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Vintage photos of:
Another from my collection. The image is small (about 1.5 x 1) and has been glued onto a dark olive green cardboard faux frame with gold leaf edging running the border of the image. On the back is printed "WINNER'S Penny Pictures 1520 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City." This was probably taken on a whim at a penny photo studio on the boardwalk on a fun filled sunny afternoon by the shore. I love the happy expression on her face, as if she's about to laugh out loud any second. The hat is pretty wild too.
From the wonderful found box of vintage photographs that was given to me. The original tintype is very small - about 1.5 x 1 inch. It's irregulalry shaped as it appears to have been cut by hand. I adjusted the levels and curves in Photoshop after scanning to bring out the lovely detail of the tiny image.
This photo was one in a box of about 200 given to me by a friend who found them abandoned in a home that was being gutted. It was a phenomenal treasure trove of images that run from the 1860s to the late 1950s. This particular image is on a roughly hand cut piece of photographic paper that seems to have missed being adhered to cardboard somehow. I'm guessing this to be anywhere from around 1885 to 1900. I love her shamrocks.
I came across this image so long ago that I can't remember where I purchased it. It has always been one of my favorites though for many reasons. First, I've always been taken with the expressions, especially on the men, even the dog!
Written on the reverse in ink is "Dads four sisters + brother Oscar and hirid (sic) help." Out of the four sisters, the only one who isn't looking directly at the photographer is the sister on the right sitting next to the stern looking man with the great derby hat. She's knitting, and she's the only one not wearing a dress made of the same material as the other three. I think it's possible that she may be blind or close to it. The other women are sewing, there is thread and some kind of sewing apparatus on the table in front of them). It seems that the fellow on the right in the derby and the young fellow in the hat on the left have some sort of pattern in their laps. Perhaps they are tailors.
The three fellows seated on the ground have tools in their hands, but I can't figure out what they are exactly - except for the knife held by the one in the middle. Is it possible that the young fellow on the ground to the right is wearing some sort of Civil War uniform? I'm not sure when this photo was taken, but I get the feeling that it may be post Civil War.