PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL, AND FASHIONABLE WOMAN IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card portrait features an attractive well dressed young woman. One could certainly refer to her as a fashionista. She is identified on the reverse of the photograph. Her name is E. S. Garfield and she was living in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. This portrait of Miss Garfield was taken by the McCormick & Heald studio in Boston. Research may have revealed some information about E. S. Garfield. The 1865 Massachusetts census reveals that there was an Emma Susie Garfield living in Fitchburg. She was only 4 years old at that time, as she was born in 1861. If this cabinet card photograph was taken in the 1880’s, her date of birth matches the age at which she appears in this photo. At the time of the 1865 census, Emma lived with her father (James. F. Dana), her mother (Emily), a younger sister (Mary), and 76 year-old Susan Newton (mom’s mom). Emma’s dad worked as a coal dealer. In 1882 Emma married William A. Blodgett in Fitchburg. At the time of the marriage, Emma was a housewife and William was a merchant. The cabinet card gallery has a number of images by McCormich & Heald as well as images by McCormick when he worked independently. You may see those photographs by putting the photographer’s or photographers name in the search box. John L. McCormick and his partner Sumner B. Heald (1835-1900) operated the Boston studio that produced this excellent portrait.  At one point in his career,  Heald supervised the portrait studio operated by famed Boston photographer, George K. Warren (1824-1884). Heald oversaw the celebrity and theatrical portraits produced by the Warren Studio.   (SOLD)

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