Thursday, March 12, 2015
RPPC DRESS UP Real Photo Postcards
There are many reasons to dress up, and this post shows real photo postcards that celebrate the fun of it for both children and adults. Above, delightful little ones offer a performance with white outfits and cut-out stars.
Here are two portraits of adults with children dressed up as Indians, a fairly common costume adventure at American photo studios. A friend in Britain tells me that the equivalent there was children dressed up in kilts. These are unused divided-back postcards that have CYKO and AZO stampboxes, dating them 1907 - 1920s.
Here is a little beauty dressed in a wonderfully ornate Oriental outfit. She looks happy to be having her picture taken in her fancy jacket, headdress and pants. Don't miss the fur rug. The sender wrote "Merry Christmas" on the back. A divided-back AZO stampbox image, we can date it 1907-1918.
This young fellow holds a big old-fashioned camera and looks very proud in his sailor outfit. An AZO stampbox dates this unused postcard 1904-1918. With a divided back, we can also date this postcard 1907-1918.
Of course, children were not the only ones who donned costumes for their moment before the camera. Cowboy outfits were popular with men, who sometimes posed in front of fake barroom scenes aiming pistols at each other. This tall man has selected wooly pants or chaps for his portrait, although his wife wears regular clothing. Hand-dated on the back 1921, this arcade photo studio was located in Charleston, West Virginia.
Sally Loomis wears a risque Hollywood-styled Indian costume on this 1940 Minnesota postcard as she arrives to participate in the St. Paul's Carnival Parade.
This autographed San Francisco postcard is one of several issued after the 1906 earthquake to advertise the Chinatown business of Mr. & Mrs. Wong Sun Yue Clement. In their shop, they sold imported items and souvenirs of the quake. She wears Chinese dress to match her husband, and also has signed the postcard Mrs. Howard Gould's Sister to take advantage of her link to a wealthy and well-known San Francisco relative.
This post closes with an unused photo postcard from a studio in St. Augustine, Florida. Saluting in his military-style costume, this handsome little boy directs a serious look toward the camera. An AZO stampbox dates the photograph 1904-1918. With a divided back, we can date it 1907-1918.
Real photo postcards with people in costumes come in a wide variety - there are some wonderful images of women in exotic outfits that pre-date the glamour photography of today, for instance. Whatever sub-set of the Dress Up postcards you select, you're sure to have fun with this genre!