Tag Archives: Brooklyn

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

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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.

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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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