This cabinet card features a most adorable little girl dressed in a long white gown and standing on a chair. This cutie pie is quite expressive. Is she joyful or is she fearful? I opt for joyful. The photographer, Manton M. Patterson, is cited in the St. Louis and Canadian Photographer (1900). A short biography of Mr. Patterson appears in the History of Adair County (1911). Patterson was born in Logan County, Illinois in 1868. At age 6 he moved to Macon County with his family. At age 14 his father died and in order to maintain himself he went to work for a Macon gallery where he learned the photography business. Like many photographers, his work caused him to move from place to place. He operated studios in Missouri (Macon, Memphis, St. Louis, and Kirksville). He also conducted business in Iowa (Iowa City). Patterson was married to Rebecca Ely in 1899.

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