This is quite a rare cabinet card. What makes the photograph unusual is the railroad themed backdrop. The young girl is standing in front of a faux railroad bridge. I have seen thousands of cabinet cards and I have never seen a similar backdrop. The little girl is wearing a dark dress with a collar pin. She is holding a fan. This photograph was taken at the Buchenau & Giegerich studio in Prairie Due Sac, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Photographers Index reports that Hugo Buchenau operated a photography studio in Sauk City between at least 1891 and 1896. The 1870 US census reveals that Buchenau was born in Wisconsin in 1865 to immigrant parents. His father was a saloon keeper. The directory also states that he was partners with Mr Giegerich in 1887 through 1888 and possibly in other years. Mr. Giegerich’s first name was likely Bertrand (aka Bert) based on the fact that local directories report a man with this name was a printer and newspaper publisher during this era.

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  1. Maybe it is a mural of that town, looks like a specific location.

    • I went to college in LaCrosse, WI. That looks exactly like the railroad, “Swing bridge” that still exists there today .

      • Perhaps the backdrop is a painting of the “Swing Bridge”. The fact that I have never seen a similar back screen increases the probability that this one may have been locally painted. Many cabinet card photographers were also artists and some would be very capable of painting a backdrop such as the one utilized in this cabinet card image.

  2. Has anyone noticed that the “girls” hair is butcher at the top?

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