PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY AND THEIR AUTOMOBILE (VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

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“I’m going up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go? I’m going to some place where I’ve never been before. I’m gonna leave this city, got to get away. All this fussing and fighting, man, you know I sure can’t stay”. These words are part of the lyrics of  “I’m Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat.  I think the song would be good accompaniment to this vintage photograph. This image shows what appears to be a family on a road trip. They are dressed for a nice drive. One of the women in the photograph is holding a bouquet of flowers which may indicate that she had just wedded. The most likely groom is the man standing in the forefront of the image. I have been told that the car in the photo is an early Ford (unconfirmed). This vintage photo is interesting because it tells an incomplete story that the viewer can use his or her imagination to complete. This photo measures about 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ and has no identifying information written on the reverse.

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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.

PORTRAIT OF A WEDDING COUPLE IN CANELONES, URUGUAY

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This cabinet card features a wedding couple posing for their portrait at Bernardo Grolero’s Fotografia Oriental in Canelones, Uruguay. The groom is dressed in the gaucho style. Gauchos were cowboys of the South American Pampas. The city of Canelones is the capital of the Canelones department and is located about 31 miles north of Montevideo. The city was named after a species of cinnamon which is called “canelon”. To view other photographs from Uruguay, click on the category “Uruguay”.

 

Published in: on November 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THE WEDDING PARTY: TWO COUPLES IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

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This cabinet card features a bride and groom and a couple from their wedding party. The brides gown is a bit unusual. One can find many dark colored wedding dresses but this one seems to be made from an unusual material. Perhaps someone can leave a comment that identifies the fabric. The bride is wearing a very long veil and is also wearing many flowers from her waist to the top of her dress. This photograph was taken by the Oswald Brother’s Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The studio was located at 1227 and 1229 Washington Avenue North from at least 1887 through 1895. Prior to that address, the Oswalds operated out of a gallery at 116 Thirteenth Avenue North. A later location was 1221 Washington Avenue North. Charles Otto Oswald (1859-1940) and Emil C. Oswald (1864-1944) were Swiss born.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG BRIDE (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a beautiful young bride. She is wearing a wedding gown and a pretty veil with a band of flowers. She has dark curly hair.  She also has a  dark complexion suggesting a non American or European origin. I am struck by her young appearance. The postcard has an “AZO’ stamp box indicating that it was produced between 1904 and 1918.

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE IN HOMESTEAD, PENNSYLVANIA

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This cabinet card portrait features a lovely couple photographed by the McLane studio in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The couple are attractively dressed and well groomed. The woman has a lovely figure that is assisted by a corset. She is standing next to a bouquet of flowers. The gentleman has a nice mustache which curls at it’s ends. Note his shined shoes. Perhaps this is the couple’s wedding portrait. The photographer, John G. McLane (1849-?) apparently moved around a lot. He can be found in directories working as a photographer in Bradford (at least 1885-1887), Titusville (at least 1893-1895) and Pittsburg (at least 1900-1902). All of these cities are in Pennsylvania. One of McLane’s photographs can be found in the book, “Victorian Fashion in America (2013). McLane was a civil war veteran. He fought for three years as a member of the 142nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He entered the unit as a drummer. The last years of his life were spent at a home for disabled veterans. He is buried in Grove Hill Cemetery (Oil City, Pennsylvania).

PORTRAIT OF A WEDDING COUPLE IN TAYLORVILLE, ILLINOIS

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This cabinet card portrait features a young wedding couple dressed for their big day. Both the bride and groom are wearing white gloves and corsages. The pair were photographed by the Brua & Clark studio in Taylorville, Illinois. Preliminary research yielded little information about the photographers. It appears that Brua’s more complete name is B. F. Brua and at one time he was a photographer in Lyons, Kansas.

Published in: on September 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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YOUNG WEDDING COUPLE IN LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS (CAN THIS MARRIAGE BE SAVED?)

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A well dressed young wedding couple pose for their portrait in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Both subjects are wearing corsages and the young man is holding what appears to be a program or certificate. The photograph shows no affection or emotional connection between the groom and the bride. A fitting wedding present may have been a gift certificate for marital therapy. The photographer of this image is S. R. Page. Mr. Page appears in the US census of 1900 and the data indicates that he was born in Canada in 1865. He immigrated to the United States in 1894 and was married to a woman named Felinne. The census also indicates that he worked as a photographer. The 1897 Lawrence City Directory reports that Page worked as a photographer at the same address as seen on this cabinet card.

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PORTRAIT OF A WEDDING COUPLE IN LYONS, KANSAS

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This vintage photograph features a couple posing for their portrait at the studio of E. W. Glazer in Lyons, Kansas. The bride is wearing a pretty two tone gown and holding a bouquet of flowers. The groom is sitting in a wicker chair and wearing a dark suit with a corsage. The reverse of the photograph has the inscription “Otto P.”.  One can assume that this name belonged to the groom seen in the photograph. The photographer, Elijah W. Glaze was born in 1864 in New York. “Wilson’s Photographic Magazine (1898)” reported on Glaze winning an award for his work at the Kansas Photographers Convention. The “Bulletin of Photography (1913) announced that the Glaze Photography studio had ben taken over by W. D. Jones.

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ATTRACTIVE WEDDING COUPLE IN BERLIN, GERMANY

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The young wedding couple pictured in this portrait are well dressed and quite attractive. The pretty bride looks terrific in her wedding gown and bridal veil. She is holding a bouquet of flowers in her white gloved hand. The handsome groom is holding a pair of white gloves. One suspects that this couple is well-to-do judging by their appearance. This cabinet card portrait was taken by the studio of Otto Witte who operated his photography business in Berlin, Germany.

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