HORSE PULLED TROLLEY AT CAPO’S NORTH BEACH IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

This vintage real photo postcard features a horse drawn trolley in St. Augustine, Florida. Printing on the front of the card elaborates with “Rapid Transit at Capo’s North Beach”. Most of us would not think of a single horse pulled trolley as “Rapid Transit”, but compared to walking, the trolley was rapid transit. It wasn’t difficult to find a seat on the trolley when this photograph was taken. It’s only occupants were two passengers and the African American driver. Research revealed the story behind this particular trolley. In 1904, Paul and Ellen Capo built a boat landing on the east shore of the Tolomato (North) River, and used this horse drawn trolley to carry passengers over the dunes, to the beach. Beachgoers could swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The visitors to Capo’s North Beach arrived there via a ferry from downtown St. Augustine. The name of the ferry boat was “Pauline II”. The photographer of this photo postcard was P. A. Wolfe, of St. Augustine. Mr Wolfe was a very talented photographer. Many of his photographs can be seen at the website “Florida Memory” which is operated by the State Library and Archives of Florida. In 1921, he took a series of photographs of President Warren Harding’s visit to St. Augustine. P. A. Wolfe was born in England in 1886. The 1920 US Census reveals that he was married to Ina Wolfe and was working as a photographer in St. Augustine. The “AZO” stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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PORTRAIT OF A MAN AND A HORSE

“A horse is a horse, of course, of course.” This horse, of course, is not “Mr Ed”. However, this cabinet card photograph features a man and his horse. In the background are two men and a dog. The photographer and location of the studio are not identified. It is my strong opinion that the image is from a European studio.

Published in: on January 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PHOTOGRAPH OF A FUNERAL PROCESSION IN A SMALL LATVIAN VILLAGE

This vintage real photo postcard documents a funeral procession in a Latvian village (the postcard was found in a Latvian family album). The coffin holding the deceased is decorated with flowers and sits on a horse drawn wagon. The gentleman in the forefront is holding his hat and an umbrella while the older woman, dressed in traditional mourning garb, is clutching a bouquet of flowers. This photo postcard is from around the 1930’s. The image highlights how much in modern times we have changed the way we deal with death and funerals.

Published in: on November 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF JOE DEITZ: THE BIGGEST LADIES MAN IN LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

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This real photo postcard features a young man on a horse and buggy flanked by two young women. Two more young ladies are standing next to the carriage, one is holding a closed umbrella. The gentleman in this photograph seems to be a ladies man. His ego must be inflated being surrounded by this many pretty women. It is interesting to note that there is a second gentleman in this image. Look under, and slightly behind the horse and you will see another young man kneeling close to the ground and looking at the camera. An inscription on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the Lothario seen in this image is named Joe Deitz and was residing in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Genealogical research reveals that Joe Deitz was a charmer. He was married six times and finally arrested for bigamy. Actually, I am joking about his marital history. Initial research failed to find information about Mr Deitz. The AZO stamp box on this postcard indicates that it was likely published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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Published in: on August 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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A GENTLEMAN ADMIRES HIS HORSE IN LISBON, OHIO

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This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed young man holding the reins of a horse in the middle of a Lisbon, Ohio dirt road. The gentleman is wearing some sort of accessory covering his wrist below his elbow. The arm guard appears to be made out of leather. I do not know the purpose of the accessory. My guess is that it keeps his jacket sleeves in place while he is interacting with the horse. Perhaps an equine-wise visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will leave a comment explaining the arm guard’s purpose. The horse in this image is beautiful and the man is more of a “dandy” than a “cowboy”. The photograph was taken in 1912 and that date is stamped on the image. Lisbon is located near the eastern border of Ohio in the central portion of the state. The town was named after Portugal’s capital. It is the location of the first Ohio newspaper. It was the northern most western town involved in military action during America’s civil war.

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Published in: on February 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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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THE ROBERTS BROTHERS RIDE INTO TOWN BRINGING THEIR SPECIAL BRAND OF LAWLESSNESS

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Look who’s riding into town! Its the Roberts brothers. Someone better go get the sheriff. George and Paul Roberts are spoken about in the same conversations that occur about such criminal brothers as Jesse and Frank James, and Jim, Cole, John, and Bob Younger. This vintage real photo postcard featuring the Roberts brothers, shows them with their “game face” on. They may be small in stature but they were scary dudes. Enough with the horse s**t. This real photo postcard is actually quite interesting. These boys look comfortable on their horses. The kids are on large horses, not small ponies reserved for inexperienced child riders.They appear to know what they are doing. One of the boys has a whip. No cowboy hats for these guys. One is wearing a wide brim bowler while the other is sporting a cap. Note the dirt streets. The town may actually be a frontier town in the “old west”. Also take notice of the boy standing on the sidewalk. He seems truly interested in the horseback riders, or perhaps, the photographer. The young bystander is wearing knickers. The AZO stamp box on this postcard reveals that it was likely published sometime between 1904 and 1918. The cameraman was a studio photographer who was willing to take difficult photographs in the outdoors.

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Published in: on December 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A MAN AND HIS HORSE AND WAGON (VINTAGE OCCUPATIONAL REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a man and his horse and his partially covered wagon. Judging by the man’s clothing; he is a working man. Perhaps he is a delivery man of some sort. He is wearing a white shirt, bow tie and smock. I believe that he is wearing long heavy gloves. The gloves probably pertain to his occupation. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that when it was published, the postcard postal rate was 1 cent. The one cent rate was in effect until World War I when it was raised to 2 cents on a temporary basis (1917-1919). The rate was again raised between 1925 and 1928. The rate became permanantly two cents in 1951. As a result, the stamp box in this case, is not helpful in establishing the date that this postcard was produced. However, the style of the front of this postcard indicates that it was produced not long after the 1900’s or 1910’s.

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Published in: on December 5, 2016 at 8:37 pm  Comments (2)  
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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME YOUNG CAVALRYMAN (VINTAGE RPPC c.1918)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome young cavalry man mounting his horse. The soldier is in uniform and wearing boots. The horse is calmly standing by at the ready. The cavalry man appears to hold the rank of sergeant. The postcard’s stamp box indicates that it was published sometime between 1918 and 1930. World War I was from 1914 through 1918, so there is a possibility that this soldier was involved in the war. An inscription on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the soldier’s name was Bert Stimson.

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Published in: on August 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL RIDING A BEAUTIFUL PONY IN CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS (VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

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The little girl riding this beautiful pony is very adorable. She is plainly dressed and wearing high socks and sandal type shoes. She is likely not an equestrian, judging by her clothing.  The little girl and pony were photographed by W. J. Nolan & Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Preliminary research found other photographs by the Nolan firm that featured children on the same pinto as seen in this photograph. Apparently, Nolan liked to use the pony as a prop in his photographic work.

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Published in: on June 13, 2016 at 11:11 am  Comments (3)  
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