PORTRAIT OF A SPUNKY BRIDE AND HER GROOM IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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This cabinet card features a bride and groom posing for their portrait at the Pulaski Photo Art Company in Chicago, Illinois. This photograph is a bit unusual relative to other wedding portraits of it’s era. The uncommon but refreshing variable in this image is that the bride is showing her personality. She is exhibiting a playful smile and appears to be a vivacious young woman. Her groom, seems to lack that same energy, and presents a more reserved personality. The bride and groom are well dressed and three bouquets of flowers as well as a the groom’s corsage mark the festive occasion. A book entitled “Certified List of Domestic and Foreign Corporations” (1909) reveals that the Pulaski Photo Art Company replaced the Koscinszko Photo Art Company in Chicago. The President/Manager of Pulaski was Max Prusinski (1883-?) and the Secretary of the company was John Prusinski. Max Prusinski was born in Poland. An advertisement in “The Neighbor” (1919) discloses that the studio continued to operate at 957 Milwaukee Avenue. The 1930 US census reports that Max Prusinski was still employed as a photographer.

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POLISH MILITARY OFFICER AND HIS FAMILY IN WARSAW, POLAND

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This cabinet card features a Polish military officer posing with his wife and smiling baby at the studio of S. Trzcinski in Warsaw, Poland.

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THREE INTRIGUING LOOKING MEN IN LWOW, POLAND

The three men posing for this portrait have an intriguing appearance. Who are these guys? What do they do for a living? They look like “tough guys”. The men are well dressed and are wearing terrific hats with brims folded in strategic places. All three men have neat mustaches and the fellow on the left is wearing wire rim glasses. The photo studio was named Kordyan and the studio was located in Lwow, Poland. In 1945, Lwow became part of the Ukraine and was called Lvov. In 1991, after Ukraine’s independence, the city was renamed Lviv. Research reveals that the studio Kordyan was opened on the 5th floor in a building now housing the “Old City Hostel”. The gallery existed in the building until 1914 and was owned by Bethold Feyershtayn. The address is currently known as 3 Klinskoho Street.

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BIG DOG SPRAWLED ACROSS THE BENCH….. SMALL MAN DECIDES TO STAND (LODZ, POLAND)

This cabinet card photograph appears to have been photographed  in the studio of B. Wilkoszewski of Lodz, Poland (things aren’t always as they appear to be). At the time of this photograph, the city was likely under the rule of Russia, and Wilkoszewski no longer owned the studio. The gentleman in this image is very well dressed and is holding a cane. He is posed in a faux park scene and stands next to his very large dog, who appears to have taken ownership of the park bench. The dog’s coat could be used to give the Rorschach Ink Blot Test to psychiatric patients. The cabinet card is stamped on the front and back of the photograph with the name “J. Grodzicki” , and next to the name is the word “dawniej”. Research reveals that “dawniej” is the Polish word for “formerly”. Therefore, the actual photographer of this image is J. Grodzicki, and Wilkoszewski was the former owner of the studio.

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MOTHER AND THREE YOUNG CHILDREN POSE IN WLOCLAWKU, POLAND

FAMILY_0001A proud mother and her three children pose for their family portrait in Wloclawku, Poland. The photographer is B. Sztejner.

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