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Immigrant Schoolgirl
Opening: $45
Hammer Price: $140
Skylight Gallery 29
October 2009

Larger-than quarter plate tintype of school girl, perhaps from a German immigrant family, holding a school book, ruler and pencil box tied together with strap, ca. 1891. Housed in fancy paper holder approx. 6.5 x 4 inches (17x10 cm) with elaborate imprint and advertising for Carl J. Hohenstein, 640 Broadway, cor. Gerry St. Brooklyn [NY]." Print size 5 x 3.5 inches (13x9 cm).   ( Inventory# ic559 )

Tintype has some surface wear but generally in very good condition.

The ornate front of the tintype's holder reads:
"4 Tin types this size for 25 cents at / Copyright 1891 by / Carl. J. Hohenstein, 640 Broadway, cor. Gerry St. Brooklyn / 908 & 910 Fulton St., cor. Washington Av."

On the reverse this information is repeated, along with much more advertising copy:
"Deutsches Geschäft [German-owned business] ... These are the Largest ever made for the money They are twice as large as you can get anywhere else for the same price. No extra charge for taking in Masquerade or other Costumes. / Costume and Club Pictures a Specialty / One Dozen Card Photographs for 50 Cents. / Good Pictures Guaranteed in any Weather / All Photographs made by the Instantaneous Process. / Be sure to call early in the day so as to avoid waiting, as there is generally a rush in the afternoon. / One large Picture for framing given free with a Dozen Imperial Photographs. / Gallery on Ground Floor, open every day, Sundays and Holidays included."

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