This cabinet card portrait features two pretty young women with great fashion sense. They are beautifully dressed and both are wearing “pearl” necklaces and earrings. These girls are likely in their teenage years and probably are sisters. The young women are both smiling and projecting an innocent and wonderful sweetness. The photographer of this wonderful image was talented and well known in New York City. Edward Cary Dana (1853-1897) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, developed an interest in photography, and moved to Brooklyn, where he opened a studio. In time he had a great reputation as a skilled photographer and had established three galleries in New York City. He died at age 44 of kidney problems and left a widow, Miss Ada Sherman, of Staten Island, New York. To view other photographs by Mr. Dana, click on the category “Photographer: Dana”.

Published in: on December 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. they do look very sweet –

  2. Just wanted to say how glad I am that you share your images. I’ve collected photos and cards for years and consider myself a caretaker of them but a fire just took 6 notebooks of very old valentines, ash in 90 minutes. I wish, how I wish I had done with my collection what you have done with yours. Thank you.

    • I am so sorry about the loss of your valentine collection. I think all collectors must fear the nightmare of losing their collections to fire, flood, or theft. Once again i am sorry you had to experience the nightmare in real life. I also want to thank you for your participation on this blog. Your comments are very much appreciated

  3. The more I look at the girl on the right, the more she looks like Minna K. Gale, who was an actress. She had a sister Edith (married Sewell Tyng) who was a couple years younger, but I’ve never seen a photo of her so I can’t be absolutely positive. If it is Gale, great find!!!

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