PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH LONG HAIR IN BRUNN, GERMANY

A solemn young girl poses for her portrait at the Mayssl studio in Brunn, Germany. The girl has very long hair. A name is written in the top right corner of the cabinet card. The name likely belongs to the child seen in this image. The photographer, Mayssl had advertising printed on the reverse of the cabinet card. Included in the advertising are drawings of six medals that he had won in various photographic exhibitions.Included are London (1871), Vienna (1873), Paris (1874). The dates of these awards indicate that this cabinet card is likely from the 1870’s. There is also a German phrase on the back of the cabinet card that roughly translates to “Professor of Characters Art” (thank you Google Translate). Perhaps Mayssle was a teacher of photography.

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FASHIONABLE CHILD IN VIENNA, AUSTRO-HUNGARY EMPIRE (PHOTOGRAPHED BY PIETZNER)

This cabinet card photograph features a very fashionable  young boy, posing at the studio of Karl Pietzner in Wien (Vienna), capitol of the Austro Hungarian Empire. The young boy is wearing a sailor type blouse, boots, a straw hat, and holding a stick. Pietzner (1853-1927) was born in Prussia and is known to have worked as a photographer from 1877 until 1924 and he worked throughout Europe. At the time that this cabinet card was photographed, he had studios in Wien, Carlsbad, Brunn, Eger, Teplitz, Aussig, and Olmutz. The New  York Times (1899) printed an article about his photographic research work in the production of reliefs. He invented a process he named “plastophotography”.  He was a photographer for the Royal family in Austria. He did portraits of Franz Joseph. Pietzner was certainly a celebrated photographer and this cabinet card is a great example of his work.