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Photographs] Baer, L.

134 Portraits of Women by a Female Photographer.


[Photography] Baer, Luella L. 134 "Real Photo" Post Card Portraits of Women. 1914-18.
A collection of 134 "real photo" post card portraits of women, all stamped "L. Baer" on the verso,
and most dated between 1914-1918. Likely proof or sample cards: each is numbered on the verso,
and also several have the admonition "All cards delivered C.O.D. Don't ask for credit." Two of
the cards depict a female photographer with camera in evidence, almost certainly the "L. Baer"
that is stamped on each card. Baer, of Big Lake, Minnesota, eventually moved to Seattle,
Washington (after 1920) where these photographs were unearthed. In these photo cards, single
women or small groups of women are pictured outside in a rural or suburban setting. Baer started
a small business producing portrait cards for women, perhaps largely among her own
acquaintances, but little else is known of her career.
Real photo postcards came about when Kodak manufactured a camera for amateurs that allowed
the photographer to make larger size images that could be printed on a "post card" back card. As
these were usually only printed in very small numbers - and were not professional - they are
amongst the most desirable forms of post card.

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