Take a look at this handsome devil. He just might be the most handsome man in Butte, maybe the most handsome man in the entire state of Montana. He is well dressed and has a magnificent mustache. His hat and tie are terrific and so is his expression. He exudes confidence and intelligence.  The photographer of this image is the Dusseau studio in Butte, Montana. A. J. Dusseau’s first name was listed as “Angelo” in some sources and  as “Alrick” in other sources. Perhaps one of these names is incorrect, or possibly Mr. Dusseau used both names during his lifetime. Dusseau was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1842. He worked as a carpenter for a railroad in Wisconsin and in 1865 he was employed as an assistant engineer on a steamer in Missouri. He then moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 1869 he moved to Helena, Montana, where he worked as a musician for five years. In 1874 he relocated to Deer Lodge, Montana, and opened a photographic gallery which he moved to Butte in 1877. While living in Butte, he led the Silver Coronet Band and Orchestra for three years.In 1881 he married Amanda Henault of Missouri.  He operated a studio in Montana through the 1880’s and 1890’s. His Butte studio was located above the post office on the corner of Main and Granite Streets. After Butte, he ran studios in Helena, Havre, and Fort Assinaboine.  At times he worked with partners. One of these partners was named Thompson and they began working together in 1902. It is interesting to note that Montana did not become a state until 1889. Dusseau was truly a pioneer photographer in the “Big Sky State”. Judging by Dusseau’s varied job history, he must have had a thirst for adventure. To view other images by Dusseau, click on the category “Photographer: Dusseau”.  (SOLD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a cowboy wearing frilly chaps, a holster, a bandana  and a cowboy hat. In one hand he is holding a pistol and in the other he has a pair of gloves decorated with a five point star. The cowpoke in this studio image appears ready to head out on the next cattle drive. The cowboy in this photograph has an ethnic appearance. Perhaps he was Hispanic or Native American. This photograph was taken at the Mazeograph Studio in Portland, Oregon. Charles E. (Cal) Calvert operated his studio between 1906 and 1930. As the advertisement on the reverse of the postcard attests, Calvert’s specialty was creating fast postcards. Studio backdrops and set-ups awaited customers, so they simply had to place themselves in the scene. This arrangement coupled with quick development techniques, allowed subjects to be able to procure a postcard image of themselves in less than ten minutes. The postcard itself was made by Cyko and the stamp box indicates that it was produced between 1904 and the 1920’s.

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SLEEPYEYE_0001Members of the cast of the American Western movie “The Magnificent Seven” (1960) pose for a group picture in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. These seven gunmen were hired to protect a small Mexican agricultural village from a gang of marauding bandits. The cast included Charles Bronson (back row left), Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, and Eli Wallach. Wait a minute! Even though the Charles Bronson guy really looks like Charles Bronson, how could the cast of a 1960 movie appear in a turn of the century cabinet card photograph? In addition, what would Hollywood actors be doing in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota if they are in a film where the locale is Mexico? Besides that, is there really a town called Sleepy Eye? It’s time for a confession. The men in this photograph are not members of a movie cast even though I could almost swear that the guy in the back row is Charles Bronson. In regard to the existence of a town named Sleepy Eye; yes it does exist. The town of Sleepy Eye is named after Chief Sleepy Eye, or Ishtakhaba. He was a chief of the Sioux tribe and happened to have droopy eye lids. He was one of four Sioux Indians to meet President James Monroe in 1824 in Washington D.C.. This image was produced by Sleepy Eye photographer S. C. Madsen who also had a studio in New Ulm, Minnesota. He operated in Sleepy Eye between 1884 and 1892 and had a studio in New Ulm in 1888. Since this cabinet card advertises the New Ulm studio on the reverse of the photograph, this photograph was likely taken in 1888. Who are the men in the picture? Unfortunately, they are not identified. They appear to be businessmen from town but that of course is just a guess (two of the men have papers in their shirt pocket). Three of the men in the bottom row have their arms crossed resting on their abdomen. The fourth gentleman apparently didn’t get the message from the photographer who posed them. The man on the far right of the top row must have just finished the all you can eat buffet at the Silver Dollar Saloon judging by the tightness of his shirt.


The subjects of this photograph are two warmly dressed men.  The seated man is wearing a fur coat and an interesting cap.  Is it a buffalo coat? He is holding a walking stick or cane. Look at his hands. They seem to be the hands of a man who works outside in the elements. The standing man is well dressed and his wardrobe includes a long coat. One wonders what line of work these men pursued. The man in the fur looks like a trapper. The man in the long coat looks like a rancher. If only assessing occupations of people in photographs was so easy.  This photograph was produced by Shepherd’s Automatic Studio. The location of the studio is listed as “On Route” which likely indicates that the photographer responsible for this image was a travelling photographer.


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Three men, dressed in western fashion, pose for photographer D. W. Carpenter, in La Junta, Colorado. The men may be ranchers or businessmen, judging by their clothing. They seem less likely to be cowpokes. The men are dressed in their finest clothing and wearing three different types of neckwear. A standard necktie, a bandana type tie, and a bow tie, are all represented. To of the men are wearing  pins. The gentleman standing on the left in the image has a pin with a portrait of a woman. The seated man’s pin has words on it but they are not decipherable with available magnification. The two standing men are displaying some affection, not commonly seen among males on cabinet cards of this era. La Junta, Colorado, is located on the Arkansas River, in southeast Colorado. The town was formed in 1881 and was a railroad town (Santa Fe Railroad) that became a center of trade. It is interesting to note that this photograph was taken not long after the formation of La Junta.

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This cabinet card is a portrait of three sisters with a strong family resemblance. The woman are attractive and nicely dressed. Note that the woman on the right is wearing a necktie, and the sister in the center has ribbons on her collar.  The photographer is W. F. Kellogg of River Falls, Wisconsin. The Kellogg studio was established in 1877 by Douglas Wright Kellogg (1840-1913). The studio was built on the southeast corner of Main and Walnut Street. In 1878, Douglas Kellogg sold the studio to to his older brother, Wilbur Fiske Kellogg (1836-1920). Wilbur Kellogg is the photographer who produced the above portrait. Another brother, John D. Kellogg operated a gallery in Red Wing, Minnesota from 1868 until 1899. Douglas Kellogg eventually moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin and opened a gallery there. All three brothers were born in Danby, New York, and learned photography in Beaver  Dam, Wisconsin. Wilbur was a farmer prior to entering the photography business. In 1900, he was thought to be the oldest photographer in Wisconsin. When he sold the studio, Wilbur and his wife moved to Spokane, Washington. In 1899, he partnered with John R. Boals (1872-1959) to establish a photographic studio which was eventually sold to Stella Thayer (1875-1934).


This cabinet card offers a joy ride for the viewers imagination. The mind trip leads to a small town in the old west. Six men are gathered in the photography studio of E W. Beard. The men are members of a posse that has recently captured a notorious outlaw. They have come together for a group portrait, so that they can have a memento of their accomplishment. It would be terrific to know the real reason why these men are gathered together; but there is no explanatory evidence available. Further frustration and lack of success was encountered when trying to identify the location of the photography studio that produced this photograph.

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A man in western clothing, poses for his portrait along with his baby and dog. His arm is wrapped possessively around the back of the baby’s carriage. Lying in front of the man, is his loyal dog. The dog looks like a Labrador Retriever, but the previous owner of this cabinet card suggested that it resembles a New Foundland. This image is charming and warm. Where is this gentleman’s wife? Did she die in childbirth or by disease? Is she camera shy?. The answer, of course, is unknown. The photographer of this image is O. E. Flaten. Flaten’s studio was in Halstad, Minnesota. He produced a number of interesting photographic portraits of people living in the western United States. To view other photographs by Flaten, click on the category “Photographer: Flaten”.

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Two men pose for their portrait at the Flaten Studio in Fargo, North Dakota. The men are well dressed and may be wearing identical outfits because they are in work clothing. They are looking quite handsome in their striped pants, vests, ties, and hats. Perhaps a visitor to the site may have a hypotheses concerning the reason the men are dressed alike. The date of this photograph is sometime after 1889, as before that time, the address of the studio would have been listed as “Dakota Territory”. To see other photographs by Flaten, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category, “Photographer: Flaten”. There is no concrete evidence that the Flaten in Fargo is the same gentleman as O. E. Flaten (the photographer of the other images in the “Photographer: Flaten” category), but it is certainly a reasonable possibility.

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Six cowboys pose for their photograph at the studio of Mrs. R. I. Mills, in Oakley, Idaho. The men are dressed up for the occasion of their portrait. These guys are very interesting characters. The men on the ends of the back row are each smoking. The cigar of the cowboy on the right has a long section of ashes on his cigar. The man in the middle of the back row is wearing spectacles. Note the boots and the bandanas on the two men in the front row. Also note the pants of one of the cowboys sitting in the front row. The pants appear to have studs or snaps on them. Are these special pants for riding or for roping cattle? Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet card gallery site can offer additional information. Some of the men are identified on the reverse of the card. The men in this photograph are friends of James D. Glenn. Pictured on the card are James Glenn, Frank Taylor, Mr. Johnson, and three unidentified men.

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