Mother and Child Cabinet Card - 1910

If you saw this photograph with the words "Cabinet Portrait" printed in the lower righthand corner of the card, you might logically assume that it was made in the United States, Great Britain or some other Engish-speaking part of the world. But you would be wrong. This photograph was probably taken in Bulgaria. There is a handwritten, dated inscription written in what I believe to be Bulgarian on the back of the card. This is not the first Bulgarian photograph on card stock printed or embellished with an English inscription that I have seen. I have also seen some printed with French inscriptions.

 

In this lovely portrait, a pretty young mother poses holding her beautiful baby in an elaborate garden. The picture might have been actually taken outdoors, but then again it might have been taken in a studio where a talented photographer assembled the background by arranging realistic artificial plants and flowers in front of a skillfully painted backdrop.

 

The proud young mother wears a light-colored, wonderfully detailed dress, the skirt of which is contructed with a wide panel in front embellished with many small covered buttons and large false button holes, giving the illusion that the panel is fastened on with the buttons. The elaborate bodice which is constructed with Renaissance-style slashed puffed sleeves is adorned with lace and a small running strand of dark embroidery with six dark buttons centered down low on the front. The pattern of the eyelet lace on her high collar has a cameo-shaped decorative design centered on the front of it. Light-colored elbow-lengh lace mitts and a large bow at the back of her beautifully arranged hair complete her ensemble.

 

The darling baby is dressed in what might be a christening gown of fine white muslin. The edge of the gown is decorated with several rows of tucks and a border of beautiful lace. The baby's cap is adorned with many, many loopings of satin ribbon, and several strands of the baby's dark hair peek out from its edge.

 

The handwritten inscription on the back of the photograph is written in what I believe to be Bulgarian, and perhaps that would give a clue as to the identities of the mother and child as well as perhaps the location of where the picture was made. "9-IX-1910" (September 9, 1910) is the date given.

 

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UPDATE: Flickr friend josephnovak33 has provided a translation for the inscription:

 

"Yes, It´s a Bulgarian inscription," he writes. "I can decipher only the first and the last row: Little Marguerite 7 months old....... Town of Teteven 9th of September 1910."

 

Thanks a million, Josef!

 

  • Sunny Brook 5y

    This is the handwritten inscription on the back of the above photograph. I believe it to be in Bulgarian. If anyone can provide a translation, it would be deeply appreciated.

    Bulgarian Mother and Child 1910 - Inscription on the Back of the Photograph
  • svenderik 5y

    Very beautiful portrait - great find !! :-)
  • josefnovak33 5y

    Yes, It´s a Bulgarian inscription. I can decipher only the first and the last row: Little Marguerite 7 months old....... Town of Teteven 9th of September 1910.
  • lauralemur (life is upsidedown right now) 5y

    I love their joyful expressions - there is such a sense of warmth and contentment here.
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    @ svenderik - Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. Thank you also for the fave.
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    @ josefnovak33 - Thank you, thank you so much for the translation! I've posted it up in the text above.
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    @ lauralemur - Thank you so much. I'm glad you saw the joy and happiness in this picture. I felt the same way about it. Thank you also for the fave.
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    Thanks for the fave, BlueCatArtist!
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    Thanks for the fave, gamer888888888888888888888888888888 888888888888888!
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    Thanksfor the fave, FeistyEily!
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    Thanks for the fave, ladyinblack1964!
  • Wooway1 5y

    It appears that card stock was exported to countries where it was less available.This follows from the failure to include a photographer's advertisement on cards such as these.I some in my collection as well.
  • No shit, what a blimp! 5y

    absolutely love the look on the baby's face
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    Thanks! Thank you also for the fave.
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    @ Wooway1 - Thanks for the information!
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    Thanks for the fave, caitxrawks!
  • Sunny Brook 5y

    Thanks for the fave, valtertorjay!
  • Yovana Sl 4y

    The second row goes : " As a keepsake (gift) to her grandmother Lazaritsa."
  • Asko Kauppi 4y

    I'm thinking of using this in a slideshow presentation called "1910". Do you object?

    The presentation is intended to be licensed under Creative Commons with attribution (= the sources of the pictures will be at the final slide).

    You can reach me at asko-at-bmdesign.fi
  • Sunny Brook 4y

    You have my permission to use this photograph in your slide show. Please give credit to sunnybrook100 of flickr. Thanks!
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