WINTERGIRLThe young woman in this photograph is very pretty. In fact, she has a certain stage beauty that suggests she may have been a member of a traveling theater company appearing in Syracuse, New York. She may have had her portrait taken at Syracuse’s Winter studio. John Winter’s studio was established in 1852 and located at the corner of South Salina and West Washington Streets. The reverse of this photograph has an advertisement for the studio which states that Winter had won a medal for his photography and both the New York State Agricultural Society (1855) and The Syracuse Mechanic’s Association (1856). John Winter Jr., like his father, was a photographer. His father was also a portrait painter. The 1880 US  census reports that John W. Winter (1824-1906) was a man of German origin and was married and had five children. One of these children was John Jr., who was a 22 year old photographer. The 1900 US census found John Sr  working as a photographer as was his daughter Clara. John Jr (age 41) was also employed as a photographer and he was married to Elizabeth Winter (age 32). The couple had two children, both under the age of three years. John Winter Jr. died in 1917. The Bulletin of Photography (1918) has an advertisement in which Elizabeth Winter offers her husbands gallery for sale.  John Winter Jr was cited in a number of photographic journals including The American Amateur Photographer (1891) for his excellent work in producing foreign views (stereoviews) and the St. Louis and Canadian Photographer (1900)  for a patent he held for a “Photographic-Negative Vignetter”. A vignetter is a device for blurring the edges of a photographic image with the purpose of fading them into a plain surrounding area. This cabinet card photograph is in good condition (see scans).                                                                                    

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  1. The photograph is a good example of his vignetter in use. I assume it was made to go in front of the camera lens?

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