NEWSBOY CABINETS

Written by Mike Reeve karto@lineone.net

 

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Now before the uninitiated have visions of their paperboys hoarding away Chippendale or Sheraton sideboards, we are, in fact, talking about photographs.  To be precise photographs mounted on stiff board usually 6" x 4" and known as ‘cabinets’ supposedly because they were often displayed in cabinets.  Newsboy cabinets were given away as ‘premiums’, by tobacconists or drug stores, when making a purchase of plug tobacco produced by the National Tobacco Works of New York.  This firm was later acquired by the American Tobacco Company.  Although precise dates of issue are not known, it is likely they were produced and issued throughout the early 1890’s

 

Perhaps because of their size and method of distribution, they do not appear to be widely found or collected within the UK.  Details of this issue, is of course, to be found in the World Tobacco Issues Index, though, as this article will show, the information is somewhat limited.  Although the World Tobacco Issues Index (WTII) does give a broad indication of the various groupings, there is no checklist of subjects.  This is not surprising as although the majority of cards are numbered, there is both a duplication of numbers and subject varieties, making it very complex for the new collector or casual observer.

 

For the record Part 11 of the World Tobacco Issues Index reads as follows:-

 

NATIONAL TOBACCO WORKS, Broadway, New York, USA.                        N238-200 

Became branch of American Tobacco Co about 1892.  Cards issued about 1890.  Premium issues, exchanged for tags or coupons.  Pictures mounted on thick board inscribed at base “Newsboy ….. New York”, without reference to tobacco.  “Newsboy” was a brand of plug tobacco.

 

CABINET PICTURES (A) Corners rounded.  Mostly actresses but including actors, celebrities and scenes.  There are many faded captions and numbers.  Ref USA/566-7.

 

  1. Pictures black and white or sepia photos.  Size about 165 x 105, Nd.

(1) Number only on photo, number and caption on mount.  Mostly Actors and Actresses, including some Celebrities, Athletes, Baseball.

 

1.                Nos 1/136 Each number with one caption, many with two, three or four pictures of the same subject.  “Newsboy – New York” in red on white mounts.  About 20 are known unnumbered.

 

2.                Nos 301/385  “Newsboy – New York” in green on grey mount.  Back (a) plain  (b) with wording in English and Spanish headed “Bliss Long Cut” (c) with wording “Red Indian Cut Plug Tobacco”.

 

3.                Nos 502/604  “Newsboy – New York” in (a) red (b) brown on white mount

 

4.                Nos 800/841 “Newsboy – New York” in red on white mount.

 

(2)  Number and caption on photo, not on mount.  Nos between 1/227 known, including Actresses, Actors, Views, Warships.  “Newsboy – New York” in red on white mount.  Same mounts as in (1) used captions covered by photo.  In some cases former captions or numbers are visible but should be disregarded.

 

  1. Coloured halftones. Size about 230 x 150  “Newsboy – New York” in brown (100).

 

I think you will agree the above details are quite complex and I hope by the conclusion of this article to identify and simplify the main groupings, hopefully to the benefit of other collectors or the interested observer.

 

Almost by accident I acquired a batch of these cards some years ago and was immediately impressed by the strong images, size and stoutness of board and the challenge of the series.  Before long I became a victim of ‘stealth collecting’ as I was blissfully unaware of the number of photos I was acquiring.  Eventually I had to decide whether to call a halt or to specialise in this series, which in effect became a long term research project.  I have now acquired or seen sufficient examples of “Newsboys” to be in a position to classify them into possibly more user- friendly groupings.  More importantly a workable checklist of subjects has evolved which, although far from complete, will enable other collectors to compare their cards and hopefully fill in the gaps as well as spotting the inevitable errors, which will have crept in.

 

Working on a volume basis, 3 main groupings and 4 minor groupings have emerged (setting aside the known set of 100 coloured half tones 230 x 150).

 

As a rule of thumb, there are four key things to look for when attempting to classify Newsboy cabinets viz

 

(1)          Is the subject title in upper or lower case

(2)          Position of subject title-on mount or photo

(3)          Colour and number of frame lines

(4)          Position of number on the mount

 

 

Now to business:  The first and arguably the most confusing group, has the subject title in upper case and always on the mount.  The photo will be numbered but this may be on the mount, or the photo itself, or both.  If on the mount, it will usually be on the left hand side.  The word Newsboy will be in red, also on the left hand side of the mount and the words NEW YORK also in red but on the right hand side of mount and in capitals.  The size and style of the word Newsboy can vary in the manner of the words ‘Guinea Gold’ (British series issued by Ogdens) but in the interests of my eyesight and sanity I have not attempted to classify the many variations, which probably exist.  The backs of the cards were intended to be blank but isolated examples will be found where enterprising retailers have put their own advertising on the back.

 

The highest number in the first grouping in the WTII is 136 (William McKinley for the record) and, unlike the other, groupings which follow, is the highest number I have come across. (Martin Murray has a variety of card 108 numbered 198, which may be some sort of printing anomaly). It should have been a relatively straightforward task to compile a subject checklist, however, as the WTII indicates, many numbers have different pictures of the same subject.   The WTII records up to 4 different pictures but so far I have found two numbers  with 6 different pictures and another with 5. If this occurred for every number, the total for this grouping would be staggering, well 816 cabinets actually.  And, of course, we do not know if six is indeed the maximum.

 

It is open to conjecture whether the compiler of the series worked to an organised plan or responded to the popularity of the subject or output from the photographer involved.  I suspect the series evolved on a random basis, rather than a deliberate pre-planned marketing exercise.

 

These cabinet photos are sometimes described as ‘albumen photographs’, which refers to the photographic process prevalent at the time.

 

The abbreviations used when describing the ‘pose’ of the subject follow the Guinea Gold Reference Book ie F refers to ‘full length’, H/S-Head/Shoulders etc, etc.

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 A number of identical subjects can be found in the various groups and I have endeavoured to provide a cross reference with the corresponding number in brackets after the subject’s name. (NB the letters UC & LC after the ref. Number, indicate Upper/Lower Case, ie, groups 1 & 3.Some UC examples may also have a further number after a ‘forward slash’ to indicate which ‘picture variety’ is involved.

 

UPDATES TO WEBSITE 1st March 2012 New subjects/portraits indicated by * in front of number.

 

 

 

 

No

SUBJECT

1st POSE

2ND

3RD

  1

ISABELLE URQUHART (U/N)

F, HALF LYING

F, R ARM RAISED

F, L HAND TO CHIN

*1

-do-

* F FACING R DRAWING SWORD

 

 

 2

FANNY DAVENPORT

F, R ARM RAISED

H/S, FACING R (29LC) (Also variety ‘FANNIE’)

 

 3

FAY TEMPLETON

F, FACING R.HAT

 

 

 4

LILLIAN RUSSELL

½ L FACING FRT

H/S, WIDE BRIM HAT

H/S, LOOKING R HANDS AT NECK

4

-  do  -

¾ L SITTING, FACING CAMERA,NECKLACE

 

 

 5

PATTI

½ L FACING L

 

 

 6

RHEA

F, HANDS TO CHIN

¾ L LOOKING TO R SEATED

 

 7

MARY ANDERSON

H/S, FEATHER HAT (100LC)

¾ L R ARM RAISED

H/S, FACING FRT

  8

AGNES EVANS

F, SITTING ON STOOL   (502)

H/S, FACING L

F, LEANING ON TREE

  8

-  do -  (4/5/6 pose)

F, LH TO HEAD FEET CROSSED

F, LH TO HEAD LOOKING UP LACE UP BOOTS

¾ L HANDS ON HIPS

 9

ANNIE SUMERVILLE

F, RT ARM RAISED

F, HOLDING HORN   (531)

 

10

Isabelle Irving

¾ L SITTING (U/N)

 

 

11

JENNIE McNULTY

F, SITTING ON CHAIR ARM

(Also variety – JENNIE MCNULTY)

 

12

SYLVIA GERRISH

F, STANDING R ARM RAISED   (803)(543)

F, HEAD TO L, HAT

 

13

JENNIE JOYCE

F, HEAD BOWED   (514) (U/N)

F, PLUS FOURS, SMILING, HAT IN R HAND  ((552) (P63)

F, LEANING ON TREE R HAND ON HEAD

14

AMANDA FABRIS

AS ERMINIE

F, HOLDING BOUQUET

 

 

15

MARION MANOLA

F, STG LH ON SWORD FACING L

STG LH ON SWORD FACING R   (71LC)(U/N)

F, SITTING ON CHAIR HOLDING MANDOLIN

16

ALICE EVANS

F, HOLDING BASKET   (524)

 

¾ L, LARGE HAT HOLDING SPRAY

 

17

CAROLINE MISKELL

F, SITTING ON STOOL

F, CHAIR/FOWERS (544)

 

18 *

BEATRICE CAMERON 

F, BALLET POSE RH HOLDING OUT SKIRT

 

* BESSIE CLAYTON (Same Portrait)

also Number 18

19

BLANCH WALSH

F, STG THIGH BOOTS  ((143LC) (815)

F, RH RAISED

 

20

SADIE KIRBY

F, HANDS ON HIPS

 

 

21

ANNA BOYD

F, SEATED MORTAR BOARD

F, HAT.HOLDING CAPE (U/N)

F, HOLDING UP VEIL

21

- do -  (4/5 pose)

F, WHITE HAT LOOKING R, LH RAISED BY CHEST

F, BY WALL.STOOL BY FEET

,

22

IRENE VERONA

F, DRAWING SWORD

F, FEET CROSSED

 

23

IDA MULLE

F, SITTING.BIRD CAGE

F, BOW & ARROW

 

24

ANNIE PIXLEY

F, STG HAT IN LH  (519) (U/N) (NB also seen with printed advert on reverse for THE RACKET, Edina,MO)

F, STG BY TREE

¾ L RH TOUCHING HAT

25

MME DE GILLERT

 

F, SITTING IN BALLET COSTUME, LEGS CROSSED)   (539)

F, STANDING ON RLEG LOOKING R

 

26

JULIA CALHOUN

F, HOLDING LUTE

 

 

27

MINNIE PALMER

F, SITTING, CAP   (81LC)

 

 

 

28

EVA BARTHOLDI

HANDSTAND ON GLASS

 

 

 

29

LOUISE EISSING

F, STRIPED SHORTS

F, R ARM RAISED (Also variety LOUISE ESSING)

 

30

MARGARETTA CUTTER

F, FOOT ON CHAIR

F, SITTING ON CHAIR (Also variety MARGAETTA CUTTING)

 

31

M’LLE NAYA

F, HAT & CAPE (Also variety MLLE NAYA)

 

 

32

FANNIE RICE

F, TUTU WITH SHAWL

FANNIE RICE AS GALATIA. STANDING ON PEDESTAL

 

33

BELLE ARCHER

F, STANDING ON BENCH   (5LC) (527)

F, SITTING SMOKING (535)

 

34

MINNIE HAUK

F, FACING FRT.TREE    ((54LC)

 

 

35

HATTIE HARVEY

F, SITTING ON CHAIR

 

 

36

MADGE LESSING

F, SITTING BONNET

 

 

37

JENNIE DICKERSON

F, DAGGER IN BELT

 

 

38

CAMILLE D’ARVILLE

F, SITTING, TAMBOURINE

F, STANDING ARMS FOLDED    (P22)

(also varieties for both GAMILLE D’ARVILLE)

39

MAUDE WALTERMERE

F, STANDING BARE ARMS

 

 

40

LILY ELTON

F, SITTING ON SWING

 

 

41

LOTTIE COLLINS    TA. RA. RA. BOOM. DE. AYE

F, HOLDING OUT SKIRT

(Ta- ra- ra- Boom- de- Aye)

NB The above refers to a variety in lower case.

 

42

JUNIORI VALAREZ

F, RT FOOT ON CHAIR

 

 

43

HARRIETT VERNON

F, HANDS HOLDING CAPE

F, RIGHT HAND ON HIP

F, HOLDING SWORD

44

OTERO

F, LOOKING LEFT VERY LONG HAIR

 

 

45

MARIE DANTES

F, SITTING ON CHAIR

 

 

46

DELLA FOX

F, R HAND HOLDING HAT

F, HAT, ARMS FOLDED   (P41)(43LC)

H/S, HAT LOOKING UP

*46

DELLA FOX

F TROUSER SUIT, R ARM ON R KNEE, FOOT ON BENCH

HS, NO HAT, LOOKING L (45LC)

* F HAT SALUTING FEET CROSSED

47

ESTELLE CLAYTON

F, LYING ON SIDE

H/S, LONG HAIR, LOOKING UP

 

48

LILLIAN ELMORE

F, LOOKING RIGHT, RH ON HIP

 

 

49

FANNIE WARD

F, FACING FRONT, SITTING ON PILLAR

F, DRAWING SWORD

 

50

ANNA MANTELL

F, STANDING, FACING L, RH ON POT

F, HOLDING LYRE

 

51

LOTTIE GILSON

F, BY WALL, HANDS TOUCHING WALL

 

 

52

KATE STOKES

¾ L, SNAKE ARMBANDS

 

 

53

CORINNE

¾ L, HANDS TO HAT

F, HOLDING MANDOLIN

¾ L, WHITE HAT

54

NINA FARRINGTON

MISS FARRINGTON

F, DRAWING SWORD

-DITTO-

(DIFF. TITLE)

 

55

FRANCIS WILSON

F, SITTING, HANDS CLASPING R KNEE

 

 

56

GRACIE WILSON

F, HANDS ON HIPS, CLOAK

 

 

57

MISS MARION

F, HOLDING BOW AND ARROW

 

 

58

ETHEL LYNN

F, BOTH HANDS RAISED

 

 

59

ROBERT G INGERSOL

H/S, FACING RIGHT   (199LC)

 

 

60

ELEANOR MAYO

H/S, SHOULDERS BARE

 

 

61

MME ROLLA

H/S ROSES AT BUST

 

 

*62

SANDERSON

 

H/S FACING L

 

 

63

 

MISS WALTERS

FL,  RH ON HIP,ROBINSON CRUSOE COSTUME

 

 

64

MISS HOWELL

¾ L, SITTING, HAT, FERNS

 

 

65

MARIE BURROUGHS

F, SITTING ON CHAIR FACING CAMERA

 

 

66

GRACE SHERWOOD

F HOLDING PARASOL, LEANING ON TREE

F, PARASOL ON R SHOULDER

 

67

ANNIE SUTHERLAND

F SWORD IN R HAND   (536) (P99)

 

 

68

ADA REHAN

½ L LOOKING LEFT, NECKLACE   (86LC)

 

 

69

MRS LANGTRY

½ L SITTING FACING L

 

 

70

JESSIE BARTLETT-DAVIS

F ARMS FOLDED, CAPE

 

 

71

ISABELLE COE

F ‘TWO HEADS’

 

 

72

J J CORBETT

F BOXING STANCE

H/S FACING LEFT (LC23)

 

73

PETER JACKSON

F BOXING STANCE

 

 

74

ALICE VIVIAN

F PLAYING LUTE

 

 

75

VIOLA CLIFTON

F, RH ON MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

 

 

76

LOUISE MONTAGUE

F, ARMS FOLDED (U/N)

F, LEANING ON WALL (U/N)

 

77

GERALDINE McCANN

F, HAT, FACING FRONT

F, RH ON HIP, HAT, TUNIC (U/N) (Also variety GERALDINE MCCANN)

FL STANDING ON LADDER

78

URBANASKA

F, SITTING LOOKING L, R HAND RAISED

 

 

79

FO HENDERSON

F, IN FRONT OF WALL, L HAND HOLDING HAT

 

 

80

MOLLIE FULLER

F, L HAND TO MOUTH, HAT, TIGHTS.

 

 

81

ELISA SARACCO

F, LEANING, ARMS FOLDED

F, L HAND ON HIP

 

82

BEATRICE CAMERON

F, L HAND ON SWORD

 

 

83

PAULINE HALL

F, HANDS ON HIPS   (P25)

¾L NECK CHOKER HANDS CLASPED(56LC)

 

84

JOSIE GREGORY

¾L, HANDS BEHIND HEAD

 

 

85

FANNY RUTHERFORD

F, ½ SITTING ON STEPS

 

 

86

LYLA KAVENAUGH

F, R LEG ON WALL   (511)

 

 

87

LILLIAN GRUBB

F, PEASANT COSTUME ,LEANING ON TABLE,PLAQUE BY L  FOOT

 

 

88

CATHERINE GREY

¾L HANDS IN POCKETS   (53LC)

 

 

89

LEVY SISTERS

3 SISTERS STANDING  (P28)

 

 

90

LOIS ARNOLD

 

F, HANDS RAISED

 

 

91

EDNA WALLACE

MRS DE WOLFHOPPER

F, WHITE DRESS (55LC)

 

 

92

JULIA MARLOW

½ L FACING LEFT   (70LC)

 

 

93

DE WOLF HOPPER AND

DELLA FOX

F, FACING EACH OTHER

 

 

94

 

 

 

 

95

 

 

 

 

96

 

 

 

 

97

 

 

 

 

98

MODJESKA

¾L SITING ON CHAIR

 

 

99

MISS BAYLEY

F, HANDS BEHIND BACK

 

 

100

ISABELL EVERSSON

H/S LOOKING TO R

 

 

101

MISS CONYERS

F, HANDS HOLDING OUT CAPE

 

 

102

BROWNE WELLS

F, FACING L, HANDS ON HIPS

 

 

103

KITTY CHEATHAM

F, HOLDING OUT APRON   (25LC)

 

 

104

IDA BELL

F, L HAND HOLDING OUT SKIRT, WEARING HAT

 

 

105

JOSEPH JEFFERSON

½ L, LOOKING AT CAMERA   (60LC)

 

 

106

TONY PASTOR

F, L HAND HOLDING WATCH CHAIN

 

 

107

ROBERT MANTEL

¾ L, WEARING DINNER SUIT

 

 

108

LAWRENCE BARRETT

¾ L, GLOVE ON L HAND   (10LC)

 

 

109

HOPE BOOTH

H/S LOOKING AT CAMERA, L HAND TO FACE

½ L, UNSMILING, LEANING ON PILLAR     (P75)

H/S, SMILING, L HAND TO FACE

*109

- do-

* H/S FACING CAMERA, UNSMILING

 

 

110

ADELE PURVIS ONRI

F, SITTING ON BENCH

F, STANDING ON GLOBE, ARMS RAISED

 

111

PAULA EDWARDES

H/S BARE NECK

 

 

112

NETTIE BLACK

F, FOATING VEIL

 

*also seen with GLADYS WALLIS crossed out.

113

NAT GOODWIN

H/S, HIGH COLLAR   (50LC)

 

 

114

HELEN BERTRAM

¾ L, ARMS FOLDED, SWORD

¾ L, HAT & FEATHERS

F, R ARM RAISED

115

LEO CAMPBELL

F, SITTING, BARE FEET   (P56)

 

 

116

EFFIE CHAPPIE

F, R ARM RAISED, MANDOLIN

F, STANDING, LH ON HIP, RH HOLDING STAVE

 

117

INEZ L’ORMA

F, CAPE, L LEG RAISED

 

 

118

LULU GLASER

F, HANDS HOLDING SHAWL

HS, FACING R. FLORAL H’DPIECE

 

119

FORA FINLAYSON

F, RH/RL RAISED

 

 

120

FRANCES EVERETT

F, L HAND/LEG RAISED (Also variety FRANCIS EVERETT)

 

 

121

GRACE GOLDEN

F, RH HOLDING SWORD

 

 

122

BOULLARD

F, KNEELING, HANDS OUTSTRETCHED

 

 

123

ANNA  SEIDLE

F, TIGHTS, RH TO CHIN

 

 

124

CHRISTINE BLESSING

F, HOLDING BOW

 

 

125

BESSIE CLEVELAND

F, LOOKING RIGHT, HAT, SWORD, LH ON HIP

 

 

126

INEZ RAE

F, R LEG ON STOOL, HOLDING LEAF OR FAN

 

 

127

HELEN VINCENT

F, SITTING, BLACK STOCKINGS

 

 

128

CLARA BELL

H/S

 

 

129

M DALY VOKES

H/S, FUR COLLAR

 

 

130

ROSITA WORRELL

F/L, SITTING, RH TOUCHING BOATER, LEGS CROSSED

 

 

131

MINNIE PACKARD

F, KNEE ON TILTED CHAIR

 

 

132

STARA KIMBALL

F, SITTING ON BACK OF CHAIR

 

 

133

WARD AND VOKES

2 MEN H/S, ONE FACING LEFT OTHER FRONT

 

 

134

CLARA QUALITZ

F, BALLET POSE ARMS OUTSTRETCHED

 

 

135

YOLANDE WALLACE

F, LEANING ON PILLAR, RH HOLDING SPRAY

 

 

*136

WILLIAM McKINLEY

H/S, PORTRAIT, FACING LEFT

* H/S PORTRAIT FACING RIGHT

 

198

LAWRENCE BARRETT

¾ FACING L, HAT IN L HAND (UC108)

 

 

 

Number on mount and photo

Number on photo only

 

 

 

The next group is easy to identify, having the words Newsboy/New York printed in green on a greyish board.  The photo itself is mounted within a double set of frame lines, also printed in green.  The inner frame line is thinner than the outer.  I believe (but am open to correction) the technical term for these photographic prints is ‘silver gelatin’.  Arguably this process results in a sharper, more defined end product than with all the other groupings, and may account for the slightly higher prices when sold.

 

The photos are numbered on the mount, and apart from one example (306 on RH side), always in the centre. The photo may also bear the number, either on the right or left hand sides. The printing of the words New York can also vary (see illustrations below).  Most examples will be in block capitals ie the usual version but occasionally in a smaller stylised version beginning with a capital letter, the remainder in lower case.  Examples of the same number in either version have been seen. 

 

New York – stylised version

New York – block version

 

A great number of the subjects in this grouping were taken by the renowned New York society photographer Benjamin J Falk and his copyright wording often appears on the mount beginning with the year 1888 through to 1894 though it is likely this grouping would have been issued after these dates. Mr Falk also had his copyright stamped on the photo in the manner of a cartouche.

           

For the collector possibly the most interesting feature of this grouping is that an advertisement can sometimes be found on the reverse of the photo but only in a very small minority of the specimens I have seen.  The WTII describes two examples (in addition to the usual plain back) (see (b) (c) in WTII description on page 1 above) but a couple more have come to light viz 

(d) FREE!  A 5c Package of Chewing Gum …

(e) Tom Hood cigars are made from imported HAVANA TOBACCOS. 

 

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

 

                       

One strange feature, for which I have no explanation, but which I have found is common to almost all photos with an advertisement on the reverse, is that the image is in sepia or brown, as opposed to the usual black and white.                                           

 

It is not clear whether each number can be found with an advertisement back, but as those photos with an advertisement are very much in the minority, I think not.

 

The numbering of this group commences with 301, and to date the highest I have come across is 390.  Until recently I was convinced there was only one subject for each number but recently I came across three numbers with two entirely different subjects,  (308/309/319 – see index).  I can offer no explanation, as the names and numbers are clearly printed on the mount thus discounting the possibility of the wrong photo being attached. 

 

NO

SUBJECT

1ST ADVERT BACK

2ND ADVERT BACK

NOTES

301

MADGE ALPHABET

 

 

 

302

QUEENIE VASSAR

BLISS LONG CUT

RED INDIAN CUT PLUG/FRENCH CANDY

FALK 92

303

SYLVIA GERRISH

 

 

 

304

EMMA EAMES

BLISS LONG CUT

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 92

305

PAULINE HALL

BLISS LONG CUT

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 92

306

MARIE JANSEN

BLISS LONG CUT

 

FALK 92

307

JENNIE JOYCE

 

 

FALK 91

308

DELLA FOX

 

 

FALK 94

308*

JENNIE JOYCE

 

 

 

309

MARIE TEMPEST

 

 

FALK 91

309*

LILLIAN RUSSELL

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 93

310

ROSE COGHLAN

 

 

 

311

MARIE TEMPEST

BLISS LONG CUT

 

FALK 91

312

PAULINE HALL

 

 

 

313

SANDOW

5c CHEWING GUM  (3rd advert back)       

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 94

314

JENNIE JOYCE

BLISS LONG CUT

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 91

315

JESSIE BRADBURY

 

 

FALK 94

316

ALICE JOHNSON

 

 

 

317

LYLA KAVENAUGH

 

 

 

318

JULIA MARLOWE

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 92

319

JENNIE JOYCE

 

 

 

319*

DELLA FOX

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

 

320

ANNIE SUTHERLAND

HAVANA TOBACCOS (4th advert back)

 

 

321

ANNIE PIXLEY

 

 

 

322

JESSIE BRADBURY

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 94

323

FRANCES EVERETT

 

 

 

324

LYLA KAVENAUGH

 

 

FALK 93

325

JESSIE BARTLETT-DAVIS

 

 

 

326

SYLVIA GERRISH

 

 

 

327

LITTLE EGYPT

 

 

 

328

FANNIE WARD

 

 

 

329

FRANCES EVERETT

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 91

330

EDWIN BOOTH

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 89

331

NESTA NEILSON

5c CHEWING GUM (3rd advert back)

 

 

332

LILLIAN RUSSELL

5c CHEWING GUM (3rd advert back)

 

FALK 93

333

BUFFALO BILL

5c CHEWING GUM (3rd advert back)

 

 

334

Modjeska

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK ‘89

335

M’LLE NAYA

5c CHEWING GUM (3rd advert back)

 

 

336

MARIE JANSEN

BLISS LONG CUT

 

FALK 88

337

FANNIE WARD

 

 

 

338

ANNIE SUTHERLAND

 

 

 

339

MADGE ALPHABET

 

 

 

340

LILLIAN RUSSELL

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 93

341

BELLE ARCHER

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 91

342

CAROLINE MISKELL

 

 

 

343

DALLAS TYLER

 

 

FALK 94

344

DAVID B HILL

 

 

 

345

GROVER CLEVELAND

 

 

FALK 92

346

JULIA MARLOWE

 

 

FALK 94

347

J.J. CORBETT

 

 

 

348

TROJA

 

 

FALK 94

349

CISSY FITZGERALD

 

 

FALK 94

350

AMY BUSBY

 

 

FALK 94

351

MARIE SHOTWELL

 

 

FALK 93

352

EMMA EAMES

BLISS LONG CUT

 

FALK 92

353

JUNIORI VALAREZ

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 94

354

HATTIE HARVEY

 

 

FALK 93

355

DELLA FOX

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

FALK 94

356

 

 

 

 

357

AMY BUSBY

 

 

FALK 94

358

 

 

 

 

*359

MARIE TEMPEST

 

 

 

360

KATHERINE GREY

 

 

FALK 94

361

LILLIAN RUSSELL

 

 

 

362

ALICE EVANS

 

 

 

363

EFFIE SHANNON

 

 

 

364

LULU GLASER

 

 

FALK 93

365

Edna Wallace-hopper

 

 

 

366

 

 

 

 

*367

JOSEPH JEFFERSON

 

 

 

368

Lillian blauvelt

 

 

 

369

 

 

 

 

370

 

 

 

 

371

Thomas a.  edison

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

 

372

THOMAS P.OCHILTREE

 

 

 

373

ROBERT G INGERSOL

 

 

 

374

WILLIAM MULDOON

 

 

 

375

REV. C.H. PARKHURST

 

 

 

376

WALTER Q. GRESHAM

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

 

377

REV. T. DE WITT TALMAGE

 

 

FALK 92

378

DELLA FOX

 

 

FALK 94

379

HATTIE HARVEY

 

RED INDIAN/FRENCH

 

380

MARIE FLOYD

 

 

 

381

DELLA FOX

 

 

FALK 94

382

JOSEPH JEFFERSON

 

 

 

383

CAROLINE MISKELL

 

 

 

384

BLANCHE WALSH

 

 

FALK 93

385

LORRAINE DREUX

 

 

 

386

 

 

 

 

387

EUGENIE TABER

5c CHEWING GUM (3rd advert back)

 

 

*388

EMMA EAMES

 

 

 

389

MARIE BURROUGHS

 

 

 

*390

DELLA FOX

 

 

 

 

The third of the three major groupings of Newsboy cabinets has the same numbering as the first grouping, and in consequence, if referred to by number alone, can easily be confused with that group.

 

The words Newsboy and NEW YORK are in red and the photo is within a single red frame line.  The main difference involves the subject caption, which is in lower case and always on the photograph as is the number. (NB a very few exceptions occur on photos depicting objects eg buildings or scenes where examples have been seen in both upper and lower case) The captions are often very faint, printed either in brown or white thus often fading into the background.

 

Unlike the complexities of the first grouping, each number has a unique picture but as stated the numbering is the same ie commences with number one with the highest recorded number at 227 although I can now extend this to 1065 (see index). However as can be seen there are huge gaps in the numbering from 233 upwards for which I have no explanation.

 

Arguably this is the most interesting of the three groupings for, in addition to the vast numbers of theatrical subjects which predominate groups one and two, it includes a number of views, buildings, bridges, warships and sportsmen, the most sought after, being, of course, the ten baseball subjects.

 

Little is known of the production of these ‘cabinets’ but they were obviously mass-produced in view of the numbers and variable quality. The mounts were printed with the photos being pasted on sometimes leaving traces of glue around the edges of the photo. Mention is made in the WTII of known examples with trace of a different name on the mount compared with the name on the photo. I suspect that the first issue was in fact the first grouping where the subject name was printed on the mount and the appropriate photo added. Later on, when preparing the third grouping, spare mounts from the first grouping were used, relying upon the operative to cover up the name on the mount if it differed from the subject photo being used.

(NB Letters NYPL in brackets after subjects name indicate image seen on New York Public Library website)(Photos of USN ships have been seen issued by photographer NIBLOT with identical numbering to Newsboy)

 

No

SUBJECT/TITLE

No

SUBJECT TITLE

1

Maude Adams

126

? Vesta Tilley

2

 

127

Louise Grans

3

 

128

Allie Gilbert

4

 

129

Henry Irving

5

Belle Archer   (33UC/1)(527)

130

DeWolf Hopper

6

Mary Anderson

131

Bernhard Stavenhagen

7

 

*132

Dr A Conan Doyle

8

 

133

Wilson Barrett

9

Amy Busby (NYPL)

134

H. Beerbohm Tree

10

Lawrence Barrett   (108UC)

135

Augustus Cook

11

 

136

Joseph Jefferson

12

Helen Bertram (114UC/2)

137

Joseph Jefferson

13

Hope Booth (109UC/2)

138

Edwin Booth

14

Marie Burroughs

139

Newark USN

15

Carmencita

140

Yolande Wallace

16

Miss Cayvan

141

Lillian Russell

17

Kate Castleton

142

Miss Cissie Loftus

18

 

143

Blanche Walsh

19

Minnie Cornellara?

144

Caroline Miskel

*20

Corinne

145

Atlanta USN

*21

Estelle Clayton

146

CASTLE GARDENS & BAY N.Y.

22

Corinne

147

Brooklyn Bridge N. Y.

23

J.J. Corbett

148

Brooklyn Bridge N.Y.

24

J.J. Corbett (72UC/2)

149

Brooklyn Bridge N.Y.

25

Kitty Cheatham   (103UC)

150

Brooklyn Bridge

26

Bessie Clayton

151

Chauncey M Depew

*27

Camille D’Arville (horizontal)

152

Mrs Kendall

28

Zellie De Lussan

*153

Camille D’Arville

29

Fannie Davenport   (2UC/2)

154

Sadie Martinot

*30

Jesse Bartlett Davis

155

Louise Thorndyke Bouicault

31

Fannie Davenport  (2UC/1)

156

Dorothy Dene

32

 

*157

?Zemma Rawston

*33

Annie Russell (NYPL)

158

Herbert Keleey

*34

Camille D’Arville

159

Robt.C Hilliard

*35

Emma Eames

160

Cissy Fitzgerald

36

Lily Elton

161

Cissy Fitzgerald

37

Frances Everett (120UC) (NYPL)

162

W.H. Crane

38

Agnes Evans

*163

Viola Allen

39

 

164

Henry Miller

*40

Katherine Florence(Two portraits seen-one looking L/ one looking at camera)

165

William Faversham

41

Mollie Fuller

*166

Amy Busby (NYPL)

42

 

167

Mary Hampton

43

Della Fox (46UC/2)

168

E.C. Bald

44

Della Fox

169

Raymond Macdonald

45

Della Fox (46UC/5)

170

Mark Twain (seen on Emma Eames mount)

*46

Nina Farrington

171

Rev C.H. Parkhurst (by Napoleon Sarony N.Y. copyright 1892 (seen on Robert Mantel mount)

47

Mollie Fuller

172

Grover Cleveland

48

 

173

Della Fox

49

Jennie Goldthwaite

*174

W H Murphy

50

Nat Goodwin   (113UC)

175

Amos Rusie

51

Lottie Gilson

176

Michael Tiernan

52

Lulu Glaser

177

E.D. Burke

53

Catherine Grey   (88UC)

178

J.J. Doyle

54

Minnie Hauk   (34UC)

179

W.B. Fuller

55

De Wolf Hopper & Della Fox(93UC)

180

Geo Van Halfran

56

 Pauline Hall (83UC/2)

181?

Dave Foutz

57

 

182

Jouett Mekin

58

? Miss Marie Jansen

*183

? Griffin

59

Emma Juch

184

 

60

Joseph Jefferson   (105UC)

185

 

61

 

*186

Maud Haslam

62

 

187

William Gillette

63

Jennie Joyce

188

 

64

Kathryn Kidder

189

May Robson

*65

Levy Sisters

*190

Vesta Tilley

*66

Madge Lessing

*191

Pudd’nhead Wilson

67

 

192

Melba

68

Mrs Langtry  (also seen as Lily Langtry-NYPL)

193

Calve

69

Modjeska

194

Emma Eames

70

Julia Marlow   (92UC)

195

Agnes Miller

71

Marion Manola   (15UC/2) (also seen with printed back for TOM HOOD CIGARS)

196

Lackye

72

 

197

Richard Mansfield

73

Wm McKinley

198

E.J.Ratcliffe

74

 

199

Robert G Ingersol   (59UC)

75

Robert Mantel

200

Parke Wilson)

76

Miss Mather

201

W.H. ‘Dad’ Clark

77

Caroline Miskel

*202

Parke Wilson

*8

Ada Dare

203

Virginia Harned

*79

Otero

204

San Francisco USN

80

Tony Pastor (NYPL)

205

Charleston USN

81

Minnie Palmer   (27UC)

206

Bancroft USN

82

Ida Rock, Alice Branson, Geraldine McCann.

207

Philadelphia USN

83

Rhea

208

Concord USN

84

Lillian Russell

209

Dolphin USN

85

Annie Russell

*210

Miantonomoh (only seen photographer NIBLOT)

86

Ada Rehan   (68UC)

211

Baltimore USN

87

Effie Shannon

212

Chicago

88

Lillian Russell

213

Vesuvius USN

89

Ellen Terry

214

Statue of La Fayette, Madison Square N.Y.

*90

Juniori Valarez (NYPL)

215

Bunker Hill  Monument Boston

91

Amy Busby

216

The Twin Falls Shoshone River

92

Francis Wilson (NYPL)

217

City Hall N Y

93

…………….…Harlem R.NY.

218

Washington Bridge 181st St & Harlem

94

 

219

Zoological Gardens, New York

95

PRESIDENTIAL MANSION Washington

DC

220

High Bridge & Water Tower N Y

96

STATUE OF LIBERTY N.Y.

221

The Capitol Washington DC

97

The Terrace, Central Park N.Y.

222

Bathing scene at Coney Island

98

Sandow

223

New York Bay Battery Park Gardens Governors Island etc

99

Sandow

224

David B Hill

100

Mary Anderson (7UC)

*225

Buffalo Bill

101

 

226

R P Gibbs as Geekern Trilby Photo by Elmer Chickering Boston. By permission of A M Palmer

*102

Agnes Evans (506)

227

William Lackaye as Svengali and Virginia Harned as Trilby. Photo by Chickering. By permission A M Palmer

103

John S Johnson

228

Alfred Hickman as Little Billy Trilby

 

104

 

L.S Meinyes

229

John Glendenning as The laird in Trilby Photo by E C Chickering by permission of A M Palmer

 

105

Agnes Miller

 

230

Three Musketeers of The Brush Copyright by E Chickering Boston 95 By Permission of A M Palmer

106

W. Sanger

231

……Brady…..Billie…Copyright by E Chickering Boston 95

107

Grace Sherwood (66 UC/2)

232

William Lackaye as Svengali in Trilby

108

Leo F Taylor

233

“Trilby” By permission of A M Palmer Copywright by E Chickering 95

109

Fannie Ward

234

 

110

Yolande Wallace

235

 

111

H.C. Wheeler

247

Inez Rae

*112

A A Zimmerman

266

Yolande Wallace

 

 

308

“CITY HALL etc FROM NORTH BROAD STREET.PHILA”

113

Olga Nethersole

379

Camille D’Arville

114

Marie Wainwright

453

Pearl Eytinge

115

Cora Urquhart Potter

473

Jessie Carlisle

116

Minnie Seligman

481

Charles Dana

117

Walter James

511

Lillian Elmore

 

 

565

Adele Purvis Onri

118

Jas Powers

587

Miss Mignon

119

Fannie Johnson

589

Vera …….

120

Nina Farrington

595

Miss Ridgway

121

Fannie Johnson

*608

May Robson

122

Cissy Fitzgerald

664

Brig Gen Slocum

123

Ada Rehan

691

Gen Lew Wallace

124

The Foundling (U/N)

738

Dorothy Morton

125

Isabel Irving

782

Yollande Wallace

 

 

*806

Julia Marlowe

 

 

815

Edith Craske

 

 

*824

Andrew Mack

 

 

832

Miss Marion

 

 

847

Agnes Evans

 

 

853

Helan Bertram

 

 

878

Charity Ball

 

 

900

Kilanyi’s Living Pictures

 

 

901

Kate Uart

 

 

907

Lillian Russell

 

 

923

Andrew Mack

 

 

*942

Amelia Summerville as ‘Trilby’

 

 

947

Max Alvary

 

 

952.

US Post Office Department Washington D.C.

 

 

954

US War Navy and State Departments Washington DC

 

 

957

Agricultural department Washington

 

 

966

Bob Fitzsimmons

 

 

967

Scene in Central Park

 

 

970

Obelisk NY Central Park

 

 

*981

Marie Tempest

 

 

987

Gen.Adlai Stevenson.

 

 

982

Cissy Fitzgerald

 

 

*992

Chas H Hopper as ‘Chirmmic Fadden’

 

 

999

Dorothy Morton

 

 

*1065

John L Sullivan

 

 

*1376

Atlanta and Fleet N.River NY Copyright... (only seen photographer NIBLOT)

 

 

Photo with caption in lower case

 

As a rough estimate, I would say the first three groups would account for 90% of the Newsboy cabinets I have seen.  This brings us to the remaining five groups, which are much smaller and in two cases contain less than a handful of cards.

 

Cards in these subsequent groupings can be recognised by the number and its relative position on the mount, the colour of the wording and number of frame lines..

 

The fourth and largest of the remaining groups could be entitled the ‘500’ series as most of the numbers are in the 500’s, the lowest I have seen being 501. The most obvious feature of this grouping is the double frame line that encloses the photo.  The frame lines are of different thickness, the inner line being narrower than the outer.  They may also be coloured either red or purple/brown as are the words Newsboy, NEW YORK, the number and name of subject.

 

The cabinets are numbered either centrally or on the right hand side of the mount.  Curiously, where a number appears on the photo the ‘500’ part is sometimes missing so number 502 on the mount becomes just 2 on the photo.  The same subjects would appear to be available in either ‘red’ or ‘purple/brown’ printings.  Identical subjects can be found in either groups one and three.  I believe all the photos are printed using the ‘albumen’ process.

 

The backs are blank and the highest number I have seen is 604 (Della Fox). As with the third group, the subject’s name is in lower case.

 

500

 

553

Alice Johnson

501

Edna Wallace Hopper               

554

Kittie Connors

502

Agnes Evans (8UC/1)

555

Juno Burbank

503

Agnes Evans   (819)

556

Juno Burbank

504

Agnes Evans

557

Helen Brockett

505

Agnes Evans

558

Mittie Atherton

506

Agnes Evans (LC102)

559

Paula Edwards

507

Agnes Evans

560

Paula Edwards

508

M’lle Naya

561

Kittie Connors

509

Della Fox

562

Paula Edwards

510

Blanche Walsh

563

 

511

Lyla Kavenaugh   (86UC)

564

Alice Johnson

512

Jennie Dickerson

565

 

513

Mrs E M Howell (64UC)

566

Effie Shannon

514

Jennie Joyce   (13UC/1)

567

Gladdis Wallace

515

Alice Vivian

568

Troja

516

Corinne

569

 

517

Annie Myers

570

 

*518

Maude Waldemere

571

Alice Johnson

519