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.

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Published in: on February 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“THATS ENTERTAINMENT”: A PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL AND HER ACCORDION

This vintage photo postcard captures a most adorable wide-eyed little girl sitting on a wooden chair and holding an accordion. The girl’s expression is precious. She seems happy to be posing for this photograph. She is sitting in front of a collection of her toys including a nutcracker man, a dog on wheels, and a doll. The accordion has the logo of the Cucciolo company. This company operated in Italy and this postcard is likely of Italian origin and produced in the 1930’s. Printing on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the postcard was published on Agfa postcard paper. Founded in 1867, “Actien-Gesellschaft fur Anilin-Farrikation” (AGFA) produced chemical liquids for photography. In 1913, the company becgan to produce postcard papers. The company’s primary factory was located in Berlin, Germany.

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PORTRAIT OF A TRUMPET PLAYER IN LEBANON, PENNSYLVANIA

This cabinet card photograph features a well dressed man holding a trumpet. The portrait was taken at Berger & Herbst studio in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The Lebanon County Historical Society’s online photographer directory lists Berger & Herbst as operating in Lebanon between 1893 and 1894. The directory also reports that R. H. Herbst had his own studio in 1900.

 

 

 

 

 

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FRENCH FAMILY GATHERS AROUND THE PIANO

This vintage photograph is very effective at capturing a warm family moment. They appear to be in the family’s living room. Note the assorted photographs in the room as well as the flowers in a couple of vases. Mom stands by her elder daughter while the daughter is playing the piano. The mother is touching the sheet music which may indicate that she is turning the pages for her. The adorable younger daughter is sitting on her father’s lap and she is reading a book. Magnification reveals that she is reading a book called “Becassine”. Becassine is a comic strip character, in fact, the first female protagonist in the history of comics. The comic was first released in 1905.  Between 1913 and 1950, 27 volumes of the adventures of Bécassine were published. This photograph and board measures approximately  8 1/2″ x 10″. The actual image itself measures about 6 1/2″ x 4 3/4″,

Published in: on October 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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DRUMMER BOY: PORTRAIT OF JOHN NORRIS AT TWO YEARS OF AGE

This endearing vintage real photo postcard captures a barefoot little boy and his drum. He is looking quite proud and serious. The drum does not look like a toy. Perhaps it saw some action during the civil war. The reverse of the postcard has an inscription revealing that the child is named John M. Norris and that he is two years old. The inscription also states that this photograph was taken in 1914. The AZO stamp box offers a confirmation of the date. This stamp box was utilized between 1904 and 1918. This postcard was purchased near Austin, Texas.

Published in: on June 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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TWO YOUNG GIRLS AND A PIANO IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

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Two young girls pose in front of a piano in a nicely decorated parlor. Both girls are wearing light dresses. The standing girl has long hair and is wearing a hair bow. She is also holding flowers. The second girl is sitting on the piano bench and is also wearing a hair bow. She is adorned in an unusual necklace as well as a bracelet. The piano room is decorated in an interesting fashion. There is open sheet music on the piano and above the piano there are some framed photographs. The photographer did an excellent job of creating a warm image that is truly pleasing to the eye. A stamp on the reverse of the photograph reveals that the photographer’s name was Higgins and that his studio was located in Kansas City, Missouri. The photograph is mounted on very hard stock paper and is trimmed. It’s measurements are 3 3/4″x 5 1/2″.

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Published in: on February 28, 2017 at 11:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF TWO HISPANIC MUSICIANS: TIN PAN ALLEY MEETS THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

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Wow! I stumbled across this vintage photograph in an antique store in the Texas hill country. This great image features two men, who appear to be of Hispanic origin, playing a tune together. These country musicians are playing brass instruments. My best guess is that one of the men is playing a trumpet while the other is playing a tuba. The trumpet player looks quite intense while the tuba player appears to be “groovin”. The men are sharing sheet music which rests on a music stand. The sheet music is titled “The Witmark Folio”. The M Witmark and Sons company was a leading publisher of sheet music for the American “Tin Pan Alley” music industry. The firm was established in New York City in 1886. Marcus Witmark was legally the head of the company but it was actually run by his sons (Isidore, Julius, and Jay). The three sons were aged 14 to 17 when the company was established. The company published the music of many leading composers including George M. Cohan and Victor Herbert. M. Witmark and Sons was purchased by Warner Brothers in 1929. This vintage photograph measures about 6 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

 

 

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THE LITTLE MUSICIAN: PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG BOY AND HIS VIOLIN (VINTAGE RPPC)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a young boy playing his small violin. He appears to be quite serious about his musical endeavor. The table next to him is holding his violin case. The boy and the location of the studio that photographed him are not identified. The postcard’s AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard dates to sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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Published in: on September 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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COSTUMED ACTRESS POSES WITH HER GUITAR IN LEAD, SOUTH DAKOTA

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A young woman poses with a guitar at the Mcddaugh Studio in Lead, South Dakota. She appears to be an actress or a singer based on her elaborate costume. Preliminary research found little information about photographer E. Mcddaugh. Lead is located in western South Dakota in the Black Hills near the Wyoming border. The city of Lead was founded in 1876 after gold was discovered there. Lead was established as a company town by the Homestake Mining Company. In 1910, Lead was the second largest town in the state (population of 8,382). South Dakota became a state in 1889.This cabinet card was produced after 1889 as indicated by the “S. D.” printed below the image.

 

 

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL PLAYING THE VIOLIN

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This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a pretty girl playing a violin. She appears to be in her teenage years and is flashing a lovely smile and she has very expressive eyes. She seems to be having a good time as she poses for her photograph at an unidentified photography studio. This young musician is wearing a relatively simple dress with a lace collar. She is also wearing a large hair bow. The postcard has an “AZO” stamp box which indicates that the photograph was taken sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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Published in: on May 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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