Antique CDV By B.J. Falk, victorian vaudeville portrait photography,
An antique CDV (carte de visite) of a young woman, most likely a vaudeville or burlesque broadway performer. Meant as promotional material, this portrait photo has faded over time. There is a mark in the lower left corner for number 29, Copyright 1899, by B.J. Falk, NY. It has been pasted to 'The Waldorf-Astoria New York' card stock and looks like it has spent some time in a frame or mat as the edges are a slight damaged and there is some framing tape to the back. The girl's name is unknkown, yet she bears a resemblance to Lillian Russell.
Benjamin Jake Falk was born in New York City on October 14, 1853. Described as a member of photography's "old guard", Mr. Falk was always seeking alternatives to the old collodion process. Credited as one of first photographers to embrace dry plates, he soon began carving his own professional niche as an accomplished society photographer. He opened his Broadway studio in 1881, which quickly became known for its stylish celebrity portraits. To become even closer to his clientele, Mr. Falk also opened a studio at the Waldorf Hotel (later known as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel).
You will receive this original black and white portrait photo, not a download and not a reproduction.
Size: 6.5 x 4-1/4 inches
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