This cabinet card portrait captures a well-dressed handsome little boy holding a large swing in a studio portrait by the Harper studio in Corsicana, Texas. The lad is unsuccessfully holding back a smile as he looks at the photographer. He apparently was enjoying posing for the cameraman. Using swings as props in cabinet card images is not extremely rare but this is one of the finer “swing images” that I’ve seen. To view other cabinet card photographs that employ swings, click on the cabinet card gallery category “Swings”. According to advertising on the front of this cabinet card, Harper had other branches of his studio located in Texas. Besides Corsicana, he operated in Tyler, Mexia, and Waxahachie. Further research that Harper also operated other studios in Texas (Bryan, Temple, Ennis, and Calvert). Apparently, Mr. Harper was quite an entrepreneur.   (SOLD)

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  1. I just ran across a cabinet card by this photographer. This one from Ennis, Texas. Although he appears to have been in business in many locations around Texas and Louisana, he seems to have never used his first name. The card I have does have an initial crest with the letters L. W. H. or W. L. H. ( I can never tell which initial comes first.

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