This cabinet card portrait features a profile view of a very pretty woman. She is wearing a broach on her collar and her hairstyle includes a bun. The photographer is George C. Urlin (1854-1942)  of Urlin’s Mammoth Art Gallery. The studio was located at 216 & 218 South High Street, in Columbus, Ohio.  The studio was founded in 1873. This cabinet card photograph was taken in 1884 or shortly thereafter. The photographer, George Urlin was born in Canada and was active in Columbus from 1873 through 1887. He later partnered with William Beckley in Columbus, J. Becker in Cleveland, and John Pheiffer in Columbus.  Urlin won 10 silver medals and 16 “Best” awards from Ohio State Fairs. Other photographs by George Urlin can be seen by clicking on the category “Photographer: Urlin”.

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  1. I have some very old photos from Urlin’s. How would I find out who they are?

    • It is very difficult to identify subjects in cabinet card photographs without the assistance of certain types of information. The following are the most common methods I have encountered. 1) An inscription and signature on the cabinet card from the subject, 2) A notation by a relative that identifies the name of the subject, 3) The photograph has accompanying materials (ie an obituary, business journal, marriage certificate) which identifies the subject,and 4) The subject is a celebrity and is identifiable because an expert, or sometimes even the general public, can identify the subjects name. The identity of these subjects can often be confirmed by comparing their images to other portraits taken of them. Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet gallery can add additional methods that are helpful in the identification of cabinet card subjects. I wish you luck identifying the people in the Urlin photographs that you own. If you already have some of the photograph’s subjects names and need further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

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