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.
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!
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.
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.
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. :)