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The reverse of this cabinet card informs us that the subject of this photographic portrait is a four year-old girl named Marguerite. She is certainly adorable. The photographer of this image is William H. Root. The Mercer County (Illinois) Historical Society Newsletter (2012) reports that the Aledo Democrat (1881) announced that Root opened a photography studio in Aledo. By 1895 there was an advertisement advising readers that the studio was under the new ownership of Leonard Hollenbaek. Research yielded little information about William H Root. There was a photographer in a close by town (Monmouth) named Emerson Root. One source states that Emerson Root was a brother of William and that there was also a third brother (Melville Root) who worked as a photographer. There was also a photographer in Chicago, Illinois who shared the Root name. His name was W. J. Root and two of his images can be seen in the Cabinet Card Gallery collection.

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