CUTE LITTLE GIRL AND HER DOLL IN IDAHO SPRINGS, COLORADO (BY CELEBRATED MINING PHOTOGRAPHER, LACHLAN MCLEAN)

This cabinet card features a very cute, curly haired,   little girl standing on a chair. She is clutching her doll and carefully posing the doll for the photograph. She is wearing an adorable dress. The fabric at her collar matches the fabric on the cuffs of her sleeves.  The little girl is identified on the reverse of the card as “Mrs. J. J. Joseph”.  A faded back stamp identifies the photographer as L. McLean, and his studio as being located in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Lachlan McLean was listed in the Clear Creek County Business Directory (1890). His work was well respected and a biography has been written about his life, Secure the Shadow: Lachlan McLean, Colorado Mining Photographer (1980). This cabinet photograph was taken only a few decades after the founding of Idaho Springs. The town was established by prospectors in the early days of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Idaho Springs was the site of the first significant gold discovery in Colorado.

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