c. 1930-40 photo portrait. 3.25″ x 4″. Private Collection.
Someone wrote “Guess who?” on the back.
“Is this..? Oh my God, it is!” I imagine the recipient said when they first gazed at the portrait, and then a small smile formed in response to the genuine one on display.
This young man posed in his zipped up leather aviator jacket with a plaid scarf around the neck and dotted tie. His smile is endearing, with the hand tinted cheeks. Some say he bears a striking resemblance to Matt Damon. I can see it, do you?
Dandy boy in studio prop top hat. Private Collection.
This boy’s evening suit is well tailored, but his studio prop top hat adds a touch of humor to the look. What a cutie!
The cigarette was most likely a prop too (it looks lit but with no smoke). I would think responsible parents considered tobacco to be like alcohol and didn’t let their children start this early (I don’t think he’s even 10).
RPPC: AZO squares 1926-1940’s.
Snapshot. Private Collection.
A trio of buddies posing together in the sun by a river, with two in long coats, the third in an Oxford suit.
I’d date this 2.5 x 4.5″ snapshot to be from the 30’s or the early to mid 40’s.
“Mac” portrait. Private Collection.
Picture perfect “Mac” posing in three-quarter with the brilliantined hair. I’m in love with the grainy and thick paper of those period studio portraits, they are really beautiful in person.
4.5″ x 6″ snapshot of young rural worker. Private Collection.
I love this candid portrait. Of course I tend to say this about every picture in my collection, but this young worker was captured on a field, his clothes tattered and his hair greasy, and I doubt it was from pomade…yet in his humanity he’s absolutely gorgeous.
RPPC sized snapshot. Private Collection.
This is a cute, artistic snapshot probably taken in the 1930s or 40s, yet the young photographer holding the stylus looks like he’s standing next to what I believe is a wet plate collodion camera (so the snapshot is not of his reflection).
He looks like he’s getting ready to take a picture. In his days tintypes were already considered vintage.
Digital restoration work titled The Photographer With Wet Plate Camera by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Velox Snapshot. Private Collection.
A candid of a curly haired boy violinist in pajamas sitting in contre-jour by a tall and narrow window.
There’s some light reflection to the bottom, some fog and a ghost-like anomaly…maybe cigarette smoke…maybe not.
Digital restoration work titled The Boy Violinist In Pajamas by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.