1890’s-1900’s cabinet card. Private Collection.
This one gave me a chuckle. This gentleman looks like a deer in the headlights with his wide eyes. And with him looking partly off-shot, it gives the impression he just came into view and got caught off guard by his own reflection.
On a side note, yes it’s been a month since I last posted, to the day. I didn’t realize it’s been this long. Like everything else in life there are periods when I actively collect (and feverishly so!) and others when I don’t so much. However, the drought is soon to pass and I will be responding to emails today. ;)
“This is probably going to get serious”. 1904 postcard. Private Collection.
I would call this series How to Discreetly Show Interest in a Gentleman on the Omnibus.
The cute series starts out quite innocently…and ends with the sure promise of a second meeting. I am missing #5 of the 6 postcards though. I wish I had it! But the story is quite simple, really, and the person who sent these postcards could not resist putting words into the gentleman’s head!
So I added what she’s thinking before the translated comments.
Oh no, I have to sit next to a stranger…/ What indifference and timidity, don’t you think?
Hm…/ Her look!
Well, look at this, could he take more space looking for his handkerchief? / What cute little face she has, hm?
“Would you like mine?” /Hm…a nice smile!
“And this, take this too.” / This is probably going to get serious.
Both models were sitting on chairs, with the design of the omnibus line added later. The third has a misspelling too! But the line did exist, and if you’re curious to see what omnibus these two would have been on, here’s an image of the Madeleine-Bastille line omnibus of the era:
1909 postcard. Private Collection. Click for larger image.
Well, if there ever was a better excuse to drink..! This gent was colorized with red hair too. Is he supposed to represent an Irish immigrant? Aw, sure look it!
The photo of this gent (with, again, an attitude-lol-) was taken by Theodor Eismann, New York. The postcard was copyrighted in 1909 and sent the following March.
I’ve decided to take a picture of it instead of a scan, the golden tones come out better.
In fact, I ordered this card last July 1915, but the seller had misplaced it. I had completely given up on it but was very surprised to find out Marilyn of Etsy’s VintagenutsInc decided to send it to me at no cost when she found it again last month. So very nice of her!
A sepia tone hatted gent of the Gilded Age, on a cabinet photo with a flap. He has a tie pin and pins on the lapels, with a large brim hat he decided to pose with. This is a small portrait, about 2″ x 3″.
There is no photographer info or name, but by the tight coat and short lapels this looks like it was taken in the 1900s at most.
Photo Gallery crew. RPPC. Private Collection.
This looks to be a photo of a photographer’s crew posing inside their photo gallery, as the door reveals. What’s interesting too is the format of the picture. This may be an early example of real photo postcards. The dimensions and round edges are similar to a cabinet card but the photo was printed on real photo postcard paper so it’s flimsier. Maybe the photographer was exploring the new format with this picture. I’d date it to around 1895-1905.
I also think this room served several purposes. It was used to show off their work on the walls, but with the piano against the wall it could have been a waiting room as well as a room used for social events. By the piano there’s a beautiful profile portrait of a woman I wish I could see better!
Someone also took the time to identify everyone on this picture, starting from left to right. I digitally took the pencil numbers out from above their heads but here goes the list:
names of crew members.
I haven’t researched the names yet, but I hope to do so. Maybe I can find out what studio this was, or at the very least in what city it was located.