I have two cats. Believe me, I take signs like this seriously…
This is in Toecane NC.
I can’t tell you who this stylish couple is. I can’t tell you where they lived, but I can tell you when the photos were taken, within a 4-year period – 1903 to 1907.
The paper these real photo post cards are printed on is an Ansco product called Cyko. The process of the printing is chlorobromide, yielding a warm brown tone. Cyko came on the market in 1903 and the undivided-back era ended in 1907, when the Universal Postal Conference agreed to allow a message area on the left side of the back, not just the address. There’s probably a little slippage on the end date, since, as far as I can tell, the U.S. Post Office didn’t ban these backs, just let them fall out of favor.
The blank area to the right of each picture was there for a message of some sort. These are either one-offs or part of a very limited edition.
This linen finish card was printed in 1950 by Curt Teich in Chicago. It was published by Bristol News Agency, Bristol Tenn. And that’s a lot of gassy prose on the back. Compare:
This card was published ten or so years later. It’s a modern chrome postcard printed by Haynes of Roanoke. While much terser, the wording the back is more atmospheric. The top one is a paragraph from a text book – this one is a clever sell piece. I don’t know how “mysterious” the cavern is, but the adjective gets the mood across.
There’s no identification at all on this old picture. When I first saw it, I thought, “Desperado!”
And that may be, but his hat’s on crooked and it’s obvious he doesn’t dress like this very often. He’s wearing suspenders, with both a vest and a coat. The picture was taken outdoors with some sort of drape or side of a tent behind him. It looks like there’s a patch over the seat of the chair. Much used, perhaps.
Otherwise, this man’s identity is lost. I wonder who he was…