Friday, November 5, 2010

Alice Adelaide

Myers Cope Co., 1521 & 1635 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.
Post Card with stamp box: ARTURA
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Girl with Kitten

Dobkin Studio, 1517 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.
Postcard with stamp box: NOKO
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Saturday, September 11, 2010

we all like G-E LAMPS

Polaroid Photo mounted into a folder as "A friendly reminder..."
National Food Distributors Association Convention
August 12-15, 1957; Chicago, Illinois
Lamp Division General Electric
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo
In the upper left and right corner of the photo the smiling photographer ist reflected in the mirrors.

The Polaroid camera seems to be a Model 110 'Pathfinder'.

Does anybody know more about this event or about the photographer?

Feather Hat - Dittrich Studios

The Dittrich Studios, 1107 Boardwalk, Atlantiv City
Post card with stamp box: CyKo
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Five Lads: Poker anyone?

G. Dobkin's Studio, 1605 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.
Postcard with stampbox: AZO, four squares
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Photo-Multigraph Bostwick Studio

Bostwick Studio, Jacques D. Bancker, N° 98 Sixth Ave., New York
"This Photo-Multigraph not to be copied or reproduced in any form. Photographers are cautioned not to use this process without proper authority under penalty of the law. Duplicates on Application."
Dated with a date stamp: Jan 8 - 1908
Exceptional dimensions: Card 12,0 x 18,8 cm, Photo 8,3 x 15,5 cm
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Unanimous Conference Call

Made by Chatelain - 117 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo
Post Card with stamp box: AZO, four triangles up
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Photograph of the Future

F.F Dunshee & A. E. Hill, 22 Winter St., Boston
Two prints of the same Photo-Multigraph came together again.
Handwriting on the back: WW Wilder, Suffolk
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

And here an amazing article from 1894:

The Photograph of the Future.
“A photograph that flatters will soon be a thing of the past,” said a photographer the other day. “It will be impossible to make our faces appear to the most advantage by a clever pose, for the latest innovation in photography, the multiphotograph, which is destined to become the photographic portrait of the future, will reveal all our defects and crudities. The great study which young women give their faces, to find out in which position – side, three-quarter or full face – they look the best, will all be put to naught, for the multiphotograph will take them in all these positions and others as well.
“The process makes it possible to obtain a perfect likeness of a person, as one is able to see the face and head in all possible positions and can thus get all the characteristics. This new effect is obtained by mirrors being placed at certain angles, When a person stands in front of the glasses, his likeness is reflected from 6 to 12 times, according to the arrangement of the mirrors, each image being in a different position, so that the same effect is obtained that would be secured if you were to walk around a person, viewing him from all sides and points.
“The operator photographs the subject and the reflections in the mirrors. The result is the multiphotograph. I think it is destined to become the photograph of the future, as it is the only thing that will give you a likeness of a person as seen from all sides. Art in this case must succumb to nature, and the instruction that is too frequently given the photographer, ‘Make me as pretty as you can,’ will have to be done away with.” – Pittsburg Dispatch.
In: Grand Forks Daily Herald, June 16, 1894, Issue 194, Page 4.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Five Headed Multitude

The Orpheum Photo Studio
174 & 176 State St., opposite Palmer House, Chicago.
Post Card with stamp box: AZO, four triangles up
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Joh Johansson (1856 - 1932)

"f. d. Fotograf. Joh Johansson (Joh. Joh.) fodd den 13/1. 1856.
ditta Kort ãr fotograferat medelst speglar i Kopenhamns Tivoli.
Liatorp den 13/5. 28"
(This postcard was photographed with mirrors in Kopenhagens Tivoli)
Joh Johannson was a Swedish photographer and postcard publisher.

Collection James W. McManus

Friday, June 4, 2010

Enos P. Baker 1897

Reproduction of a Photo-Multigraph in:
Keith F. Davis, An American Century of Photography, From Dry-Plate to Digital, The Hallmark Photographic Collection, Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged, Published in 1999 by Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, p.25, fig.19
"J.P. Blessing & Co., Photo-Multigraph of Enos P. Baker, 1897"
The Hallmark Photographic Collection

Friday, May 28, 2010

William Eugene LeHuquet (1885-1967)

Photo Post Card "A nice guy from every viewpoint.
Eugene LeHuquet (Leh-U-kay)
Born Sept. 4, 1885 in Chariton, Iowa.
Picture taken in 1955 with mirrors.
To My Good Friends
The Steve Staruch Family
Garwood, N. J.
May 16, 1965"
Eugene Lehuquet was the publisher of a newspaper called The Reflector
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lily of the valley

Dobkin Studio, 1617 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N. J.
Post Card with stamp box: DEFENDER
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

New Orleans - Photo Novelty Studio

Photo Novelty Studio, 505 Canal St., New Orleans, La.
Post Card with stamp box: AZO, four triangles up
"12 duplicates of this photograph will be mailed to any address by sending this picture, which will be returned, and $1.00 to PHOTO NOVELTY STUDIO, 505 Canal St., New Orleans, La."
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Adolf Dombosky - Funland Multigraph

Funland Multigraph, 316 St. Lawrence Blvd., Montreal
Post Card with stamp box: AZO, four triangles up
Handwritten on front: Adolf Dombosky
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Michal Olgierd Konstantynowicz

Michal Olgierd Konstantynowicz did this self-portrait inspired by that of Witkacy as a student about 1995 in Poland . Michal is now planning an interesting project using photo multigraphs. Doing a research for this he found my Blog and I could help with some ideas. Michal created a Blog to report the ongoing process of his MA TIME PROJECT. Please have a look there.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Woman playing cards with her mirror reflections

Photography, silver gelatin print, 10,2 x 14,1 cm
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Photograph, gelatin silver print,
Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Gordon L. Bennett

There is a symposium at the SFMOMA concerning the question:
Is Photography Over?
I’d like to answer in advance and as a final conclusion in this way:
I don’t think so!

Here is some information from e-flux. As an eyecatcher they use the photo above from the photo collection of the SFMOMA:

"Photography has almost always been in crisis. In the beginning, the terms of this crisis were cast as dichotomies: is photography science or art? Nature or technology? Representation or truth? This questioning has intensified and become more complicated over the intervening years. At times, the issues have required a profound rethinking of what photography is, does, and means. This is one of those times. Given the nature of contemporary art practice, the condition of visual culture, the advent of new technologies, and many other factors, what is at stake today in seeing something as a photograph? What is the value of continuing to speak of photography as a specific practice or discipline? Is photography over?

As part of its yearlong festivities celebrating the museum's 75th anniversary, SFMOMA has invited a range of major thinkers and practitioners to write brief responses to this question and then to convene in San Francisco for a two-day summit on the state of the medium. The texts, available at
will be used to kick off the symposium's opening panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. The 13 participants will continue the conversation in closed-door sessions Friday morning and will report back in a public session on Friday, April 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. In advance of the symposium three additional responses will be featured on Open Space, the SFMOMA blog opening the debate to a lively public discussion. A print-on-demand publication will be forthcoming.

Participants include Vince Aletti, critic and co-curator of the International Center of Photography's 2009Year of Fashion; George Baker, associate professor of art history at the University of California, Los Angeles; Walead Beshty, photographer; Jennifer Blessing, curator of photography at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Charlotte Cotton, creative director for the proposed London space of the United Kingdom's National Media Museum; Philip-Lorca diCorcia, photographer; Geoff Dyer, author of The Ongoing Moment; Peter Galassi, chief curator of photography at The Museum of Modern Art; Corey Keller, associate curator of photography at SFMOMA; Douglas Nickel, Andrea V. Rosenthal Professor of Modern Art at Brown University; Trevor Paglen, artist and geographer; Blake Stimson, professor of art history at the University of California, Davis; and Joel Snyder, professor in and chair of the department of art history at the University of Chicago .
SFMOMA was one of the first institutions to recognize the photography as an art form and has been collecting and exhibiting photographs since the museum's founding in 1935. The museum is dedicated to the examination of the medium in all its forms and in that spirit, we will present the U.S. debut of a major survey that examines photography's role in invasive looking. Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, from October 30, 2010 through April 17, 2011, is co-organized by SFMOMA and Tate Modern, and gathers more than 200 pictures that together form a timely inquiry into the ways in which artists and everyday people alike have probed the camera's powerful voyeuristic capacity. Works by major artists, including Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Nan Goldin, Lee Miller, Thomas Ruff, Paul Strand, and Weegee will be presented alongside photographs made by amateurs, professional journalists, and governmental agencies, exploring the larger cultural significance of voyeurism and surveillance technology. Further information is available at:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Say Cheese or Show Teeth

G. Dobkins Studio, 1605 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.
'Duplicates can be abtained by ordering this number___ 3399'
Post Card with stamp box: EKC
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Friday, March 12, 2010

Shapiro Multigraph - Toronto

Shapiro Multigraph, 101 Yonge St., Toronto.
Post Card with stamp box: AZO, two triangles up, two down
Collection Irwin Reichstein

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ramón Gómez de la Serna (1888-1963)

Further readings:
Ricardo Fernández Romero, La condición fotográfica de las autobiografías de Ramón Gómez de la Serna: Mi autobiografía (1924), Hispanic Research Journal, Vol. 12 No. 2, April, 2011, 146–166

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Election poster printed on cardboard. Size 56,0 x 35,5 cm, 1952

A progressive Bennington business man for half a century.
Member of the County Farm Bureau for more than 20 years.
Thirty petitions by his friends including the signatures of 508 voters have been filed with the County Clerk ... Can these 508 voters who have certified to his qualifications, scattered throughout the 16 towns of Bennington County be wrong in their judgement?
The Primary Election Day in Your Town is SEPTEMBER 9, 1952
Under the Primary Law, TWO of the THREE candidates receiving the largest vote will be nominated ... It is the duty of every citizen to cast his or her ballot at EVERY Election and vote for the candidate considered to be the best qualified for the office he seeks.
Be a loyal Vermonter and go to the polls at the Primary Election to be held
SEPTEMBER 9, 1952 and the General Election NOVEMBER 4, 1952
Government is no better than the honesty, ability and integrity of the candidate you elect to office.
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bachelor Party

"Get duplicates at 147 So. Illinois St., Indianapolis."
Real Photo Post Card, Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo
Written name: "A. A. Lane (Lon)"
There was a "Bachelor Studio" with the same address.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Real Photo Postcard Multigraph Portrait

Broadway Photo Shop, 1593 Broadway, N.Y.
Postcard with stamp box: AZO, four triangles up
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Five Beardies

Myers-Cope Co., 1521 & 1635 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.
Post Card with stamp box: AZO, two triangles up, two down
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

Hilton Studio - July 1917

Hilton Studio, 242 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, N.J.
Post Card with stamp box: CYKO
Collection James McManus

All are all smiles

Made by Chatelein, 117 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo
Post Card with stamp box: AZO four arrows up
Collection James McManus
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