For the moment, I'd like to share this postcard portrait of a well dressed Polish family in a well appointed studio setting (Apologies to those who attended Miriam's Scanfest on Sunday - you've already had a preview). It was sent to me by fellow photo-sleuth Nigel, who picked it up in a pchli targ in Kraków while on a flying visit there in January. Knowing how much I enjoy receiving postcards from around the world, he struggled at first to find something suitable, but this excellent find from a street market very near to the old Jewish ghetto he sent under separate cover, and it certainly hits the mark. The only trouble is, I can't bluetack it up in the kitchen with all the others, or it would be ruined. By the way, if you haven't worked out the meaning of "Skarb z Pchli Targ" yet, I suggest you try Google Translate.
It is tempting to think of the family as Jewish, but of course there is no evidence that they were. From the type of postcard and the style of both the studio setting and the subjects' clothing, I estimate that it was taken around 1908-1912, at which time Krakow was part of Austrian Galicia. The side table looks to me a stylish example of Art Nouveau furniture, but more than that I'm afraid I'll have to leave for the experts.
The reverse of the postcard provides few clues. Apart from the vertical dividing line and lines for the address, there is no photographer's name, only what may be a street address, written in pencil: "Rochim a 281." This could mean Rochim aleja 281 or 281 Rochim Avenue. Alternatively Rochim could be a surname.
I wonder if any readers - at least those who've hung on this long - can offer any further comments on this delightful postcard portrait? Oh, and thank you, Nigel.