Friday, April 11, 2014


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Foto Friday - The Breakers

The Breakers, summer home to Cornelius Vanderbilt in the late 1800's.  Eleven of these beautiful, HUGE mansions are preserved and available for touring in Newport, Rhode Island.  This vintage photo was taken by moi. I took some of my first photographs on this vacation .  I can't remember if the camera was given to me or just on loan for the vacation. I was older my parents would give me their old cameras when they "upgraded". The version above is a modification of a scan of the original seen below.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Trinidad State Beach

Northern California seaside photography from Trinidad State Beach. 
 The rocks on the sides are considered part of the California Coastal National Monument.
See this and other photography at my shop.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Foto Friday - Pike's Peak

 Someone wrote Pike's Peak on back but no date, it is a timeless view.
Most likely taken with a Brownie Camera.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Foto Friday - Tintype Sisters

Tintypes, not tin but iron, the rouge on the cheek was a tint placed by the photographer before applying the enamel or lacquer coating. Customers could have their picture taken and walk away with it in just a few minutes making them popular at carnivals and fairs.  Helping to keep them in demand from the 1860's until the 1900's was the fact they were also sturdy and cheap.
From the little I've read about dating women's clothing I'm guessing this was the late 1880's-1890's.  The straight skirt, length, narrow shoulder were some of the characteristics I tried to date.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Foto Friday - Vacation 1944

After ducking into an antique store during a rained out Octoberfest I found this photo dated 1944.  
I had to get it because well, she just looked so nice and friendly.  After I got home I was so mad
I didn't get more so I did return several weeks later and I'll share those too eventually.

 I love the vest and the two buttons at the waist.

This image is not dated but she is wearing the same outfit.  I believe these are considered Large
Format Photography the negative being the size of the print, maybe taken with a 3A Folding
Pocket Camera? The image sizes are the roughly the same (3.25x5.5 and 3.1x5.5)
however printed on different paper.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Foto Friday - Cabinet Card Young Woman

 I decided to start posting some of the photos I've purchased at thrift stores, yard sales and antique stores.  Some will be enhanced due to the condition, as today's cabinet card is.  I just loved her dress and hair.  Below is original scan.  No names or dates, however there are many ways to help you date your photograph and these can be easily found online.  Cabinet cards were in America 1866-1900. I'm going to guess having researched cabinet cards for many years it could be about early 1870's due to the simplicity and color of the card (it is whiter than it looks here) and the fact there is no photographer's name on the mount.