THE ADORABLE DUPONT CHILDREN POSE WITH THEIR SLED IN STUDIO WINTER SCENE

These kids are adorable and beautifully dressed. They are wearing their scarves around their waist instead of around their neck. The two kids are sporting great coats and winter hats. The oldest child hold the sled’s rope while the youngest child sits on the sled. The youngest child has many ribbons on the front of his/her coat and the bottom of his/her coat is styled as a skirt. The older child is wearing a shorts suit. Note the wintry snow covered scenery in the backdrop. The reverse of the cabinet card has an inscription stating that the kids in this photograph are the “DuPont Children”. Could they be part of the famous DuPont family? The photographer’s name and the location of the photographer’ studio are unidentified.

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY AIME DUPONT IN NEW YORK CITY

This cabinet card features an attractive young woman posed holding a book. The woman is nicely dressed and has a lovely figure. Her great figure is, no doubt, assisted by her tight corset. The book she is holding is entitled “Grifting“. The definition of grifting is “engaging in petty swindling”. What is a nice girl like the girl in this image doing with such a sensational book? The most likely reason she has possession of that particular title is that; it was there in the studio. The book likely belonged to the photographer. The studio that produced this photograph was the Aime Dupont gallery. Dupont (1842-1900) founded his photography business in 1886 in New York City, New York. He was formerly a sculptor and he was of Belgian origin. His American wife, Etta Greer, was also a photographer. She was well respected for he work as a portraitist of opera singers in Paris, France. She was educated in Paris and spent much of her childhood there. She also met and married Dupont in Paris. The couple was very talented and they became very popular as portrait photographers in New York. Among their society and celebrity clients were many singers who were appearing in New York. After Dupont’s death, his wife, and later his son (Albert), operated the studio. His wife kept the name of the studio the same, after the death of her husband. In 1906, the Metropolitan Opera hired its own official  photographer, resulting in diminished portrait work in that sector. The studio went bankrupt in 1920.  A couple of interesting questions about this photograph remain unanswered. Is the subject of this photograph someone famous in society or the performing arts? Who was the photographer, was it Aimee Dupont, or his wife, Etta?