Snail's Postcard Post

Early(ish) 20th Century Photography

As I wrote in the previous post, I’m currently house-sitting for friends with a collection of postcard books! Here are images that struck me from two postcard books of twentieth century photography–one journalistic, one artistic.IMG_6343“Selection of Jury Delays Snyder Trial.” April 1927. “Long Island City: Cameramen lined up before Queens County Courthouse where the trial for murder of Mrs. Ruth Snyder and Henry Judd Gray is now in progress.”

IMG_6344IMG_6346close up:

IMG_6345IMG_6350IMG_6351IMG_6352IMG_6353IMG_6354IMG_6355IMG_6356IMG_6357IMG_6358IMG_6360IMG_6361IMG_6362Fortunately, this type of caption went out with the metabolism measuring helmet. IMG_6363IMG_6364IMG_6366IMG_6367IMG_6368Fritz Henle: Nievis, 1943


Boris Ignatovich: Hermitage, 1929 IMG_6370Heinrich Kühn: Miss Mary, 1908IMG_6371Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
This famously moving photograph is currently gaining new exposure on the cover of Marisa Silver’s acclaimed novel Mary Coin75143415IMG_6372Edward Steichen: Gloria Swanson, 1926
“We didn’t need dialogue then. We had faces!” Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond   Sunset Boulevard

A clutch of black and white postcards from the Getty were stuck in the back of this postcard book. Here are two I liked of those:IMG_6373IMG_6374IMG_6375IMG_6376Check in tomorrow for more picks from the postcard book collection! 

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