Category Archives: Gentlemen

Mr. Handsome with the twinkly eyes

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1910’s young man. Private Collection.

This handsome young gentleman (only identified as C.H.P.) has a twinkle in his eyes as if none of life’s negativity had yet to darken his soul, but this photo most likely dates to around the Great War. His hair is swept up too; it remains conservative but just a bit different, as any youth would attempt to be.

His breast pocket with the buttons is an interesting detail. With his ample cut suit and collared shirt I’d date this excellent portrait to be from the mid to late 1910’s.
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I found him again, with chicks

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PC Paris #2963. Young man with chicks. RPPC. Private Collection.

That was way too easy. :)

Do you remember when I posted the beautiful couple on the bicycle? That was last September. I hoped to stumble upon this 1920’s postcard model again, but I did not hold my breath. So when I spotted him after eight months of casually scouring seller stocks, I was thrilled to finally add another one of his cards to this collection. Unlike some others he is near impossible to find. Unfortunately, there is no information about postcard models of the period. I would have liked to find out who he was.

While I understand the models who posed for the more risqué cards had to hide their identity and are now essentially uncredited, I don’t see why there is absolutely no information about the models who posed for tamer photoshoots. Frustrating!

This was of course an Easter postcard (I edited out the French greeting for this blog).


The bowler hatted benefactor

RPPC vignette. Private Collection.

RPPC vignette. Private Collection.

This is one of the first RPPCs I got. I had to have at least one vignette portrait of a gent in a bowler. This one wrote to a lady named Roxie. He made good on a promise and gave her something -with the postcard picture of himself- that would help her father ‘next spring when he plants corn’. What it was is lost to time, but this seems like it was a thoughtful message and nice gesture. And maybe getting into the good graces of the father does help. :)

 

 

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Edward, Prince of Wales, on a Montreal street. Or is it?

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Edward, Prince of Wales photomontage. RPPC. Private Collection.

When I got this photo postcard I was excited about two things; it combines early 20’s men’s fashion with a beautiful street view of Montreal. I had no idea who the man was, although he looked vaguely familiar.

But when I posted it here, Kate of the Photobooth Journal, mentioned his uncanny resemblance to King Edward VIII…Well, yes, it happens to be a photo of King Edward VIII! At least from when he was Prince of Wales, and…it is a photomontage!

The Prince of Wales did spend a few years in Canada in the early 20’s, but he did not pose for this street candid!

Here’s the original of the Prince on a boat. I was shocked, and then I laughed. I got duped by an early 1920’s “photoshop”! They even changed his cane’s position! Still a beautiful, expertly done photograph. I’m impressed.

 

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Source: kingedwardviii.tumblr.com

 

 

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You can also see the sign for the Allen Theater, once at 698 St. Catherine West (now a less grand Five Guys burger joint). The Allen was bought and renamed The Palace in 1922. St. Catherine West was a hub of movie-going and nighttime entertainment.

Restored image © Caroline E. Ryan

RPPC: AZO squares 1926-1940s. (Data from Playle.com, but this shows AZO squares were available in 1923)


What a Fine Time

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1880s-90s 1/6th plate tintype. Private Collection.

Together we laughed, we cried, we played. We danced!  And we drank, much more than you. We knew all the fine people too.

We tasted joys and pains, early springs and rains. We mourned lost lives, so fragile, more often than you.

Our time did come to an end. We are gone now, that’s true. Of all we felt remains a plated memory once in these hands, for you.

Ah, but what a fine time we had, what a fine time. We made it through! Say, will we meet again, at the call of a baby’s coo?

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A 1930’s Portrait

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A high school portrait for the yearbook maybe? This is a 4″ x 6″ on thick paper with a blank back.

Ah, the 30’s…starting with the Great Depression and ending in war…I hope this dapper young gentleman survived those tumultuous times. The 30’s weren’t exactly the best decade to be coming of age.


Unidentified in a bowtie

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You’ve probably noticed I have not been posting as often lately. I assure you I am still as impassioned as I was when I first started this blog, but unfortunately life got in the way of my collecting. Without going into details it’s been a trying time, and I’m only now starting to see the end of the tunnel.

But fear not, this is only a temporary phase.

So, this is one of the RPPCs I got recently. Sometimes I think I have not much to say about some pictures I own, I just enjoy them for what they are.

RPPC: CYKO 1904-1920s.


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