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Three 1920s studio portraits of adorable Cecil Brown from Topeka, Kansas

You know ‘Freckles’ had to be his nickname, that or ‘Ginger’ ;). This is a cute trio of portraits from the 1920s of young Cecil Brown from Topeka, Kansas. Cecil is not the usual type you’ll find in my collection but I could not resist his portraits. There’s something so loveable about him! He makes me want to smile, and my followers know just how much I love people smiling and laughing on pictures! These portraits taken at different times give off the feeling Cecil was generally of nice temperament.

The first is Cecil in his cap and bowtie, with his signature on the side. On the second he’s laughing, and on the last one he looks a tad older but this could just be my impression. He still has a smile on his face. The town and state are written down on the back of the first one.

These are photobooth size studio portraits. I believe them to be late 20s, early 30s.

An early photo strip

Private Collection.

Private Collection.

A cute photo strip circa I’d say 1905-1910, of a curly haired gent having fun playing with the concept. The shots are oval which I find interesting. This one measures 1″ 1/4 by 4″.

The Eavesdropping Two

Cabinet card. Private Collection.

1890s-1900s Cabinet card. Private Collection.

More ladies than gents on this beautiful cabinet card of what looks like three sisters and their brother with the light bowler. They’re posing in a fun and unusual way.

That or actors? I cleaned up and enhanced this one. The lady in front moved some and is a bit blurry, but ever-so-slightly.

The front and back are blank on white card stock.

Cabinet card.

Cabinet card.

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

Reading a long letter at Elk Lake, Oregon

RPPC. Private Collection.

1908 C.J Catlow at Elk lake, Oregon. RPPC. Private Collection.

This cute RPPC was posted on Christmas Eve 1908 and took two days to get to its destination (stamped twice). This is C.J. Catlow reading a three page letter while lounging on studio grass. He sent a Merry Christmas note to another family member, Chester Leroy Catlow from Ephrata, Washington.

C.J. was at Elk Lake in Oregon (as hand written on the picture I edited out), and this was most likely taken at a studio nearby. The postcard was mailed from Salem.

Looking at the shells on his belt, he may have been on a hunting trip.

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Digital restoration work titled Reading A Long Letter At Elk Lake, Oregon by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

‘I am your honey’

“I am your honey”. Private Collection.

This is just too cute of a picture. This handsome gent is being all cheeky holding his sign. I hope he gave this to the lady of his heart, wouldn’t you be all smile to receive something like this?

This is a tiny picture, 1″ 1/4 by 1″ 1/2. Maybe from a photo strip.

1915 photo strip of smiling young man

Super early, super tiny photobooth. Private Collection.

Super tiny photo booth style strip. Dated 1915. Private Collection.

A cute early example of a photobooth style photo strip. Look at this one with the wide engaging smile. And he looks younger with his hat on!

Apart from the subject, what makes this photo strip interesting is that it is dated 1915 on the back in pencil. This means this strip was taken a good eleven years before inventor Anatol Josephewitz (later Josepho) patented his machine and opened the infamous New York based automated Photomaton Studio dubbed “Broadway’s greatest quarter-snatcher”. As many as 7,000 New Yorkers a day stood in line to experience his machine, and by the end of the first year Mr. Josepho had made a swell million dollars (in yesterday’s money!) contracting his machine for expansion Ok, I’m getting sidetracked here..!

I’d like to find out why strips like this one existed before the era of the Photomaton, but info on photo strips taken prior to Josepho’s invention isn’t readily available online. This particular example is very tiny. Each photo is about 1 inch by 1 inch. I think these were proofs for larger versions to be ordered, but the portrait poses look informal, like taken at a photobooth…


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