The top Cabinet Card is an image of two Salvation Army workers photographed by Suddard of Fall River, Massachusetts. The young couple are both in uniform; he has a tambourine and she is holding a trumpet. It is interesting to note that he is wearing a late 1800’s version of an embossed tee shirt. His shirt’s lettering states “NO CROSS NO CROWN”. A present day, non religious  meaning of this saying would be “no pain, no gain”.  The motto on the shirt was a widely used expression and an early user of the phrase was William Penn, the founder of the Quaker colong of Pennsylvania. The second photograph, also by Suddard, shows the same couple in a different studio setting. Once again, the couple is attired in a salvation army uniform. The gentleman is wearing a different style uniform than he wore in the top photograph. In the bottom photograph, the woman has taken possession of the tambourine and the man is holding papers. These two cabinet cards were purchased more than two years apart and I am fairly certain that they were purchased from different sellers. Amazingly, these images have ended up together again.  A third cabinet card image by Suddard can be found  elsewhere in the Cabinet Gallery. It can be accessed by clicking the category “Photographers: Suddard”.

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  1. amazing! I’ve never seen words on a shirt in the 19th c. This is really great.

  2. You may have solved a major fashion mystery for me. In collecting photos for my books, I’ve noticed that some women are wearing belts that are not centered. Just the other day, i was showing another photo I picked up to a friend. We both remarked on it.

    It had to be a fad or a style at that time!

    Thank you for posting the photo!

    The Pink Flamingo

    • pink Flamingo, what a great observation! What do you make of it?

  3. What you wrote about William Penn is very interesting. Catherine Booth, wife of the founder, William Booth, had been a Quaker, and her influence on The Salvation Army was very great, indeed.

  4. When are these photos from?

    • These salvation army photographs are from sometime between 1890 and 1905. That is the time period that Suddard operated a studio in Fall River, Massachusetts.

  5. About the woman wearing the belt, I’m glad you’ve pointed this out. Actually, it was very rare to see a woman wearing a belt with her uniform. On the other hand, during this time period, Salvation Army uniforms were far from standardized. Mostly what a woman needed was a dark dress onto which Salvation Army insignia might be attached. The woman with the belt wears a badge, called the Salvation Army crest. the “S,” by the way, on the other uniforms stood for “Saved,” rather than “Salvation Army.”

    Note that the woman with the belt is holding a cornet, which she likely played herself. I grew up in the 1950s playing a trombone. Neither was common for a woman outside of Salvation Army circles, but women did play those instruments within the Salvation Army. However, during the time period of those photos, S. A. bands were often composed of whatever instrument was at hand, including stringed instruments.

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