Siblings in harmony

I'm guessing they're siblings, but I can't say for sure.  This early cabinet card photo came from a collection of musical ephemera in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Two other posts featuring photos from the same collection are Music and baseball in the forest and "Waldfreunde" Mandolin Orchestra (1922).) Do their outfits suggest any particular place of origin? Despite... Continue Reading →

King Lear and Cordelia?

When I saw this cabinet card from the United Kingdom, I immediately assumed it must have come from a Victorian production of Shakespeare's King Lear.  The tragic play revolves around the relationship between the king and his youngest daughter, Cordelia.  I spent some time looking for images of historical productions of the play, but found... Continue Reading →

“Hop picking, Leeds area”

This carte-de-visite came to me from Massachusetts, but it didn't originate there.  The title of the post is taken from a handwritten note on the back. Update: Readers all agree that the location referred to was most likely the village of Leeds in Kent:   The British Hop Association has the following information on its website: The... Continue Reading →

Love in silhouette

This carte-de-visite came to me from England (Northamptonshire), but it has nothing written on it to identify the sitter or photographer.  The photo (print) was cut into an oval shape and glued onto a paper mount with an oval frame design already printed on it.  Such cartes were generally made after someone had died, as... Continue Reading →

Poised and confident in Porto, Portugal

I found this carte-de-visite for sale in Massachusetts, which is the state with the second-highest number of Portuguese Americans (after California).  Who was this elegant young woman, posing confidently at an instrument a century and a half ago?  And what kind of instrument was it, exactly?  It looks too narrow to be a piano, yet... Continue Reading →

“Waldfreunde” Mandolin Orchestra (1922)

This photo came from a collector of banjos and musical ephemera in Boston, Massachusetts.  The names of the men in the photo are written on the back, along with the following inscription: Andenken an den Touristenverein Waldfreunde (Feuerbach) im Jahr 1922 This translates roughly to "Souvenir of the Waldfreunde touring group in the year 1922." ... Continue Reading →

S.S. Corwin in the Ice, June 1908

Within the image area of this postcard, the photographer inscribed the negative: "S.S. Corwin in the Ice June -08-".  He also signed it in the lower right corner: "By J.C. Wats".  Was his name Watson? Underneath the image, the sender wrote: "June 23/08  Well but Busy  C.H."   There's a lot of information online about... Continue Reading →

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