An artistic profile

Boy in profile. RPPC. Private Collection.

Boy in profile. RPPC. Private Collection.

A pensive chiaroscuro portrait of a boy from the 1910’s most likely. I don’t remember seeing many profile pictures of men from the time.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918


Stoic

RPPC. Private Collection.

RPPC. Private Collection.

On the right is the oldest in robes (a priest?) with what I believe are his younger siblings and possibly cousins, all posing in front of an open French door with decorative plants in the background. They all look quite stern. This was the 1900’s and the era of the portable camera had just begun, but smiles were hard to loosen up on faces yet.

I haven’t posted in a significant way in years, and realized I have over 30 draft posts from my collection, images that at the time I was on the fence about sharing. Looking back I ask myself why was I so picky? However this website is here to stay.


Stylish Mr. John Wilber Tudor

Cabinet photo. Private Collection.

Cabinet photo. J. Wilber Tudor circa 1900. Private Collection.

A cabinet photo of a turn of the Century young man in outdoors get-ups; tilted cap, turtle neck, slim fitting knickerbockers with calf length socks.

John Wilber Tudor was born in 1880 and lived in Champaign, Illinois. I think this is he circa 1900. He is described on army records as 5’6” with brown hair and blue eyes. Mr. Tudor went on to become a pharmacist and lived a long life to 1968.

To note, he passed away just a little over 2 weeks after his lifelong wife of 62 years. What a love story these two must have had!

Wikitree

His signature

His signature


1950s 10th Regiment Infantryman

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5″ x 8″ portrait. Private Collection.

Dusting off the cobwebs of my blog with this pretty boy. This unnamed private was of -I believe- the 10th Infantry Regiment, per the X atop the crossed rifles. In the 50s to early 60s, the 10th was stationed at the now closed Fort Ord in California. He was lucky. Next to sunny beaches and on what is now a national park, the fort was considered the most attractive place in the country to be stationed at; every new recruit hoped to end up there.

This portrait came in a large 8″ x 11″ mat with flap and the photographer logo at the bottom.

Photographer: Sunnyside L.J.C. California.


Warning: two future heartbreakers in the making!

snapshot-kid-brothers-portrait

3 x 5 inches snapshot.

When I saw these two, my heart melted. They are so, so cute! I want to assume they were brothers from the late forties or early fifties. The oldest is amazingly beautiful, and his brother is so charming and cute a bit slumped over, and looking as if a bit shy. My mind wandered, what if these two were model children?

What’s funny is on the very same day I got the picture, someone on my tumblr posted this one:

Same kiddos?

So, what do you think?

Same kiddos?  If they are the same set that would be highly coincidental, but not if their parents knew how cute they were and coached them to pose professionally. Who knows, but I’d like to find out if the ones I have ever did commercial work (gut feeling tells me they did).


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