Wilhelmine S. M. Gathje Calling Card

Wilhemine S. M. Gathje

Calling Card, circa 1880 – 1899. Gold-flowered background not part of card.

Price:  $15.00

White calling card with decorative raised border for Wilhelmine S. M. Gathje. (The gold-patterned background was just for scanning purposes.) This card was beautifully done. Check out the surprise under the S!  And according to online birth and death information Miss Gathje was born in 1864 and died in Nebraska in 1899, so this card could be from about 1880 – 1899.

Source:  Find A Grave Memorial #74357733. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi. (Ancestry.com)

Young Woman in Lace, San Francisco


Cabinet Card, circa 1887. Photographer:  Oscar V. Lange, San Francisco, California.

Price:  $10.00

A cabinet card photo of a beautiful young woman, possibly sprucing up her look for the camera with the beautiful lace fichu that she wears over her dress; note also the brooch or neck pin fastener. Photographer Oscar V. Lange (1853-1913), 1025 Market St., San Francisco, California shows in the city directory at this address in 1887. Besides being known as a prominent West Coast photographer, Lange also painted landscapes.

Sources:  Oscar V. Lange. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_V._Lange (accessed September 27, 2014).

Langley’s San Francisco Directory, 1887. p. 1370. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Young Woman Partially in Velvet, Chicago IL

Young Woman Partially in Velvet, Chicago IL

Cabinet Card, circa 1885. Photographer:  George E. Neidhardt, Chicago, Illinois.

Price:  $7.00

Cabinet card of a beautiful young woman taken by photographer George E. Neidhardt. His studio was located at 403 Larrabee St., the corner of North Ave. in Chicago. This card looks like it was once framed with an oval matting. Neidhardt’s studio shows up in city directories at the 403 Larrabee address in 1885. The next directory found for him is 1890 which shows the address of 405 Larrabee. And click on the image for a closer look, note the woman’s jewelry and the braiding detail on the velvet.

Sources:  Thomas Hutchinson’s The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago, 1885, p. 1015. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Reuben H. Donnelley’s The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago, 1890, p. 1610. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Frank Robertson

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Cabinet Card, circa 1907.

Price:  $10.00

A handsome young man, named Frank Robertson, possibly of Paducah, Texas. This Cabinet Card has writing on the back showing, “Mrs. Ruth Robertson, Paducah, Tex., son. Died Nov. 22, 1907.”  Maybe this would have been made as a memorial, hard to know, but in any case the border design is very cool. Note the charming butterfly at the lower left.

Princess Louise


Nellie H. Bonney trade card showing a beautiful print of Her Royal Highness, the Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. Miss Bonney can be found in various Haverhill, Massachusetts city directories and also on the 1880 Federal Census taken in Haverhill, showing her occupation as milliner,  and born about 1844. To the bottom right of the drawing is the lithographer’s last name and location:  Bufford, Boston. This print was produced by John Henry Bufford (1810-1870) an artist, lithographer, and publisher of prints. It is uncertain who was the actual artist of this work.

Trade Card. Nellie H. Bonney, Milliner. Haverhill, Mass. Circa 1880 – 1885.

Price:  $25.00     Size:  About 2 and 5/8 x 4 and 1/2″

Sources:  Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Louise,_Duchess_of_Argyll. (accessed November 14, 2015).

John Henry Bufford. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Bufford (accessed November 14, 2015).

Year: 1880; Census Place: Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: 529; Family History Film: 1254529; Page: 25D; Enumeration District: 182; Image: 0476. (Ancestry.com)