Friday, September 20, 2013

Vintage Photo: Curiosity


I have no idea what's going on in this photo. It's tiny, less than an inch square, sometimes referred to as a 'gem' photo, and laid onto a carte-de-visite format card. I assume the date is 1901 but I can't read the word written below. Just a curiosity but mine own!




6 comments:

Samuel Becker said...

Surely the word is 'forever'?

Elin said...

Yes, definitely forever! Oh that's so sweet.

Stephen said...

It does not say "forever." It is something in German, written in the old Sütterlin script. I cannot decipher it but perhaps a German reader can help figure it out.

Elin said...

Ooh, sounds intriguing, Stephen. Funny how the brain interprets things though, isn't it. Looks for the life of me like forever.
My German is non-existent so no help here, I'm afraid.

jay said...

I am bilingual (Spanish-English), so I see how it could be interpreted as "forever" in English, but my Spanish tells me it reads "jovenes" (young men). Jóvenes takes an accent on the O, but given the heat of the moment the jóvenes in question forgot all about it.
The photo is highly unusual and I dare say pretty obviously homoerotic what with the nude (?) older man at the back. Without him it would be a pretty ordinary 19th century photo of two friends, with no gay associations whatsoever.
I agree that it looks like a carte de visite - the back of one in fact, but where's the photographer's name that is usually on this side of the card and quite often built into the decorative design? I am guessing the name was under the part now covered by the photograph, which was printed on top of it, obliterating the name altogether. Some of the curlicues on the left hand side of the picture could be parts of the lettering, with the circle or moon shape in the background to offset it.
This is the first time I leave a comment but I have been visiting off and on and enjoy your posts thoroughly.
Hope you enjoy your week away.

Callum said...

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