FIREMAN IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

This cabinet card features a fireman, or possibly a policeman, posing for his portrait in the studio of F. L. Huff, in Newark, New Jersey. Huff’s studio was located at 707 & 839 Broad Street in Newark. Huff was a native “Jerseyman” and established his photographic studio in 1870.

Published in: on August 21, 2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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THREE YOUNG SIBLINGS IN PHILLIPS, MAINE

This cabinet card is an image of three siblings who are identified by their first name on the reverse of the card. The oldest child is Mildred Belle (age-4) and she has bows in her hair and is quite adorable. The middle child is Ivan Donald (age-1) and his hair style can best be described as chaotic. The youngest child is Marion Florence (age-4 months). The photographer was Archie Snow McKeen (1874-?) and his studio was in Phillips, Maine.  Mckeen was a native of Phillips who as a photographer, moved locations several times. He had photographic studios in a number of Maine towns including Phillips, Rangely Lakes, Center Harbor, and Winnepesauke Lake. He also operated in both Beverly and Haverhill, Massachusetts. McKeen was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

UNUSUAL BEARD IN BRAMPTON, CANADA

A gentleman poses for his portrait at the Ideal Studio of John Cole, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The man has a most interesting beard. Most of his face appears clean shaven because his beard is worn very low on his face. The man is holding his gloves and wearing a pocket watch. A book and his hat is beside him on an ornate table. He is wearing light colored striped pants, which is a wardrobe style not commonly seen in cabinet card photography. The photographer is likely J. W. Cole, who is listed as a photographer in the Province of Ontario Directory of 1869. To view other interesting images of beards, click on this site’s  category of Beards (Only the Best).

Published in: on August 19, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  

THE MAN WITH THE SCRAGGLY BEARD

This gentleman has earned a place in the Cabinet Card Gallery’s “Beards (Only the Best)” category. His long scraggly beard is a masterpiece of facial hair design. No identifying information is available concerning the subject or the photographer associated with this photograph. To see other wonderful images of men with beards, click on the Beards category.


Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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WOMAN WITH A BROOCH IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN (1891)

A young woman poses for this cabinet card photograph at the Wood photographic studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is wearing a brooch which may  hold a photograph of her daughter, or perhaps, a photo of herself at a younger age. This attractive young woman has curly hair and wonderful eyes. The photographer of this photograph is likely T. E. Wood who is mentioned in photography journals published in 1893 and 1895. This cabinet card has the year 1891 printed on the bottom of the card which is likely the year that this photograph was taken. Check out other photographs by Wood by clicking on the category  “Photographer: Wood”.

Published in: on August 17, 2010 at 8:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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MARY MANNERING: THEATRE STAR

Mary Mannering (1875-1953), stage star,  is featured in this cabinet card photograph by Schloss of New York City, New York.  Mary Mannering was born in London, England. She had her theatrical debut in Manchester in 1892. Daniel Frohman, theatrical producer and manager, convinced her to come to New York in 1896. She was quite successful in America. She played leading roles in romantic comedies and dramas for more than a decade. After appearing in 19 Broadway plays, she retired at the peak of her popularity, after playing in the “Garden of Allah” (1911). The  photographer,  Schloss was a well known New York City photographer who was famous for his portraits of theatrical stars.

Published in: on August 13, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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FAMILY PORTRAIT IN GRAFTON, WEST VIRGINIA

This photograph features Mr. and Mrs. Tom Werkley and their children Paul and Blanche. The father and son are wearing bow ties and the daughter is wearing bows in her hair. The photographer is unknown as the studio name listed on the pbotograph is illegible.

Published in: on August 12, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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PRETTY WOMAN IN HIGH COLLAR AND HIGH FASHION IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

A pretty woman poses for her photograph at the studio of Walter E. Chickering in Boston, Massachusetts. She is dressed in high fashion and high collar. Biographical information about Walter Chickering is difficult to find and further research is needed. It is unknown whether he was related to Elmer Chickering, also of  Boston. Elmer Chickering was a celebrated photographer and to view  photographs by him; click on the category “Photographer: Chickering, W.”.

Published in: on August 11, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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AUNTIE MARY FROM SCOTLAND

This cabinet card features Mary Stott from Scotland, according to the inscription on the reverse of the cabinet card.  The inscription also includes the describes the subject as  ” auntie Mary, our mothers sister before she married Jack Stott in Edzell, Scotland.”  Mary is wearing her hair up and is well adorned in jewelry. The photographer is J. Candlish Ruddock, of  Bondgate, Alnwick, England.

Published in: on August 10, 2010 at 7:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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FASHIONABLE CHILD IN VIENNA, AUSTRO-HUNGARY EMPIRE (PHOTOGRAPHED BY PIETZNER)

This cabinet card photograph features a very fashionable  young boy, posing at the studio of Karl Pietzner in Wien (Vienna), capitol of the Austro Hungarian Empire. The young boy is wearing a sailor type blouse, boots, a straw hat, and holding a stick. Pietzner (1853-1927) was born in Prussia and is known to have worked as a photographer from 1877 until 1924 and he worked throughout Europe. At the time that this cabinet card was photographed, he had studios in Wien, Carlsbad, Brunn, Eger, Teplitz, Aussig, and Olmutz. The New  York Times (1899) printed an article about his photographic research work in the production of reliefs. He invented a process he named “plastophotography”.  He was a photographer for the Royal family in Austria. He did portraits of Franz Joseph. Pietzner was certainly a celebrated photographer and this cabinet card is a great example of his work.