THE CORNHUSKERS: EASTERN EUROPEAN FAMILY HUSKS CORN TOGETHER (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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When I hear the word Cornhuskers I immediately think of the University of Nebraska’s football team. This vintage photo postcard features “real world” cornhuskers. This photograph captures a family husking corn together. They appear to be hard at work judging by their serious expressions. No one is excluded from the work. The huskers include a young boy and an older man. The postcard appears to be from the 1920’s and of Eastern European origin.

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Published in: on July 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A FARM FAMILY (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard portrait features a farm family posing for their portrait in a field. An examination of the faces of this extended family displays the feeling of hard work and determination. The expression of the farmer holding his scythe truly captures the grit of a man facing lots of responsibility and pressure. Note that two of the girls in this family appear to be identical twins. This photo postcard is printed on AZO paper which was issued sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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A FARMER AND HIS FAMILY IN A FIELD (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTARD)

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A farmer stands in his field with his wife and two young children. They seem to be “salt of the earth” type people and are likely living a hardscrabble life. The farmer is wearing overalls and holding a tool. His horse and plow and the family dog  are also in the photograph. This image is an unused real photo postcard. The identity of this farm family and the location of their farm are unknown.

Published in: on September 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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EMOTIONAL PORTRAIT OF A POOR SHARE CROPPER FAMILY IN ALABAMA

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Once again I could not resist putting a non cabinet card photograph in the Cabinet Card Gallery. I will use the same excuse I always use. This photograph is truly special and I want to share it with the gallery’s visitors and followers. This vintage real photo postcard captures a young family sitting in a field. Capture is definitely the right word. The photographer did an exceptional job of capturing the emotional state of the family members. The mother and father in this image are both quite attractive despite being dressed in their work clothing. Many photographic subjects of this era dressed in their finest clothing when being photographed. There is an implication that this family is a poor family. The words “tenant farmer”and “share cropper” come to mind. Both husband and wife look intensely worried. The wife also looks quite determined. Are they worried about a failed crop? Are they worried about the bank foreclosing on their farm? The older child in this photograph is adorable despite the fact that she is eyeing the photographer with a great deal of suspicion. This postcard was produced by CYKO sometime between 1904 and the 1920’s. The postcard is in good condition (see scan). The postcard was found in Bessemer,Alabama which is about 18 miles southwest of Birmingham. If the photograph was taken in the area of Bessemer, it is interesting to note that truck farming was one of the occupations associated with that town around the time that this postcard portrait was taken.

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PORTRAIT OF HARLEY PLACE: FARMER AND WEARY RESIDENT OF GLOCESTER, RHODE ISLAND

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This vintage photograph features a portrait of a fine looking elderly man named Harley Place (1825-1913). His name appears in a number of state and federal census reports. The 1870 US census indicates that he and his wife Amanda E. Place were living with ten of their children in Glocester, Rhode Island. The 1880 US census indicates that Harley was a farmer. It appears that he lived all or most of his life in Glocester. He is also buried there. His grave is located in Acotes Hill Cemetery in Glocester. The photographer of this image is unidentified. An inscription on the reverse of the image states “Harley Place. Dad’s grandfather. This is the one big picture was made from.”. In this image Harley has the appearance of a wise but weary man. His clasped hands may indicate some tension or impatience. He is wearing work clothing with terrific looking suspenders. Visitors to the cabinet card gallery will notice that this image also appears in the previous blog entry. The previous blog entry was actually blogged in May of 2014 but I moved it so it would follow this entry. I believe that the biographical information in that entry actually belongs to Harley Place’s son who was also named Harley Place. The image is likely not Harley Place, the son; but Harley Place, the father. I am leaving the incorrect information as an illustration of how difficult this type of research can be and to remind me and others to be very careful in our investigative work.

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HARLEY S. PLACE: PORTRAIT OF AN ELDERLY FARMER IN KILLINGLY, CONNECTICUT

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An unidentified photographer produced this wonderful photograph of a stern looking elderly man. Fortunately, the subject of this portrait is identified.  The reverse of the photograph has an inscription (see image below) indicating that the subject’s name is “Harley Place”. Harley Place is wearing clothing that indicates that he was a working man. He is wearing overalls and what appears to be a work shirt. Note his large hands. Those big mitts must have come in handy in his work as a farmer. Harley Smith Place was born in Rhode Island in 1856. He was married to Adreanna Place (1866-1933). She was eleven years his junior. The couple had five children; Walter, Cora, Everett, Reuben, and Jennie. The 1910 US census listed him as a farmer in Killingly, Connecticut. The 1920 census found he and his wife living with a niece and nephew in Killingly and still listing his occupation as farmer. The 1930 census reported Harley and Adreanna continuing to reside with their niece and nephew in Killingly. Harley Place died in 1940 and is buried in Glocester, Rhode Island. His gravestone can be seen below.

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ADORABLE FARMER BOY IN MANISTEE, MICHIGAN

This Cabinet Card features an adorable little farmer boy wearing a straw hat. He is posed as to appear like he is climbing over a wooden fence between two vine covered walls. The photographer is the Miller Gallery of Manistee, Michigan.

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PORTRAIT OF A RURAL MAN IN LITTLETON, NEW HAMPSHIRE

This photographic portrait is an image of a man who appears to have a rural background. Is this man a farmer; dressed in his best hat and bow tie? Note his bushy mustache. The photographer is Marshall D. Cobleigh who bought his studio in 1891. The studio was located in Littleton, New Hampshire. While working as a photographer, he studied law. After passing the bar, he sold the studio and practiced law in New Hampshire.

Published in: on April 24, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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FAMILY WITH GREAT WORK ETHIC IN RUSH CITY, MINNESOTA

A group of men and boys pose for their portrait at the photographic studio of R. Tynelius of Rush City, Minnesota. This photograph stimulates a lot of interesting questions. Is this a family or some other type of unit? What are the tools that the men are holding? What is the occupation of these photographic subjects? Are they farmers? All of the subjects in this image are wearing a hat which suggests that their occupation requires working outside. The photographer, R. Tynelius is mentioned in a publication called “The St. Louis and Canadian Photographer” (1900). It was reported that he was succeeding Mr E. J. Almquist in running a photography studio.

Published in: on April 13, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Boys are Back in Town: Three Farm Boys in Chenoa, Illinois

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The boys have come to town to pose for this Cabinet card at the studio of Besett and Phillips in Chenoa, Illinois. Note their terrific hats, suspenders and boots. Chenoa is in Central Illinois and was founded in 1854 to provide a retail and trade center for farm tenants. A grain shipping facility was also built for this area which is noted for having some of the finest soil for farming in the entire world.

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