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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THE DEVEREAUX BROTHERS PHOTOGRAPH A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN DOWN ON THE BAYOU

This cabinet card features a portrait of a pretty young woman. She is fashionably dressed and wearing an exquisite hat. Her image was produced by the Devereaux Brothers. Who are the Devereaux Brothers? The Devereaux Brothers sounds like the name of a Cajun band.” Why don’t y’all come down to the Bayou Cafe and hear the Devereaux Brothers play some zydeco.” Research does not support the notion that Morrice, Vernon, Byron and Ashley played in a Lousiana band together when they weren’t producing photographs. In actuality, research reveals that the Devereaux Brothers operated their photography studio in North Lansing, Michigan.     SOLD

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN : MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

This cabinet card portrait features a bust view of a pretty young woman. The photograph was taken by Stephen Piper. He operated a studio in Manchester, New Hampshire. Stephen Piper (1835-1903) was a photographer in Manchester from 1866 to at least, 1887. He was born in Sanborton, New Hampshire. His obituary in the Manchester Union Leader nearly filled the entire front page of the newspaper. Even more remarkable for the time, was the fact that his picture was also on the front page. Piper was clearly considered an important citizen of Manchester, at the time of his death. This cabinet card photograph is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN AND HER LARGE NECKERCHIEF : DETROIT, MICHIGAN : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card portrait features a young attractive woman. She is dressed in an interesting manner. It looks like she is wearing a large neckerchief  held in place by a broach, but thats just my best guess. The photographer did an excellent job with the lighting in this photograph. The photographer of this image is C. R. Baker who was located at 35, 37, and 39 Monroe Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. Business directories for Detroit list Charles R. Baker as a photo printer beginning in 1876  and his listing soon changes to photographer and appears in directories through 1919. The Photographic Times (1884)  has a “seeking employment” ad placed by Baker. He was searching for a job as a “first class printer and toner”.  The 1900 U.S. census reveals that Baker lived with his wife, Sarah, and his 14 year old son Owen. Both Baker and his wife were 40 years old. The couple also appear together in the 1920 census. The census indicates that Charles Baker was born in Massachusetts and worked as a photographer. This cabinet card photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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FLORENCE METTA YOUNG PONDERS IN MOUNT VERNON, OHIO

Florence Mette Young poses for her portrait at the studio of Fred S. Crowell, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Florence is well dressed and apparently likes jewelry. She is wearing two rings, two bracelets and a necklace. Florence appears to be deep in thought. What might she be pondering about? The 1880 U.S. census reveals that she was born in 1862 and at the time of the census, she was living with her parents, Charles and Angelina Young. Her father was a farmer and her mother was a homemaker. The photographer of this cabinet card, Fred S. Crowell, can also be found in the 1880 census.He was born in 1844 and lived with his wife Ella, and their three children. Other research reveals that there was a Fred Crowell from the Mount Vernon area who enlisted in the 142nd Regiment of the Ohio Infantry during the Civil War.. He served only during 1864. Crowell trained as a photographer under Anna Payne, and worked in the profession in Norwalk, Sandusky, and Cleveland, Ohio. He then opened his own studio in Fredericktown in 1866. In 1869, he moved to Mount Vernon where he established another  photography studio that was in business until at least 1889. To view other photographs by Crowell, click on the category “Photographer: Crowell”. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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FASHIONABLE LADY IN HAVERHILL, MASSACHUSETTS : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card features a side view portrait of nicely dressed woman in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The photographer is Dexter B. Vickery. He was born in 1840 and was the son of a farmer. By the time he was nineteen years old he had become a daguerreon artist in Lowell, Massachusetts. At the time of the 1870 US census, he was working in Haverhill and married to Julia Vickery. He is also listed in the 1880 US census as a photographer. The 1869 Haverhill directory lists Vickery’s studio as being located at 37 Merrimack Street. This cabinet card has some minor cornerwear and is in overall very good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY WOMAN LIVES HARD KNOCK LIFE IN MUNICH, GERMANY : CABINET CARD

 

A pretty woman poses for her portrait at the studio of Alois Koestler in Munich, Germany. She is shapely and beautifully dressed. Her facial expression gives her the appearance of someone who is extremely stressed. It is as if her eyes are saying “I can’t take much more of this pressure!”. She look frazzled and exhausted. I wonder if this is just pure personal projection on my part or if other observers of this photograph see this young woman as appearing overwhelmed?  Hopefully, some visitors to the cabinet card gallery will leave their impression in the comment section. It is interesting to note that this photograph may have been taken during difficult times in Munich. Pre war was certainly tense and stressful times. Following the outbreak of World War I (1914); the Allies blockaded Germany and there were food and fuel shortages in Munich. Perhaps the subjects “hard knock life” appearance has to do with the stressful impact the war had on civilian life. This vintage cabinet card portrait has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans)

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DOE EYED BEAUTY IN LACE (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK; 1895)

 

A doe eyed beauty in lace poses for her portrait at the studio of Edward Carey Dana in Brooklyn, New York. The studio was located at the intersection of Fulton and Bond Street. Dana also owned a studio in Pittsburgh. To learn more about the photographer, click on cabinet card gallery’s category, “Photographer: Dana”. This photograph is dated 1895. No identifying information is available concerning the pretty young woman who is the subject of this photograph.

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YOUNG WOMAN : CRIMPED HAIR : BEADED DRESS : CROWN POINT, NEW YORK : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card photograph features a young woman with crimped hair and wearing a beaded dress. She is also wearing a tassel and earrings. The womans photo portrait was taken by E. M. Johnson, who operated a studio in Crown Point, New York. The town of Crown Point is located on the west shore of Lake Champlain. The photographer’s full name was Elbert M. Johnson (1844-1910). He was born in Whiting, Vermont. Sometime before 1850 his family moved to Wadhams Mills (near Westport), New York. Growing up, he worked on his family’s farm. In 1864, during the American Civil War, he enlisted in Company E of the 2nd New York Cavalry Regiment. He was a private. At the war’s end, he returned to Westport and learned the art and business of running a photography studio. He opened his photography studio in Crown Point and was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). SOLD

A WOMAN IN BLACK : MOURNING : MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

The Schiller studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, produced this photograph of a woman dressed in black sitting in a chair. Note her tulle wrapped hat. It appears that she is wearing mourning clothes. She is holding something (possibly a magazine) on her lap. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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