Medical team in Pirmasens, Germany

This boudoir card photograph came to me from Maine.  The boudoir card format appeared in the mid-1880s as a slightly larger and more expensive alternative to cabinet cards.  The larger size was particularly suitable for group portraits.*  This one was taken in the town of Pirmasens, Germany, near the border with France.  The studio belonged... Continue Reading →

Light in the darkness (WWI)

This postcard came to me from a dealer in Pennsylvania who specializes in photographs from Russia and Eastern Europe. He said the photo was Russian, which made sense. The only woman in the photo is wearing what appears to be a Russian nurse's outfit from the First World War. But who were the men, and... 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 →

Elfenreigen (Dance of the Fairies)

The closest English equivalent of the German word Elfenreigen would be "fairy round dance," although Elfenreigen is also sometimes translated as "dance of the elves."  "Carlsberg" may have been the location where this photo was taken.  A very kind visitor to the blog (bradwardine42) left a comment under the post with the following information: I... Continue Reading →

Automate à musique (WWI)

This German Feldpost (field/military) postcard is dated Aug. 19, 1916.  Infantrymen are 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 clothes stands a... Continue Reading →

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