Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Views of the World, The Chicago Stockyards

I've still got a lot of cards from the flirtation collection to go, so I shouldn't, but I'm going to start another, once in awhile, probably take more than a year to post, collection.  I've had the postcards in this lot since I was in high school, and for those unaware, I'm  just a few months away from my sixtieth birthday.  Yes, I've been picking up old photos and postcards that long.  The numbered images top out at 48, but I am missing numbers 6, 7, and 45.  Every so often I go on EBay, specifically, to look for those three missing cards, but I've never found them.  None of these cards have ever been used, and no publisher is listed.  I'll put views of the world in the labels section at the bottom of the post for all cards in the collection.

I already new a fair amount about the Chicago Stockyards before posting this image.  I new that the stockyards weren't owned by the big packing companies, but by railroads looking to create a single, central location to ship animals, ready for slaughter.  Chicago had become the main rail center for the United States because the Illinois congressional delegation had pushed Chicago as the terminus for the major American railroads, and congress had that power because the federal government had subsidized early railroad construction.  What surprised me was that the Chicago Stockyards also were a major tourist destination, with viewing platforms built so that people could look over the thousands of animals waiting for death.  I'm always amazed what people are willing to gawk at.  I'd criticize, but if the stockyards were still in business, I'd take a look if I were in the area.

Now, about The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  I read it in high school, and reread it just a few years ago.  Every American should read this book, and any school that doesn't assign it as mandatory reading, isn't doing it's job.  Do public schools still buy into the great books theory of education?  I hope so, though I doubt it.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I Feel So Happy When You Are With Me

Unlike the last two posts, this one has a message on the back.  "Dear Friend, I hope you will not be mad because I did not go and see you when I was in Dexter.  But I did not have time to go anywhere from Marguerite."  It was addressed to "Miss Emma Higgins, Dexter, Maine."  And the postmark, "SANGERVILLE ME.  APR 24 1911 5 P.M."

It seems to me that some young swain was taken with Marguerite, but just in case it didn't pan out, he had Emma in reserve.  A lot of the cards in this collection use the word friend as a greeting.  I'm thinking we're dealing with Quakers a courting.

I've still got a lot of cards left in this collection, but they'll have to wait.  It's time to move on to other things.  Click on flirtation in labels to see what's already been posted.

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Virginia, from Virginia

There's no question on this one.  On the right border, "Photo by Scott & Van Altena"

Edward Van Altena, 1874-1968, was an American photographer who, in 1904, partnered with colorist John Duer Scott, 1876-1966,  to form a company that manufactured magic lantern slides.  The company ended in 1919.  I have no idea why the partners called it quits, but their main market was nickelodeons, and by 1919, the nickelodeon had all but disappeared.

Printed on the back, "Theodor Eisman, Leipzig and New York, Illustrated Song Serie No. 1828/1.  Words and Music copyrighted by Chas. K. Harris, New York 1907.  Words used by permission of the publisher.

Charles K. Harris was an American songwriter known as the king of the tearjerkers.  He was born in 1867, his first published song was Since Maggie Learned to Skate.  It was used in the 1885 play, The Skating Rink.  Harris was one of the first professional songwriters to form his own publishing company, and also one of the first songwriters associated with Tin Pan Alley in New York City.

This card was never mailed, and there is no message on the back.  Click on flirtation in the labels section at the bottom of the post to see other cards in the collection.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Do you mean business young man....

...or are you only kidding?

Over a year ago, I purchased an envelope of postcards that a dealer had put together that he referred to as a flirtation collection.  Each card, most from Maine, and many from the same group of people, have romantic themes.  Some are clearly photographic in origin, some are pure illustration, and many are anyone's guess.  Cards that come from photographs, or that I think had a likely photographic source are published on The New Found Photography.  Cards that look to be pure illustration go on my Fair Use blog.  There are some that I'm not sure of either way.  Those are judgement calls. Click on flirtation in labels to see what's already up.  Same deal on Fair Use.

This one was never mailed and there's no message on the back.  It was printed in Germany which makes it pre-World War 1.  The faces and bodies look like they started as photos, but the background appears to be drawn.  It's the hands, especially of the older man, that give me some doubt.  To me, it looks like someone went in and gave his models long, thin fingers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Elizabeth Newsberry

I swear!  I'm not obsessed with all things German.  I don't know whether it's coincidence, a German tendency to take lots of photographs, or easy access to really well made German cameras, but I keep finding pictures from Germany.

Crailsheim is a town in the German state of  Baden-Wurttemberg.  ( My, that sounds familiar.  Navigate back a few posts to The Pforzheim Album Collection for more photos from Baden-Wurttemberg.)  The city was pretty much destroyed during World War 2.  It was a major rail center as well as the location of a German airfield.  After a major bombing campaign, the American army over ran the town, only to be pushed back by a German counteroffensive.  After the Nazi surrender, Baden-Wurttemberg and Craisheim ended up in the American zone of occupation.  McKee Barracks, opened in 1946,closed in 1994, was built on the outskirts of Crailsheim.  But was Elizabeth Newsberry a war bride, or was she a dependent who joined her husband while on occupation duty?  There's no date on the photo, but the car looks old enough that I'm thinking  it predates the return of civilian government.

Crailsheim was the birthplace of Hans and Sophie Scholl, the brother/sister founders of The White Rose, a non violent anti-Nazi resistance movement.  They were arrested in 1943, found guilty of high treason, and executed by guillotine.  Hans was born in 1918, Sophie in 1921.

In 1934, Kodak bought Nagel Kamerawerks, a pioneer in 35mm photography.  From 1936 to 1966, Nagel built the Kodak Retina camera, one of the well built German cameras mentioned in the first paragraph.  I'm referencing the Retina because it was built in Stuttgart, the capitol of Baden-Wurttemberg, and because I own a Kodak Retina model IIIc, manufactured from 1954-1957.  I still use it.  It works perfectly.

Monday, September 8, 2014

I Can't Take It Anymore!

No information on these two photos.  I just liked the classic hands to head, I can't take it anymore, pose in the top image.  That young and already overwhelmed.

Friday, September 5, 2014


I suspect that the softness of the print was caused by a misted lens.  I purchased this one in southern California, so maybe Catalina or one of the other Channel Islands.