This Cabinet Card is an interesting and puzzling family portrait. Who are these people and how are they related? The photographer is Shirley of Yates Center, Kansas. Yates Center is the county seat of Woodson County, Kansas. Note that the Woman in the back row is holding something (despite appearances, her hand doesn’t appear to be on the man’s shoulder in front of her). The young girl in the center of the front row is holding a dark bag of some sort and the woman in the floral dress is grasping a book (she must have left her kindle at home).  The reverse of the card has the inscription “Mrs. Electa Harding; Flushing, Michigan. The 1919 Farm Journal Rural Directory of Genesee County, Michigan lists a James Harding and his wife “Electra” as residents of the County. Correspondingly, Flushing is located in Michigan’s Genesee County. Despite the difference in spelling, Electra and Electa Harding appear to be one and the same individual.

Published in: on January 24, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. The young woman in center front is leaning on a chair back- see how it supports her weight? At first I thought it was a muff, but it’s definitely a chair.

    The woman at back left (mom?) is also simply leaning her hand on the back of the man’s chair, not holding anything.

    My favorite part is the youngest girl’s necklace and brooch. and look at that paisley coordinating fabric!

  2. Electa St. John Harding was my great-great grandmother. She was born in 1855 in Flushing Michigan. She died in 1943 and is buried in Flushing. This cabinet card is obviously very important to me, I have no photos of Electa.

    I also don’t know why she traveled to Kansas!

    • Also, I should have added that I don’t know which woman is Electa.

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