I’ve been collecting them for years, along with stereoscope cards. I have about 25 of the stereo-cards, and they are unique in that each one depicts someone kissing someone, or something (in one case a donkey). I learned years ago that I had to somehow “define and confine” my collections or I would wind up with mounds of uninteresting stuff (which I did anyway). So I limited myself to one viewer and the “kissy” cards.
My other photo collection is the cabinet card. Originally I limited these to children. They seemed the most beautiful with their large collars, and I enjoyed the daydreams of who they were and what happened to them that seemed to follow each purchase. Now that these images are so prevalent in collage, cards, scrapbooking and ATC art, I have use for them beyond being a collectible, and I often scan and cut out what will make my art unique.
But apart from all these ethereal images, collections, and saving money by recycling, I am extremely drawn to the photographer’s logos.
Calligraphy, cursive, and the artistic pen add beauty to these logos and remind me of a time when writing anything was time-consuming and purposeful and made to be a work of art. The complexity and beauty of a logo was often the merchandising of the photographic product. Surround the photo with beauty and the photo will look better, was the idea behind this and it worked. Some of these are embossed. Others are printed under the photo on the front. Others appear as full-page ads on the back. Note this one to the right: “Cloudy days good as sunshine. Studio open every day.”
The Internet provides the speed we all crave, but it does not evoke a sense of beauty and art along with the news it delivers. I wasn’t alive in the pre-dawn hours of the 20th Century, but if I had been, I imagine I would have my scissors in hand waiting for the newspaper to arrive.