This cabinet card photograph is both interesting an unusual. The photo features a well dressed couple sitting at the edge of Niagara Falls. Af first, I thought that they were actually posing at a photographers studio with a excellent photo backdrop. I have since questioned my hypotheses. The pair are sitting on short chairs atop some rocks at the edge of the Niagara River. The gentleman’s shoes appear to be in very shallow water. The appearance of the waters edge and the realism of the background, makes me think they are actually being photographed outside and at the water’s edge. The reverse of the cabinet card has an inscription revealing that the couple’s names are Joseph and Angelica (Angeline?) Baker and that the photograph was taken in either 1887 or 1888. The photographer is unidentified.  (SOLD)

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  1. She has a tiny waist.

    • The tiny waist is courtesy of a very tight corset, I can only imagine just how uncomfortable corsets must have been.

  2. This is a technique using two negatives – it’s much easier in Photoshop!
    Extremely well done for the time but notice how the water immediately behind the couple, right on the edge of the falls, is out of focus while the bridge is sharp. If it was genuine, the water behind them would be sharp and the bridge out. Look closely where the rock on the right meets the lady’s dress and you can see where the two images have been blended. Done by an expert.

    • Wow!!! I guess i shouldn’t trust this Cabinet Card Galley anymore.
      I hope you’re wrong Mikedw. I have purchased from this web page.

      • It was quite upsetting to read your reply to mikedw. I don’t want to speak for him but I did not get the impression that he was accusing me of misrepresenting the photo. I clearly stated that I questioned my “hypotheses” about how the photo was made. I was giving my best guess and stated so. Mike was not stating that I tampered with the photograph. I believe he was saying that the photographer did “trick photography”. He was not saying that the photo was photo-shopped. I have sold nearly 800 photographs over the years and have never once been accused of being dishonest, unethical, or creating tampered photographs. I would never do such a thing. I hope Mikedw will leave a comment and explain exactly what he said about the photographers clever technique.

      • To Jodleen, please read mikedw’s comment again and it will likely be clear that he is not saying that this photo is fake. He is saying the original photographer was clever in using his talent to make it look like the subjects were sitting by the water He also said that if the photographer was living in the present, it would have been easier for him because he could have used “photoshop”. I am extremely upset that you find me or the site not trustworthy when I am proud about my integrity.

  3. I was being sarcastic Bruce. Of course I trust you which should be apparent by now by how many I have bought from you and how I love them dearly.

  4. I am very sorry. I thought you were taking Mikedw too literally, when in fact, it was me that was taking you too literally. Oops. My mistake. Thanks so much for your interest in the blog as well as your support. I am glad that you enjoy the site.

  5. I love old photos. It’s not pretentious and is genuine.

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