat and derby hat. The young woman has a very engaging expression. She is wearing an interesting hat, fur trimmed collar and sleeve cuffs, as well as gloves. Note the ruffle bottom of her skirt. She definitely has earned the title of “fashionista”. To view other photographs by this photographer and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Bostwick”.

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PORTRAIT OF A MOST ATTRACTIVE COUPLE IN MANNHEIM, GERMANY

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This beautiful cabinet card portrait features an attractive couple posing at Emil Buhler’s studio in Mannheim, Germany. The couple are well dressed and give the appearance of being in the “upper class”. The gentleman looks proud and intense. Note his wonderful mustache and eye glasses. The lovely woman is wearing a charm bracelet, ring, and collar pin. She is also displaying a terrific smile and the photographer did an excellent job of capturing the woman’s intimate feelings toward her husband. Look at her body language and see if you agree with my assessment concerning her love for her husband. The photographer, Mr Buhler, is cited in “The Photographic Times (1888)” as a manufacturer of fine quality photographic paper.

Published in: on April 13, 2016 at 8:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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YOUNG COUPLE OUT FOR A DRIVE IN THEIR OPEN AUTOMOBILE (CLIFTONVILLE, ENGLAND) (RPPC)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome couple out for a ride in the English countryside. The couple are well dressed for their ride in a beautiful open car. The reverse of the postcard indicates that the photo postcard was produced by M & S which is the abbreviation for Misch & Stock of London, England. Printed information on the reverse also states that the photograph may have been from the area of Cliftonville, which is a coastal location in the town of Margate. The postcard stock itself, was produced by Crown Studios sometime between 1913 and 1929.
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PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE COUPLE IN NEW CASTLE, PENNSYLVANIA

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This cabinet card portrait features a young and attractive couple posing for their portrait. The pair are beautifully dressed and one wonders if this may be their wedding photograph. The woman is wearing a dark beaded dress and a necklace and collar pin. The young man is wearing what appears to be a tuxedo. Note his boyish good looks. The photographer of this image is E. E. Seavy of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Edgar E. Seavy (1859-1942) was born in Wisconsin, He moved to New Castle in 1890 and operated his photography studio from 12 North Mercer Street with his partner, A. R. Fowler. The cabinet card gallery has some photographs by Seavy & Fowler which can be found in the category “Photographer: Seavy & Fowler”. After just a few years Seavy bought out Fowler and later opened a new studio at 226 East Washington Street. An image of this studio as well as of Mr Seavvy, can be seen below. Seavy’s studio was quite popular in New Castle and in 1908 produced the first color photographs in the town.

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Published in: on March 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

UNHAPPY AND DISCONNECTED COUPLE IN HARRISTON, ONTARIO, CANADA

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This scallop edged cabinet card photograph features a young couple who appear to have had happier days. The couple seem so disconnected and discontent. I can’t decide whether the husband or the wife seems the most miserable. The pair are well dressed for their portrait at the studio of Robert L. Hinde in Harriton, Ontario, Canada. Preliminary research only revealed that Hinde may have operated his studio there between 1890 and 1895. The reverse of the cabinet card has an inscription that states that the lovebirds are Mr. and Mrs. John McJannet.

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Published in: on March 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (4)  
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PORTRAIT OF A FASHIONABLE COUPLE IN NEW YORK CITY

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Photographer Rud Bachmann of New York City produced this portrait of a lovely and fashionable young couple. The woman in this image looks particularly young. She is wearing a dark dress with poofysleeves and a collar pin. The gentleman is wearing a dark suit and his watch chain is visible on his vest. The photographer’s full name is Rudolph Bachmann. He was born in 1850 in Switzerland. He came to the United States in about 1880 and by 1884 was operating a photography business at 1437 Broadway in New York City. The gallery was later relocated to 6 East 14th Street. Images published after 1914 indicate that he was joined in business by his son. To  view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Bachmann”.

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TWO COUPLES ENJOYING A BUGGY RIDE IN HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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It appears that the two couples riding in this buggy are having a lot of fun judging by the preponderance of smiles in the photograph. Of course this buggy may in fact be standing still. The driver of the carriage is likely holding the reigns of non existent horses because there is a more than reasonable chance that the buggy is a prop located inside a photographers studio.  The photographer in question is N. E. McLeod who bills himself as a “Rustic & Wild West Photographer”. His location is advertised on the reverse of this vintage real photo postcard is Happy Hollow, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Take note of the women’s hats in this image. The woman in the back of the carriage has a wide brimmed hat and the woman in the front seat is wearing a plumed hat. Also note the lamp attached to the side of the buggy. The internet’s Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture informs us that Happy Hollow was another name for McLeod’s Amusement Park. This site was one of Hot Spring’s most popular tourist attractions from the late 1800 until the 1940’s. It’s location was at the head of Fountain Street, just off of Central Avenue and north of Hot Springs Mountain. Happy Hollow was owned and operated by photographer Norman McLeod from the time of its founding (1888) through 1908. McLeod was born on a farm in Georgia . At the age of 19 he moved to Live Oak, Florida where he learned the photography business. He then attended college in Athens, Georgia. He started Happy Hollow as a photography studio and gradually developed it into an amusement park complex which included a zoo. In 1908 he sold the property. The park became known for taking humorous photos of it’s guests. Props included an old bathtub, a burro, and painted scenery which included a jailhouse and a gigantic angry bear. McLeod and Happy Hollow were nationally known. This postcard has an AZO stamp box indicating it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.
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