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All cozy and bundled up for winter

Bundled up on a tintype. Private Collection.

Bundled up on a tintype. Private Collection.

An affectionate trio posing all bundled up with their overcoats, a knitted fringed scarf and a blanket. Brr! The two in front with their pork pie hat on look like they may have been brothers, the older one with the mustache. I like that the third pal in cap is resting his hands on the other two’s shoulders. There’s a good vibe out of this photograph.

(That scarf reminds me of Hogwarts ha ha)

This tintype is a 6th plate yet is taller than average. It measures 2.5″ by 4″.


Smiling Hans and Arthur in buffalo (or bear) fur coats

Hand & Arthur in Buffalo fur coats. RPPC. Private Collection.

Hans & Arthur in Buffalo fur coats. RPPC. Private Collection.

Buffalo or bear fur coats must have been heavy but did their job protecting the wearers against the deep freeze of Northern winters.

Sitters: Hans Tweet and Arthur Rusminssen

RPPC: ACME POSTCARD -divided back.


The bright eyed Edwardian violinist in the snow

Violinist in the snow. RPPC. Private Collection.

Violinist in the snow. RPPC. Private Collection.

This musician in his late teens has impossibly light eyes, accentuated by the bright lights of the snow covered yard or street. A beautiful portrait of him posing with his instrument.

A close up:

Detail. Private Collection.

Detail. Private Collection.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918


1912 15 years old Raymond and a good luck charm later tarnished by Hitler

Detail of RPPC

Detail of RPPC. Private Collection.

I thought him older but the note on the back of this RPPC reveals he was 15 and a half at the time the picture was taken. Must be the classic menswear and the serious expression.

He’s wearing a coat that still would be stylish today. On his head a russian style fur hat and yes, this is a swastika tie pin on him. I like pictures that prompt me to do research.  This pre-dates by two decades Hitler’s defamation of the symbol. The swastika bears so many meanings and was used in surprising ways.

Looking at the style of house behind him the boy was American, and this is not common knowledge, but apart from being an ancient Hindu symbol of good luck, the swastika has U.S. roots too.

The Navajo tribe used it (how they came about to using it would be interesting to find out too), and the 45th American National Guard infantry unit adopted the symbol in the 1910s as a tribute to Native Americans. That’s right, they wore a swastika as their patch, at least until Hitler unfortunately adopted it in the 30s. They then replaced it with a Thunderbird. Also, aviators used to pin it on as a lucky charm.

Why Raymond wore it? For the same reason mentioned: a good luck charm.

Raymond in the snow. RPPC. Private collection.

Raymond in the snow. RPPC. Private collection.

With a sweet note to his grandma

To his grandmother -aw.

Raymond may look all grown up on this picture, but when you still count your age in half years…!

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918


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