Glimpses of Latvian culture

The cabinet card above came from Latvia, which was part of the Russian Empire until the end of the First World War in November 1918.  The photo was probably taken in the 1890s.  The men are most likely Latvian, but it's hard to say for sure.  If only we could hear them play.... The following... Continue Reading →

Tamara and her little sister

I joked in an earlier post about sibling portraits being amusing, but a more appropriate adjective for this studio portrait might be "intense."  Looking at the back, the postcard was likely printed in the United States.  A note is written in a young hand in Russian: "To dear Grandma and Grandpa from Tamara."

Mountain farm (Carpathian?)

My guess would be that the photo on this postcard was taken in Eastern Europe, possibly in the Carpathian mountains.  The Carpathians stretch from Czechia down through parts of Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Romania, with Romania containing just over half the range (51%). At first glance the buildings seem to be in some disrepair,... Continue Reading →

Automate à musique (WWI)

This German Feldpost (field/military) postcard is dated Aug. 19, 1916.  A group of infantrymen is being entertained by a man in civilian clothes holding a music box with the words "Automate à musique" on the front.  Perched calmly on top of the music box is a black and white cat.  A second man in civilian... Continue Reading →

Three friends in Greenfield, Massachusetts

This cabinet card was made by Benjamin F. Popkins (1822-1905), the first photographer to set up a professional studio in Greenfield.  The sitters aren't identified.  The photo was accompanied by two additional cabinet cards by Popkins, showing one of the women from different angles.  All three portraits may have belonged to her, or the three... Continue Reading →

Young nun in Bourgogne

This ethereal CDV portrait was made by A. Brossut of Digoin, Bourgogne (Burgundy).  The young woman isn't identified.  I found a few references online to "A. Brossut, éditeur," but no other information about the photographer.  

Tennis and tea in Hampshire, England

Since the U.S. Open tennis championship is ending this weekend, here's a CDV from the relatively early days of the sport.  The family isn't identified, but the photo was taken by Samuel Whitbread of Havant, Hampshire.  CDVs were common from the 1860s through the 1880s, and I haven't found dates for Whitbread's studio, so it's... Continue Reading →

Votes for Women!

This postcard came from the estate of Hazel Alberts Peterson (1898-1989).  The photo was taken in front of the Young Ladies' Hall at Seattle Seminary, a Free Methodist secondary school that was expanding at this time along with the booming new city nearby.  Hazel Alberts is the girl in white who is seated on the... Continue Reading →

Escape to the rainforest (3 of 3)

This postcard shows a group of Seattle Pacific College students on a hiking trip in the temperate rainforest near Seattle.  The photo may not have been taken during the same trip as the photos in the two previous posts, but was likely taken within a year or two. The postcard came from the estate of... Continue Reading →

Escape to the rainforest (2 of 3)

This postcard shows a group of Seattle Pacific College students on a hiking trip in the temperate rainforest near Seattle.  The image was reproduced in the June 1914 school yearbook, The Cascade, in a feature titled "Jolly Hikers." The postcard came from the estate of Hazel Alberts Peterson (1898-1989).  For more information about Hazel and... Continue Reading →

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