TEENAGE GIRL IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK

This scalloped cabinet card features a slim figured teenage girl. She is wearing a necklace and earrings. The reverse of the photograph has a stamp which identifies the photographer as Thomas Ryerse and lists his address as 31 Emslie Street in Buffalo, New York. He is listed in the 1893 Buffalo directory as a photographer at the Emslie address. To view other photographs by Ryerse, click on the category “Photographer: Ryerse”. This cabinet card portrait is in 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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YOUNG VICTORIAN WOMAN AND TASSELS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

The photographer of this cabinet card is A. L. Lehnkering located at 87 East Main Street in Rochester, New York. She is wearing a gorgeous dress with rows of ruffles at the bottom. Note her tiny waist, likely courtesy of a corset. She is also wearing jewelry including a band around her wrist and a ring. She looks pensive. She is leaning on a chair with tassels. August L. Lehnkering seems to have occupied a few different addresses on East Main Street. In addition to number 87 (listed on the reverse of this image). he also operated out of 87 and 89 East Main Street, as well as 208 East Main Street. He was working out of 87 East Main in 1879, according to the Rochester Business Directory. He is mentioned in the American Journal of Photography (1891) for being awarded a photographic patent, and also in two photography journals published in 1906 for contributing to a charitable fund. This cabinet card portrait has a gold border and  is in very good condition (see scans).

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WOMAN FINDS DISILLUSIONMENT IN TRINIDAD, CUBA

This cabinet card portrait of a young to middle aged woman was taken at a photographic studio located in Trinidad, Cuba. She poses next to generic chair and in front of a poorly painted backdrop. She holds a small hand fan. The photographers name, according to a stamp on the reverse of the image, is Tomas Gil Gzalez. The street address of his studio was Calle De Desengano 73. Interestingly, “Desengano” translated to English means disillusionment or disenchantment. Most of us, at some time in our lives, have found our way to Disillusionment Street.  SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN AND HER SMILE (TINTYPE)

This tintype photograph features a well-dressed and pretty young woman. She appears to be dressed for winter. She is wearing a dark heavy dress and a cape. She looks very pleasant and has a lovely smile. Tintypes were popular in the 1860’s and 1870’s. Over time, they were replaced by Carte de Visites and Cabinet Cards. This lovely tintype portrait measures about  2 1/2″ x 3 3/8″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMAN WITH HYPNOTIZING EYES IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

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. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN FLOWER DRESS IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY (NINETEENTH CENTURY FLOWER CHILD)

A young woman, looks very pretty in her stunning dress, as she poses for her portrait at the Bazaar Photo Rooms in Newark, New Jersey. This trend setting fashionista is one of America’s first “flower children”. The dress has a pattern consisting of flowers and leaves. The cabinet card photograph was taken by studio operators  J. T. Creighton and Fred F. Mix. Their studio was located at 653 Broad Street in Newark and research reveals that they worked as partners in 1886. It appears that John Creighton was a sole operator between the rest of 1882 through 1889. SOLD

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YOUNG WOMAN WEARING WIRE RIMMED GLASSES IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA

A young woman wearing wire rimmed glasses is the subject of this portrait by C. Sorensen.  Sorensen operated a studio in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The woman in this portrait appears prim and proper. She exudes a certain conservatism. Her hairstyle is quite unique. She has  piled much of her hair just above her forehead. The reverse of the cabinet card has an inscription that states “Anna Hubbard …From Belle P.”. Presumably, this woman in this photograph is “Belle P.”.  Preliminary research was unsuccessful in uncovering information about either Anna or Belle.  The cabinet card gallery has other photographs by C. Sorensen and to view them, click on the category “Photographer: Sorensen”. This scallop edged cabinet card is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PRETTY WOMAN IN FRANZENSBAD, CZECHOSLOVAKIA

This cabinet card is a portrait of a pretty woman in Franzensbad, Czechoslovakia. The woman is well dressed and her dress includes a high lace collar, lace sleeves and features a ribbon around her waist. Printed on the reverse of the cabinet card is the name “Bernard Wachtl”.  Wachtl was an Austrian lithographer whose printing firm was located in Vienna. He was active mainly in the latter half of the 19th century. He designed and printed the logos of photographic studios that were printed on the verso of cabinet cards. To view other work by Wachtl, click on the category of Lithographer: Bernard Wachtl) The photographer of this image is F. Hahnisch. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).

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DREAMY YOUNG WOMAN IN LOVELAND, COLORADO :(PORTRAIT BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER INVOLVED IN THE “1894 MAMMOTH POTATO HOAX”

A pretty young woman sits sideways on a chair and holds an open magazine as she poses for her portrait at the Talbot studio in Loveland, Colorado. If she is indeed sitting sidesaddle on the chair; it is an unusual pose. She is wearing an interesting and uncommon dress. Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet card gallery can tell us something about the dress. What kind of material is this dress made from? What is the material of the fabric that is sewn over parts of the dress? What kind of hair accessory is she wearing atop her head?  Note that she is also wearing a ribbon which can be partially seen behind her head. Are you wondering about the “Mammoth Potato Hoax” yet?  I’ll get right to that intriguing story after a brief description of the town where the Talbot studio was located. In the early seventies (the nineteen, not the eighteen seventies) I used to ski Loveland’s slopes and mail valentine day cards from the Loveland post office. It was considered extra romantic to have a Loveland postmark on your Valentines Day cards. I enjoyed the town, but never knew the story of how Loveland got it’s name. Research reveals that Loveland was founded in 1877 and was named in honor of William A. H. Loveland, the President of the Colorado Central Railroad. Not many years later, Adam H. Talbot operated a photography studio in Loveland. In 1894, he was recognized nationally and internationally for his involvement in the “Mammoth Potato Hoax of Loveland, Colorado”. The hoax actually started very innocently. The editor of the Loveland Reporter wanted to help a local potato farmer, Joseph B. Swan, promote his spud sales at a Loveland street fair. The farmer was well respected for his potato production. He had grown 26,000 pounds of potatoes on one acre of land over a years period. He had claimed to have grown a giant potato weighing 13 lbs, 8 ozs.  In an effort to create a humorous advertisement for farmer Swan, the newspaper editor recruited photographer Talbot to use trick photography to create a photograph of Swan holding a massive potato over his shoulder. Printing below the image stated that the potato weighed over 86 pounds. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on the participants point of view, many people believed that this attempt at humor was actually reality. Word spread about this amazing potato. Eventually, a New York City attorney sent the photograph to the editors of the Scientific American. The attorney included a note that stated that the actual potato had been on exhibit at the  Loveland Reporter offices.   The editors ordered an engraving of the photograph to be made and than published it as real news in an 1895 issue. Eventually, the editors became aware of the truth about the photograph and published an angry retraction. The magazine reported it was victim of a “gross fraud” and stated unkind opinions about photographer Talbot. They asserted that “An artist who lends himself to such methods of deception may be ranked as a thoroughbred knave, to be shunned by everybody”. The story of the “mammoth potato hoax” went viral, 1890’s style. It was widely reported but still many were not aware that the giant potato never existed. Farmer Swan was besieged by letters asking for information and offering to buy his amazing potato seeds. Swan would try to explain that the famous potato never existed, but people did not believe him. Eventually, Swan just told inquirers that the potato had been stolen. Incredibly, the story of the huge potato appeared in The Strand Magazine (1897), and it was reported as true news. After some years had passed, Talbot finally received some positive acclaim in the St. Louis and Canadian Photographer (1902). Talbot was recognized for producing photographs for a book named “Loveland, Colorado Illustrated”. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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