21 Nov 2016
in 1870s, Facial Hair, Hats - Men, Men, Tintype
Tags: antique photo, bad boys, bank robbers, beards, bowler hat, hipsters, lumberjacks, mustache, tin type, tintype, vintage bad boys, vintage photo
This fine image is a tintype I found in the great Tennessee vacation haul at the World’s Longest Yard Sale. There was another woman and I who seemed to be on the same route, each of us rushing to find the photos at each individual stall. I felt lucky to find this great piece, because look at all the character here!
We have a stringy beard and hard, hard gaze on our seated fellow; a bowler hat hiding at the side of the young gent to the left; a droopy mustache on the standing fellow to the right; and oh, so much angst in the face of the kneeling dude.
These characters make me wonder and imagine what they were up to…was it no good? Did they go on to rob a bank or help the poor? They sure look like a group of vintage bad boys to me! It is impossible to know, but these great old pictures make us consider just who they were, don’t they?
01 Nov 2016
in 1940s, 1950s, Boats, Hats - Men, Men, Military Photos, Snapshots
Tags: antique photo, Johnson City TN, old photo, quarter deck, ship, starboard, vintage sailor, vintage sailor uniform
Item #1 – E. B. Scott
Item #2 – A sailor from Tennessee
Item #3 – E. B. Scott & another sailor
Item #4 – a deck shot
I found these photos in what I call “the great Tennessee vacation photo haul.” A couple months back I teased you about these, a large collection of photos I gathered at “the world’s longest yard sale” in Tennessee. I have a massive collection of photos and holiday cards to share with you, and these four seemed like a good place to start!
The photos have inscriptions, as follows:
Item #1 – Front labeled E. B. Scott
Item #2 – no inscription
Item #3 – The background is the Bay. The guy with me is Earl Scott from Johnson City, Tenn.
Item #4 – This was taken on the Starboard side of the Quarter Deck looking aft
Anyone who knows vintage military uniforms is welcome to comment on what you think may be the era of these photos/uniforms. As it is, I can’t really make a guess because the photos themselves follow a style that was popular for 20+ years.
06 Sep 2016
in Couples, CdV, 1860s, 1870s, Hats - Men, Hats - Women
Tags: cdv, wedding photo, old photograph, vintage wedding photo, antique photograph, carte de visite, young love, married couple
Up for your perusal today is a lovely young couple from Devon who sat for their photograph in the late 1860s or even early 1870s. I think. I’m basing my assessment on the woman’s clothing as usual, and her dress seems to show a skirt that is elliptical, possibly trending toward the early bustle period, but not quite there. We do know that as skirts got bigger, hats got smaller and taller, to try to counterbalance the eye being drawn to the skirt. This skirt is fairly plain, but the bodice has some lovely trims and of course the hat is quite delicious. This young wife also has earrings, a large bow at her throat and a pin holding that in place. I wish we could know what colors her dress was!
I assume it is her husband seated, as this is a somewhat personal pose, with her hands on his shoulders. He is wearing some type of uniform, I think. The cap looks a bit like a conductor’s cap, so perhaps he worked on the trains. He’s also got a vest and a necktie to complete his costume.
The photographer was J. Grey at 60 Union Street, Stonehouse, Devon.
08 Mar 2016
in 1860s, Boats, CdV, Ethnic Dress, Hats - Men, Hats - Women
Tags: antique photo, basket, cartes de visite, clogs, Dutch costume, Dutch ethnic clothing, Dutch photo, Netherlands, photo of a painting, vintage photo, wooden clogs, wooden shoes
This is another wonderful image from the San Diego photo buying extravaganza a few months back, and I’m sure you can guess why I picked it up. It’s funny, we were in a warehouse sized antique mall, stalls all over the place, but the photographs were the most busy section. I got there first and monopolized the CDVs as I made my first choices. The cuts were hard because there were so many good images, but in the end, I narrowed it down to 14 and kept it under my budget of $way to many dollars.
The photo could be a photo of a painting because it doesn’t have a true lifelike characteristic to it. The people are too perfect, the shading too soft in places, and there is no true depth behind them.
The photographer was Carl Phillipp Wollrabe of The Hague, Netherlands. I
know nothing about am not up on my Dutch but I believe the backmark indicates that Wollrabe photographed Prince Frederick of the Netherlands, and “the late king and queen of Sweden and Norway.” Here’s the text. If you read Dutch and google has got this wrong please let me know.
Z. K. H. Prins Frederik der Nederlanden
En wijlen z. m. den koning en koningin
van Zweden en Noorwegen
Wollrabe was in business from 1859 to 1887. His principle location was at Boekhorststraat 91 until 1887. His widow attempted to keep the business going in 1888, but I didn’t find reference to anything after this time. He primarily shot ambrotypes in the CDV format.
22 Feb 2016
in 1870s, CdV, Ethnic Dress, Eurenius & Quist, Hats - Men, Hats - Women, Men, Women
Tags: antique swedish photo, apron, embroidery, ethnic clothing, linen cap, old fashioned clothes, swedish clothing, swedish ethnic, top hat, vintage photographe
For your review is a fine image of the ethnic costume of Wingaker Sweden. Wingaker, or Vingåker as it is found in English language, is a town in the central southern third of Sweden.
I found images in the Cycopeadia of Costume that are quite similar to the dress on the middle subject of this image. The apron worn over the dress and the high cap she is wearing is referenced as “ordinary clothing.” I can assume this to mean every day clothing, but the author of this resourceful book spent literally half a sentence on the costume description, unfortunately. I would happily take input from anyone who knows anything about Swedish ethnic clothing, the linen caps, or anything else that can enlighten us.
The studio is once again Eurenius and Quist of Stockholm. There is faint text that references C. A. Soderman, Skulpt but I am unsure how that relates to the studio. Perhaps Eurenius and Quist purchased the image or licensed it from Soderman. I have no clue.
This photo and the previous one of the Norwegian clothing both have a faint pencil mark on the back that says MP but I have no idea what that means either. I wish I had been able to find other photographs by the studio or that referenced MP. It seems like they were once owned by the same person for some reason.
A Cyclopedia of Costume or Dictionary of Dress by James Robinson Planche, Publisher William Clowes and Son, 1879, pp 346
18 Feb 2016
in 1860s, CdV, Ethnic Dress, Eurenius & Quist, Hand tinted, Hats - Men, Hats - Women, Men, Wedding, Women
Tags: antique photo, apron, cdv, hand painted, norway, norwegian clothing, norwegian ethnic, top hat, vintage norwegian clothing, vintage photo
This wonderful cdv shows an ethnic costume from Norway. It has been carefully hand painted so as to bring out the navy colored breeches, green vest and red coat of the man, and the green, yellow and red decoration on the woman’s dress. The costumes are fascinating and were probably much more beautiful in person!
The photographer probably made a series of images of ethnic costumes, but this is the only painted image I came across during a recent trip to San Diego, CA. It does make me wonder how this particular cdv found its way from Sweden, where it was made, to almost the border between America and Mexico.I did a little bit of research on the costumes themselves and there is a rich and diverse ethnic costume tradition in Norway. These clothes could be wedding attire, as one website I found referenced women wearing a type of crown or headdress with their wedding clothes. The man’s costume looks similar to one I found from Sunnmøre in the southwestern part of the country. A person more familiar with the many regions and costumes of Norway can better pinpoint where these clothes were from.
The photographers were W. A. Eurenius & P. L. Quist of Stockholm. They were decorated photographers, with silver medals awarded them in 1865, 1866 and 1867. I have one other image from these photographers, also an ethnic costume. Come back soon and take a look.
Bunad – Norwegian Traditional Costumes – My Little Norway
A Cyclopedia of Costume or Dictionary of Dress by James Robinson Planche, Publisher William Clowes and Son, 1879, pp 344-348
15 Sep 2015
in 1870s, Gem tintype, Haberdasher, Hats - Men, Men, Tintype
Tags: ascot tie, bowler hat, bowtie, necktie, pince nez glasses, slouch hat, spectacles, vintage spectacles
A tip of the hat
For the final page of the wonderful Haberdasher’s album, we see the gentleman who first welcomed us to this fine repository of masculine imagery. He tips his hat as thought to say “farewell, dear traveler.” The other men on the page are once again overshadowed by the depth of character displayed by this fellow, but they cannot be overlooked. A solemn man, an intimidated youth and a slouching teen all bring this fine album to a close.
But, don’t you fear! I have been collecting some wonderful images and vintage calendars for an upcoming Girl Scout event and plan to share them here with you soon!
Click each image below to enlarge for greater detail.