A MAN AND HIS DOG SITTING ON THE FRONT PORCH NEAR AUSTIN, TEXAS (SNAPSHOT)

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This vintage snapshot photograph features a man and his dog sitting on his front porch. There is a bench on the porch and there appears to be a blanket hanging on a clothes line. His house is made of wood. There is a jar on the ground in front of the porch. The vegetation in front of the porch suggests that the house is located in a dry climate. The photo was obtained in the Hill Country outside of Austin, Texas. Paper residue on the reverse of the photo indicate that it is a refugee from a photo album. The photograph is in very good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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STOIC MAN WITH WISPY BEARD IN AUSTIN, MINNESOTA

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This cabinet card portrait features a stoic looking man with haunting eyes and a wispy beard. He is well dressed and well groomed. The photographer of this photograph is Orville Slocum whose studio was in Austin, Minnesota. J. E. and Orville Slocum were both photographers in Austin. Presumably they were brothers. Research discovered little about J. E. but information was found about Orville.  Orville Slocum was born in Herkimer County, New York in 1843. He worked as a photographer in Minnesota in the 1870’s, 1880’s, and 1890’s. He apprenticed with H. S. Coon. Before entering the photography business he fought in the Civil War as a private with the 1st Minnesota Cavalry (Company M). It appears that he married the boss’s daughter. His first wife was Barbara Coon who he married in 1865. That marriage ended in divorce and he then married Mary Hayden in 1891. Orville Slocum died in 1910 and is buried in the Iowa Veterans Home Cemetery in Marshalltown, Cemetery.

 

PORTRAIT OF A WEDDING COUPLE IN AUSTIN, MINNESOTA

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This wedding portrait was produced by the Fairbanks studio in Austin, Minnesota. The bride is wearing a beautiful dress and veil. The groom is a handsome and  wearing a fancy suit with a white bow tie. The wedding couple are wearing flowers galore. The photographer of this image is likely one of the Fairbanks brothers. In 1891,Henry Durant Fairbanks started a photography studio in Austin. He was joined by his brother, Guy L. Fairbanks in 1894. Henry Fairbanks appears in the US census (1900, 1910, and 1920). The census reveals that he was born in Vermont circa 1870. At the time of the three censuses he was married to Katie Fairbanks and was working as a photographer.

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PORTRAIT OF A TIRED OLD MAN IN TEXAS (PHOTOGRAPH BY CAPTAIN HARVEY ROBERTS MARKS)

This image captures the portrait of a tired looking old man. This gentleman appears to have had better days. He looks exhausted and troubled. This photograph was taken by the Mark’s studio in Austin, Texas. The photographer of this cabinet card lived an interesting life and he was both a pioneer of Texas and a pioneer of photography. Harvey Roberts Marks (1821-1902) was a well known photographer who worked in a number of locations. He was active in Baltimore, Maryland (1849-1853), San Francisco, California (1851), Mobile, Alabama  (1856-1859), Houston, Texas (1865-1870), and Austin, Texas (1870-1902). He was born in New York City. He first arrived in Texas in 1838 and received a very large land grant in Harris County (Houston). He enlisted in a company of Texas Rangers in 1840 and reached the rank of Captain. He was married to Emily H. Bassan in 1849. Research indicates that she was  member of one of the most prominent families in Baltimore. In 1849 he was Jacob Shew’s partner in the Shew and Mark’s Gallery in Baltimore. He continued the gallery alone when Shew left Baltimore until 1851. The 1850 census revealed that he had three assistants in the gallery and took 5,000 daguerreotypes annually. In 1851 he took photographs of castaways from a Japanese ship involved in an incident that caught national attention. Mark’s moved to Austin in 1870 and opened a gallery a year later. During that time he became Vice President of the National Photographic Association. Marks served during the civil war. He was a member of the Houston Battalion, Texas Infantry (Detailed Men). Research was unsuccessful in gathering this Confederate regiment’s history. Marks entered the regiment and left the regiment as a Captain.  Interestingly, when former Confederacy President, Jefferson Davis, visited Austin in 1875, he sat in Mark’s studio for his portrait. He died at the age of 81.

TWO TEENAGE GIRLS POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT IN AUSTIN, MINNESOTA

Two pretty teenage girls pose for their portrait at the studio of J. O. Booen, in Austin, Minnesota. The seated girl is holding a photograph on her lap. The girls appear to be wearing identical long dark dresses and are likely sisters. Research has revealed little about Booen. He apparently operated out of Sanborn and Austin, Minnesota, and later, out of Winnebago City, Minnesota. He may have been a traveling photographer at one point and did some work in British Columbia, Canada. Booen has a panoramic photograph in the Library of Congress.

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