FLORIDA SEMINOLE INDIAN WOMEN in NATIVE GARB ~ PHOTO by BURGERT BROS. ~ POSTCARD For Sale
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FLORIDA SEMINOLE INDIAN WOMEN in NATIVE GARB ~ PHOTO by BURGERT BROS. ~ POSTCARD:
FLORIDA SEMINOLE INDIAN WOMEN in NATIVE GARB ~ PHOTO by BURGERT BROS. ~ POSTCARD
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A STANDARD SIZE POSTCARD DEPICTING A COLORIZED PHOTOGRAPH FEATURING A PAIR OF SEMINOLE INDIAN WOMEN.
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F.F. 20 ~ SEMINOLE INDIAN WOMEN IN THEIR NATIVE GARB, FLORIDA PHOTO BY BURGERT BROS.
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ABOUT the BERGERT BROTHERS
The Burgert Brothers were early photographers in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System has a collection of nearly 19,000 of their photos at the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa. Their photos span the late 1800s until the early 1960s. The photos depict scenes in Tampa during times of war, natural disasters sich as the 1921 Tampa Bay hurricane, economic booms, economic busts, transportation, building projects, bungalows, African American life, cigar factories, sponge docks, strawberry fields, mercantile businesses and banks, service stations, and leisure activities such as park and beach scenes, Gasparilla parades and pirate ship views, Florida State Fairs, golf, shuffleboard, checkers, and tennis. The University of South Florida also has a digital collection of their photographs and has made 859 available online.
The first Burgert photos in Ybor City were from 1899. Jean Burgert expanded his photo business from portraits to traveling photography in 1910.
The Burgert Brothers studio was established when he was joined by his brother Al in 1917. They were the leading commercial photographic firm in Tampa from 1917 until the early 1960s.
Their studio was in Ybor City. They acquired the studio of William A. Fishbaugh in 1917.
The Burgert Brothers did the standard portraits as well as traveling photography and had their own truck.
Their work utilized various technical innovations and methods including Cirkut cameras to make panoramic photographs, aerial photography, and the use of movie cameras. Al Severson worked for the brothers, became a partner and eventually took over the firm.
A selection of their photos was published as Yesterday's Tampa.
A gala was held at the Henry Plant Museum September 22, 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Burgert Brothers firm.
HISTORY ~ SEMINOLE INDIANS
The Seminoles of Florida call themselves the "Unconquered People," descendants of just 300 Indians who managed to elude capture by the U.S. army in the 19th century.
Today, more than 2,000 live on six reservations in the state - located in Hollywood, Big Cypress, Brighton, Immokalee, Ft. Pierce, and Tampa.
The Seminoles work hard to be economically independent. To do this, they've jumped into a number of different industries. Tourism and bingo profits pay for infrastructure and schools on their reservations, while citrus groves and cattle have replaced early 20th-century trade in animal hides and crafts as the tribe's primary revenue sources.
While becoming more economically diverse, the Seminoles also maintain respect for the old ways. Some still live in open, palm-thatched dwellings called chickees, wear clothing that is an evolution of traditional styles, and some celebrate the passing of the seasons just as their ancestors did more than two centuries ago. They also visit schools and festivals across the state, performing traditional dance and music to share their history with non-Indians.
HISTORY OF POSTCARDS
A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope.
In some places, it is possible to send them for a lower fee than for a letter. Stamp collectors distinguish between postcards, which require a stamp, and postal cards, which have the postage pre-printed on them. While a postcard is usually printed by a private company, individual or organization, a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority. The United States Postal Service defines a postcard as: rectangular, at least 3.5 inches high 5 inches long 0.007 inches thick and no more than 4.25 inches high 6 inches long 0.016 inches thick. However, some postcards have deviated from this, for example, figural postcards.
The study and collecting of postcards is termed deltiology. Cards with messages had been sporadically created and posted by individuals since the creation of postal services. The earliest known picture postcard was a hand-painted design on card, posted in London to the writer Theodore Hook in 1840 bearing a penny black stamp. He probably created and posted the card to himself as a practical joke on the postal service, since the image is a caricature of workers in the post office.
In the United States, a picture or blank card stock that held a message and sent through the mail at letter rate first began when a card postmarked in December of 1848 contained printed advertising on it. The first commercially produced card was created in 1861 by John P. Charlton of Philadelphia, who patented a postal card, selling the rights to Hymen Lipman, whose postcards, complete with a decorated border, were labeled "Lipman's postal card." These cards had no images.
In Britain postcards without images were issued by Post Office, and were printed with a stamp as part of the design, which was included in the price of purchase. The first known printed picture postcard, with an image on one side, was created in France in 1870 at Camp Conlie by LBesnardeau (1829-1914). Conlie was a training camp for soldiers in the Franco-Prussian war. They had a lithographed design printed on them containing emblematic images of piles of armaments on either side of a scroll topped by the arms of the Duchy of Brittany and the inscription ~ War of 1870. Camp Conlie. Souvenir of the National Defence. Army of Brittany. While these are certainly the first known picture postcards, there was no space for stamps and no evidence that they were ever posted without envelopes.
In the following year the first known picture postcard in which the image functioned as a souvenir was sent from Vienna. The first advertising card appeared in 1872 in Great Britain and the first German card appeared in 1874. Cards showing images increased in number during the 1880s. Images of the newly built Eiffel Tower in 1889 and 1890 gave impetus to the postcard, leading to the so-called "golden age" of the picture postcard in years following the mid-1890s.
The first American postcard was developed in 1873 by the Morgan Envelope Factory of Springfield, Massachusetts. Later in 1873, Post Master John Creswell introduced the first pre-stamped "penny postcards". These first postcards depicted Interstate Industrial Exposition that took place in Chicago. Postcards were made because people were looking for an easier way to send quick notes. The first postcard to be printed as a souvenir in the United States was created in 1893 to advertise the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
The Post Office was the only establishment allowed to print postcards, and it held its monopoly until May 19, 1898, when Congress passed the Private Mailing Card Act which allowed private publishers and printers to produce postcards. Initially, the United States government prohibited private companies from calling their cards "postcards", so they were known as "souvenir cards". These cards had to be labeled "Private Mailing Cards". This prohibition was rescinded on December 24, 1901, when private companies could use the word "postcard". Postcards were not allowed to have a divided back and correspondents could only write on the front of the postcard. This was known as the undivided back era of postcards.
On March 1, 1907 the Post Office allowed private citizens to write on the address side of a postcard. It was on this date that postcards were allowed to have a divided back. On these cards the back is divided into two sections, the left section being used for the message and the right for the address. Thus began the Golden Age of American postcards, which lasted until 1915, when World War I blocked the import of the fine German-printed cards.
Postcards, in the form of government postal cards and privately printed souvenir cards, became very popular as a result of the Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893, after postcards featuring buildings were distributed at the fair. In 1908, more than 677 million postcards were mailed. The white border era, named for obvious reasons, lasted from about 1916 to 1930.
The linen card era lasted from about 1931 to the early 1950s, when cards were primarily printed on papers with a textured surface similar to linen cloth. The largest printer and publisher of mid- century postcards is Curt Teich. Other publishers are Stanley Piltz, Tichnor and Western Publishing and Novelty Company.
The last and current postcard era, which began about 1939, is the chrome era, however these types of cards did not begin to dominate until about 1950. The images on these cards are generally based on colored photographs, and are readily identified by the glossy appearance given by the paper's coating. In 1973 the British Post Office introduced a new type of card, PHQ Cards, popular with collectors, especially when they have the appropriate stamp affixed and a First day of issue postmark obtained.
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