Tag Archives: 1910s

A fashionable Edwardian gentleman

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RPPC. Private collection.

A nice portrait of a gentleman from the 1900’s. He’s wearing a sack jacket with a white waistcoat, completing the put-together look with patterned socks, which stand out in this shot. To the modern eye, the pattern looks like can tabs!

 

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What’s not to love? II

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A Cocker Spaniel and his owner. 1910’s RPPC. Private Collection.

So sweet! This real photo postcard dates from the late 1910’s, this young gent in cap and dotted bowtie casually posing with his Cocker Spaniel companion, on the steps of a house’s front porch. He’s not looking at the camera but is posing like one would in a modern photoshoot!

This is the third photo in this collection of gents from the period with their beloved pets. The others are here and here.


On the Packard arcade studio car

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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.

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Close-up. Click to enlarge.

RPPC: AZO triangles. 1904-1918

Photographer: Slater’s Interurban Post Card Studio. 430 Superior St. Toledo, Ohio.


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.


An Intense Stare

 

RPPC. Private Collection.

RPPC. Private Collection.

This Edwardian gent looks focused yet relaxed at the same time, He has this “stare into your soul” expression.

Note the heels on those boots.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918


Three 1900s Carrington N.D. university students in their busy room

Fraternity room. RPPC. Private Collection.

Carrington, North Dakota, university students. RPPC. Private Collection.

I love indoor shots, especially when they show how photographs were displayed.  These three students are most likely standing in their fraternity house’s common room or dormitory. Besides the three subjects there are three cabinet photos on the dresser behind them, with a clock in the middle.  In the mirror above is the reflection of a cuckoo’s clock on the opposite wall (a little hard to see unless you use a looking glass). There’s also a display of real photo postcards on the back wall; street views, mountain views, greeting cards. I can’t help but think this was their “Facebook wall”. :)

And you have the lace curtains on the window along with their two banners, one facing indoor and the other facing outside for everyone to see. The last word on that one looks to be Merris.

The RPPC is divided with no stamp box. I believe this was taken in the mid to late 1900s.


His Burden to Carry

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RPPC. Private Collection.

A third close-up portrait from the 1910s, but unlike the cheery duo of earlier this poor young man is far from happy.

He looks like he struggled with trauma and/or alcoholism. Had he seen things he’d rather forget but cannot?

Although he couldn’t be older than in his mid-twenties, he has pronounced dark circles under his eyes, no doubt from lack of sleep.

His distress transcends time, and this portrait begs to tell us a story. But what was it?

To note: his pinned tie over the butterfly collar drapes wonderfully.


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