A young girl poses with her huge St. Bernard at the studio of Albert L. Werner in Buffalo, New York. The long haired young girl in her dark dress sits with her arm partially around the outstretched dog. The dog appears to be a St. Bernard.  The studio backdrop is faux garden or park type setting wall. Albert L. Werner’s name is still prominent in Buffalo. The Werner Photography Building stands in the Genesee neighborhood of Buffalo. The building is considered a work of “artistic architecture”. It was constructed in 1895  and was designed by internationally prominent Buffalo architect, Richard A. Waite. Werner was a popular photographer of German descent who began operating a photographic studio in 1890, He relocated his business into the Werner Building in 1896. Some historians believe that the building may have been designed with him and his business in mind and the building certainly was assigned his name. Werner left the building in 1899, but his name remained on the building throughout modern times. The signage with his name was recently repainted. To view other photographs by Werner, click on the category “Photographer: Werner”.

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A young girl, with a look of confidence, poses for her portrait at the Hall & Co. studio in Buffalo, New York. The studio was located at 306 Main Street in Buffalo. The front and back of the card mentions the name “Powelson” which appears to be the name of the building that the studio was located in. Benjamin F. Powelson was a pioneer photographer in Buffalo beginning in the 1840’s. E. F. Hall took this photograph between 1889 and 1895. The reverse of this card indicates that Hall won an award in 1889 and research reveals that he opened a new studio in 1895, in another location in Buffalo. Hall was elected an officer in the Buffalo camera club in 1889.

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This cabinet card is a portrait of an older bespectacled gentleman with a significant mustache. He is well dressed and is wearing a pin on his lapel. The top of the pin seems to have a figure that looks like a buffalo or bucking bull. The print on the bottom of the pin is illegible. Hopefully,  a visitor to this site will be able to provide more details about the lapel pin. The photographer of this image was H. C. Voorhees of Meriden, Connecticut.  Voorhees  liked to write instructional articles appearing in the era’s photographic journals. Among his articles were publications in Wilson’s Photographic Magazine (1891) and Photographic Mosaics (1896).  To view other interesting photographs of remarkable mustaches, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category of “Mustaches (Only the Best).

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This cabinet card features an older man carrying what appears to be a doctors bag. He is dressed as if he is preparing to make a winter house call to check the status of one of his patients. The doctor is wearing a buffalo coat and a fur cap. He is holding a scarf and a pair of gloves. He has a pocket watch that he probably uses to take the pulse of his patients. It must have been difficult to be a doctor in a rural area for many reasons; including having to travel great distances to visit ill patients in all kinds of weather. At least he didn’t have to deal with managed care. The Huffman and Barnard Studio produced this terrific image. Perrin Cuppy Huffman (1833-1894) was a photographer in Frankville, Iowa from 1862-1864; and than worked in Waukon, Iowa from 1865 until 1896. He was of German ancestry, born in Ohio, and settled in Iowa in 1853. His son Laton Alton Huffman became one of Montana’s foremost photographers. At times he worked with partners. His first partner was his wife, Christina Huffman.  He later was associated with the the partner listed on this cabinet card, Barnard. They were partnered between 1882-1894.

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Agnes Ethel: Broadway Stage Actress


Agnes Ethel (1853-1903) was briefly one of the more popular and promising actresses of her time. She made her debut in New York in 1869 playing Camille. Augustin Daly signed her and she appeared in Play (1869). Daly’s biographer described Ethel as “a slender figure, candid eyes, flowing auburn hair, an oval face, and regular features always lit up by an expression of childish appeal.” Her biggest success was in Daly’s Frou-Frou  (1870). In 1873, he retired at the height of her career when she married Francis Tracy, a millionaire from Buffalo, New York. She stated her reason for leaving the stage was to aim “for quiet domesticity”. She spent post retirement supporting charities and helping struggling actors and actresses. When her husband died, she was involved in a nasty legal dispute about his will. She was eventually awarded his entire fortune. The photographer of this Cabinet card is the well known studio of Gurney & Son.

Young Woman with Bad Jewelry in Buffalo, New York

charmThis young woman is  wearing a necklace with a charm portrait of another young woman. The necklace and charm appear to have been added after the photograph was taken. The photographer is Ryerse of Buffalo, New York. In my opinion, the photographer earns high marks for creativity but poor marks for artistry. To view other photographs by Ryerse, click on the category “Photographer: Ryerse”.

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Black Woman in Buffalo, New York


This is a terrific photograph of an attractive Black woman wearing a nice broach and earrings. Her hair is nicely styled. The photographer is Bliss Brothers of Buffalo, New York. The Bliss brothers, Harry (b 1866) and Frank (b 1858) were sons of Horace Bliss. The elder Bliss came to Buffalo in about 1854 and learned the photography business. In 1859 he established a photographic gallery which he ran until poor health caused him to retire in 1886. The brothers succeeded their father and established the studio under the name of Bliss Brothers. The source of the biographical information about the Bliss Brothers is the book, Our County and Its People (1898). To view other images by the Bliss Brothers, click on the category “Photographer: Bliss Brothers”. 

Black Woman in Buffalo, New York


This Cabinet photo is a portrait of a Black woman photographed by Bliss Brothers Portrait Studio in Buffalo, New York. To view other photographs by the Bliss Brothers, click on the category “Photographer: Bliss Brothers”.