This cabinet card photograph is absolutely precious. The photographer did a fantastic job of posing the child and the dog. The child is wearing a half smile and the dog is flashing a serious and inquisitive stare at the photographer. Is this child a boy or a girl? It is difficult to ascertain oftentimes in vintage young children’s photographs. One confounding factor is that many boys wore dresses till they reached five or six years-old. Sometimes, but not always, the way a child parted their hair, can be a clue to identifying their gender. Boys generally wore their hair parted on the side while girl’s hair was usually parted in the center. This photograph was taken by the Hall and Son studio,  located in Detroit, Michigan. Henry M. Hall was born in New York in 1835. He married Eliza Hall in about 1855. The couple had three daughters and one son. The Detroit directory listed Henry and his son, Roswell (1864-?), as photographers as well as portrait and landscape painters in 1884. The firm employed two photographers, Alexander Campbell (1884) and John Bennett (1885). It is not clear if the photography studio operated beyond 1884-1885. During the 1890’s, Henry created a number of sign painting partnerships. He also had an interest in a cigar manufacturing company in 1898. Henry’s son, Roswell E. Hall was a painter and shipping clerk between 1879 and 1884. He worked as a photographer with his father between 1884 and 1885. He remained in Detroit and held various jobs; crockery store clerk and department manager (1886-1891), manufacturers agent and department store clerk (1892-1898), and foreman in an iron works (1899-1902 as well as in 1910). Roswell married Emma Hall in 1887 or 1888. The couple had four children. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans)

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  1. Would boys’ clothes have had lacy petticoats and lace collars?

    • Excellent point. I guess the child is a girl. I can’t believe how often I am wrong about the gender of dress wearing children. One would think I should be right about fifty percent of the time. However, I get it right much less than half the time.

      • And her hair was parted *almost* in the middle. *grin*
        PS – When i fill in the details below, the auto fill has not been working for some time now. Is it something on my end or yours?

      • I am not sure what or where the problem lies.

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