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Brooklyn WWI era private signing document

RPPC. Private Collection.

RPPC. Private Collection.

A mystery as to what this private was handed and signed. Was the thick book a bible? A law book? This RPPC was glued to an album, effectively hiding the photographer info stamped on the back. All I can make out is the location of the studio in Brooklyn. I suspect the other two are related to him, his brothers?

Happy Veterans Day!

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

1890s William Maitland of Brooklyn

Cabinet photo detail. Private Collection.

Will Maitland. Cabinet photo detail. Kempf’s Photo-Art. Private Collection.

This is a large cabinet card measuring 4″ x 8″ with the picture taking the whole front. On the back this fine gentleman is IDed as Will Maitland. He looks proud with a hand on his hip. Larger pictures do make the fabrics and details stand out. Will is wearing what looks like a nice suit with two-toned buttons. His shoes don’t appear to be boots but have no laces either.

Photographer: Kempf’s Photo-Art – Gallery. 185 Myrtle Avenue. Artistic pictures of children a specialty.

Charles L. Kempf was a German born photographer who began operating a Brooklyn studio in at least the late 1870s, the studio was named after himself. He was listed in a Brooklyn business directory as early as 1874. A new business name, “Kempf’s Photographic Art Gallery” was established in the 1890′s and was in business until at least 1905. He is listed in some directories at 185 Myrtle Ave.; 627 Myrtle; and 177 Duffield, Brooklyn, NY (1888) (1889). Later under his business name at: Kempf’s Photo-Art Gallery, 185 Myrtle Ave. and 627 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, NY (1890s-1905).

Another card and more info on the photographer: The Cabinet Card Art Gallery

The Brooklynite dandy

Enhanced RPPC. Private collection.

1900s-1910s RPPC. Private collection.

This sophisticated New Yorker posed all smile in a slim fitting coat with a black cane in hand, the other hand in the coat pocket. The striped shirt adds a bit of pattern to the overall crisp look. A very classy and artistic portrait. No busy backdrop. Just him and it works.

Photographer: Strauss Studio. Brooklyn. New York.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

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Digital restoration work titled The Brooklynite Dandy by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

1909 Fraternity boy (?) from Brooklyn

1909 Fraternity boy (?) Personal collection.

1909 Fraternity boy (?) Private collection.


This one did not scan well. The process made the dark parts look like silver, so I toyed with it some. Does anyone out there know the pin he’s wearing? I’m guessing a fraternity by other examples I’ve seen.

An adult wrote the date on the back in pencil, then below it a toddler (I strongly assume) wrote it again, also in pencil. :)

Photographer: Oxford & Dillholfk. Brooklyn, N.Y.

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