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New York City back of train trio with a Wilson whiskey bottle

New Yorkers and a Wilson whiskey bottle RPPC. Private Collection.

Holding Wilson whiskey bottle in New York City. RPPC. Private Collection.

My, oh my…How long did this bottle stay unopened? A New York minute.

Wilson Whiskey label

Wilson Whiskey label of the era


Back of RPPC

Photographer: High Grade Postal Studio. 134 East 14th Street. N.Y.C.

Backdrop Artist: N. Wortman Prop. First time I see the backdrop artist credited!


Ratted Out!

RPPC. Private Collection.

RPPC. Private Collection.

Back note.

Here is what your man is doing continually, better come home and take care of him. Confidential – A friend.

Somebody got in trouble with the wifey! BFF Miss E. decided against signing her full name for fear of repercussions. Rat!

RPPC: AZO squares 1926-1940s

Too much wine?

I never said I was above good ole juvenile humor. ;)

Too much wine? RPPC. Private Collection.

Too much wine? RPPC. Private Collection.

Yes, I collect the good, the bad and the ugly. Here you have it, these gents are lounging around, each a bottle in hand, the fifth suffering the consequence of too much drinking. Basic laws of physics tell me the barf was staged. ;)

I can see how this picture came about. They saw the bowl in the kitchen and someone said “this looks like barf, ma!”, then another said “Wait! I have an idea! Where’s my camera?”

But what was in that ceramic wash bowl? I’m not sure I want to know…

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

Sharing a flask

CDV detail

CDV detail

A detail of a CDV, two buddies sharing a flask, the one on the left with the Windsor tie and the knowing smile!

1890s Swedish worker pals having a beer

Swedish workers. CDV. Private Collection.

Swedish workers. CDV. Private Collection.

Three Swedish working class young men holding a dark beer in their hand. The boy on the right looks a little stiff. They didn’t change for the photo, wearing their day to day clothes, shirts still dirty with well used shoes.


Photographer: Swante Hoeger. Stromstad. Sweden.

‘Drink this, it’ll put hair on your chest, son.’

Father and son in top hats. Tintype. Private Collection.

Father and son in top hats with a stiff drink. Private Collection.

Teaching the boy the grown-up ways! This father is posing with his little man with the adult sized top hat on his head, and he’s acting like he’s going to share a stiff drink with him. He found it humorous to pose with his son this way, and I do too! His son is holding on to the hat and looking at the bottle with keen interest!

After the picture I see the dad giving a sip to his eager boy and laughing at his reaction, and the little one saying “Eww…how can you drink this, dad?!”.

This tintype is quite endearing, and -bonus!- it has top hats. The father has that cheeky Harrison Ford smile too, doesn’t he?

It’s easy to imagine the son holding on to this photograph throughout his life, and with a fond memory of that day.

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Digital restoration work titled “Drink This, It’ll Put Hair On Your Chest Son” by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

1890s Bohemia

1/6th plate. Private Collection.

1890’s 1/6th plate tintype. Private Collection.

The photographer caught them a bit blurry, but there’s enough here to imagine what these two were like.

They’re posing exactly the same with their beer bottle in one hand and cigar in the other. The young man on the left is wearing a striped black shirt with the white collar and a loud plaid tie he looks to have creatively tied like a small bowtie by the neck! And he’s not wearing the typical waistcoat either, choosing to let his tie do the talking.

And his friend with the black and white striped turtleneck under the coat. They both look unconventional; artists perhaps, or just on the fringe…Maybe a couple. For example, from what I read of Victorian and Edwardian New York, working class men who advertised their homosexuality accessorized with unconventionally loud patterns or colors -checkerboard waistcoats, red ties,etc… I wish I could see these two in color because what looks like black on a tintype could have been any loud color like red or purple.

They both parted their hair in the middle too instead of the typical side part. Whoever they were, what a pair!

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