HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WITH HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE IN MINNEAPOLIS, KANSAS

A well dressed and handsome man with a handlebar mustache poses for his portrait at the studio of H G Cole in Minneapolis, Kansas. The reverend Url R Hicks Almanac (1900) reported that Cole won a fifty dollar cash prize for “the best photograph of a moving tornado”. The 1880 US census finds the 30 year-old Cole working as a photographer in Minneapolis. He was of English extraction and born in New York. His wife’s name was Emma.

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SIBLING LOVE IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA

This cabinet card captures a little girl’s love for her younger sibling. The younger child appears to have no time for love during the  photographic process. In fact, the child looks a bit afraid and troubled by the activities occurring in the photography studio. The photographer of this image has the last name of  Drewitt and his studio was located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Research yielded no information about the photographer.

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LOVELY COUPLE POSES FOR PORTRAIT IN HAWICK, SCOTLAND

 A lovely well dressed couple pose for their portrait at the Evans Studio in Hawick, Scotland. The gentleman is elegantly dressed in jacket and tie. The woman is wearing a dark dress and is holding a book in one hand antd resting her other hand on her husband’s shoulder. The photographer of this image is likely T. A. Evans.

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY WITH BROAD SHOULDERS IN ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS

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allen woman port 1.jpegA pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the Vestine studio in Rockford, Illinois. The construction and material of her dress looks quite heavy and the dress exaggerates width of her shoulders to the point that if she was a lineman on the Chicago Bears, she would have no problems blocking two opposing linemen at the same time. She gives new meaning to the saying “she has broad shoulders”. The subject’s name is pencilled on the reverse of the photograph but is not completely legible. It appears to be “M. Isabel”.  The Bulletin of Photography (1914) mentions the photographer of this image. The journal reported that August Vestine had sold his photographic studio at 330 East State Street in Rockford to Carl Johnson. This announcement probably means that this image was likely produced before 1914. This vintage photograph measures about 6 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ and is in very good condition (see scans).                                                                                                                   

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Published in: on October 16, 2012 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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HELENE HASTREITER: FAMED OPERA SINGER

This cabinet card portrait features famed opera singer Helene Hastreiter (1858-1922). She is holding a stringed instrument that I can not identify with certainty but I believe it is a lyre. Hastreiter was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She made her opera debut in Milan, Italy. She was a mezzo soprano. The photographer of this image is Reichmann & Company. To view other photographs by this studio, click on the category “Photographer: Reichmann”.

Published in: on October 15, 2012 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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HANDSOME MAN WITH WIRY BEARD IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

This cabinet card portrait features a handsome man with a wiry beard. His beard qualifies him to enter the cabinet card gallery’s category  “Beards (Only the Best)”.   Click on the category to see an interesting photographic collection of men with notable beards. This photograph was produced by the Gilbert & Bacon studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To view other photographs by this studio and to learn more about the photographers, click on the category “Photographer: Gilbert & Bacon”.

LITTLE GIRL IN A PLAID DRESS POSES WITH HER DOG IN LITTE FALLS, NEW YORK

A cute little girl wearing a plaid dress and a hat poses for her portrait at the studio of Joseph. J. Butman (1834-?) in Little Falls, New York. Sitting on a faux rock beside the young child is her small pet dog. The dog is a very cooperative subject as evidenced by the dog’s intent stare at the camera. An observer of this photograph may contend that the dog is a good subject because it is a “dead dog”, stuffed to be precise. I do not think that is the case in regard to this image.   It is interesting to note the size of the bow that the child is wearing. It is so large that it covers her whole neck. Little information was uncovered about photographer J. J. Butman. It was found that his gallery once had a different address in Little Falls. That other address was 314 West Main Street. The 1880 US census lists Butman as 46 years old and married (1867) to his wife Mary. His occupation was reported as “photographer”. The 1900 census also lists him as a photographer as do many Little Falls city directories through 1909.

Published in: on October 13, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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COUPLE SITS IN FRONT OF A FIREPLACE IN COMFORTABLE LIVING ROOM IN WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS (EXTRAORDINARY BACKDROP)

This cabinet card photograph captures a couple sitting in front of fireplace in a comfortable looking living room. The photograph is quite remarkable. First, the photograph features a setting that could easily be perceived as a real living room. It is as if the photographer went to this couples house to photograph them. The cabinet cards on the mantelpiece is a great touch of realism as is showing the woman with a crochet project on her lap and the end of the crochet hook in her mouth. She is either sucking or chewing on the hook, the way many people mouth a pencil or pen. There isn’t much to say about the man in this photograph. He seems oblivious to the photographer and intent upon staring at his wife. It looks as if he is admiring his wife and wondering how he found such a great woman. Back to the photograph’s setting. Upon close observation, it is apparent that this is a studio photograph that utilizes an extraordinary backdrop. This may be one of the best backdrops I have seen in cabinet card photography. The photographer of this wonderful image is William Alexander Webster (1857-?) and his studio was located in Waltham, Massachusetts. Webster was born in Ontario, Canada. He married Sheloa (also spelled Schola and Shelor on census) Slipp in 1879. Photographs he took in the early 1890’s of the American Waltham Watch Factory are considered important historic records of the company and the city of Waltham. At the time these images were taken, Webster operated his gallery from 111 Moody Street in Waltham.  Mr. Webster was not only an able photographer, but he was also very politically involved in photography organizations. The Anthony Photographic Bulletin (1899) stated that Webster was on the “Committee on Nomination of Officers” for the Photographic Association of America. According to Wilson Photographic Magazine (1908), he was the Vice President of the Photographers Association of New England. A number of sources report that he was the organization’s President in 1909.

BLANCHE TUCK: YOUNG GIRL WITH INCREDIBLE CURLS

An inscription on the reverse of this photograph reveals that the subject of this image is named Blanche Tuck.  She has remarkable curls and looks lovely in her white dress. She is wearing a chain  necklace and locket. She has a nice smile and bright eyes. Unfortunately, there is not enough information associated with this photograph to learn more about Miss Tuck.

Published in: on October 11, 2012 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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YOUNG COUPLE SHOWING SIGNS OF HAPPINESS IN PEORIA, ILLINOIS

A young couple poses for their portrait at the Sunbeam Gallery in Peoria, Illinois. The man and woman in this photograph are showing signs of happiness. Both of them are exhibiting a half smile rather than the typical intense expressions generally seen in cabinet card photography. The pair appear to be resting by a swinging wrought iron gate. The photographer of this image is Max Erler (about 1857-1936). He is listed in the US censuses of 1880 through 1920 as a photographer. He began his own photography business in 1881 and married his wife, Jennie Harris Erler (about 1861-1934).  in 1883.

Published in: on October 9, 2012 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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