German Couple, Wedding Photo

Divided back, deckled edge, unused Real Photo Postcard. Circa 1910s – early 1920s. Photo paper company:  Trapp & Muench. Germany.

A beautiful couple, and our imaginations do not have to run wild to think that this was probably their wedding day. The very faded or washed out image was darkened in Photoshop. Original below:

The photo paper company on this RPPC was manufactured by Trapp & Muench, per The Postcard Album website (by coincidence mentioned a couple of posts ago). T & M’s trademark, shown below, appears on the reverse of the card above the dividing line:

Source:  “Photo Paper Trademarks, Logos and other imprints.” T & M (Trapp & Muench). Web accessed February 19, 2018.

C. H. B. And Marian Shaw, Daytona 1905

Undivided back, unused, Real Photo Postcard. 1905. Sailboat stamp box.

Price:  $10.00

Here’s a beautiful young Springfield, Mass couple posing for the camera. They seemed to have been dressed up for some occasion, she in a long dark skirt and white blouse with bow at the neck (note the pocket watch pinned near the shoulder and that might be a pin of some sort at the bow) and he in a dark suit and tie with light-colored vest, breast pocket handkerchief and visible watch chain. From the writing on the front and from the feel of the photo itself, one presumes they are C. H. B. Shaw and wife Marian, but we can’t say for sure. Nothing definitive was found in census records, city directories or online historical newspapers in either Massachusetts or Florida. Very surprising, too.

Love At The Beach

Divided back, unused postcard. Publisher:  Theodor Eismann, Leipzig, Saxony. Th. E. L., Series 950. Circa 1907.


Segueing from a valentine (the prior, the only one we had this year) to a couple’s theme. And, by the way, posts are sparse at the moment due to much overtime at the regular j.o.b. But we’ll return to something more normal (yes, I know, define normal) shortly…..A beautiful German postcard from publisher Theodor Eismann of Leipzig, Saxony from maybe around 1907. I’m guessing this approximate date after looking at the prior link under the excellent The Postcard Album website; not sure if the series numbers were running in numerical order or not. If you click on the image to enlarge it you’ll see all the gold glitter accents for the couple and on the rattan high-backed domed beach chair.

Source:  “Theodor Eismann, Leipzig Saxony.” The Postcard Album. (web accessed February 18, 2018.)

From Our House To Yours, The Sanders, 1960

Christmas card, deckled edge, 1960.

Price:  $5.00          Size:  About 4 and 1/4 x 5″

Jumping ahead a couple of centuries from the last post…..Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, a beautiful and happy couple at Christmastime. And they’re decked out, she in her pearls and lace and he in his dress shirt with totally awesome wide necktie.

This card was found in an antique shop in Morgan Hill, California.

Tourists In Tijuana, 1955

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Divided back, unused, Real Photo Postcard. Circa 1955. Kodak Paper stamp box.

Price:  $7.00

An African-American couple (presuming couple and presuming they’re from the U.S.) posing for a photo wearing tourist sombreros, seated on a platform behind a “Tijuana Zebra.” That’s a depiction of the Legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl as the photographer’s backdrop, and at the top of the backdrop we can see “1955” and what looks like the suggestion of “Mexico” to the right of the year. The photo does seem unmistakably 1950’s with those pedal pushers the beautiful young woman is wearing. Just behind the donkey we can see the start of the word “Tijuana” that’s painted on the platform.

Sources:  Tijuana Zebra. n.d. (accessed April 22, 2016).

Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. n.d. (accessed April 22, 2016).

Srdečné Přání

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Divided back, artist-signed, unused postcard. Stamp box shows “Made in Tchécoslovakia.” Publisher:  F.O.P.  Series or number 21.

Price:  $10.00

A Czech postcard expressing  “Srdečné přání ”  or “Heartfelt wishes.” This may be from the same era (1930s?) as the card in the prior post, and is also an artist-signed card. The artist’s initials show on the front as “K.Š.”

This is another for the mystery category, the publisher with the logo of a pine or fir tree, above the initials, “F.O.P.” in a circle, and with three shield-looking emblems, was not found, nor were any references to the artist. We’ll be on the lookout for more at the next big postcard show coming up in April.

Edward F. Hartley, Chicago Photographer

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We love these photo studio illustrations with the studio name appearing multiple times (eight in this case, including the name under the building). The block on the sidewalk is called a carriage step, carriage stone or mounting block, if you were wondering. The above is the reverse of the Cabinet Card in the prior post.

Most of what appears presently online for Edward F. Hartley (1847 – 1887) comes from obituaries; some of the information we found conflicts, that being his year of marriage, studio location prior to Chicago (Jacksonville or Decatur but no record was found of either in city directories or newspaper ads) and whether he competed for professional photographer association prizes. In any case, Hartley was a very successful and well-known Chicago photographer whose studio was located at 309 W. Madison Street since at least 1877. The son of Methodist minister Charles Hartley and his wife Louisa (Louisa’s given name per the 1850 Federal Census; however her maiden name wasn’t located.) Edward Hartley was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, on November 9, 1847, (per the Daily Inter-Ocean.) On October 5, 1871 (or 1873) he married a judge’s daughter, Virginia Boyd; they had no children. Below an excerpt from Edgar E. Boyd’s Record of the Boyd Family:  John Boyd from Scotland and Descendants, which was compiled in 1913:

Virginia Boyd

Below, two obituaries, from, left to right, from the Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, IL) and the Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) and a funeral announcement from the Inter Ocean.

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Below, a humorous analogy in advertisement by E. F. Hartley, showing the shrewd businessman in action. The “Sign of the Rooster” mentioned at the bottom of the ad, can be seen in other ads put out by him, as in the insert below, a rooster standing atop another rooster, victorious. (We found another, showing Hartley’s rooster having completely beaten down the competition. That one was too graphic for our sensibilities, and we remind ourselves that this was the 1880s…probably what we today would view as negative in advertising (therefor to avoid) was perhaps just seen as getting the point across. The dogs at the trough image is a little rough, too. No pun intended 😉  As for the $2.00 Cabinet Cards, this price was for twelve Cabinets and one panel, a smokin’ hot deal for the public, to be sure.

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Below, from a couple of our readers (thank you!)….see the comment from J. Hill. Here’s the beautiful shadow box and a close-up in sepia of the handsome, newly-married couple, names unknown, photographed by the Hartley studio. Note the bride’s lace at the neck (unusual by today’s standards I think, because it’s not symmetrical) love her dark gloves, the beautiful embroidery on the bodice…and very unusual, that white piece of fabric sticking out below the bodice, seemingly so random, but in a way balancing out the lace on the neck in the overall effect. And those would be artificial orange blossoms (most likely made from wax) in the bride’s headpiece and the groom’s boutonniere, that now lovingly surround the Cabinet Card. Orange blossoms were worn and made popular by Queen Victoria at her wedding to her beloved Prince Albert.

Update:  In response to a query from a reader, for the question of whether the Hartley studio continued after his death in 1887….There is a possibility that Edward’s brother, Charles F. may have continued with the business, more research will be forthcoming. Below, the news clipping on Hartley’s will appearing in Chicago’s The Inter Ocean:

Sources: Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920.

Year: 1850; Census Place: Lawrence, Stark, Ohio; Roll: M432_731; Page: 94A; Image: 196. (

“Passed Away” Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) October 13, 1887, Thur, p. 3. (

“The Final Reward. Edward F. Hartley, the Well-Known Photographer, Answers Death’s Dread Summons.”  Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Vol. 16, Issue 199. October 10, 1887, p. 5. (

 “Laid to Rest” October 13, 1887, Thur, p.3 The Inter Ocean (Chicago) (
“Public Patronage Trough”  Chicago Daily Tribune. March 15, 1885, Sun, p. 2. (
“Hartley’s Rooster” Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Vol. 16, Issue 44. May 7, 1887, p. 4. (
Hamilton, E. L. “With quiet determination, Queen Victoria chose a white wedding dress, launching the trend that endures to this day.” March 20, 2018. (accessed November 6, 2018).
“Edward F. Hartley’s Will.”  The Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL). November 2, 1887. Wednesday, p. 10. (

Little Silesians By Oldřich Cihelka

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Divided back, artist signed, unused postcard. Publisher or printer:  Zora. Series or number G. Z. 0174. Date circa early to mid 1900s.

Price:  $15.00

Z kraje Bezručova which is the first line on the back of the postcard at the top left, appears to translate from Czech to English as “From Region of Bezrucova.” So, this postcard is regarding little or young Salesians of the Bezrucova Region of Salesia. Salesia is located in the eastern part of the Czech RepublicOldřich Cihelka (1881-1948?) was a painter, graphic artist and illustrator, born in Prague. Most online sources list his year of death as 1948, however some give the year as 1958.

Sources:  Moravia and Salesia. n.d. Hello Czech Republic. Web accessed 1 Aug 2014 []

Oldřich Cihelka. n.d. Art Consulting. Web accessed 31 Jul 2014. []

Chief Caping And Jaro

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Divided back, unused postcard. Publisher:  Sanborn Souvenir Co., Inc., Denver, Colorado. Color by Nesbitt. Printed by, West Nyack, New York. Series 9536-B, Number 3607. Circa 1963.

Price:  $8.00

There is a black and white 1947 postcard online at Princeton University which shows this couple:  Chief Caping and wife Jorro (different spelling) posing next to the sign for the Cliff Dwellings Museum. The sign indicates the museum was founded in 1904. The writing on the back of this one gives the date the postcard was purchased as 1963, and the postcard was stamped, probably by the souvenir shop, in the anticipation that it would be mailed. The stamp says:  “Mailed At Seven Falls, South Cheyenne Cañon. Colorado Springs, Colorado.”

The caption on the back states  “#3607 – Chief Caping and Jaro, Santa Clara Indian dancers at Seven Falls, Colorado Springs, Colorado.”

Source:  Princeton University Digital Library. Western Americana Collection. Chief Caping and Wife, Jorro, Pueblo Indians. Web. 15 June 2014 []/sheetreader.php?obj=r207tp696

Dutch Girl and Boy Valentine

Dutch Girl and Boy Valentine

Die-cut, embossed valentine, circa 1910. Publisher unknown. Size:  about 3 x 3″

Price:  $1.00

Heart-shaped valentine of Dutch girl and boy in traditional regional costume. The young couple is shown sitting behind a blue and white wall, that shows the printing “Valentine Greetings.”  Behind them is a background of red with heart shapes cut out of the card. Embossed white border on red. A beautiful little valentine.