Blue blood powers this antique collection of (50) late 1800s-early 1900s cabinets photos of European royalty/dignitaries. Regal in stature and composition this group presents as (60% VG to VG-EX, 20% GD-VG, 20% lesser). Highlights are Empress Eugenie of France, Princess Beatrice of the UK, (4) Queen Maud of Norway, Georgina Countess of Dudley, Queen Louise of Denmark, (2) Princess Margaret of Sweden, Emanuele Duke of Aosta, (2) King Oscar II of Sweden, (3) King Haakon VII of Norway/Prince Carl of Denmark, King Gustav V of Sweden. More on our website.
85% of the offered photos have reverse side writing mainly indicating the identity of the obverse subjects in part or full. One has reverse side adhesive residue. Many are imprinted with the photographer’s studio name on the obverse and/or reverse. In general the obverse images are bold and free of markings with the exception of (3) with professional cropping marks mostly likely intended for new service publication. Typical signs of age include occasional light soiling and light to moderate corner wear. Approximately 15% have broken or heavily worn corners. Also present are (33) assorted photos including (11) females, (17) males including several in military attire, (4) multi-subject images and (1) child.
King Gustav V of Sweden is the subject of a famous Jim Thorpe story from the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. During the medal ceremony while awarding Thorpe his medals King Gustav is reported to have said to Thorpe "You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world", Thorpe's reply was "Thanks, King".