Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
ca. 1870-90, [tintype portrait of a fireman posing proudly with his axe]
I wish we still had that much style in the firefighting business.
A beautiful image of a young Pss Beatrice of the United Kingdom. Mids 1870s.
French Ceremonial Dagger
- Dated: circa 1860’s – 1870’s
- Measurements: approx. 8-3/8” long with a 5” double edged dagger blade and a 2-7/8”
Blade shows four pierced fullers with decorative designs. Blade flats show scroll engraving. It has a raised ricasso that hows engraved knight on both sides. The hilt features a one piece cast silver-plated figural pattern with integral crossguard and depicts a winged cherub and animal motif.
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Unknown Hungarian Chap with excellent mustache
photographer: Klösz György (1844 Darmstadt - 1913 Budapest)
The Young Doctor by Albert Roosenboom, ca 1870’s
#FacialHairFriday; another goatee on the very handsome subject.
This is John Schwinghammer, circa 1870. This is my favorite photograph, not just in my own collection, but in any collection I’ve seen. Aside from being quite handsome, Mr. Schwinghammer proved to be my most successful research project.
I acquired this image in a bulk lot purchase and was very pleased to find that, not only was his name on the back, but there was a photographer’s mark as well. This albumen portrait was made in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. After several weeks of research, following clues and going cross-eyed searching census records, I discovered that Mr. Schwinghammer was born in Bavaria and immigrated with his family to the US in the 1850s. He went on to serve as mayor of Egg Harbor City (which, incidentally, was established as a colony for German immigrants-but that’s another research project) and is buried there.
Illustration from ‘Miss Kilmansegg And Her Precious Leg’.
The story of a rich banker’s daughter who upon losing her leg in a riding accident has it replaced with a golden prosthetic. Needless to say it all ends badly.
My edition is 1870 but the illustrations are in the 1860s fashion.
Beula Merton, solo cornetist
1879 promotional card - Beula Merton was one of only a handful of successful female brass musicians before the 1930s, and apparently very skilled in multiple musical styles.