PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME SOLDIER IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

This cabinet card provides a portrait of a handsome uniformed Austro-Hungarian soldier. He is posing at the Rudolf Denk studio in Vienna, Austria. Note his high boots, sabre, and wrist watch. The soldier is wearing a couple of medals on his chest. His cap is on the table beside him. He is wearing a whistle which can be seen between his two breast pockets. The soldier is holding an open book. It is likely that this young man saw military action. World War I was not many years away from the time that he sat for this photograph.

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THE GREAT WAR IMPACTS A LOVELY FAMILY IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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War is hell to nations, communities, and families. In “A Farewell to Arms” (1929), novelist and World War I veteran Ernest Hemingway wrote “There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene.” This cabinet card photograph illustrates the impact of war on a family. The two men in uniform are likely the father and oldest son of the family. The men could not look more serious. Perhaps at the time of this photograph their nation was near, or at war. The remainder of the family (mother, two daughters, and a son) look extremely concerned and worried. The welfare of their nation and their family unit was in jeopardy. This terrific photograph speaks loudly and clearly about the horror of war. The photographer of this emotionally charged image is Ant. Knoll who operated a studio in Vienna, Austria.

 

Published in: on October 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL AND HER UMBRELLA IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA (1916)

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An adorable little girl poses for her portrait at the studio of Marie Gleissner in Vienna, Austria. The girl has long curly hair and a sweet smile. She is holding an umbrella. I could not find biographical information about the photographer but it is my assumption that the photographer is a woman (Marie). An inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that it was taken in 1916. The Cabinet Card Gallery has other images by the Gleissner studio. Click on the category “Photographer: Gleissner” to view the additional photographs.

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Published in: on February 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm  Comments (5)  
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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL AUSTRIAN ACTRESS IN VIENNA

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This cabinet card features a beautiful young actress. I am hypothesizing that she is an actress based on her wardrobe and her great poise. The young lady is wearing a necklace and a jeweled hair band. Note her interesting footwear. She is standing by a faux pile of rocks in the Schuster studio which was located in Vienna, Austria. This cabinet card is not standard sized. It measures about 3 3/4 ” x 8 1/4″.

Published in: on August 25, 2015 at 11:53 am  Comments (2)  
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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA BY PROMINENT PHOTOGRAPHER JOSEF LOWY

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This cabinet card photograph features a well dressed and pretty woman displaying a beautiful smile. She also has beautiful eyes. The woman is photographed by J.Lowy who operated a studio in Vienna, Austria. A notation on the reverse of the cabinet card (see image below) indicates that the photograph was taken in 1904. The former owner of this vintage image contends that the woman in the photograph was an actress. I can not confirm that she was a stage performer but it certainly would not be surprising. The photographer of this wonderful portrait was Josef Lowy (1834-1902). Lowy was a very prominent and talented Vienna photographer who was active in the city between the 1870’s and early 1900’s. A book of Lowy’s photographs (published in 1897) can be found on “Abe Books” at a price over three thousand dollars. Lowy was an Austrian. He was trained as a lithographer and received an artistic education at the Vienna Academy. He entered the field of photography in 1861 and was a regular exhibitor in photographic salons beginning in 1864. He won medals in the 1873 Vienna World Exhibition and became an official photographer to the Austrian Court. Lowy had varied interests in photography. He did royal portraits and also photographed industrial sites. He photographed many theatre and opera stars. Upon Lowy’s death, his wife (Mathilde) took over operation of the studio until 1908. Mathilde Lowy (1854-1908) had married Josef in 1875. She was succeeded in business by Lowy’s nephew, Gustav Lowy who renamed the studio “Art Institute J. Lowy”. By now you may realize that I reported that Josef Lowy took this photograph in 1904 but died in 1902. This fact makes this particular photograph even more special. Actually, my hypotheses is that this cabinet card portrait was taken by a photographer employed by Lowy’s widow, or perhaps Mrs. Lowy herself.

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Published in: on July 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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A RISQUE PORTRAIT OF AN ACTRESS AND HER VIOLIN IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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This cabinet card portrait features an actress, or possibly a musician, holding a violin and bow. She is dressed in a risque fashion. Courtesy of her short dress, she is exposing a great deal of her legs. The photograph was taken by Julius Gertinger (1834-1883) whose studio was located in Vienna, Austria. The reverse of the photo (seen below) shows some of the medals won by Gertinger in exhibitions. One of the earlier medals is from 1868. The date of this photograph (1886) is also listed on the reverse of the cabinet card. Gertinger is cited in the “British Journal of Photography (1874)”. In a review of a collection of his photos appearing in an international exhibition, the writer states that his photographs “possess great delicacy”. “The Photographic News (1875)”  in announcing the winners of awards at the Vienna Photographic Exhibition, reports that Gertinger and another winner were “by no means unknown to many of their brethren in Great Britain”. The New York Public Library’s Photography Collection includes the work of Gertinger.

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Published in: on June 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm  Comments (1)  
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MEET THE WINKLERS…..PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE COUPLE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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Meet the Winkler’s. The reverse of this cabinet card has an inscription that introduces us to this lovely couple. Their names are  Gregor and Maria (Mitzi) Winkler. The couple are very well dressed. Each has a spray of flowers pinned to their lapel. He is holding his gloves while she is wearing her gloves. They appear to be dressed to attend an important formal event. The couple are posed at the August Kuhnel studio in Vienna, Austria. The photograph, according to the inscription was taken in 1920.

Published in: on January 29, 2015 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A PAIR OF ADORABLE VIENNESE SISTERS DRESSED IN WHITE (1914)

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Photographer Franz Kolbl of Vienna, Austria took this portrait of two sisters in white lace dresses and white accessories. Both children are wearing flower covered hair bands and fingerless gloves. They are clearly dressed in their Sunday best. The reverse of the photograph has a written notation indicating that the photograph was taken in 1914.

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Published in: on December 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm  Comments (2)  
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PRETTY MOUNTAIN WOMAN WEARING NATIONAL ATTIRE IN UNTERACH, AUSTRIA

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A pretty young woman wearing a grin and ethnic/national attire poses for her portrait in Unterach, Austria. Note the painted mountains in the background provided courtesy of photographer Arthur Floeck. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph reveals that the image was produced in 1904 in Unterach. Floeck was an official photographer of Kaiser Franz Josef. The front of this photograph indicates that Floeck had an additional studio in the Austrian town of Vocklabruck.

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Published in: on November 15, 2013 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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HANDSOME WEDDING COUPLE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

VIENNA WEDDING_0002The Cabinet Card Gallery is appreciative of the talent of Austrian photographer S. Weitzmann and the site is developing a nice collection of his work. To view other images from Weitzmann’s Vienna studio, click on the category “Photographer: Weitzmann”. This photographic portrait captures a well dressed wedding couple. The bride is holding a bouquet of flowers in one hand and the groom’s arm in the other hand. The groom is wearing a flower on his lapel and has a wonderful mustache. Note his top hat on the table beside him. He is holding a pair of white gloves and is wearing his newly acquired wedding band.