This bust portrait of an attractive short haired young woman is the product of the Millard studio in Detroit, Michigan. The woman is wearing a lace collared dress and earrings. She has magnificent deep hypnotizing eyes.  C. A. Millard is mentioned in The Industries of Detroit (1887) as being the proprietor of the oldest photographic studio in Detroit. It is reported that he bought out a Mr. Powelson in 1879 and at the time of the books publication, Millard employed ten to fifteen artists in his studio. An interesting side note concerns Millard’s death in 1891. Frank Scott Clark (1865-1937), a noted backdrop painter, came to Detroit in 1892 to manage Millard’s studio for Millard’s estate. Among his accomplishments, Clark was an extremely talented photographic background specialist. In fact, during his career, he created, made, and set up backgrounds for both Napoleon Sarony and Jose Maria Mora. Not too shabby a resume for Mr  Clark.  (SOLD)

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  1. Seems to be a very rude haircut and the age of that young woman, I think ist teen-age – I wonder what happened, to take a photograph at that estate of hair – very unusual.

  2. Honestly, if you really study her face, I do believe she is a native american probably forced into slavery or sold / bought, etc… what I see in the photo is that her “hypnotic” eyes are crying out for help and she is angry and not wanting to be there at all!

  3. As has been said before, “every picture tells a story”.. I agree with your assessment that this young woman looks “ethnic” but I am very uncertain about her exact ethnicity. She is not likely a Native American sold into slavery because of three reasons. First, few Native Americans were sold into slavery. It was not of the many terrible atrocities that were inflicted on them. second, this image was produced after Lincoln abolished slavery and the confederacy had lost the war Finally, this image was taken in Detroit,Michigan which was a “free state”. Just like you, I also enjoy creating scenarios to go along with each cabinet card image. Thanks for sharing, it makes for interesting speculation and discussion.

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