1/6th plate tintype. c. 1880’s. Private Collection.
A close-up portrait of two collarless gents smoking cigars. The one on the right looks like he shouldn’t be messed with! By comparison, his friend looks much more approachable. And Mr. Tough has his hand on his friend’s shoulder, a protective and dominant gesture? He comes off as the leader of the two.
They didn’t bother to change into better garbs either, a rip is prominent on the pants. Once again, what their lives were like is mystery, yet one can’t help but wonder.
Thomas Hofer Fulpmes cabinet card. Private Collection.
This turn of the century group of five teens, three smoking long porcelain pipes, seems to be enjoying a lazy day lounging around on the grass. Their homburgs and fedoras look more 1920s-30s, which I find perplexing. I’m not excluding the possibility this cabinet card is post period and from the 20s, even if their suits would look a bit dated in less rural areas.
This photo was taken by Thomas Hofer in Fulpmes, Austria. I googled a bit about Fulpmes and was taken aback by how gorgeous this mountain village is. Today it has just over 4,000 residents, mostly fueled by tourism. I imagine it was much smaller a century ago.
This is what these boys saw every day:
(only slightly jealous :-)
But to come back to the card…The picture takes the whole front, the photographer info on a back stamp. To me the grass appears brown and battered from the melted snow of long winter months. Was this taken in early spring?
6″ x 4.5″cabinet card
back of card stamp.
The photographer called himself an “amateur”. Perhaps he was only taking photographs for his own pleasure and did not own a business, or he was just starting out.
Soldier with rifle. Snapshot. Private Collection.
I’m not sure what country this soldier was from. I think he’s from the 70’s (off another picture I’ve seen of another with the same uniform), but I liked the pose and expression enough to get it.
The seller is based in Russia. This was most likely a soldier of one of the bordering countries. He’s smoking a cigarette with his rifle on the lap, bag to the side.
Austrian boy with very high collar & cigarette. CDV. Personal Collection.
A thick late period CDV of a dapper Austrian boy. He’s wearing a high collar and white tie that together elongate his silhouette. His jacket’s wrinkled but his gentlemanly appearance is complete with a straw boater hat, buttonhole jewelry chain and a cane tucked on his arm.
The backdrop is plain and looks like a painted room corner.
This card reminds me of the German one.
Photographer: Atelier Tegeffhoff. Inh. F. Jelinek. Vienna. Austo-Hungarian Empire.
These sepia (but I’ll say peach) tinted real photo postcards are gorgeous, the color is soothing to the eye. The first of two smoking lovers breathes the 20s -pun. I look at it and hear Scott Joplin’s “Easy Winners”.
The second features the same man and the same woman but without her brunette wig (or she put on a blonde one, whichever). She’s wearing a different dress too, but the ring on her left hand is the same. The male model is wearing a different suit too.
Digital restoration work titled The Peach Embrace by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
CDV. Private Collection.
A CDV that looks like a mini cabinet card with the embossing on the front. This one is of an about 12 year old boy who graduated from knickerbockers to a grown up suit a bit too large for him (smart parents).
But the kid made sure he looked the part with a cigar, holding it like all the adults did on pictures.
They started young…
Photographer: J. Zimmermann. Eggenfelden. Germany.
A candid photo I’ve seen and digitally fixed up a bit. What’s more stereotypical of the 30s than a man in a fedora smoking a cigarette?