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Lot 41


Spectacular and hilarious advertising CDV for H. Noss’s gallery in New Brighton, PA.   A number of examples of Henry’s work are offered, and quite a few are self-portraits.  Our favorite, of course, is the one in the far right bottom corner that shows Henry holding his own head high in the sky!  On the opposite bottom corner Henry is dressed in a long, wild-looking coat and wears a long white wig, top hat and long beard.  He carries what appears to be a small tripod in one hand and a black bag in his other hand.  The other portraits are either Henry at varying stages of life, or siblings and family members.   We found a link to a Robert Edwards auction for another of Noss’s images, that included the following description:  “Henry Noss, who was said to be the first professional photographer west of the Alleghenies, opened his studio in the 1850s and soon established himself as one of the premier practitioners of his art. He was also the patriarch of one of the town's most prominent families.”  Our research also shows that a Henry Noss was a band member of the Sixty Third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.  The information is listed in Under the Red Patch: Story of the Sixty Third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1864, by Hays, Gilbert  Adams,  Certainly a rare photographic advertising cdv with an impressive history that demands further research.  The photograph is in very good condition with some light wear as seen. 


opening bid:$ 220

current bid: $

 


Lot 42


Wonderful CDV of a young boy leaning on either a camera or a tabletop stereoscope.   A fun addition is the visible arm of a parent on top of the camera or viewer steadying the child.  This is possibly the photographer’s son, but regardless, a wonderful piece in very good condition, with decent tones and contrast.   There is some wear and small bump on the top of the image as seen.  By H. Mortimer.


opening bid: $55

current bid: $

 


Lot 43


Unique CDV showing a young handsome saddle-maker proudly posed with his prized creation.  This certainly is an opulent work of art, with hours of laborious hand tooling.  He has a slight edge of cockiness to his pose and his facial features which are certainly understandable given his work.  The image is in very good minus condition with some spotting as seen.  By S. T. Bryan, Young America, IL.  Young America is a township in Edgar County which is in the far eastern central portion of the state. 


opening bid: $65

current bid: $65


Lot 44


Artistic CDV of a handsome young man posed with his two hunting dogs who appear quite tired after a hard day’s work.  In fact the dog on the far left looks like he’s dreaming about the day’s chase and has moved his head slightly during the exposure.   The young man is dressed in what appears to be upscale hunting attire with his double-barrel shotgun slung across his shoulder and his straw hat lying next to him.  This delightful image is in very good plus condition with nice tones and contrast.  The corners and sides have been trimmed as seen, probably for insertion into an album.  There are a couple of extremely small spots of loss on the left as seen in the scan.  


opening bid: $55

current bid: $


Lot 45


Adorable CDV of two extremely young white kittens.  On the back it reads “the two little kittens, birthday present from father, 1869”.  The two little furballs sit still for the photographer, although the one in back looks like he or she is getting ready to go to sleep and fall off the couch!  The front kitten has obviously been enticed by a hand, visible on the left on the border, which is holding either a plate of food or possibly a mirror.  The photographer also wanted to protect his wood or upholstery as you can see paper lining the rail or top of the settee.  An outdoor painted scene in the background adds another layer to this all-too-cute image.  No photographer identification. 


opening bid: $50

current bid: $85


Lot 46


Splendid CDV of New Fallsview Upper Suspension Bridge, Niagara Falls.  Shot with a wonderful, dimensional quality we see two men on the bridge staring up at the camera.  The image is in excellent minus condition with the mount trimmed as seen.  By George Barker, Niagara Falls.


opening bid: $15

current bid: $25


Lot 47


Precious CDV of a young boy posed in a snowy scene and holding a large pair of ice tongs.  The photographer has created a spectacular illusion of a winter scene with real looking snow on the boy’s clothes and in the foreground.  A painted backdrop of a magical ice skating scene rounds out this lovely image.  Now we are not sure what the young lad is doing with the large ice tongs.  We doubt he is hauling large blocks of ice around on a cold winter day!  The image is in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast.  There is some typical wear seen at an angle.  By Mast, Marshall, MI.    


opening bid: $30

current bid: $


Lot 48


Appealing CDV of a smiling priest who is wearing an extremely large version of the crucifixion of Christ around his neck.  There is an interesting creature carved on the chair below his arm that doesn’t seem to quite fit with the heavenly theme.  The image is in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast.  There is a hint of light typical wear seen at an angle.  By Sarony, 37 Union Square, NY. 


opening bid: $15

current bid: $


Lot 49


Fabulous self-portrait cabinet card of photographer Oswald Scheller.  Scheller’s studio was in Phillips, WI from information we found online.  The image obviously has fantastic content as we see Oswald taking notes and posed with a table full of chemicals.  His camera and tripod lean across the back of the table and we see plate holders along with mounts with lenses.  One has a four lens set-up for multiple images.   The image is slightly light with some spotting in the original negative in the right corner area.  A few other marks as seen in the scan and the bottom of the mount has been trimmed.  Self-portrait images are rare on their own but you virtually never see a photographer posed with the secrets to his process! 


opening bid: $400

current bid: $400


Lot 50


Magnificent occupational cabinet card showing the interior of L. H. Bissell’s photographic studio in Effingham, IL.  We love the fact that his name is on the top of the large doorway that leads into his showroom.  We also see many examples of Bissell’s work, including cabinet card displays and numerous larger, framed photographs.  In addition, the large mount in the right corner holds small examples of the frames available for purchase.  While this is customary in frame shops today, this is the first time with have seen one in a cabinet card studio.  To keep his customers comfortable during the winter months there is a wood burning stove in the center of the room that is surrounded by stools and chairs.   The image is in very good condition with some extremely light surface wear seen at an angle.  There is a little nick to the top layer of the mount as seen.  The top left corner of the mount is also just a little soft.   Don’t miss this rare opportunity to own this cabinet card of a photographers actual studio! 


opening bid: $275

current bid: $275


Lot 51

Fascinating and rare cabinet card showing a “Photographic Specialties Studio,” as identified on the arched sign leading to the building.  On the right we see a larger sign which reads, “Instantaneous Photographs taken of, Equestrians, Carriages, Horses & Groups.  Pictures made, by Appointment.”  The snow covered scene looks desolate at this time of the year and we are curious as to the timing of this image.  Possibly it was done in the offseason just to advertise the studio itself without the noise of the tourists.  The image is in excellent condition with very nice tones and contrast.  The detail is also quite nice, showing ripples in the snow where someone has created a path.  It is identified to Reeves, Cleveland, OH.  It would be worth further research to determine if this is Reeves’s studio.  A fabulous piece of Cleveland’s photo history! 


opening bid: $100

current bid: $120


Lot 52


Fabulous photomontage cabinet card of a dapper gentleman wearing a bowler hat and demonstrating how to properly light a pipe.  In the first image he shows us the tobacco in the pipe and in the next he appears to be packing his load.  In the third image he lights the bowl and finally he enjoys that first puff with a huge smile with the match still in hand.  A delightful seamless photograph that will bring a smile to anyone’s face!  The image is in excellent minus condition with great tones and contrast.  Some light typical surface wear seen at an angle and a small knick barely seen on the bottom right corner of the photo.  By Place, Chicago.


opening bid: $45

current bid: $75


Lot 53



Terrific small format cabinet card, 4 ¼” x 5 ¼,” of an artist captured in the middle of his painting.  Taking a break from his work, he sits with his palette board and brushes in hand.  Tubes of paint are visible in a box on the floor.  His still life painting of a wine bottle, cigars and a cigar box sits on his easel and is close to being finished.  There is a stamp on the back of the image for Joseph Gunther who we assume is the artist.  Unfortunately without a location our research has turned up empty at this point but finding out more about him could be a fun project for the future owner.  The image is in very good condition.  It is slightly light as his studio is bathed in light. 


opening bid: $40

current bid: $


Lot 54


Stellar cabinet card of the Hitchcock Hotel with the owners and their family, along with a young African-American woman, posed on the porch.  A curiosity is the young woman sitting on the far left corner who appears to have extremely short hair under a sailor hat.  We can just get a glimpse on the side and it appears her head had been shaved to the scalp at one time.  Wouldn’t we love to know her story?   While not relevant during this time period, we can’t help but think how unnerving a night would be in this establishment after a Hitchcock movie!  The hotel looks quite new.  We love the open concept under the foundation and the uneven boards at the bottom, seemingly inviting to the local animals.  While not identified, the previous owner said they found this in the Peoria, IL area.  We have located a Rowley & Hitchcock Hotel but are unsure if this is the same one.   The image is in excellent condition with beautiful tones and contrast.

opening bid: $65

current bid: $65


Lot 55


Adorable cabinet card of two gorgeous young African-American sisters.  Holding hands, they seemed quite mesmerized by the photographic experience.  The image is in excellent minus condition with lovely tones and contrast.  There is some typical wear seen at an angle.  By Krueger, Ann Arbor, MI. 

opening bid: $45

current bid: $45


Lot 56



Lovely family cabinet card by Harry Shepherd , the first African American photographer in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Historical Society.  Also according to the website, “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.”  The father and mother are each posed with a child with both kids are bright-eyed and curious.  The father has a slightly darker complexion but we can’t say for sure if he is African-American.  The image is in excellent condition with a hint of typical surface wear at an angle. 

opening bid: $50

current bid: $50


Lot 57


Fabulous cabinet card of a young couple posed while working on their studies or possibly doing bookkeeping for their business.  While they both appear extremely youthful the man has a plain gold wedding ring on his finger.  A fascinating feature to us is the small globe sitting at their feet.  Could they be planning their honeymoon?  Another fun feature is the painted backdrop.  While the intent was certainly to create the illusion of more rooms and furniture in the background, the small painted chair appears to be sitting on the table!  The image is in excellent minus condition with just a hint of surface wear seen at an angle.  A little wear to the top right corner of the mount as seen.  By Matt Mattson, Astoria, OR.

opening bid: $50

current bid: $


Lot 58


Great cabinet card of a little woman and her husband posed for their wedding photograph.  There is no identification for the sitters but we feel certain someone can find out who they are with a little research.  The image was done by Charles Eisenmann, NY and is in very good condition with some typical surface wear seen at an angle. 


opening bid: $65

current bid: $65

 


Lot 59

Spellbinding cabinet card of a snake charmer with two large reptiles wrapped around her neck.  While obviously experienced in her craft, she seems slightly stiff so as to not spook the snakes.  Her outfit is curious as it seems to be made from some type of slick type material and is certainly not leather.  Maybe this is for the comfort of the snakes.   The performer is not identified.  If anyone has any information it would be appreciated.  The image is in very good condition with some spotting and wear as seen.  By M. Thomas, Shamokin, PA. .    

opening bid: $100

current bid: $100

 


Lot 60


Delightful boudoir cabinet card of a circus performer or entertainer posed on the front lawn of a large four story building.  We assume this is a hotel or boarding house and we see a man along with three women by the front entrance.  Another woman is seen on the third floor balcony next to a large hammock.  Dressed in a comical, striped jacket and wearing a beanie-style hat the performer is either extremely tall or possibly on small stilts as there seems to be a little give in one leg.  He holds two thin poles and it appears that the enormous ladder that traverses to the widows walk at the top of the building plays into his act.  Unfortunately there is no identification but if anyone has any information please let us know.  The image is in good plus condition with decent tones and contrast.  Some dirt and spots as seen and possibly a pencil mark at the top right corner that has been erased.   Certainly a fun image that would be enjoyable to research. 

 


opening bid: $20

current bid: $


Lot 61



Delicious cabinet card of a baker holding his rolling pin and more importantly, a fresh loaf of his bread.  We can almost smell it -fresh out of the oven!  The handsome young chef is quite dapper with a flower pinned to his lapel and a degree of confidence you would want in your pastry chef.  The image is in very good condition with decent tones and contrast.  There are some tiny small marks and a couple slightly larger marks scattered about when examined closely along with a nick on the mount on the right.  By Edw. Dick, Rome, NY. 

opening bid: $20

current bid: $30


Lot 62


Striking cabinet card of a fireman proudly displaying his fabulous helmet.  We love the way he has turned his head slightly while facing his helmet, which he has raised over his shoulder in a truly unique pose.  His company and fellow fire fighters were certainly important to him.  There is pencil identification on the back that reads, “Auburn, NY, Fireman, Logan Hook and Ladder Co.  Was a volunteer fire department.”  Also written in pencil is “photographed by H.R. Lindsley, Sunbeam Gallery, 99 Genesee St., Auburn, NY.”  The image is in excellent minus condition with extremely strong tones and contrast.  There is a lighter area that looks like an extremely light spot in the area by his elbow.  A few other spots as seen.    

opening bid: $50

current bid: $50


Lot 63

 


Engaging photojournalistic boudoir-size cabinet card of a large winter fire in Minneapolis.  The fire department is out in full force as we see numerous fire trucks on the street.  It appears that a large stone building, which takes up a corner of the block, is engulfed in flames.  This structure dwarfs the neighboring buildings across the street.  Because of the cold weather the four or five stories are covered in ice, numerous power lines are down and ice and snow is piled on the sidewalk.  The firefighters use a steady stream of water from the hoses as they desperately try to put out the flames.  A large number of spectators as usual are out on the street wondering about the safety of the tenants in the upper stories.  With a little research this building and the fire could be identified as we see Rufus H Lane’s Palace Drug Store on the bottom corner of the building across the street.   The image is in good condition although light in contrast as seen.  It’s not surprising- it seems this was a cold winter evening so capturing this image was quite a feat for Jacoby, the photographer.  There is a chip on the bottom left corner of the mount as seen and some spotting.  A great piece of photojournalistic history!


opening bid: $15

current bid: $15

Lot 64


Charming cabinet card of a handsome young sailor in his uniform.  He holds his hat, which has an anchor emblem on it, in hand and wears a flower in his lapel.  He is quite a clean cut young lad and surely just out on his first voyage.  The image is in very good plus condition with lovely tones and contrast.  There is some typical surface wear seen at an angle.  By Armour & Co, Oswego, NY. 


opening bid: $15

current bid: $15

 


Lot 65


Incredible cabinet card of a couple dressed in their winter garb with a blanket providing additional warmth as they sled down a snow covered slope.  The photographer has done a spectacular job of creating a real-life illusion by putting the large sled on a steep angle.   Adding to the scene is the realistic painted backdrop of snow-covered trees along with a small bush to accent the front.  An extremely fun image that is in excellent minus condition with nice tones and contrast.  A few spots as seen.  By J.L. Wareham, Freeport, IL. 

opening bid: $45

current bid: $


Lot 66

 


Cool cabinet card of two characters riding in a sleigh across a snow-covered field with the town in the background.  Bundled in their fur coats and warm looking hats, they are smoking cigars. Quite honestly these two look like trouble!  The image is in very good plus condition with nice tones and contrast.  There is some typical surface wear seen at an angle.  By J. P. King, Waterloo, Iowa.  

opening bid: $25

current bid: $25

 


Lot 67


Interesting cabinet card of a steamboat simply loaded with people.  We assume given the identification this is a group of people enjoying Keuka Lake.   Hopefully they returned safely as it seems the boat is riding extremely low in the water!  We particularly love the huge puff of black smoke billowing in the sky.  The image is in very good condition with some typical light wear seen at an angle.  By A. R. Stone, Branchport, NY. 

opening bid: $25

current bid: $

 


Lot 68


Great photo advertising montage of “Views of the Flood,” Compliments of C.W. Hill.  We see various views of the flooding of Monroe, Michigan, including two damaged bridge scenes.  Monroe is located between Toledo and Detroit and sits on the coast of Lake Erie, near Brest Bay.   The image is in very good plus condition with deep tones and nice contrast.  Some light wear seen at an angle. 

opening bid: $30

current bid: $30


Lot 69


Exceptional boudoir cabinet card of a busy farm scene with numerous farm hands, wagons and machinery.  We see at least thirteen men along with ten to fifteen horses and four or five wagons with attachments.  This certainly was a large operation.  The image is identified in period script on the back as “Photographed Aug. 10, 1885, On the farm of Peter Peterson, Stark Co, Ill.” Information about Mr. Peterson is available from the Genealogy website.  They note that he left Sweden on July 4, 1876 and arrived in the US in July and then moved to Kewanee, IL.   He married Lucy Alderman in Jan. 1885, after which they moved to MO for a brief period and then to the Dakota Territory.  This must have been his last harvest on the IL farm.  The image is in very good condition with nice tones and contrast.  There are some spots as seen.  A great early IL working farm scene! 

opening bid: $35

current bid: $


Lot 70


Fun cabinet card of a woman and two small children surrounded by a large group of active chickens.  She holds a feed bucket which she has emptied on the ground, as evidenced by the frenzied movements of the chickens.  In the background it appears there is some type of orchard.  We are curious however about the sitter’s formal dress for this image.  Perhaps they just returned from Sunday services.  This is a delightful photograph of a farm family.  The image is in excellent minus condition with a hint of wear seen at an angle.  By Shorts Studios, Rondout, NY. 

opening bid: $20

current bid: $35


Lot 71


First-rate cabinet card of a father and son harvesting hay.  They are loading their wagon with a huge stack directly in the background.  The son wearing a “Jed Clampett” style hat has a huge, silly grin on his face.  His father is less than enthused and knows there is more work to come.  It also appears to be a windy day judging by the trees in the background so winter may be coming soon.  The image is in very good minus condition with nice tones and contrast.  There is a pin hole at the top and bottom where it has been on a wall at some time in the past.  Some spots as seen, and the top left corner is soft.  By Sanderson, Landisburg, PA.


opening bid: $15

current bid: $



Lot 72

Delightful cabinet card of two young couples posed in a hunting-themed image with a dog asleep on the studio floor.  This is quite an interesting photo, to say the least, as we normally don’t see couples posed in their Sunday go-to-meeting clothes with the men holding shotguns.  The young woman in the back has a big smile on her face and seems quite entertained, while the woman in front seems a little scared of the whole process.  The guys put their best ‘don’t mess with us faces’ on, while the dog couldn’t care less.  The image is in very good minus condition with great tones and contrast.  There is a crease line on the back that is not soft at all but it is slightly visible from the front especially when viewing at an angle.  A small nick is also seen on the upper corner of the mount.  No photographer identification. 


opening bid: $50

current bid: $


Lot 73


Touching cabinet card of a young lad posed with his dog.  He smiles as he gently holds his hand on his pal, who appears to be somewhat older and has a slightly sad look on his face.  The backstamp has a wonderful illustration of the Chicago studio.   The image is in excellent condition with lovely tones and contrast.  By Hartley, Chicago, IL. 


opening bid: $25

current bid: $25


Lot 74

Heartwarming cabinet card of a cute young boy posed with his beautiful dog sitting on the table or column next to him.  The boy has an inquisitive look on his face while holding one of the fake vines in his hand.  His best friend is posed on some type of fur/straw rug and seems quite alert, with a curious look in its eyes.  The image is in excellent minus condition with some typical surface wear seen at an angle.  By Phila. Photo Gallery, Reading, PA. 


opening bid: $25

current bid: $




Lot 75

Striking cabinet card of a dashing young football player posed in his uniform.  He exudes confidence and pride and seems ready for action at a moment’s notice.  The image is in very good minus condition with nice tones and contrast.  There is some wear and spots as seen and a slightly soft edge on the bottom left corner of the mount.  By  Boston Art Gallery, Johnstown, PA. 

opening bid: $30

current bid: $30



Lot 76

Great cabinet card of a young man posed with his horn.  While this is styled similar to a Mellophone we are not versed in this area so any information would be helpful.  He is formally dressed with a long jacket and a delightful, wide tie with an interesting pattern.   The image is in very good plus condition with lovely tones and nice contrast.  Some light surface wear seen at an angle.  By W. H. Abbott, Little Falls, NY. 


opening bid: $20

current bid: $20


Lot 77

Delightful cabinet card of an attractive young woman strumming her guitar.  She wears a lovely white gown and her hair in long ringlets. She seems quite comfortable and skilled with her instrument.  The image is in excellent minus condition with lovely tones and contrast.  The slightly darker area in the top right corner appears to be original to the negative.   Identified to Young Sisters, Winfield, IA.   There’s certainly an interesting story with this studio but we will leave the research to the future owner.  A great treasure hunt for someone! 


opening bid: $35

current bid: $35


Lot 78


Creative cabinet card of a man posed playing his guitar with a painted background of cattails. An interesting feature that we noticed upon magnification is that he is wearing either a tie or vest decorated with a small guitar.  Obviously this man had an interesting and fun sense of style.  The image is in very good plus condition with very nice tones and contrast.  There is some light typical surface wear seen at an angle and a few small spots.  By Abercromby, Skaneateles, NY.  Skaneatles was a utopian type community when it was founded and its members had atheistic views. 


opening bid: $35

current bid: $


Lot 79

Sweet cabinet card of a darling young girl posed in a lovely studio setting and next to a photograph of a band.  We assume her father might be a part of the band and/or the photographer was also a member.  While it is difficult to determine the type of outfits they are wearing there is a huge American flag draped behind them.  The image is excellent minus condition with beautiful tones and contrast.  There are a few small spots as seen and some very light typical surface wear at an angle.  By Clauser Bros., Havana, IL.


opening bid: $30

current bid: $35




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