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.
1910s-20s candid snapshot. Private Collection.
A candid snapshot of two men (brothers?) on tipped chairs with two kids lounging in the sun on a lazy day, two of them overrun by three dogs begging for attention! One of the collies looks like it only has one thing on its mind: lick its beloved human’s face.
I’m not sure what is the furry looking thing on the head of the kid to the left.
Bulgarian duo dated 28 Dec. 1928. Private Collection
A duo that took their picture during the Holidays of 1928. I don’t know if anyone else but me is seeing this, but the buddy on the right reminds me of one of the dancers in Madonna’s Vogue music video of the 90’s, but if he were in his teens.
Photographer: Foto-Lux. Shumen,Bulgaria.
Duo on prop Packard. Arcade studio RPPC. Click to enlarge. Private collection.
Another studio arcade real photo postcard to add to this collection. Photographers sometimes used real cars, but since Packards cost a fortune, the next best thing would have been to have one painted! These two caught my eye with their similar pose and expression. The dotted tie with the tweed cap of the gent in front is a nice combo too.
Close-up. Click to enlarge.
RPPC: AZO triangles. 1904-1918
Photographer: Slater’s Interurban Post Card Studio. 430 Superior St. Toledo, Ohio.
The Weeping Ghost. 1890’s-1900’s cabinet card. Private Collection. (Click for larger image)
I’m in love with this cabinet card. On the left, a young man is weeping, holding a handkerchief to his face as he fades into the backdrop and chair, while the other one is engaged, solid, to lend an ear at his disembodied friend. Those Victorian sensibilities!
I am not 100% certain the ghostly effect was meant to happen, but I would not be surprised if it was intended because it all feels perfect as is. The light, airy lace curtains on the sides help give this photograph an ethereal effect. I could write a story inspired by this beautiful photograph.
Close-up. Click to enlarge.
On the close-up you can better see the expression of concern. And here’s the whole card as is:
1/6th plate tintype. c. 1880’s. Private Collection.
A close-up portrait of two collarless gents smoking cigars. The one on the right looks like he shouldn’t be messed with! By comparison, his friend looks much more approachable. And Mr. Tough has his hand on his friend’s shoulder, a protective and dominant gesture? He comes off as the leader of the two.
They didn’t bother to change into better garbs either, a rip is prominent on the pants. Once again, what their lives were like is mystery, yet one can’t help but wonder.
“The Tilted Hats”. RPPC. Private Collection.
The first person who attracted my attention was the gent in the bowler, I love the way he tilted his head in the opposite direction of the hat. And then I noticed his friends; the charming one next to him tilting his head too, and the others with the hat sideways or to the back.
I don’t think I have a favorite in this group; they all took a good picture. There must have been a joke or two about how the camera made the tough looking middle one quite blurry, and I think his nose was broken too.
And the front left nature boy with his neck scarf, undone collar and cane reminiscent of a branch. The teen to the front right looks like he was the younger brother of the one standing left.
Click for larger image.
All in all, a fine Edwardian group who must have made quite an impression! And with them goes one year of blogging on WordPress with 416 posts!
RPPC: AZO triangles, 1904-1918