THREE YOUNG SIBLINGS FROM OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN

This cabinet card features three very cute young children; presumably, they are siblings The girls are wearing jewelry. The girl on the left of the image is wearing a necklace and the girl on the right is adorned with a necklace, choker, and earrings. The young lad in the center is wearing a large bow tie and is dressed in the fashion of “Little Lord Fauntleroy”. The lad is holding a flower. The photographer of this image is Gustavus Timm (1867- ?). He operated photographic studios in Oshkosh, Wisconsin between 1895 and 1924. He was located at four different addresses while he was in business. The address on this cabinet card indicates that at the time of this photograph, he was located at the site of his first studio. The address on this photograph reveals that it was taken between 1895 and 1898. Gustavus Timm was married to Jennie Timm, who was ten years his junior. They married in 1895. The 1920 U. S. census data discloses that the couple had at least two children; Rhea (age 22) and Ralph (age 11).

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GEORGIE COOPER: CHILD ACTRESS PLAYING “LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY”

Georgie Cooper (1882-1968) appears in this cabinet card by Rose & Company of Denver, Colorado.  Georgie Cooper was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. Her mother was an actress, Georgie Woodthorpe (1860-1927). Cooper started as a child actress and appeared as “Little Lord Fauntleroy” with her mother at the Burbank Theatre in Los Angeles, California. She later married actor, Landers Stevens and both were active appearing in films. She appeared in 47 films from 1928 through 1944. The photographer of this cabinet card is John K. Rose. He later took on a partner and started a studio named Rose & Hopkins. This partnership was dissolved in 1901. It is interesting to note that  “Little Lord Fauntleroy” had much impact in cabinet card photography. In addition to the existence of a number of portraits of child actors portraying the character; many children’s attire and hairstyle in cabinet card images were based on the clothing and appearance of the “Little Lord Fauntleroy” character. “Little Lord Fauntleroy” was the first children’s novel written by English-American author Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was published in 1885. In regard to fashion, the classic Fauntleroy Suit was a velvet cut-away jacket and matching knee pants worn with a fancy blouse with large lace or ruffled collar. It became a major fad in formal fashion for American middle class children. Most commonly, boy between 3 and 8 years of age wore these suits and a minority of these children also wore ringlet curls.