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jon koss
10-02-2010, 06:48 PM
I was excavating one of the bureau drawers today and came across this portrait. I had not seen it in years and it surprised me with its strength. So I thought I would share. The actual print is warm but not as warm as the reproduction here. I think it was the incandescent source that made it jump that way.

Also, I discovered that I have a lot of vintage prints. Does anyone else have a lot of prints, and if so, are you displaying them or are you just hoarding them in drawers?


10-02-2010, 07:29 PM
Amazing find. Jennie's a beaut.

I'd say scan and share.

10-02-2010, 07:38 PM
Very Nice !
An amazingly beautiful human being.


jon koss
10-02-2010, 08:09 PM
Suddenly I wonder if it is Jennie of 867-5309 fame!


10-02-2010, 08:32 PM
Yes, that is an excellent find. One of my hobbies is collecting original examples. I recently acquired a J. E. Purdy (Boston) portrait of Dorothy Stanley Emmons. She was daughter of Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, who herself was an accomplished photographer. They were from the Stanley dry plate / Stanley Steamer family.

I believe Purdy's was a studio with multiple locations throughout the Boston area. There is an early article on Purdy @ goole books (starting pg. 128). Hopefully you can access it . . .


As far as displaying . . . some photographs adorn the walls, while others are kept safe.

10-03-2010, 12:18 AM
I have a few vintage family prints that I keep in an acid-free box. I take them out and look at them from time-to-time. Some go back to the turn of the 20th Century and are in fragile condition, so they don't go on display.

Peter Gomena

10-03-2010, 06:37 AM
i have tons of old portraits jon ...
photo-scrap books i bought at junque stores
loose prints ..
even collection of high school senior portrait
from the class of 192x ...
kids looked so old then !

none are on display though i do look at them
often for old school lighting inspiration ...

10-03-2010, 03:11 PM
I've got a collection of antique and vintage images which I keep at my parents' house for the most part, as I'm already short on display and storage space at mine. They're wonderful to have around, and if/when I ever move to a larger house I'm going to set up a display for the cased images.