About these pictures

I am an avid collector of intriguing old things including postcards, newspapers, photographs, advertising cards, souveniers, etc. All of the pictures in this blog are from my private collection. If you wish to enlarge any picture, simply click on it.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Not Your Average Carte-de-Visites

Thought I'd post a few of the beautiful carte-de-visites I've collected over the years. It never ceases to amaze me how miserable some of the people can look in the studio photos. Take a look at the first two beauties and tell me they weren't forced in there at gunpoint!

"Has anybody seen my glasses?

I believe this one must have just finished a jar of particularly sour gherkins.

To make this a more pleasant experience, the next one is just plain cute and should bring a smile to your face. Enjoy what is left of the weekend! Gotta go!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Orphan Photos For Sepia Saturday

Once again digging through a box of “orphan photos” and became an on-line detective. Thought I’d share a few and some links to go with them.

This first picture I was able to ID by zooming in on the water tower and finding “Moirs Limited Chocolates Bread Biscuits”. Google quickly directed me to Halifax, Nova Scotia. I then found a Facebook link to old photographs of Halifax and then the following link which confirmed this was Halifax.

Here is a link to a photo of the old town clock at the left in this picture.

Check out this link below to see the assembly line at Moirs Chocolate Factory in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This next photo is a group shot of finely dressed people in front of "Lord Construction" "Work and Win Plant". Judging by the car and Work and Win slogan, I imagine this was taken during World War I. I did find a reference to a Lord Construction Company in Providence, Rhode Island that equipped/outfitted ships for the Emergency Fleet Corporation which was in operation from 1917 to 1920 to support the war effort. Check out the shiny shoes and the nice watch chain.

The last one I need some help with. It appears to be a BIG mock up of a World War I ship. Look at how many people are working on it. There is a subway entrance in the foreground. This was probably a set for a "Liberty War Bond" drive during WWI. Do you agree? Any ideas as to what city?

Followup: Brett Payne nailed the answer immediately after I posted the picture. Here is the link he directed me to: