I enjoyed spending some time restoring this beautiful portrait. The original has a print defect and is sprinkled with black ink from the process. But fortunately Photoshop corrected these tiny imperfections to reveal this shot’s true beauty. I absolutely love the window and gorgeous rose curtain behind this young man, and the use of lights and dark to create chiaroscuro. And one cannot miss his eyes.
With the belt, collared shirt and thin, straight tie I’d date this portrait from the late 1910s to early ’20s (if so, it was printed on older stock).
RPPC: AZO up triangles, 1904-1918
Enjoying a summer day on a log rocking chair. Private Collection.
This gentleman has an easy air of sophistication, dressed in all white with a neat bowtie and open book on his lap. He looks as if he’s escaped the city for a bit of downtime and fresh air. This real photo postcard portrait was taken in the 1920’s.
Here’s a closer look at him.
RPPC of Harold and Woods Ballies, c.1910. Private Collection.
These two look effortlessly elegant. Harold and Woods posed in their stiff collars and loose suits for a formal portrait. Hopefully they did their mama proud!
RPPC: AZO 1904-1918.
Hi, Give Me A Match. 1900s-10s RPPC of boy in adult size coat and cap. Private collection.
The parents must have had a good laugh with this one! So much so they made copies with a caption to share, one of which found its place in this collection.
1900’s RPPC. Private Collection.
I love this portrait for many reasons; the weathering adds a certain something to it that’s hard to describe, this young man’s also a bit nervous and awkward like he didn’t quite know how he would pose after he put his hat on the floor. And the backdrop drape is not figurative but painted more abstractly.
RPPC: Back typical of North American cards of the period, but with no stamp box.
RPPC. Private collection.
A nice portrait of a gentleman from the 1900’s. He’s wearing a sack jacket with a white waistcoat, completing the put-together look with patterned socks, which stand out in this shot. To the modern eye, the pattern looks like can tabs!
Dandy boy in studio prop top hat. Private Collection.
This boy’s evening suit is well tailored, but his studio prop top hat adds a touch of humor to the look. What a cutie!
The cigarette was most likely a prop too (it looks lit but with no smoke). I would think responsible parents considered tobacco to be like alcohol and didn’t let their children start this early (I don’t think he’s even 10).
RPPC: AZO squares 1926-1940’s.