This cabinet card features an adorable little girl standing on a chair in front of an unusual backdrop. She is wearing a lace bib, a necklace and a wonderful hat. The photographers name is not quite legible. His last name appears to be “Vitaliny”. His studio was located at 233 Montgomery Avenue in San Francisco, California. No biographical information about the photographer could be located.  The photographic card has gold beveled edges and is larger than the standard cabinet card. This photographic is 8.5″ x 6.25″. It can best be desribed as a “Boudoir Card”. An article on types of cabinet cards  asserts that boudoir cards are usually 8.5″ x 5.5″.

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  1. Great photo! Such an adorable girl in an interesting setting. The heavy flourish in the signature makes it hard to read, but I think it’s spelled Vitalini, and you can find information about him with that spelling. (I was curious to find information since I live in San Francisco.) Apparently one of the locations of his studio (not this one) was in the building that now houses the famous City Lights Bookstore, and his name is still in the tiles on the floor. I’ll have to look for it next time I’m there! The address on this photo, 233 Montgomery, is right in the heart of the area that would have been destroyed in the 1906 quake/fire, and was replaced in the 1920s by the Russ Building, a building that spans the entire block.

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