YOUNG COUPLE OUT FOR A DRIVE IN THEIR OPEN AUTOMOBILE (CLIFTONVILLE, ENGLAND) (RPPC)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome couple out for a ride in the English countryside. The couple are well dressed for their ride in a beautiful open car. The reverse of the postcard indicates that the photo postcard was produced by M & S which is the abbreviation for Misch & Stock of London, England. Printed information on the reverse also states that the photograph may have been from the area of Cliftonville, which is a coastal location in the town of Margate. The postcard stock itself, was produced by Crown Studios sometime between 1913 and 1929.
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PRETTY GOLD MEDALIST FASHIONISTA IN BROMLEY, ENGLAND (1889)

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E. Davey Lavender is the photographer of this cabinet card portrait of a pretty well-dressed woman in Bromley, England. Bromley is a suburban town located outside of London, England. The woman in this photograph is is flashing a half smile as she sits beside a newspaper on a table. Edgar Davey Lavender was born in Westminster in 1855  and was married to Harriet Lavender (b 1869). Records indicate he operated his studio in Bromley in 1881 through at least 1891. In 1901 he was located in Grove Park (another suburb of London). Lavender died in 1909. Printed on the cabinet card are a few items of note. First, both the front and back of the photograph are marked (“Gold Medalist 1889”). This likely signifies that Lavender won a gold medal for his work at an exhibition in 1889. This accomplishment is being used as an advertisement. The second noteworthy item is that on the reverse of the photograph his business is referred to as “Portrait and Equestrian Studios”. It is my belief that the term “equestrian studio” means that Lavender had the ability to photograph people on horseback and produce photographic portraits of horses.

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Published in: on January 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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BRITISH STAGE ACTRESS CISSY GRAHAME PHOTOGRAPHED BY W and D DOWNEY IN LONDON, ENGLAND

CISSY GRAHAMEBritish stage actress, Cissy Grahame is the subject of this portrait by the famed London photographic studio W. & D. Downey. She looks quite beautiful in her lace scarf and feathered hat. Grahame was born in 1862. She was the daughter of an actress and she took her first stage role at the age of thirteen. Three years later she was  hired to the stage by Mr. Wilson Barrett and soon thereafter by the Kendal’s. As she progressed in her theatrical career she added theatre management to her repertoire. To view other photographs by the Downey studio, click on the category “Photographer: Downey”.

Published in: on November 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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ROMANTIC SCENE FROM THE PLAY “HAVANA” (1908): VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD

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This vintage real photo postcard captures a scene from the the stage production of “Havana” which appeared in 1908 at the Gaiety Theatre in London. The play ran for 221 performances before going on the road around England. The show later played in Berlin, Philadelphia and New York City (The Casino Theatre). Interestingly, future star, Gladys Cooper appeared in the chorus. The play’s plot was that Evie Greene was the daughter of a cigar store owner who also happened to be the mayor of Havana. She was promised to her cousin in marriage but was in love with an English yachtsman (McKay). To complicate matters, the McKay was suspected of being a revolutionary. The actors in this image are Evie Greene and Leonard McKay. Edith Elizabeth (“Evie”) Greene (1875-1917) was an English actress and singer who played in Edwardian Musical Comedies in London and on Broadway. She was quite beautiful and was often photographed. She was most known for starring in the international hit musical “Florodora” (1899). She sang in the cast album of the show which was historic because it was the world’s first original cast album. This postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of a series (no. 7431 F). It was printed in England. The photograph itself is by “Play Pictorial”. “Play Pictorial” was an English theatre magazine published in London between 1902 and 1939. The publication provided a pictorial presentation of West End theatrical productions with each issue focusing on just one play.

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE OUT FOR A STROLL IN LONDON, ENGLAND

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This photograph features a lovely couple out for a stroll on a faux patio at the Hellis & Sons studio in London, England. The couple are beautifully dressed. The man looks quite dapper in his three piece suit and derby hat. He is accessorized by a flower in his lapel and a handkerchief in his jacket’s breast pocket. The woman is wearing a fancy hat and corsage. She is carrying a parasol to protect herself from the sun. Advertising on the reverse of the photograph (see scan below) indicates that this cabinet card was produced in one of the studio’s seven branches and the studio had been in existence for over forty years. Robert Hellis (1835-1895) operated the most studio branches of all photographers in nineteenth century London. Hellis was also known for his skillful work hosting magic seances for evening parties in London. Advertising on the reverse of the cabinet card indicates that Hellis was the official photographer for the Akbaloddowla, ex King of Oude. One researcher on the internet wrote about the king and his kingdom. He notes that Oude was a small kingdom located about three miles from Calcutta. The King had two wives and another 159 women for recreation and procreation. It is reported that in 1874 the King had 56 children. My preliminary research confirms the existence of the state of Oude. Research also confirms that there was an individual named Akbaloddowla who credited himself as being an ex king but I can not confirm the veracity of that claim.

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Published in: on July 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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TWO ADORABLE CHILDREN IN LONDON, ENGLAND: GORDON AND PEARL ENCOUNTER A CAMERA

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Two adorable children pose for the camera at the Wiedhofft studio in London, England. The kids don’t look very comfortable during their photo shoot but try their best to cooperate with the photographer. The children are cute and dressed fashionably. The person that dressed them seems to have favored lace. The little girl’s bonnet has two long “tails” streaming down to below her knees. Note that the little girl is holding the boys arm in a bid for security. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph (see image below) provides some clues to the children’s identity.The children are siblings and their names are Gordon (age 4) and Pearl (age 2). Their last name appears to be Pascoe and their father’s name was Roger. Identity information was provided by “Marion Cook” who signed the back of the photograph. The photographer of this portrait was Frederick Wiedhofft and his studio was established in 1879. The back stamp indicates he operated three studios in London. Wiedhofft was born in 1854 in Clerkwell, England. He died in London in 1910. He was married twice. His first wife was Clio Newton and their wedding was in 1880. His second wife was Maria Wedlake who he married in 1899. Maria was listed as his housekeeper in the 1891 census and like Frederick, she was a widow. Wiedhofft began his work career working in a family business that sold oils and paints. He became a photographer in 1897. After Frederick died, his step-son, William Henry Orme Wedlake took over the photography business.

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE IN LONDON (ONTARIO), CANADA

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This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed and handsome couple posing at Edy Brothers studio in London (Ontario), Canada. The studio was located at 214 Dundas Street. The gentleman is holding some papers on his lap. The attractive young woman appears to appreciate jewelry. She is wearing a necklace and a ring. Edy Brothers Studio was a family run business for several decades between the 1860’s and teh early 1920’s in Brantford and London, Ontario. James Newbury Edy (1843-1890) and William Daniel Edy (1832-1911) were the original partners that started the business. William’s son Leslie Eli Edy (1864-1919) ran the business in the early 1900’s. The next proprietor was Franklin William Edy who operated the studio until it’s closure in 1922.

Published in: on May 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE COUPLE ON THE CHEAPSIDE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

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An attractive well dressed couple pose for their portrait at the studio of Wicksteed and Palmer in London, England. The man and woman in this photograph were on the cheapside. Actually, the couple’s photographer’s studio was located on the cheapside which is the name of a street in the city of London. The name Cheapside is derived from the term “marketplace”. Charles Benjamin Wicksteed (1863-1935) and Edward John Palmer were partners in the studio which produced this image. The studio was located at the Cheapside address from 1899 through 1933. Wicksteed also worked as a wood engraver.

Published in: on March 23, 2015 at 5:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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YOUNG WOMAN POSES FOR A NAUTICAL THEME PORTRAIT IN CROUCH END, ENGLAND

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A pretty young woman wearing a sailor dress poses with a boat oar, rope, and life preserver at the Williams studio in Crouch End, England. Hopefully, she didn’t get her hair wet because her hair is so long that it might take decades to dry. This nautical minded subject appears to be standing on the steps outside a building, though it is possible that she is actually inside a studio in front of a terrific backdrop. Crouch End is five miles outside of London.

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Published in: on January 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm  Comments (6)  
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PRETTY ACTRESS WITH POOR POSTURE IN LONDON, ENGLAND (LILIAN CARLYLE)

LILLIAN CARLYLE_0004A pretty actress exhibits poor posture as she poses in London, England, at the studio of Ellis & Wallery. The performers name is Miss Lilian Carlyle, and she appears to be pushing her chest out, possibly to amplify her ample bust. Is there a chiropractor in the house? Printing on the reverse of the photograph states that the studio was established in 1884.  The backdrop employed in this portrait is not particularly realistic but at least it doesn’t detract from the portrait and allows Miss Carlyle to be the major focus. Alfred Ellis (1854-1930) was an active photographer between 1884 and 1899. He operated a studio on Upper Baker Street in London. He was an original member and served in a number of offices for the Professional Photographers Association. He specialized in theatrical photography and sometimes photographed whole scenes inside his studio. He later went to theaters to photograph performers and play scenes. Ellis was very involved in working for copyright protection in the high courts. Between 1890 and 1900 Stanislaw Julian Ignacy, Count Ostrorog (1863-1935) joined Ellis in a studio partnership. Ostrorog had followed in the footsteps of his father Stanislaw Ostrorog (1830-1890). He also kept his father’s “photographer name”. The senior Ostorog had changed his name to “Stanislaw Walery” for professional purposes. The last name of “Walery” was derived from his wife’s name, “Waleria”. The elder Walery had set up his London studio in 1883. To view other photographs by Walery, click on the category “Photographer: Walery”.

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