Our Dear Deer Friend

Vintage photo, circa 1920s – 1940s.

Price:  $5.00           Size:  About 3 and 1/8 x 2 and 3/8″

Outside of a cedar-shingled, hotel, we presume, two women and a deer enjoy a visit while in the background a man and young boy appear to be in the middle of a handshake. I like the light reflecting off of those velvet-y antlers, and the surprise of that hefty tree trunk immediately in front of one of the windows. Good for viewing ants from that room, and which came first, the tree or the building?

Holiday Wishes For Verna Watkins

Divided back, embossed postcard. Postmarked December 22, 1909, Dayton, Indiana. Printed in Germany.

Price:  $12.00

“Dear Verna – I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Lizzie Goldsberry.”

Addressed to:   “Miss Verna Watkins, Lafayette Ind. R.F.D. No 4.”

Here’s our second angel-tree-deer postcard (see prior post). Our angel in this one is again barefoot in the snow, but this time with wings very visible, and it’s a beautiful scene with wonderful color variation for the snow…dolls in the deer’s “saddle” baskets…church and sunset in background.

There’s an Elizabeth A. Goldsberry showing up in 1909 in Lafayette, Indiana at R.F.D. 3 and she is probably the sender of this card, and a Peter with wife Lizzie at R.F.D. 24 in Dayton, Indiana from the same city directory record.

Verna Watkins, is probably the daughter of Ray and Sadie Watkins, who appears with her parents and older brother Ernest on the 1910 Federal Census for Perry Township, Tippecanoe County. According to this record Verna was born in Indiana, about 1899. Perry is located just north of Dayton, both being located in the Lafayette vicinity.

Sources:  R. L. Polk & Co.’s Lafayette Directory with Tippecanoe County, 1907. p. 538. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Perry, Tippecanoe, Indiana; Roll: T624_381; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0177; FHL microfilm: 1374394. (Ancestry.com).

A Merry Christmas From J. F. Dodd in 1906

Divided back, unused, embossed postcard, 1906. Publisher unknown. Series 108.

Price:  $7.00

A merry Christmas

This card, probably printed in Germany, shows an angel in a flowing pink gown carrying a small evergreen through the forest. Accompanying her is a deer bringing Christmas presents. True, we don’t see wings for the angel but then she is barefoot in the snow ( 🙂 this line strikes me funny for some reason) but anyway angel seems to be indicated. And many other cards can be found with this type of angel-tree-deer theme. (We have another one that we’ll put up next.) But underneath this beautiful scene is something that might be easily missed:  Two seated gnome-like characters (!) appear in the yellow area, like bookends only looking the wrong way.

As for the names on the back:  the card was from J. F. Dodd, Christmas 1906, for Stanley….Tisette/Tintle/Tintte…or ? His surname is pretty hard to read.

“A deer they found in ‘balking’ ”

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Vintage photo of swimming deer and seven men on a cruiser boat. Circa 1940s.

Price:  $5.00          Size:  4 and 1/4 x 3 and 1/4″

Here we go again with trying to figure out the date of a photo (and possible place) by the vehicle:  In this case the vehicle is a cruiser or yacht! Nothing found yet, so more research needs to be done. You can almost make out the name on the life preserver, but not quite. I thought it was maybe “Janeeva” at first, then looked a couple of days later, thinking, “Where did I get Janeeva from?” Looks like it might start with “A.” (An interesting phenomenom, this change in perception!) Then there’s the other mystery:  Where in the world is “balking” ? Since it was put in parentheses by whoever wrote the note on the back, it seems to not be an actual place name. This makes sense, since Balking is not showing up online. Or did they mean, “A deer they found when ‘balking’ ” ? (whatever that might mean!) But last, which should be first….the deer! What an unexpected sight this must of have been! If he’d been in line with the front of the boat, it would have looked like he was towing it 😉 And unbeknownst to many (like me up till now) deer are good swimmers!

All Good Wishes For Christmas

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“All Good Wishes for Christmas.”

Here’s a total charmer:  A winter-y woodsy scene of two deer who’ve come visiting for Christmas. The first to arrive at the gated entrance is pulling the chain to ring the bell; the second was just a little behind but now turning the corner to join her.

“Hoping your Christmas will be a Happy one. Jack.”

Addressed to:   “Mr. Frank Krueglar, 48 Bank St., Troy N.Y.”

Frank V. Kruegler shows up with his parents and siblings at this address on the 1900 Federal Census. He is born March 1888 in New York; his parents are John and Anne Kruegler (John born in New York and Anne in Germany); and siblings are Joseph A., Anthony B., Mary G., George P., and August W. (all born in New York.) His father is a machinist and the oldest boy, John is working as a collar presser. Frank was age twenty when he received this card from Jack.

See MetroPostcard.com under letter P for the publisher PFB.

Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked December 22, 1908 from Troy, New York. Publisher:  Paul Finkenrath, Ltd. (PFB). Printed in Germany. Numbers: 7846 Relief, 7849 Brillant, 7851 gel.

Price:  $15.00

Sources:  Year: 1900; Census Place: Troy Ward 5, Rensselaer, New York; Roll: 1152; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0075; FHL microfilm: 1241152. (Ancestry.com)

“F – Publishers. PFB.”  MetroPostcard.com. (accessed December 23, 2015.)

Landseer Cards By Shober & Carqueville

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Trade cards, set of five. Circa 1885 – 1894. Shober & Carqueville Lithograph Co., Chicago Illinois.

Price for the set:  $15.00     Size:  About 2 and 3/4 x 4 and 1/4″

A set of five advertising cards put out by the Shober & Carqueville Lithograph Company of Chicago, showcasing at least one lithograph based on the artwork of London-born Sir Edwin Landseer (1802 – 1873.) Per a Wiki entry, there were fourteen Landseer children, seven of whom survived to adulthood, and all seven became artists. Edwin’s older brother Thomas (1793 or ’94 -1880) is known for having done engravings and etchings of Edwin’s work. The last image shown here, that of the man driving the horse-drawn sled, does not have any printing on the back, but all the others show the same identification as the image directly above. The top left of the majestic stag is easily verified as being from the famous oil painting by Edwin Landseer, which was done in 1851 and is called The Monarch of the Glen. (Yes, I know there was a British t.v. series, too, by this name!) If you’ve clicked on the link, you’ve found that this painting (not to mention the artist’s themselves) has had a rather fascinating story to tell. You’ll also immediately notice that the mountains and clouds in the original are missing from the trade card displayed here.

The Shober & Carqueville Lithograph Company was formed from the association of Charles Shober and Edward Carqueville. According to biographical info in volume 4 of Industrial Chicago, Carqueville was born in Posen, Prussia in 1841, coming to Chicago in 1857. He began working for Keen & Shober, where he learned the art of lithography. In 1865 he formed the Chicago Lithograph Company which operated till it was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1871. Afterwords the Charles Shober & Company was formed, with Carqueville as a partner. This name later changed to the Shober Lithograph Company, and then to the Shober & Carqueville Lithograph Company. The latter name was supposedly in place by at least 1894, when it was mentioned as the “current” name for said company in the aforementioned Industrial Chicago publication, but we see this company name as early as 1885 per Chicago city directories. From online records we see that Edward Carqueville had a number of sons to carry on the business and it appears (from the city directories again) that the company was being passed down around 1896 or so, with the 1896 directory for Edward showing the business name of Carqueville Lithograph Company, and evidence of one or more of his sons appearing in business with him. Edward Carqueville died in March of 1898.

Sources:  The Monarch of the Glen. n.d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monarch_of_the_Glen_%28painting%29 (accessed January 15, 2015).

Edwin Henry Landseer. n.d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Henry_Landseer (accessed January 15, 2015).

Thomas Landseer. n.d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Landseer (accessed January 15, 2015).

Industrial Chicago: The Commercial Interests, Vol. 4. Chicago:  The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1894. p. 487. (Google eBook)

Edward Carqueville. Find A Grave Memorial# 119060120. (Findagrave.com)

The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago,1885. Chicago:  The Chicago Directory Co. p. 292. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989.

The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago,1896. Chicago:  The Chicago Directory Co. p. 385. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989