PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAIL CARRIER IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

This vintage real photo postcard features what appears to be a young mail carrier or delivery boy. He is carrying a tied packet of envelopes and he is wearing a uniform. A patch on his sleeve reads LMB 117. This image is a bit of a mystery. Is this teenage boy a mail carrier or a student? What does LMB signify? What is the meaning of what the boy is wearing on his head (flower wreath)? There are more questions than answers provided by this photograph. The photo was taken at the Lonyai studio in Bucharest, Romania. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the paper was produced by K Ltd, likely between 1918 and 1936. It is probable that it was produced sometime in the 1930’s. This interesting image has excellent clarity.                  ADDENDUM: A viewer of this photograph has painted a more accurate picture of what is occurring in the photo. “This boy is being an award winner of his class at the school. That package under his arm didn’t contain envelopes, but books. The page on the top is a diploma. One more thing: that wreath symbolize the laurels with which the Roman emperors adorned their foreheads when they turned victorious from the wars…The best pupil at learning was of course victorious…”.

 

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BABY NURSE LOVINGLY LOOKS AT BABY IN HER CARE IN EVESHAM, ENGLAND

This vintage photograph is special in that it captures emotion. The baby nurse pictured in this photograph is looking at the baby in her charge in a warm loving way. The nurse is looking at the baby in an identical manner that a mother looks at her infant. The photograph is also special in that it shows  a nurse’s uniform that dates back to slightly after the turn of the nineteenth century. This photograph was taken by Fred Gegg who operated a studio in Evesham, England. Evesham is a town in the district of Worcestershire. Frederick George Gegg (1871-1925? took photographs in Evesham from about 1899 until his death.

Published in: on October 28, 2017 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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PORTRAIT OF A NEWSBOY

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This cabinet card portrait features a young newsboy holding a stack of newspapers. Soon after the photograph was taken, he was probably delivering the newspapers or hawking them on the street. The young entrepreneur is displaying a serious business like expression. He is wearing an outer jacket, knee pants, long black stockings, and lace boots. Note his flat cap. The photographer’s name and location are unknown.

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THE BARMAID WITH THE BUNNY EARS

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This vintage real photo postcard features a young woman working as a bar maid. She seems to be enjoying herself judging by her wide smile. She is wearing a costume which includes bunny rabbit ears. The young woman is filling a beer mug at an outdoor pump. The AZO stamp box seen on the reverse of this postcard indicates that it was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

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AN OLD WEAVER SITTING AT HIS LOOM SMOKING A PIPE (OCCUPATIONAL CABINET CARD)

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This is a fascinating occupational cabinet card featuring on old weaver sitting at his loom. He is smoking a pipe as he poses for a photograph from an unidentified photographer. The location that this photograph was taken is unknown. I wish I knew more about weaving so I could explain a bit more about the occupational component of this image. All I know is that weaving on a loom looks extremely complicated and requires excellent coordination between the weaver’s hands, eyes, and feet.

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FOUR BLACKSMITHS, A HORSE, AND A PORNOGRAPHER IN EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO

This cabinet photograph looks like a scene from a Clint Eastwood western feature film. It is as if the four men are looking into the street to watch Clint challenge four outlaws to a gunfight. More likely, this photograph captures a portrait of four men who work in an East Liverpool, Ohio blacksmith shop. Note that two of the men are holding  tools of their trade and also take notice that there is a tool box in the center of the image.  In additon, two of the men are wearing aprons and all four men are wearing what appears to be appropriate blacksmith garb. In the center of the photograph is a pretty horse. The photographer of this wonderful portrait is Culbertson’s Art Studio. The Culbertson studio is associated with the seamier side of photography and created quite a scandal in East Liverpool. Harry and Leon Culbertson were brothers and at one point were business partners in the Culbertson Brothers photography studio. On 5/10/1892, Harry was arrested on a charge of taking lewd and indecent photographs. His legal defense was that the photographs were “purely works of art”.The Lowell Daily Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts) reported the story on 5/13/1892. Culbertson claimed that two unknown young woman came to his studio and induced him to photograph them “undraped”.  He left town shortly after his arrest.

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CHARLES HENRY PARKHURST: CLERGYMAN, SOCIAL REFORMER, CROOKED POLITICIAN’S AND CORRUPT POLICEMAN’S NIGHTMARE (1892)

 

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Charles Henry Parkhurst (1842-1933) is the subject of these Cabinet Card photographs which are published by Newsboy. Photographer Napoleon Sarony has the 1892 copyright for the top photograph. The second photograph is marked “375” and is part of Newsboy’s tobacco premium series. Parkhurst was a clergyman and social reformer. He was a presbyterian minister and from 1874 until 1880, he was a pastor in Lenox, Massachusetts. He then became the pastor for Madison Square Presbyterian Church in New York City (1880-1919). During the year of this photograph, Parkhurst began giving tough sermons attacking the political corruption in the New York City government. This led to the exposure of the corruption in Tammany Hall and subsequent social and political reform. He had a special concern about the problem of prostitution in New York City’s tenderloin section. He hired private detectives to investigate the houses of ill repute and their police protection. Concerning the police, he said “while we fight iniquity they shield or patronize it; while we try to convert criminals, they manufacture them”. He took his concerns and investigative results to court on these matters. He was President of the New York Society for the Prevention of Crime and published numerous magazine articles and books. Parkhurst died tragically; while sleep walking he fell off the second story porch of his home.

THE BLACKSMITH SHOP: THREE MEN LET THE HORSE OUT OF THE BARN

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Two blacksmiths and a well dressed man and his horse pose at the doorway of a blacksmith shop or stable. Stenciled on the door next to where the blacksmiths are standing, is the word “GRAPE”. One has to wonder whether “Grape” is the name of the horse. The photograph was purchased in the town of Brocton, New York. However, it is unknown whether this image was photographed in the Brocton area.  The photograph measures 6″ x  6 3/4″.    This is a terrific photograph of days gone by and is in very good condition.

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A WORKMAN POSES IN HIS OVERALLS IN DALLES, OREGON

a workman_0004A bearded gentleman poses for his portrait at the D. C. Herrin studio in The Dalles, Oregon. The subject is wearing overalls and his attire indicates that he is a workman of some type. He is resting his hand on a wicker chair and is striking an unusual pose in that his feet are crossed at the knee. The gentleman looks rather bored as he endures the process of having his portrait taken. David C. Herrin began his photography career in Medford, Oregon (1888). He and his photographer wife, Margaret, operated a studio in The Dalles from 1892 through 1898. The couple moved to Portland, Oregon in 1899 and joined Frank G. Abell for establish Abell & Herrin photography studio. David Herrin died in 1909. An interesting side note concerns the name of the town that hosted the above photographic session. The city of “The Dalles” is named after a rock. Dalle is a French word meaning flagstone. The name of the town refers to the basalt rocks carved by the Columbia River on which the town is located.

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