Two Original Silver-Gelatin Photographic Portraits of Young Women in Costume, ca 1910

San Francisco: Lucerne Studio, [n.d. ca 1907-1912]. Two original (vintage) silver-gelatin studio portraits, ca 5-3/8" x 3-1/2"; printed to borders with embossed edges; printed for postal use on verso, with divided backs for addressing. Slight crease to one corner, but both images very well-preserved, Near Fine. Embossed studio stamp in image, lower right: "Lucerne / Studio / 1437 Fillmore Street / S.F. Cal."

Also included are slightly larger proof versions of the same two images, on thinner photographic paper, each with abrasions at center of image with evidence of scrapbook adhesion to versos; Good only.

The first image is of two young female sitters posing, arms encircling each other's backs, dressed in identical Pierrot costumes -- possibly attired for a costume ball. The second image is a solo portrait of one of the same two sitters. Undated; sitters unidentified, but this studio appears to have been active in the period 1909-1911. An advertisement offering Lucerne Studio for sale appears in the February, 1912 issue of Camera Craft, a San Francisco photographic trade journal. The cards were printed after 1907 (divided-back postal card era). A charming pair of early San Francisco portraits.

Price: $75.00

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