This week's Sepia Saturday theme centers around tennis, in fact the photograph on their blog site is from 1971 taken in Fort Lauderdale, FL of Dinah Shore and Burt Bacharach most likely at a celebrity tournament. This is most interesting to me because I was a teenager growing up in Fort Lauderdale at that very time. I spent many hours hanging out with my friends at Holiday Park where the famous Chris Evert practiced tennis on a daily basis with her father before she became a world class champion. I myself could never hit a tennis ball worth a darn - I spent more time chasing the ball all over the court than actually hitting it! Holiday Park is a large, very popular park with tennis courts, ball diamonds, basketball courts, playgrounds, a theater, etc. My father coached Little League baseball for my brothers' teams and our family spent many nights at that park. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of this time, but it brought back a lot of fond memories.
However, I do have this CDV photograph of two very cute Hamburg, Germany boys in "matching" suits that I thought I would share. It comes with an interesting story about the photographer. In this photo the boys are holding toy tennis rackets and standing next to a toy rocking horse. They are wearing the most adorable outfits; I'm not sure how to describe them, they almost resemble sailor suits. The photographer is Waarenhaus Hermann Tietz (department store). On the back of the card it says, "Waarenhaus" which means "a site where mass products are sold" or "department store". According to Wikipedia, Herman Tietz was a German merchant of Jewish origin who was born on 29 Apr 1837 in Birnbaum an der Warthe near Posen (today Miedzychód, Poland) and died in Berlin 3 May 1907.
He was the first to create the idea of a department store in Germany and founded the chain store which would become known as "Hertie". His first store was opened in 1882 in Gera (Thuringia, Germany) by his nephew Oskar Tietz. After successful stores were established in smaller towns like Bamberg, Erfurt, Rostock, Stralsund and Wismar, Tietz opened his department store in Berlin. In 1900 he opened a store in Leipziger StraBe, in 1904 Alexanderplatz, Hamburg in 1912. By 1927 the Tietz chain had ten stores and 13,000 employees.
In the Third Reich, all businesses of the Tietz family were "Aryanized" (seized and given to new owners) and the family members emigrated. In 1933, Georg Karg, the new owner, changed the company's name to the less Jewish-sounding "Hertie Department Stores" as an abbreviation of Hermann Tietz.
I'm not entirely sure how to date this Cartes de Visite. The card is slightly larger than most CDVs and is quite thick which would usually lead one to think it dated between 1880 and 1890. CDV's were rarely seen after 1890. Since it has been reported that Tietz did not open his Hamburg store until 1912 I am at a loss to explain or give a good date for this photo. Perhaps one of my readers can offer some insight.
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