Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past


Today’s CdV features two boys, one in particular because he is holding a rifle. He is dressed in a fine suit of clothes: short pants, velvet trimmed collar on his coat, white blouse, fine shoes. His brother has a nice plaid dress that won’t show much dirt at all, little drawers peeping out from under the skirt and tiny boots.

The photographer was L. Maerz of Berlin, Badstrasse 69. I have some other art pieces that say “atelier” the same as the back of this CdV – photog atelier – and discovered the word means “workshop” in relation to art or artistry. So I suppose in this case the translation is something like “photographic artist.”

3 thoughts on “Boy and rifle

  1. usermattw says:

    Great picture! Great clothes, great chair, charming kids. That’s such a tiny rifle, is it safe to assume it’s a toy? It looks so real except for its relationship in size to the kids. By the way, I believe the full version of “Photogr. Atelier” would be “Photographisches Atelier”, which would translate as “photographic studio”. Atelier is a French word used in German like chauffeur or ingenue are French words used in English.


  2. Mrs Marvel says:

    I was wondering if it was a toy gun as well. I think there is also an illusion going on due to the chair leg on the far side, under the boy…it looks almost like a small Tommy gun, but yet not. Thanks for the insight on atelier. I have a fashion poster that says Atelier Bauschwitz, which I took to mean Bauschwitz Workshop or something like that.


  3. Toy gun..of which he was very proud:)


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