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Abel Briquet Albumen Photo  "Drawing Pulque" ASP51-6

"Drawing Pulque". Albumen photograph, 7"h x 5"w (18 x 13 cm), by Abel Briquet, circa 1890. Mounted to a grey board, on which has been written in white gouache below the photo in a decorative hand; "'Drawing Pulque / State of Mexico". With the photographer's signature in the negative, "A. Briquet", in the lower right corner of image. The photograph shows a "tlachiquero" with his long necked gourd siphoning the juice from the maguey plant which is used to produce the traditional alcoholic beverage known as "pulque". Abel Briquet was a French photographer who moved to Mexico when he was comissioned to photograph the construction of several railroads, and remained active there for approximately 25 years, producing several photo albums of Mexican railroads, scenery, the port of Veracruz, etc. Photo has two thumb-sized patches of surface loss to upper left quadrant. Else, in lovely condition with beautiful brown toning and clarity. Mount measures 10" h x 8"w. Image of mount available upon request. For a reproduction of this image see page 138 of "Mexico. A Photographic History", by Rosa Casanova & Adriana Konzevik. Published Mexico City, 2007. $95.00

Ivy Irene Adams of Bozeman, MT cabinet card ASP102-6

Poignant albumen photograph portrait, mounted as a cabinet card, of Ivy Irene Adams. Attached to the verso of the mount is an obituary, cut from a newspaper, stating that Ivy passed away in Bozeman March 19, 1899, at 8 years, 9 months and 19 days. This photo was obviously taken not long before. Studio mark on mount recto of "Elite, Bozeman, Mont." In fine, clean condition. $22.00

L. C. McClure Colored Photo pf Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado ASP198-6

Hand tinted gelatin silver photograph, 9 3/4" h x 7 1/2"w (25 x 19 cm), of Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado by L. C. McClure. Born in Illinois, Louis Charles McClure (1867-1957) moved to Denver as a young man and trained with William Henry Jackson in Jackson's Denver studio. In 1899 McClure founded his own studio and became the preeminent photographer of his adopted state, spending the next quarter century recording its cities, towns, industry, transportation and world famous scenery. This example here is a birds eye view of the Big Thompson Canyon formed by the river that shares its name. Photo circa 1925. Numbered, titled and signed in the negative; "2613, Big Thompson Canon (sic), Photo by L. C. McClure, Denver". Photo in fine, unmarked condition with expertly applied tinting. Tipped to a beige mount measuring 14" h x 11" w. Mount lightly soiled with a few minor dampstains. $55.00 SOLD

USS Maine Girl Albumen Cabinet Card ASP54-6

Charming patriotic albumen photograph, mounted as a cabinet card, of a young girl in a photo studio dressed in a sailor's uniform with "USS Maine" printed on the hat band. Notice the studio props; the potted palm and the "rock" on which the girl rests her arm. Studio mark of "Paley, New York". Image measures 5 1/2"h x 3 3/4"w (14 x 9.5 cm). Circa 1898. Some very light wear and soiling, else in very nice condition. $25.00

Greek Orthodox Bishop Albumen Photograph ASP55-6

Striking albumen photograph, 5 1/3"h x 3 3/4"w (13.5 x 9.5 cm), of a Greek Orthodox monk holding a book and rosary in his hands. He wears the "Epani-Kalumaukion"; the cylindrical hat covered with the monastic veil. Photographer unknown. Circa 1890. Attached to a black card board mount 8 1/2"h x 6 1/2"w. Photo in fine condition. $50.00

Sami (Lapp) Women Vintage Albumen Photograph ASP56-6

Superb ethnographic albumen photograph, 5 1/4"h x 4 1/4"w (13 x 11 cm), of three Sámi (Lapp) women, one smoking a pipe, wearing their traditional caps and fringed shawls pinned around their shoulders. The manner in which all three women look forthrightly, even boldly (the woman at the top), into the camera, and the fact that one of them has chosen to pose with her pipe, shows that the subjects were not shy or apprehensive about having their photo taken. Indeed, they were proud of the opportunity. No photographer's credits or blind stamps.Circa 1890. Attached to a black card board mount 8 1/2"h x 6 1/2"w. In near fine condition. $100.00 SOLD

Two Ethnic Women Vintage Albumen Photograph ASP57-6

Albumen photograph, 9"h x 6 3/4"w (23 x 17 cm), of two female Northern European (Russian?) peasants posing outside, dressed in winter clothing. The woman sitting down is holding in her lap a large decorative jug or pot that appears to be filled with some kind of food, while the girl holds a row of small bagels on a string. Number "73" written in the negative, else no additional photographer's credits, etc. Circa 1890. Attached to a black card board mount 11"h x 9"w. In excellent condition. $65.00

Gelatin silver snapshot of two women ASP58-6

Gelatin silver photograph, 3" h x 5 1/3" w (7.5 x 14.3 cm), of two women in a boat on a lake. This is a terrific vernacular "snapshot" of two women in an affectionate embrace on a beautiful summers day, circa 1915. There's some clipping to the corners and some black paper residue to the verso where it was once, no doubt, attached to a page in a photograph album. Else in fine, clean condition with strong toning. $15.00

Mauthalle Nuremberg Vintage Albumen Print ASP59-6

Exceptional large albumen photograph, 8 1/2"w x 11"h (21 x 28 cm), by Ferdinand Schmidt (1840-1909) of the Mauthalle in Nuremberg. Erected about 1500, it was one of twelve civic storehouses or granaries in the Altstadt that guarranteed food supplies in times of crisis. Later it housed the city's custom office ("maut"="toll"), and then in the late 19th century was switched to commercial office space and store fronts. Destroyed by World War II air raids, it was re-built, and still stands today on the Königstrasse. Faint blind stamp to lower left corner reads; "Ferdinand Schmidt, Nürnberg". Photo circa 1890. Attached to a slightly larger black card mount. Slight bow to mount. Else, photo in fine condition with beautiful toning. For a variant of this image see "Nürnberg 1865-1909: Photographien von Ferdinand Schmidt", plate 113, published by the Centrum Industriekultur Nürnberg, 1987. $105.00

Goose Man Fountain, Nuremberg Vintage Albumen Print ASP60-6

Exceptional large albumen photograph, 10 1/2"h x 8 1/2"w (26 x 21 cm), of the famous "Gänsemännchenbrunnen" (Goose Man Fountain) in the Rathausplatz, Nuremberg. A bronze, late Renaissance scuplture, it depicts a farmer carrying two geese to market under his arms. No discernable blind stamps, but attributed to Ferdinand Schmidt (1840-1909). Photo circa 1890. Attached to a slightly larger black card mount. Slight bow to mount. Else, in fine condition. $95.00

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