This vintage photograph features two well dressed young girls posing for their portrait at the Star studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a good bet, that the children are sisters. They certainly share a family resemblance. The older girl seems confident and is displaying a half smile. The younger girl does not seem too pleased to find herself the subject of the photographer’s lens and is holding big sister’s hand for support. Both girls are wearing bows in their hair as well as necklaces. According to the Wisconsin Photographers Index the Star Photo Company operated in Milwaukee between 1898 and 1918. William Cobourn and Joseph L Mutzbauer were two photographers associated with the studio. To view other photographs by Mutzbauer and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Mutzbauer”.

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Published in: on December 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  


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This cabinet card is unusual in that the portrait of the subject (man) is placed over a drawing of a stark winter scene. It is likely that the gentleman’s portrait is framed in this manner because the cabinet card is meant to be a memorial or mourning photograph. I have never seen a cabinet card with this type of border design. The photographer of this image is the Mutzbauer studio in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. The Mutzbauer studio was located in Kewaunee between 1887 and 1896. It later operated in Milwaukee, and it appears to have closed in 1928. The studio was started by Joseph Mutzbauer (1856-1915). He had two children that went into his business, Joseph L. Mutzbauer (1884-1965) and Louise Mutzbauer Macosta (1880-?).   SOLD

Published in: on March 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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