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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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG AND PRETTY WOMAN IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (PHOTO BY JULIETTA STUDIO)

A pretty young woman, holding a bouquet of flowers, poses for her portrait at a studio in Bucharest, Romania. Printing on the reverse of this real photo postcard reveals that the photographer was Julietta, an appointed  photographer of Romania’s royal court. This postcard is dated 1914.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN FOCSANI, ROMANIA

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This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty woman posing for her portrait at a studio in Focsani, Romania. Foscani is the capital city of Vrancea County and is located on the shores of the Milcov River in the historic region of Moldavia. The woman in this image is nicely dressed in what I believe is a traditional regional clothing. She is wearing a flower in her hair and she is coyly looking at the camera. Note that the photographer’s backdrop does not meet the floor. Writing on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the photograph was taken in 1937 and that the postcard was addressed to an individual living in Bucharest, Romania. Bucharest is that nation’s capital and largest city.

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BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN A PRETTY DRESS PEEKING THROUGH A GLASSLESS WINDOW IN HUNGARY OR ROMANIA

PEAKING THROUGHA pretty woman wearing a fancy dress peeks through a window in a European photography studio. It is unclear whether the studio was located in Hungary or Romania. The photographer of this image is Fiverek Dunky. The reverse of the cabinet card advertises that the photographer won photography medals from exhibitions in London and Paris.

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BUNDLED UP FOR THE COLD: ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN FOSCANI, ROMANIA

Although this image is a studio portrait, this bundled up little girl looks seriously cold. Her long and heavy coat appears to be made out of fur or possibly wool. Her hands are kept warm in a muff and her wide brimmed hat protects her face from the falling snow. If the wind is blowing the snow toward her; she is out of luck. Are those flowers that she is wearing in her hair? Flowers, in the winter? Perhaps its because of that famous song, “If you go to Foscani, be sure to wear, flowers in your hair”. Oops! Wrong city and wrong era! The photographer of this image is Franz X. Koroschetz of the aforementioned, Foscani, Romania.

Published in: on July 15, 2011 at 12:01 am  Comments (3)  
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ATTRACTIVE ROMANIAN WEDDING COUPLE

This photograph features an attractive couple posing for their portrait on their wedding day. The bride looks beautiful in her wedding gown and veil. She clutches a beautiful arrangement of flowers. The groom sits unusually close to his bride. This is a rather intimate image for the era that it was taken. The handsome groom is attired in formal wear and is holding a pair of gloves. The photographer is named Adler and his studio was in Brasov, Romania. The reverse of the photograph has advertising for the studio written in three languages, calling the city three different names. The Romanians used the word Brasov, the Hungarians called the city, Brasso, and the Germans referred to the city as Kronstadt. The city was significantly influenced by all three cultures. One of three Adler brothers is the photographer of this image. Leopold Adler (1848-1924) is the most likely candidate. Leopold Adler was the son of a Jewish factory owner. He came to Transylvania in 1872 and settled in the Kronstadt/Brasso area. He initially worked with his younger brother, Alfred, in the photo studio that his brother Moritz established in 1870. In 1873, he worked with Carl Bomches. After 1875, his brothers returned to Bohemia, and Leopold operated the studio and became a very successful photographer.He retired in 1900 and his assistant Josef Schuller took over the studio, but Leopold came out of retirement and returned to running his business between 1909 an 1915.

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TWO YOUNG GYPSY GIRLS WITH TAMBOURINES IN ROMANIA

gypsy-girlsThis Cabinet Card features two sweet girls dancing and playing tambourines. They appear to be gypsies and are wearing traditional ethnic clothing. The photographer is Olga and the studio is located in Oravicza, Romania.

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