Per17.
R. Archibald Heaven, Bristol. “Mr. Punch,” in manuscript on verso. Man at right stands with a Mr. Punch puppet, ladies are focused on the playing cards. Cabinet Card. VG. $150

     
Per18.
Barenblatt, NYC. Great image (4″ x 5 3/4″ on 5 1/4″ x 7 3/8″ mount) of a clown juggler. He’s got saws, clubs, plates, daggers, balls, other items, a ukelele, etc. He’s wearing a beat up straw hat and a ragged outfit and has a cigar in his mouth. VG. $225

     
O102.
Morris, Pittsburgh. “L.L. Sturgeon, Harrisburg, Pa., 1884,” written on back undoubtedly by Ms. Sturgeon herself. This is a woman who writes with her feet but unlike most Cabinet Cards one sees of this talent, Ms. Sturgeon has arms and hands. There is a sign in the front that reads “Nothing without labor.” There is also a cabinet card of herself in the view. VG. $275


PERPC1.
Bobby Leach and his Barrel after his perilous trip over Niagara Falls, July 25th, 1911. Real Photo Postcard, used, postmarked Aug. 26, 1912 at Niagara Falls, NY. VG. $35

   
O110.
Chas. Eisenmann, NY. CDV of Mr. I.W. Sprague with his family. Age 40 years; Height 5 feet 5 1/2 inches; Weight 46 pounds. VG. $85


Per23.
Chas. Eisenmann, NY. Major Cicero Newell (Aug. 12, 1840-Dec. 1913), formerly of the 10th Michigan Cavalry. From the Civil War Database: Residence Ypsilanti MI; 21 years old. Enlisted on 4/20/1861 at Ypsilanti, MI as a Sergeant. On 5/1/1861 he mustered into “H” Co. MI 1st Infantry.  He was Mustered Out on 8/7/1861 at Detroit, MI.  On 10/14/1861 he was commissioned into “D” Co. MI 3rd Cavalry. He was discharged on 10/12/1863.  On 10/13/1863 he was commissioned into Field & Staff MI 10th Cavalry.  He was discharged on 1/6/1865.  He was listed as: * Wounded 2/20/1863 (place not stated). Promotions: * 1st Lieut 9/7/1861 * Capt 4/1/1862 (As of Co. K) * Major 8/19/1863. Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 3/15/1862 from company D to company K. Other Information: Buried: Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland, OR. (Superintendent State Reform School for Boys at Seattle, WA). He was an Indian agent in Dakota Territory at one time and authored at least one book on Indians. Great decorative outfit, pistol at his waist. Corners clipped, a crease at top right. Cabinet Card. G. $450


O114.
Stratton, 15 City Hall Square, NY. Next Entrance N.Y. & B. Susp. Bridge (which as we all know we now call the “Brooklyn Bridge”). Unidentified image of a man dressed for Arctic exploration with long rifle posed in snow scene. I’ve never seen this before and assume it to be a performer from some Arctic display in town. Cabinet Card. VG. $150

     
PER27.
Fisher Bros., Boston. CDV of a dancer. VG. $85

     
PER28.
Fisher Bros., Boston. CDV of a dancer. VG. $85


PER29.
No ID. Johnny Lamont, 1880. CDV of a young performer, medals pinned to his chest. VG. $35


O127.
Jack Earle Giant Ring in top hat case.  Popular promotional item that was sold by Earle. The ring reads “Jack Earle 8 ft. 6 1/2, Giant.” Earle sold two versions of his ring, one saying he was 8 ft. 6 in. tall and this one adding a half inch. The ring opening measures 1 3/8″ in diameter. VG. $125


Odd128.
A. Newman, Philadelphia. Eli Bowen, Wife and Child. CDV. VG. $125


Per37.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Marie Bonfanti (Feb. 16, 1845Jan. 25, 1921) was a 19th century ballet dancer, born in Milan, who went to America in 1866 as the prima ballerian assoluta (a billing she always insisted upon in her contracts) and appeared in her New York City premiere in The Black Crook at Niblo’s Garden on September 10, 1866. She toured the US and appeared in several musical revues, including The White Fawn, the follow-up to The Black Crook. She was prima ballerina of the Milan Italian Grand Opera Company which toured the US; and was prima ballerina of the New York Metropolitan Opera House (1885-6). CDV. VG. $125


Per38.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Marie Bonfanti (Feb. 16, 1845Jan. 25, 1921) was a 19th century ballet dancer, born in Milan, who went to America in 1866 as the prima ballerian assoluta (a billing she always insisted upon in her contracts) and appeared in her New York City premiere in The Black Crook at Niblo’s Garden on September 10, 1866. She toured the US and appeared in several musical revues, including The White Fawn, the follow-up to The Black Crook. She was prima ballerina of the Milan Italian Grand Opera Company which toured the US; and was prima ballerina of the New York Metropolitan Opera House (1885-6). CDV. VG. $125


Per43.
Critcherson & Storer, Newport, R.I. The same man as in Per42 sits at left doing something with the seated man. 3-cent tax stamp on verso. CDV. VG. $50

Texas Giants Texas Giants
Odd162. Eisenmann, NY. On back is written “Barnum’s Show, Hannibal 1885 The Giants.” These are the Texas Giants, The Shields Brothers, Shady, Guss, Frank & Jack. Bottom left corner has a crease. Cabinet Card. G. $85

Isaac Stake Isaac Stake
Odd163. No ID. CDV of Isaac Stake, age 27, Platte County, Nebraska. G. $150  


Per55. Francis de Jongh, Lausanne, Switzerland. Cabinet card showing members of the acrobatic troupe “The Newsomes,” circa 1890. VG. $150

Banjo Player in Black Face
Per56. W.R. Bowles, Hopkinsville, Ky. Banjo Player in Black Face. Cabinet Card. E. $350

Man in Black Face
Per57. W.R. Bowles, Hopkinsville, Ky. Man in black face dressed as woman. Cabinet Card. VG. $250

Man in Black Face
Per58. W.R. Bowles, Hopkinsville, Ky. Man in black face. Cabinet Card. VG. $250


Per62. Cabinet Card by F.E. Lane titled “Souvenir Texas Steer, Momence, April 7, Opera Hall, 1896.” Texas Steer was a “rip roaring comedy of political life” written by Charles A. Hoyt in 1890. Momence is in Illinois. VG. $50

Flora Walsh
Per66. Baker, Columbus, O. Cabinet Card of Flora Walsh. Flora Walsh was the stage name of Mrs. Charles H. Hoyt. She was born in San Francisco and died at age 22. E. $250


Per69. C.G. Hill, So. Framingham, Mass. 1877. Costumed man with “clubs” on costume. CDV. VG. $35


Per71. No ID. CDV of performers Willie & Freddie O’Brien. O’BRIEN BROTHERS. Sons of champion leaper Fred O’Brien. Gymnasts. Stickney’s Imperial Parisian Circus, 1880; Charles Lee’s, 1887; Shields’, winter 1887-88; Barnum & Bailey, 1893. Willie O’Brien was killed from a fall from a double trapeze in Temple, TX, November 21, 1887.””O’BRIEN, FRED, JR. Acrobat. The son of leaper Fred O’Brien. Three Melville’s & Co., 1889; general superintendent, Price & James, 1897; principal clown, Cooper & Co., 1897.””O’BRIEN, WILLIAM. Acrobat and leaper. Son of Fred O’Brien. Howes’ London, 1877; Cooper & Bailey, 1880; Howard Bros.’, 1888; Charles Andress’, 1888; Robinson-Franklin, 1897.”THEIR FATHER. “O’BRIEN, FRED. (1848-April 28, 1881) Champion leaper. Native of Buffalo, NY. Lake’s, 1869; Dan Rice’ s, 1870; Rice’s Paris Pavilion Circus, 1871-72; P. T. Barnum’s, 1872-73; John Wilson’s, San Francisco, January 1874; Cooper, Bailey & Co., 1876; Great London, 1875-77; with wife and sons, Freddie and Willie, Orrin Bros.’, Havana, 1878. Wife was a slack wire artist and his 2 children performed on the trapeze. With P. T. Barnum’s, Madison Square Garden, 1881, was injured in a leaping double-somersault over a number of elephants. Died aboard the steamship England en route to Liverpool as a result of those injuries, age 33. Remains were buried at sea.” A slack wire artist is similar to a tight rope walker, with wires instead of rope.(source for all biographical information above: Olympians of the Sawdust Circle: A Biographical Dictionary of the Nineteenth Century American Circus , by William Lawrence Slout). VG. $35


Odd207. Swords Bro’s., York, Pa. Karroo Mianko. Various stories abound about this giant such as that he was born on the banks of the Congo River or that he was a Sioux Indian. Age 19, Ht, 8 ft., 3.25″, wt 337.5 lbs. Cabinet Card. G. $150


Odd210. W.W. Mitchell’s National Photographic Gallery, St. Joseph, Mo. CDV of Waino & Plutanor, aged about 50 years; weight 45 pounds each. Shown with their manager. Corners clipped. VG. $125


Odd211. H.R. Doane’s Photographic Laboratory, Delavan, Wis. CDV of Galunia Agra. Tinted. G. $75


Odd214. J.H. Fitzgibbon, St. Louis. 2-Headed Girl, Millie Crissie. Couple soft creases but card is firm. Trimmed at bottom. CDV. G- $300


Odd215. Photographic negative from Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. Albino family. Brady’s 1862 copyright line bottom recto. CDV. G. $150


Odd217. No photographer ID. Cheng & Eng and Family. CDV. G. $275


Per74. No photographer ID. William Hanlon (1842-1923) with trapeze and barbell. Glue streaks on verso. CDV. VG. $200


Per77. Weckman, Cincinnati, Ohio. Little Sallie Marks (1865-1891). Equestrienne. CDV. G. $35


Per78. Vaughan, Bowery, NY. Unidentified performer. Written on verso is “From P.T. Barnum album.” CDV. VG. $35


Per79. Wood, Bowery, NY. Unidentified performer posed by photographer’s chair. CDV. VG. $35


Per80. C. Henkel, NY. Unidentified trio of young performers. CDV. VG. $35


Per81. No photographer’s ID. Unidentified trio of young performers. CDV. G. $50


Per82. No photographer’s ID. Unidentified performer. On back is written “From Royalton VT area.” CDV. G. $40


Per83. C.D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Unidentified pair of young performers. CDV. VG. $50


Per84. Wood, Bowery, NY. Unidentified pair of performers. CDV. VG. $50


Per85. No photographer’s ID. Willie & Freddie O’Brien. CDV. G. $50


Per86. No photographer’s ID. Alexandria and Clinetop Sisters.  CDV. G. $25


Per87. J. Milner & Son, Ilkley. Unidentified performer. CDV. G. $50


Odd232. Mansfield, photographer. The Albino, or White Negro Girl. Helen Ann Windman Walker, Henry Sedam Walker, Twin brother and sister, offspring of colored parents. 8 years of age on the 2d of May, 1864. As exhibited at Burnell & Prescott’s Museum, cor. 4th & Pine Streets, St. Louis, Mo. CDV. VG. $1200

 
Odd233. Framed photograph of a trained horse on a fulcrum or see-saw. Image measures 6.25″ x 4.25″ and frame is 10.5″ x 8.5.” G. $50


Odd234. H.L. Germons, Philadelphia. Millie-Christine, African-American Siamese twins. This CDV is signed on verso. VG. $275