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His Burden to Carry


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.

Cuffed and Affectionate



Unidentified man with leather cuff and Ed Huskell. RPPC. Private Collection.

Of course, what I noticed first is the greatly detailed leather cuff. Was it purely a fashion statement, or did it have a more practical use? The unidentified man with the cuff is posing with his left arm on Ed Huskell (or Hushell)’s shoulder. The pose is casually affectionate with Ed leaning into his friend.

Ed is IDed on the back as the husband of Stella, and father of  Beatrice (1912), Lonnie (1913), Flo Etta (1915), Phyllis (1917) and David McKeith (1924).

McKeith does seem like a strange choice for a middle name.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

1910s Mankato fraternity brothers

Mankato. RPPC. Private Collection.

1910s Fraternity brothers. Mankato. RPPC. Private Collection.

Well dressed handsome fraternity brothers proudly displaying their banner. Big boy in the middle has a ribbon on his coat.

Ever wondered why some suits still have a buttonhole on the left lapel? There you have it. This piece of jewelry has gone by the wayside but boutonnieres are still widely used on special occasions.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918. Mankato, Minnesota.

1910s Vito Corleone

Robert de Niro as Vito Corleone digital real photo postcard by C.Ryan.

Robert de Niro as Vito Corleone digital real photo postcard by C.Ryan.

No, really. ;) Ok, so this isn’t really a vintage picture, but I was bored tonight and decided to play with Photoshop. Even though I only started collecting vintage pictures this year, I’m influenced by and always loved period films and books. And of course, Vito Corleone is one of my favorite characters! I had to do a real photo postcard of him, as portrayed by Robert de Niro. The background is a detail of a photograph taken of Pell Street, in the Chinatown of New York’s Lower East Side in the 1910s.

Modeling for the camera

The model pose. RPPC. Private Collection.

The model pose. RPPC. Private Collection.

This RPPC has some silvering to it, but this dandy’s pose and layered look with the dress shirt made it too good to pass.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

Peekaboo Bust

Peekaboo bust. RPPC. Private Collection.

Peekaboo bust. RPPC. Private Collection.

Oh, yes, I know…this RPPC is in terrible condition! Yet there’s more to it than what first appears! Of course we see the three posing buddies to the right, and then there’s this man in the store behind the front windowpane. Why is he posing from the inside? Was he curious and thought he wouldn’t appear on the picture?

And then, and then…wait! Isn’t this a white bust peeking on the side. It looks as if it slid from behind the corner to take a look at what’s going on. :)

"Yoohoo! I want in, I want in!"

“Yoohoo! I want in, I want in!”

And looking closely, there’s a fifth creepy looking guy in the shadow of the store entryway. And a third grinning face by the guy in the window -pareidolia or something else? ;)

On the back is written “Tripo-Center”.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

Happy Halloween! 

A tiny remnant of our friendship


1″ x 2.5″ photo strip. Private Collection.

Those tiny photo strips feel so fragile in hand. One wonders how they survived a hundred years without being destroyed. I love these two. Obviously they were quite close. Yet we don’t know their names or a shred of their lives.

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