A MAN AND HIS HORSE IN FRONT OF A BARN IN BRADFORD, ENGLAND

 

man  and horseThis cabinet card photograph features  a man and his horse standing in front of a barn. Judging by the gentleman’s equestrian clothing and the condition of the barn, I would wager that this is a man of means. His horse is handsome and appears healthy. He is holding the reins with both hands and the tightness of the reins tells the horse who is in charge. The photographic studio that produced this outstanding photograph is A & G Taylor. This studio was one of several British studios that claimed to be “Photographers to the Queen”. Andrew and George Taylor owned the largest Victorian Photography firm in the United Kingdom.  The company was started in London in the 1860’s and by 1886 the firm had branches in 36 United Kingdom cities, and in 6 cities in the United States. The studio that produced this image was located in Bradford, England. It is interesting to note that The mounting board of this cabinet card is dark green. 

 

 

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THREE YOUNG ADULTS HAVING FUN IN BUTLER, PA

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This cabinet card portrait features two young women and a young man posing together at the Zuver studio in Butler, Pennsylvania. The three subjects appear to be friends judging by the amount of affection seen in the photograph. One woman is leaning into the other and the young man has his arm placed behind the pretty woman in the center. The three subjects also appear to be having fun as can be ascertained from the smiles on their faces. All three subjects are wearing terrific hats. Lewis W. Zuver was active in the photography business from the late nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. A help wanted ad for his studio appeared in  the Bulletin of Photography (1921). His brother, Leonard Zuver operated a studio in Tionesta, Pennsylvania. His sister, Mary Zuver West ran a photography studio in Bradford, Pennsylvania and specialized in portraits of women and children. To view photographs by this photographer’s brother, Lewis and to learn more about his family; click on the category “Photographer: Zuver”.

 

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TWO ENGLISH BOYS AND THEIR YORKSHIRE TERRIER

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W. H. De Lan took on the challenge of photographing the two boys and their dog featured in this cabinet card portrait. Dogs tend to have difficulty comprehending photographer’s instructions so producing a good photograph of a dog is quite a respectable feat. The compliant dog in this photograph appears to be a Yorkshire Terrier. The boys in this image are well dressed and the seated child has a pocket watch. Research yielded little information about W. H. De Lan. One source stated that he operated his studio in Bridge End which is a village in Northumberland, England. A second source reported that he was a photographer in Bradford, a borough of West Yorkshire.

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CUTE LITTLE GIRL IN BRADFORD, PENNSYLVANIA

bradfordgirl_0001An adorable little girl (possibly a boy) poses for her (his)  portrait at the West studio in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

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PRETTY IN PLAID IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA

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”.