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.
Occupational tintype ca 1880’s. Private Collection.
This teen is posing with a CDV size piece of paper in his hand. He’s also sitting on what looks to be a hanging dark oil cloth. He’s resting his arm on some sort of machine behind him. A Difference Machine as was suggested by another collector? I’m not sure but this looks to me like it is photography or plate printing related. The seller thought it was a voting machine. A person suggested it is a balustrade, but I digress…I welcome opinions. What is it?
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.
CDV. 1860’s Young man wearing a homburg hat. Private Collection.
A sitter of the 1860’s posing with his hat on, and not with it on the table or knee. This looks like a short homburg. I don’t normally associate the 1860’s with this hat, so I like to have an early example of the period. He’s also wearing a ring on the pinky, and there’s a pineapple motif on the tablecloth. The photographer (and the sitter) didn’t care too much about the backdrop. The way it’s propped to the side is like it was put there as an afterthought.
By the type of lines framing this CDV, the picture was most likely taken between 1864 and 1869. There is no name or photographer info on the back.
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Combine inspiration from my little debacle with the Prince of Wales’ photomontage, a boring Saturday, and this is what you get.
Our Victorian gent on this CDV had too good of an expression to leave him be, so a jackdaw flew in and perched on his head. His face brightened. I think he likes it. ;)~
Here’s the original vs. the retouched:
Hm…don’t know if I am in the mood for this…
And well, if you’d like to see this gent retouched but without the bird, here he is:
Staring at the viewer and a hint of a smile make a huge difference. Click for larger image.
Original front and back. 1870s-80s CDV. Private Collection.
Photographer: Carl Anderson (a British expat photographer?). Wenden. Russia.
Teen with butterfly tie. RPPC. Private Collection.
Here this young man wore a silk tie with butterflies under what appears to be an opal or moonstone tie stack. Also the shirt has a nice front pleat below the low rounded collar. Sometimes I wish I could see these pictures in color. I bet the tie was a nice pop to the overall look.
RPPC: AZO 1904-1918.
Cabinet card. Portland. Private Collection.
There are some pictures that attract me like a moth to a flame, and this is one of them.
This young man’s face and expression remind me of cherubs in classical paintings of the same period. He also reminds me of a very young Robert Frost.
Logo on back of card.
Photographer: Conanb. Artistic Photographer. 478 1/2 Congress St. Portland. Maine.