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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GRADUATION PORTRAIT FROM IOWA STATE NORMAL SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA) IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA

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Cabinet cards frequently present interesting mysteries. This cabinet card inspired a number of questions. I wondered what the story was behind this unusual image. The cabinet card was out of the ordinary because of the mini photograph in the left hand bottom corner of the image. The previous owner of the photograph suggested it was a memorial card, but I was dubious. I hypothesized that the image was a graduation portrait and that the buildings in the photo insert was the college from which he graduated. I set out to learn what colleges were located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I discovered that the University of Northern Iowa is located in Cedar Falls. From 1876 through 1909 the college was called the Iowa State Normal School. The name was changed and between 1909 and 1961, the educational institution was known as Iowa State Teachers College. Further research confirmed my hypothesis. The photo below, from the University of Northern Iowa library web site, shows the same buildings that are in the cabinet card photograph. The building on the left is South Hall (later Gilchrist Hall) and the building on the right is North Hall (later Central Hall). These buildings were located on the campus of the Iowa State Normal School. Research uncovered the photo postcard below which was identified as being from 1885. My initial hypothesis seems to be correct. This cabinet card is most likely a graduation picture. The subject in the image had just graduated from the Iowa State Teachers College. The cabinet card’s photographer was named Hahnemann Lancaster and he was located in Cedar Falls. The reverse of the photograph has printing advertising that Lancaster had won two first place prizes at both the 1884 and 1886 Iowa State Fairs. Lancaster (born in 1858) was 41 years old when he appeared in the 1900 US census. He was born in Canada. He was married to Sarah (age 39) and the couple had two sons and three daughters at the time of the census. This cabinet card portrait has “gold” edges and is in excellent condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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TWO YOUNG BOYS LOOKING VERY GQ POSE WITH THEIR DOGS IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA

BOYS TO MEN_0003This old photograph has seen better days but what a terrific image. The photographer, Clay from Cedar Falls, Iowa, took on a great challenge. It is difficult enough to photograph one dog, but Clay had to photograph two dogs and two young boys. Clay was up for the task and the resulting photograph is a visual treat. The boys in this image are dressed like young men. They are wearing jackets and ties Be sure to note their shoes and their hats. Accompanying the boys are two dogs. One canine looks like an airedale while the other resembles a border collie. Amazingly, both the boys and the dogs are looking directly at the camera.

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“I PUT A SPELL ON YOU”…. AN ABSOLUTELY FRIGHTENING GUY AND A HYPNOTIZED WOMAN IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA

This cabinet card is a portrait of a man, reminiscent of Svengali, and a woman who appears as if she is under an evil hypnotic trance. This photograph is surreal. The lighting makes the man look as if his head is aglow  and the woman being positioned close behind the man is quite unusual. The photographer is Sorensen who operated a studio in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1880 and then again in 1895 through 1896. To view other photographs by Sorensen, click on the category “Photographer: Sorensen”.