PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL : FASHION : DEYOUNGS’ STUDIO : NEW YORK CITY : CABINET CARD

A pretty teenage girl poses for her portrait at the DeYoungs’ Studio on Broadway in New York City. She is fashionably dressed. She is wearing her hair up and it is nicely styled. Note the ribbon in her hair and the necklace arouhd her neck.The charm on her necklace appears to be heart shaped. An inscription on the reverse of the photo identifies the girl as “Agnes Adams”. The photographer, Joseph DeYoung (1843-1919), was both well known and highly respected. He had operated his studio from a number of addresses in New York City. He left the 815 Broadway address, where this photograph was taken in about 1890. He was at that location from at least 1884. In 1907 DeYoung’s studio was involved in the apprehension of a noted thief. The studio had a display case outside the store so pedestrians could see samples of their work. The thief was caught jimmying open the case and removing two sports photographs. The police were very interested in the home address given to them by their new arrestee. They were surprised that he lived in a mansion but it made sense when they learned he was a millionaire’s butler. He had worked in that same capacity for other millionaires living in the city. When the police searched his room, they found a cache of personal items belonging to his current and former employers. Years later, a deceased DeYoung made the news because of his bizarre estate planning. When he died, he left five dollars to his wife, five dollars to his son, and one half of his business to his business partner, Matilda Wallace. This cabinet card has corner wear. Note the very light crease in the bottom right hand corner on only the reverse side. This cabinet card portrait is in overall good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY IN PINK: LITTLE GIRL AND A STATUESQUE PUG

According to an ad on the reverse of this cabinet card, De Young’s studio will make a life size crayon or oil portrait from this photograph, and include a gilt or bronze frame, for the bargain price of twelve dollars. De Young’s studio was located in New York City, New York. There is an ad in the “Photographic Times” (1884) placed by De Young. The studio published a famous photograph of Harry Longabaugh and his girlfriend, Etta Place. Who is Harry Longabaugh? The celebrated outlaw is better known by the name of “The Sundance Kid”. The portrait above, is a  photograph of a young child, wearing a bonnet, and holding a basket of flowers. The child is posed next to a statue of a pug. The child’s clothing, and hair,  has been hand colored.

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