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Lot 45


Extraordinary cdv showing the photographic studio of Leaman and Lee located in Reading, PA.  The backmark reads “Patton and Lee which operated at the 538 Penn location in 1866.” This would have been George W. Patton who, according to Craig’s Registry, was a daguerreotypist in Reading.  By 1868 William K. Leaman had joined Ernest Lee in business according to the Langdon’s list of photographers. This spectacular image shows four very self-assured men posed under the drug store sign. The middle window of the second floor has a man staring at the camera just below the 538 Gallery sign. Is this Patton, Leaman or Lee?  We will never know for sure but it certainly adds another element to this content-packed piece. The studio windows showcase numerous framed examples of the photographers’ work in various formats. The sign above the door of the studio reads, Graeff and Herb Agents, Compounders of the Wild Cherry Gentian Bitters, A Sure Cure for Dyspepsia and weak Stomach. The sign on the left identifies the druggist as WM.J. Thirwetcher, Deustche Apotheke which is of course a German Pharmacy. Numerous other signs are visible including one that advertises a hair restorer!  The cdv itself is in excellent condition with very nice tones and contrast. The back mark has a negative number 5686 in pencil along with an anchor symbol with waves surrounding it and the word hope at the top.  This is a rare prized studio image with amazing detail that would enhance any collection. 


opening bid: $300

current bid: $300

 


Lot 46


Fabulous cdv of what appears to be a drawing or painting of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson posed in profile.  It is identified in type on the back of the mount along with a pencil inscription that reads, “Suffragist, Born 1842, Died 1932.”  Dickinson was an early women’s rights activist along with being a very vocal advocate for the abolition of slavery. Her father was strongly against slavery and died when Anne was just two years old.  Her mother instilled these same values into all their children and Anne was an extremely vocal opponent, even challenging Lincoln’s early moderate policies while publicly supporting him. She was the first woman to speak before Congress at the age of twenty one. Besides being a skilled lecturer she was also an actress.  The image is in very good condition although it has been trimmed on the sides. No photographer identification.  


opening bid: $50

current bid: $

 

 


Lot 47


Exceptional occupational cdv of a young surveyor posed with his transit while taking note of his measurements.  We are sure the photographer appreciated his attention to detail regarding the expansion of his studio into the next building!  This lad certainly seems focused on his new trade and that attention surely came in handy in his detail-oriented profession. The image is dated “1881” on the back in period ink. It is in very good plus condition with great tones and contrast. There is small pinhole at the top center where it was hung at one time and some spots and light surface wear seen at an angle along with some paper residue on the back of the mount.  By Meallar, Rockford, IL. 


opening bid: $30

current bid: $30

 


Lot 48


Creative photographic advertising cdv for the studio of R.D. Beem, Greenville, OH.  We love the mirrored double exposure photo of Breem in a cheek to cheek pose! The image is in very good plus condition with the edges obviously trimmed. 


opening bid: $50

current bid: $85


Lot 49


Rare whimsical cdv of a copy of the menu from Henry’s Free Lunch, 223 North Third Street, St. Louis, MO.  The owner is stated as Henry Brueggestradt. At the top, in the food illustration, it reads Bill of Fare and the dishes are hilarious to say the list.  We love the Cold Dishes section which lists Broken Ice, Cold Ice, Raw Ice, and Ice Berg.  For Roast we see Scared Cow, and Chickens Forty-Eight Years Old. Entrees include Locusts on Half Shell, Spider Toes and Horse Blankets Fricasseed.  We would love to know the story behind this entertaining spoof - hopefully someone has some details to share.  Regardless, you won’t find a better conversation piece.  The image is in very good condition with some surface wear and slightly dark. 


opening bid: $35

current bid: $35

 


Lot 50


We are very intrigued by this cdv showing a parade through the streets of Pittsfield, NH.  While these local parades were commonplace, we are curious about the commemoration as there are a number of strange costumes. On the one hand we see a man in front and to the left wearing a General Custard mask with full uniform and holding a sword. In the back we see a clown strutting with an umbrella. In the front of him on the left are a number of men in masks wearing Native American headdress.  On the other side we see women wearing white masks and a guy further ahead in a similar mask and a complete white outfit that is slightly oversized.  A couple of men in the front carriage are playing flutes and there might be a boy or two wearing fake mustaches.  Our first thought is Halloween but this seems too much of a celebration for that particular holiday during this time period.  This is an entertaining image that is in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast.  By H. W. Osgood, Pittsfield, N.H. It appears that Henry Osgood worked in Pittsfield at least from the 1860’s through the 1870’s.


opening bid: $50

current bid: $170

 


Lot 51


Hilarious photographic advertising cabinet card for the studio of George F. Sterling of West Bay City, MI.  We see Sterling’s daughter photographed in a number of entertaining poses along with a handwritten ad which reads, “Compliments of Geo. F. Sterling W.B.C., I’se no boy, I’se be Jessie Sterling and my Papa makes pictures of little boys and girls, and lots of picture frames to put them in.” There is a small modern pencil genealogy included on the back that states that George was born in Ontario, and David Tinder’s Michigan Directory lists him there as a photographer in from 1881-82.  He move to in West Bay City in 1884.  The note also lists his children: Jessie was born in July 1889 and the back of the card reads that her photo was taken at two and a half years old which would date this card to late 1891 or early 92.  There is also a small photo similar to a photo booth image included with no id.  The cabinet card is in very good minus condition with some spots as seen.  There is also rounding on the top two corners.  A desirable photographic advertising image that will certainly make you smile! 


opening bid: $85

current bid: $85

 


Lot 52


Divine cabinet card showing the medals awarded to Cleveland photographer J. F. Ryder.  While most of the coin-style presentation pieces are from Ohio we would love to know the origin of the large egg shaped trophy. If anyone has seen this before please let us know. The awards are also illustrated on the back of the card with his identification. We see ones for daguerreotype, heliography, photograph in oil and photographer. The image is in excellent minus condition with decent tones. Quite a delightful still life that advertises a long, illustrious career in photography that is not often seen!


opening bid: $55

current bid: $210

 


Lot 53



Great cabinet card of a gentleman by Harry Shepherd, the first African American photographer in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Historical Society.  Their website states, “The story of Harry Shepherd’s career as a photographer began in 1887 when he walked into Mr. Weatherby’s People’s Photographic Gallery and made Weatherby an offer: If Weatherby would make Harry Shepherd a partner in the People’s Gallery, Shepherd would clear all of Weatherby’s debts and accumulate enough revenue to buy the business within sixty days.  In one month the debts were paid, and by the end of the second month Shepherd owned the People’s Gallery outright.”   This dapper man is dressed in formal Midwestern attire with a slicked-down hairstyle and sporting a large bushy mustache. The image is in excellent minus condition with very nice tones and contrast. There is a hint of surface wear when viewed at an angle in strong light.  


opening bid: $40

current bid: $40



Lot 54



Stellar occupational cabinet card of three craftsmen posed in front of one of the best 19th century storefronts we have ever seen.  We are assuming Mr. Hill, the tailor, is in the middle, standing rather nonchalantly and holding a pair of shears.  Possibly W.A. Hendrick, the shoe repairman, is standing on the left and W.B Vail, the painter, on the right.  Vail is a talented artist with an original folk art style which certainly has a Western feel.  The window display for Hill has a hilarious word play sign which reads “I Dye to Live.”  We also see numerous dress and suit illustrations in the window with advertising for pants pressed while you wait and silk waists cleaned.  One last sign on the door intrigues us. It reminds us of a recruiting poster with a man pointing his finger that reads “Look Here” with other writing that we can’t quite decipher. Content is definitely not lacking with this image! It is in very good condition with decent tones and contrast. There is some spotting seen at the top along with a small corner scrape on the top left of the photo. There is no identification. 


opening bid: $90

current bid: $410

 


Lot 55


Great occupational cabinet card of three men posed in front of J.H Stern’s barbershop. We are tempted to say Mr. Stern is the older gentleman on the left and the young men are his sons but we will let you be the judge. The young tall man on the far right wears the typical white coat we would see on a barber or a barber surgeon/dentist that still operated during this time period.  We also see a poster for the Bijou Theater in the window although we can’t see the title of the show. Reflections in the bottom windows of the door show a building across the street but the top transits suggest there are possibly snow covered rocks above indicating a more mountainous area. However, this could also just be an abstract pattern of the heavier style glass reflected in the sun. The image is in very good minus condition with decent tones and contrast. The top left and bottom right corners show a small amount of loss. No identification.


opening bid: $20

current bid: $20

 


Lot 56


Wonderful occupational cabinet card of a business operated by two women. The name on the building reads D.V. Anderson and Co., Fancy Goods. It appears that a Dr. Hoge was also located in the building. We see two proud women by the door, possibly sisters or a mother and daughter. The window display shows, hats, linens, ties and possibly a purse.  The image is dated May 1888 on the back and is in very good minus condition with decent tones and contrast. There is some wear as seen along with one small nick on the bottom right of the mount. By Tackery & Kraeling, Pittsburgh, PA. 


opening bid: $35

current bid: $

 


Lot 57


Splendid occupational cabinet card of a fire chief cradling his horn and holding his hat. Posed semi-profile he looks very serious and is obviously very proud of his profession. The image is in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast. There is small nick in the photo on the top center of the perimeter.  By Chiverton & Heckman, Dixon, IL. 

opening bid: $35

current bid: $

 


Lot 58


Spectacular occupational cabinet card of a handsome young watch maker/repairman identified on the back as what appears to be “George Haleing, Willimantic, CT.”  Holding a pocket watch with an attached chain, George is posed with an impressive array of tools on a covered makeshift table. The high end lathe machine to the far left certainly speaks of the more advanced technology that came from the industrial revolution. We also see a vice attached on the far right of the table along with a blank carriage clock, a glass dome and other unidentified tools and watch parts. The image is in very good condition with nice tones and contrast. There is some spotting original to the negative, seen predominately on the left perimeter. By George Anderson, Norwich, CT. 


opening bid: $85

current bid: $90


 


Lot 59

Magnificent occupational cabinet card of a dashing young reporter for The Wonewoc Reporter.  The title is visible on the front page and the paper appears to have cost 50 cents. Our handsome newsman sits casually on his desk with his legs crossed. He is sporting an ultra-cool white hat with a stylish vest, tie and a killer pair of boots. No jacket was required for this hard-hitting, cigar-smoking reporter! According to a Library of Congress website, The Wonewoc Reporter began publication in 1876 with the last issue in 1995.  The image is in excellent condition with beautiful tones and contrast. By K.K. Christoperson, Pierce, WI. 

opening bid: $40

current bid: $40

 


Lot 60


Dramatic cabinet card of a husband and wife in a small sailboat gliding across the ice and snow covered water in Calgary, Alberta. The woman is front and center, operating the sails while her dapper husband rides free on the edge of the stern. He’s dressed quite fashionably with high boots, tight pants with three stylish buttons near the bottom and an Alpine styled hat. His wife is dressed more formally in a lovely black gown. A large stunning house is seen in the background only to be outdone by the snow covered Canadian Rockies.  A pile of small wooden boats are visible in the foreground and a team of horses is seen on the far right. The image is in very good condition with decent tones and contrast. There are two light marks as seen on the far right perimeter and a tiny pinhole on the bottom center of the mount. By S.A. Smyth, Calgary, Alberta.  Such fun -one of our favorite cabinet cards in the auction!

opening bid: $50

current bid: $135

 


Lot 61



Vibrant cabinet card showing a husband and wife taking their horse-drawn sleigh for a ride. An added treat is that the actual sleigh bells are attached the bridle and reins. One of the more fascinating photographic features is the wonderful ripple effect the cold has had on the collodion! It reminds us of what can happen with film on extremely cold days and certainly puts a smile on our face, having experienced this phenomenon ourselves.  We can associate with the difficulties this photographer faced at an even more advanced level on this bitter day.  We can also sense the degree of cold by the length of the long icicles hanging from the crude roof over the cellar door.  A pen identification reads “Mrs. Laura Kantz” on the back. The image is in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast. A few scattered spots on the mount as seen. By R. L. Ulrich, Selins Grove, PA. 

opening bid: $30

current bid: $

 


Lot 62


This fabulous yet hilarious boudoir style cabinet card features two men trying to wrangle a huge ice flow. We simply love the guy who appears to be sitting atop the ice even though he is really on the bow of the small rowboat.  The huge piece of ice is obviously attached to a much large vessel as we can see a small hint of a sail on the top right corner.  At first glance, however, it appears as if two shmucks decided to capture a large piece of ice with their small rowboat!  There is a pencil identification on the back that reads, “Eyre Sound, Smythe, (sic), Channel, Patagonia.” From historical reports, it was not unusual to see a large number of icebergs in this area during the 19th century. The image is in excellent minus condition with very nice tones and contrast and a few spots as seen. There is no photographer identification. A truly fun image and another of our favorite cabinet cards in this auction!

opening bid: $60

current bid: $60

 


Lot 63

 



Spectacular occupational cabinet card of a serious farmer posing with his prize steer. This animal has been perfectly bred and is extremely strong but likely made a nice steak along with some tasty roasts. In all reality this could also be a prized bull for breeding as we can’t see the necessary anatomy to make that determination. In either scenario, this is an impressive beast. The image is in excellent minus condition with strong and beautiful tones and contrast. There is a slight hint of typical wear seen at an angle in light. By Brown’s Art Studio, Wyoming, IL. 

opening bid: $30

current bid: $

 


Lot 64


Great action cabinet card showing a large group of men with their workhorses and wagons rumbling down the street in what appears to be a race. In fact, it appears the sun has conspired with the shade by laying down a couple starting lines! The image is in very good condition with a few spots as seen and some surface wear visible at an angle. While not identified, this is surely in the mountains somewhere judging by the dense forest in the background.  


opening bid: $10

current bid: $


Lot 65


Fascinating, warm-toned occupational Cuban photograph entitled “Charcoal Burners’ Camp.”  This, of course, would be a camp where charcoal was manufactured by carbonizing wood in a pile or kiln. We assume the brighter area of the image is from the fire or smoke from the burning wood. We see two laborers with a shovel and a large pole in the foreground. There are a couple of other men on the left by what appears to be a hut. Military men are visible on the far right with one holding a large sheet of paper to presumably document the operation. The man to his left holds his rifle in a curious way, with the tip of his finger resting on top of the barrel!  The workers have darker complexions than the soldiers so are likely indigenous to the area. For more information on this profession please refer to Jorge Cardoso who won the National Literary Prize in 1945 for his shorty story, Los Carboneros (The Charcoal Burners).  The image is in very good condition with decent tones and contrast.   There is a break in the mount on the top corner which is still intact. With the mount it measures 5 ½ x 6 ½.” 

opening bid: $20

current bid: $20

 


Lot 66

 


Artful photomontage showing the genealogy of the Richardson’s large family throughout the years.  One of the most interesting aspect of this image is that the photographer is from Chicago, and looking at the family home in the center of the image we realize the rural nature of certain areas around the city during that time period.  In front of the house we can see a man, likely the patriarch of the family, reading a newspaper. To the right we see a younger lad on a horse with another man holding the reins.  We count seventy three portraits and we have never seen this large of a family group in a cabinet card format. We love the bike riders –especially the one on the right who appears to be a woman with short hair as her outfit seems to have a feminine flair.  The grouping on the top right shows seven people, with the man in back holding two US flags, so this is most likely a July 4th celebration. The young child just below the house appears to be the newest addition to this extremely large family tree. The image is in very good plus condition with great tones and contrast. There is a nick to the bottom right corner of the image and some wear on the corner of the mounts as seen. By Hartley’s, Chicago. 

opening bid: $45

current bid: $

 

 


Lot 67


Cool pair of still life cabinet cards showing security and register boxes from Boston, MA. One has the number 136 on the top with 37 on the bottom while the other is 142 and 43. We aren’t sure if these were post office boxes, bank boxes or something else so if anyone has any information please let us know. The images are in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast. At an angle we see a hint of typical surface wear. There is no photographer identification but certainly a unique pair of photos. 

opening bid: $20

current bid: $110

 

 


Lot 68


Intriguing cabinet card commemorating the Columbian Liberty Bell. A period photo insert at the top shows the dedication of the bell with many dignitaries present. The police are standing close guard, which is hilarious since the bell eventually permanently disappeared after arriving via the Illinois Central Railroad for the Atlanta Exposition in 1895! The idea for the bell came from the Daughters of the American Revolution, which solicited historical items such as the watch chain Lincoln wore the night of his assassination to be fused into the metal for the bell’s casting. The bell had a message of peace and liberty instead of war and was rushed for completion for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.  The first person to ring the bell was the mayor of Chicago who died three days later, seeming to start the streak of bad luck. The photo also shows a ribbon with all the historical information, including the fact the bell left for the trip to Atlanta on Friday the 13th.  The unidentified item on the left is engraved, “Made & Presented by Geo P. Harris & Bro-Chicago To Columbian Liberty Bell.”  We are also unsure of the nature of the item on the left and if anyone has any information it would be appreciated.  This historical image is in excellent minus condition with great tones and contrast. At an angle we can see a hint of typical surface wear. By Stevens, Chicago. 

opening bid: $15

current bid: $15

 


Lot 69


Entertaining cabinet card of a young woman playing her guitar. Dressed in her own stylish manner her pose is so natural we can almost hear her playing her favorite song.  We simply love her hat and fingerless gloves which certainly gives her that artistic edge. The image is in excellent minus condition with very nice tones and contrast. There is an extremely light hint of typical surface wear seen at an angle. By Dunn, Ripon, WI. 

opening bid: $35

current bid: $35

 


Lot 70


Fun cabinet card of four Illinois men celebrating the start of 1877. Posed medallion style the men are surrounded by a folk art “Happy New Year” and “77” between them. The creative photographer was obviously a marketing genius as the writing is in a “Lincoln Log” style which had yet to be invented at the time! The image is in very good minus condition with some light discoloration on the border as seen. By C. A. Windsor, Galesburg, IL. 

opening bid: $15

current bid: $15

 


Lot 71


Mesmerizing cabinet card of a husband and wife posed with their regal spaniel. This gentleman has quite a look about him and we are fascinated by his untold story. He has a studious appearance and entrancing stare. His wife appears to care less about having her portrait captured while the dog is poised to go after some prey. Hopefully it’s not the photographer’s assistant! The image is in excellent minus condition with deep rich beautiful tones and contrast.  There is an extremely minor soft corner on the top left of the mount. By Worcester, Caribou, ME. 


opening bid: $20

current bid: $20



Lot 72

Adorable cabinet card of a brother and sister posed with their huge dog. They are holding hands for support, perhaps intimated by the photographer or their family pet! We’re thinking it’s the photographer as the dog has a slightly suspicious look in his eyes. They are identified on a paper behind the photo as Max and Frieda Gunther and Duke. This precious image is in excellent minus condition with great tones and contrast. There is a hint of surface wear at an angle and a spot on the dog’s ear as seen.  By J. Huelschen, Pt. Washington, WI.  


opening bid: $25

current bid: $



Lot 73

Charming cabinet card of a gorgeous young girl with a wonderful smile posed with her large doll. Her best friend rides in an upscale carriage and the girl holds a small umbrella to protect her buddy from the sun.   The young lady could be a professional model with her casual and relaxed pose.  She wears a cute white dress with a bow around one wrist and a pearl-style necklace.  The image is in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast. A hint of typical wear is seen at an angle. By Butterworth, Wilmington, OH. 


opening bid: $20

current bid: $



Lot 74

Delightful cabinet card of a girl in a tender cheek-to-cheek pose with her doll.  A fabulous small doll house with a very intricate design sits on the table next to them. The person who crafted this house obviously was a skilled wood worker as there are many small, delicate cut-outs, three wrap-around walkways and fourteen visible windows on the front. The image is in excellent minus condition with decent tones. A few small spots are visible along with some lighter areas that appear to have been bathed in sunlight. By N.E Loquist, Peoria, IL. 


opening bid: $25

current bid: $



Lot 75

Outstanding grouping of fourteen cabinet cards identified as the “Opera Mab, Hudson, NY, December 29 and 30, 1891.” This is obviously based on Queen Mab from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. There are pencil inscriptions on the back of most cards identifying the players. They include what appear to be Net Whitbeck, Mand Skinner, Mable Skinner, Mary Minick, Miss Hattie Hillenbeck, Miss Grace Litterly, Mrs. Alden, Harry Alden, Byron Parker, E. Riverback, Ed Tobey, Willis Hill and Will Brookbank. Our consignor collected these over the years in various locations to assemble this wonderful tale of the theatre. The condition varies as seen. Please view the large scans for tonal quality, contrast and any issues. Eleven of the images are by Whitbeck, two by Sullivan Bros. and one by Rockefeller-all from Hudson, NY.


opening bid: $120

current bid: $120

 


Lot 76

Engaging cabinet card of two handsome musicians. The violinist looks over the back of the piano player at the sheet of music, ready for his cue. The pianist appears to be playing onehanded while turning the sheet of music for his partner. The image is very good minus condition with a few spots as seen. By C. L. Howe, Brattleboro, VT. 


opening bid: $20

current bid: $

 


Lot 77

Rare cabinet card honoring a deceased Civil War soldier. This spectacular memorial shows a tintype of the man in uniform, surrounded by flowers and a sheaf of wheat which can symbolize immortality and resurrection.  His service obviously meant a great deal to him and his family, making this quite a unique photograph. It is in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast. An extremely light hint of typical surface wear is seen at an angle. By McWilliam, Kewanee, IL. 


opening bid: $75

current bid: $


Lot 78


Fun cut cabinet card, (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) of a farm woman feeding her ducks or geese in the winter snow.  This great rural, scenic image is in very good plus condition with decent tones and contrast. The woman is identified as Mary Thiele and this was purchased in Wheeling, WV. 


opening bid: $5

current bid: $



Lot 79

Fabulous folk art photograph of a crude one room post office from 1891. The image is hilarious, providing a wonderful optical illusion with the unevenness of the vertical boards. There is a pencil inscription on the bottom but all we can read is “Charl.” With the mount, the image measures 5 ½” x 6 ½.”  It is in very good minus condition with some chipping to the edge of the mount as seen. No photographer identification. 


opening bid: $15

current bid: $35



Lot 80

Entertaining photograph of an acrobat practicing his balancing skill. He obviously works for some type of circus or sideshow as the structure he is using has a highly polished base with a star that would be consistent with a professional and not just a local athlete. A man sits on the steps in the far background smoking a pipe. We can’t say for certain but he seems rather small in stature and might be a little person. This appears to be a close collection of houses so it is possibly a community of performers. The image with the mount measures 5 3/8” x 6 3/8.”  It is in very good plus condition with great tones and contrast. There are a few spots with some wear to the mount as seen. No photographer identification. 


opening bid: $15

current bid: $





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