Performers in Chicago

The group above isn't identified and the photo has faded quite a bit.  The only information on the cabinet card is the name and address of the Chicago studio of William L. Koehne (1869-1965) and Charles F. Bretzman (1867-1934).  The partnership between the two photographers began by 1894 and ended in 1899 or very early... 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 →

Faded festivity

This cabinet card came to me from Spokane, Washington, but it has nothing written or printed on it to indicate its origin.  The costumes might be Norwegian (or Norwegian-American).  The faded sepia print doesn't do them justice, but it's all that remains of their beauty and artistry.    

The artist in the mirror (Adolphe Braun)

This carte-de-visite is part of a series called "Costumes de Suisse," published around 1869 by French photographer Adolphe Braun (1812-1877).  Braun's studio was in Alsace, France, in the village of Dornach, near the borders with Germany and Switzerland.  Each photo in the series presents a young woman in a traditional costume from a particular Swiss... Continue Reading →

Musician with Tanjore tambura

This 19th-century photograph was printed on very thin paper and glued to a stiffer paper mount.  At some point the mount was trimmed to the dimensions of a postcard, possibly so that it would fit into an album.  The back is blank.  I bought it from a dealer in Suffolk, England, who couldn't tell me... Continue Reading →

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