A book which still reverberates

I found this cabinet card portrait for sale on eBay in England (Northamptonshire) in January of this year.  Books are common props in 19th-century studio portraits, but titles are usually too blurry to read, even after scanning them at high resolution.  In this case, the book is large enough that the title is easily readable... Continue Reading →

Woman with vase

The unidentified young woman in this photograph is wearing a drop-waist dress and a Marcel Wave hairstyle, hallmarks of the flapper era of the 1920s.  The photograph is about the size of a postcard, but it was printed on plain photo paper, rather than postcard stock.  It came to me from a dealer in Pennsylvania who often... Continue Reading →

Camp Savitz

This professional photograph was taken at Camp Savitz, a retreat owned by Glassboro Normal School in Glassboro, New Jersey.  A stamp on the back says "Harvey W. Porch, Photographer, Bridgeton, New Jersey."  A young woman at the front is holding a copy of The Oak, the school yearbook.  The cover of The Oak changed every... Continue Reading →

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