When you first see this carte-de-visite from the early 1860s, you might get the feeling that something isn't quite right. That's because the four men in the photo are wearing clothes from a different era. I'm not sure, but I think they're dressed in styles from the period of the American Revolution, almost a century... Continue Reading →
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 →
If only we could see the colors of her dress! She must have made it to attract attention to her cause. Her hat has words sewn on it -- I can read LITTLE and HELPS -- so it may read EVEN A LITTLE HELPS. She's holding a donation box with words printed above a cross... Continue Reading →
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.
This cabinet card portrait was made at the studio of Sweet & Kinloch in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute ("N.B." refers to North Britain). A genealogy of the Sweet Family in the West of Scotland identifies one of the studio owners as Charles Sweet (1864-1945). Born in Glasgow, Charles opened his studio in Rothesay in... Continue Reading →
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 →
If you encountered three enchanting ladies in a wood at dusk, and they offered to tell your fortune, would you accept? In the land of Hans Christian Andersen, anything is possible.... I have yet to find any information about the photographer, P. Christensen. Sonderburg is the German name for the town of Sønderborg, in... Continue Reading →
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 →
In the previous post we were in Glasgow, the most populous city in Scotland. Today we're 280 miles (450 km) to the south, in north Wales, near the seaside resort town of Llandudno. The cabinet card photograph above was taken by William Laroche & Sons. William Sylvester Laroche opened his first studio in Llandudno around 1872. ... Continue Reading →
The day of the party has arrived. She and her friends have been working on their dresses for weeks. "Let's take pictures!" "I don't know, I have a lot of things left to do. Maybe later." "It'll only take a few minutes to set up the camera. We might be too busy later." "You're right. ... Continue Reading →
Exactly 91 years ago today, a group of marvelous children appeared in Kladno, Czechoslovakia. Witnesses told of fairies, a knight, a princess, and even a jester! A few locals managed to get their picture taken with the fantastic troupe. Then the magical visitors went back to the world they had come from, and the day... Continue Reading →
This carte-de-visite was made by Jacob Lundbergh (1828-1904) in Stockholm. According to his Swedish Wikipedia page, he worked as a professional photographer for eleven years (1861-1872), becoming famous for his portraits of actors, singers and other cultural figures. His brother, Bernhard Lundbergh, was an opera singer with the Royal Theater.