Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tintype of Father and Daughter with a Naive Painted Backdrop

Via Flickr:
Photo_History, via flickr writes:

I like this tintype of a father and daughter sitting on a rustic bench for several reasons. The girl seems less than enthusiastic about the photographic process. She leans back against her father as if for reassurance. Both look directly into the camera lens. The elaborate background of landscape and birds does not have the feel of a professionally painted commercial backdrop. The plants and birds are rather naive in execution.

I spent some time this week in the storage box of tintypes and picked out some that I will be posting over the next few days. Once again I am finding images that I had forgotten but feel are worth sharing.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Archduke Leopold Salvator (LOC)

Via Flickr:
Bain News Service,, publisher.

Archduke Leopold Salvator

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

General information about the Bain Collection is available at

Persistent URL:

Call Number: LC-B2- 3278-3

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ukraine Mustache Men - ca:1878s

Untitled, a photo by ggaabboo on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
photographer: L. Blachowski - Lwow/Lemberg/ - Ukraine - ca:1878s

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A 1908 Mustache from Eastern Europe

Untitled, a photo by ggaabboo on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
photographer: Bogdán Ferenc - Kézdivásárhely - 1908 Kálmán és Rózsika

Sunday, August 7, 2011

St. Nicholas restaurant 1873

St. Nicholas Shell Oysters received daily by express.
B.ROTH & SONS, Prop'rs.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Honorable William Mahone of Virginia

Hon. William Mahone, "Little Billy"

William Mahone (December 1, 1826 – October 8, 1895) was a civil engineer, teacher, soldier, railroad executive, and a member of the Virginia General Assembly and U.S. Congress. Small of stature, he was nicknamed "Little Billy".

Educated at Virginia Military Institute, Mahone helped build Virginia's roads and railroads in the antebellum period. In 1855, he married the former Otelia Voinard Butler of Smithfield. Local tradition notes that they were each colorful characters. Based upon Ivanhoe, a novel she had been reading, the naming of several railroad towns in Southside Virginia is credited to Otelia and "Little Billy". The name of Disputanta was allegedly created after the couple had a "dispute" over an appropriate name.

During the American Civil War, as a leader eventually attaining the rank of major general of the Confederate States Army, Mahone is best known for turning the tide of the Battle of the Crater against the Union advance during the Siege of Petersburg in 1864. His wife served as a nurse in Richmond. Although the Mahone family had owned several slaves before the war, biographer Nelson Blake has noted that during the War and after, Mahone accorded the African Americans under his leadership and generally with considerably more respect than many of his peers. Still, many African American leaders complained that Mahone was relegating them to the lower rung political positions, and he was affected by public sentiments against African Americans. To elevate them could diminish his white support and needed both public and white support.

At the conclusion of the Civil War, he returned to his pre-war position heading the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, working to rebuild it, and the two trunk lines west of Petersburg to Bristol, Virginia, at the Tennessee border. He successfully united the three in 1870 to form the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad (AM&O), which was headquartered in Lynchburg. As he and Otelia made their home there, the pundits were already claiming that AM&O really stood for "All Mine and Otelia's".

Even while still serving in the Confederate Army, Mahone had also become involved in politics. In the post-war years, he helped form and lead a coalition of blacks, Republicans, and Conservative Democrats that became known as the Readjuster Party (so-named for a position regarding Virginia's troublesome post-War public debt issues). Partially owned by the state, the AM&O went into receivership several years after the Financial Panic of 1873. When it was sold to northern interests who formed the Norfolk and Western (N&W) in 1881, Mahone working with African American members of the Readjuster Party helped arrange for a portion of the proceeds to be used to fund a teacher's school and collegiate institute to educate Virginia's large African American population, now known as Virginia State University, and also to build a mental hospital for blacks nearby, long known as Central State Hospital.

Mahone's hand-picked candidate, William E. Cameron, won the election as Governor of Virginia as a Readjuster, and Mahone himself subsequently won a term as a U.S. Senator. With his status as an independent, he held an important swing vote in the evenly divided upper house in the U.S. Congress, which became especially important after the assassination of President James A Garfield. However, he tended to caucus with the Republicans, and was defeated for reelection by the candidate of Virginia's Conservative Democrats, who were also assuming the other political control in Virginia they would later hold until the 1960s under the Byrd Organization.

Despite eventually losing control of both the AM&O railroad and the political power that went with the Readjuster Party, Mahone accumulated substantial wealth, partially through the foresight of valuable personal investments in bituminous coal lands in the western regions of Virginia where he had hoped to extend the AM&O. When Mahone died in 1895, followed by his widow Otelia in 1911, they were each interred with other family members in Petersburg's Blandford Cemetery. Their former residence formed a portion of a new Petersburg Public Library.

text from Wikipedia page on William Mahone.

Library of Congress PHOTO INFO:

  • Title: Mahone, Hon. Wm. of Va. (General in Confederate Army)
  • Date Created/Published: [between 1865 and 1880]
  • Medium: 1 negative : glass, wet collodion.
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-cwpbh-04359 (digital file from original neg.)
  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
  • Call Number: LC-BH832- 666 [P&P]
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
  • Notes:
    • Title from unverified information on negative sleeve.
    • Annotation from negative, inked on emulsion: 666; scratched into emulsion: 799 [crossed out], Mahone.
    • Forms part of Brady-Handy Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Prof. Paul Hazard

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Prof. Paul Hazard

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

General information about the Bain Collection is available at

Persistent URL:

Call Number: LC-B2- 3148-15

Austrian Mustache

Untitled by ggaabboo
Untitled, a photo by ggaabboo on Flickr.

photographer: Robert Steidl - Bruck / Austria 1870 - 88

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Charlie Chaplin had a Fantastic Mustache

The Pilgrim (1923)

Short Film
Writer/Director: Charles Chaplin
Cinematographer: Roland Totheroh
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Kitty Bradbury, Syd Chaplin, Mack Swain, Charles Reisner, Tom Murray
via the One-Line Review
An escaped convict on the lam, disguised as a preacher, is mistaken for the new minister of Devil's Gulch, where he muddles through a service, falls for his landlady’s daughter, and comes unstuck at the hands of a former cellmate, in this tremendously entertaining if somewhat unexceptional Chaplin short. Iain.Stott
The PilgrimCharlie Chaplin The Pilgrim PosterCharlie Chaplin Pilgrim PosterThe Chaplin Revue (2 Disc Special Edition)

Mack Swain, American Actor

Mack Swain (February 16, 1876 - August 25, 1935) was an American actor and vaudevillian, prolific throughout the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. ) from Wikipedia

Mack Swain (1876-1935) -American comedian. Outer: Entered show business quite young, touring with minstrel shows, vaudeville troupes and stock companies. In 1899, he married Cora King. Spent some two decades on the stage, before joining the Keystone stable in his late 30s. 6’2”, 280 lbs. Started out as a support to Charlie Chaplin, playing his large size off the diminutive comedian as a heavy foil, before starring in his own series as an oversized lecher named Ambrose with a huge mustache and heavy make-up. Remained with Keystone for 4 years, then moved around to several studios, as his initial film career waned. Married. Rescued by Charlie Chaplin, who cast him in his most memorable role as prospector Big Jim McKay in The Gold Rush, in 1925, where in his hunger and delerium, he imagines Chaplin as an edible chicken. Played character parts and occasional leads in feature films, and then retired, before dying of a probable heart attack. Inner: Genial, modest, lovable. Large-framed lifetime, once again, of playing with the comic possibilities of a huge body, and once more being undone by his appetites and a heart that could not support his overblown physical frame.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Erbprinz Max von Baden, Chancellor of Germany

prinz Max von Baden

Maximilian of Baden (also known as Max von Baden; full name: Maximilian Alexander Friedrich Wilhelm of Baden) (10 July 1867 – 6 November 1929) was a German nobleman and politician. He was heir to the grand duchy of Baden and in 1918 briefly served as chancellor of Germany, overseeing the transformation into a parliamentary system.


As Chancellor, October 1918
Born in Baden-Baden, Maximilian was the son of Prince Wilhelm of Baden, third son of Leopold, grand duke of Baden, and Princess Maria Maximilianovna of Leuchtenberg, a niece of Alexander IICzar of Russia.
He was named after his maternal grandfather, Maximilian Jevgenevich de Beauharnaisduke of Leuchtenberg, and bore a resemblance to his cousin,Napoleon IIIemperor of the French.
Following the death of his father in 1897, he was heir to the grand-ducal throne of his cousin Frederick II.


Noted as a liberal before and during the First World War, he was appointed Chancellor of Germany in October 1918 in order to negotiate an armistice with the Allies in the last days of the war. Although he had serious reservations about the way theGerman General Staff wanted to conduct negotiations, he accepted the charge, and appointed a government that for the first time included representatives of the Social DemocratsFriedrich Ebert and Philipp Scheidemann.
The government's efforts to secure an armistice were interrupted by the outbreak of revolution in Germany in early November. Maximilian urged Emperor William II to abdicate. Despite similar advice by Paul von Hindenburg and Wilhelm Groener of the General Staff, the Emperor considered abdication only as Emperor, not as King of Prussia. On 9 November 1918, Maximilian went ahead and announced the abdication anyway, and then resigned in favor of Friedrich Ebert.

[edit]Later life

Prince Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, spent the rest of his life in retirement. In 1928, following the death of Grand Duke Frederick II, he became head of the House of Baden. He died at Salem the following year.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

$1000 Reward

Reward by Thomas Shahan 3
Reward, a photo by Thomas Shahan 3 on Flickr.
$1000 REWARD  $1000

I warrant my Golden O'Dor to force a beautiful set of whiskers or moustaches to grow on the smoothest face infrom five to eight weeks; also hair restored on bald heads in eight weeks. Proved by the testimonials of thousands. Price $1. Sent to any address postpaid on receipt of price. Address
Dr. C. BRIGGS, P/O. Drawer 6308, Chicago, Ill.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lord Kitchener Wants You to grow a Mustache

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Britons: Lord Kitchener Wants You. Join Your Country's Army! God save the King.
A 1914 recruitment poster depicting Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener above the words "WANTS YOU" was the most famous image used in the British Army recruitment campaign of World War I. The poster was designed by Alfred Leete and had first appeared as a cover illustration for London Opinion, one of the most influential magazines in the world, on 5 September 1914. A similar poster used the words "YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU". It is often wrongly referred to as "BRITONS WANTS YOU".

On the outbreak of the First World War, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Herbert Asquith appointed Kitchener as Secretary of State for War. Kitchener was the first member of the military to hold the post and was given the task of recruiting a large army to fight Germany.

The poster has often been seen as a driving force helping to bring millions of men into the Army. The image first appeared in the front cover of the hugely influential London Opinion magazine on 5 September 1914, a month that had the highest number of volunteers. In response to requests for reproductions, the magazine issued postcard-sized copies, and the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee obtained permission to use the design in poster form. The Times recorded the scene in London on 3 January 1915; "Posters appealing to recruits are to be seen on every hoarding, in most windows, in omnibuses, tramcars and commercial vans. The great base of Nelson's Pillar is covered with them. Their number and variety are remarkable. Everywhere Lord Kitchener sternly points a monstrously big finger, exclaiming 'I Want You'". Although it became one of the most famous posters in history, its widespread circulation did not halt the decline in recruiting.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The W.L. Douglas $3 SHOE

The W.L. Douglas $3 SHOE   from 1886

Ask for, and insist upon having W.L.DOUGLAS SHOES. Non genuine without W.L. Douglas name and price stamped on bottom. Look for it when you buy. Sold everywhere.

This is the best $3. Shoe in the world.