PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN : HIGH FASHION : ST. LOUIS : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card portrait features a pretty teenage girl dressed in high fashion. The manner in she is dressed and the fact that she is holding a scroll and flowers; strongly suggests that she is being photographed in connection with a religious ceremony. Initially her appearance was suggestive of her being a bride. Her youthful appearance and the scroll convinced me that she is likely making her confirmation. This photograph was taken at the Genelli Studio in St. Louis, Missouri. The studio was operated by Melzar Whittlesey (M.W.) Starks.  He was born in Illinois in 1851. At age 21, he became a photographer apprentice in St. Louis. A short time later, he partnered with the Hulbert Brothers to build what many considered to be, the best portrait studio in the state. Starks moved to Sioux City Iowa in 1883. He opened a photography studio there.The Hulberts stayed in St. Louis and remained in business until 1898. Starks retired from his professon by 1910. This cabin card portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).          

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PRETTY IN PLAID IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA (CABINET CARD)

A pretty young woman appears in this portrait photograph from the Genelli studio in Sioux City, Iowa. She is wearing a lovely plaid dress with a corsage. The reverse of the cabinet card indicates that the proprietor of the studio was M. W. Starks. The book, History of the Counties of Woodbury and Plymouth Iowa (1890), reveals that M. W. Starks was born in Bradford, Illinois in 1851. In 1872 he began apprenticing as a photographer and soon entered a career in this field. In 1883 he came from St Louis, Missouri to Sioux City and established the Genelli gallery. In 1884 he married Miss Hattie L. Harvey. To view other photographs by Genelli (both the St. Louis and Sioux City Galleries), click on the category “Photographer: Genelli”.  This cabinet card portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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EMILY AND HER BABY DOLL IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA

Emily Hardy and her baby doll pose for their portrait at the Genelli Gallery in Sioux City, Iowa. Her name is inked on the reverse of the card and she is wearing a pin with her name displayed beneath the center of her collar. Young Emily is proudly posing with her doll and holding some flowers. Interestingly, the Genelli photographic studio still exists in Sioux City, Iowa. To view other photographs by Genellli and to learn more about the studio, click on the category “Photographer: Genelli”.

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Stylishly Dressed African American Man in St. Louis, Missouri

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This Cabinet card offers a very clear and detailed image of a young Black man who is very nicely dressed. He posed for this photograph at the studio of Genelli in St. Louis, Missouri. To learn more about this studio and to view other photographs produced by Genelli, click on the category “Photographer: Genelli”.