THREE GIRLS AND A PUG IN MARYTOWN, WISCONSIN

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This cabinet card portrait features three little girls posing for their portrait accompanied by a canine companion. The dog appears to be a pug although it may be one of the skinniest pugs I’ve ever seen. The dog seems to be quite alive but one never knows. There are many cabinet card photos that include stuffed dogs that look quite real. I suppose photographers of the time liked stuffed or ceramic dogs better than live dogs because the faux dogs don’t move or blink while being photographed. The children in this photograph don’t seem to be having a particularly good time. However, they are certainly adorable in their fancy clothes and coiffed hair. One of the girls is holding a flower. The children were photographed by John Zierer and his studio was located in Marytown, Wisconsin. The Fond du Lac (Wisconsin) library’s web site has an article that cites Zierer. “John Zierer was the local photographer, residing at the foot of the church hill. Much of his business centered on taking First Communion, graduation and wedding photographs for members of the community”.

 

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THE CATATONIC DANCERS OF HARTFORD, WISCONSIN

COMATOSE DANCER_0004This cabinet card portrait seems to capture  dance partners  preparing to participate in an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance”. A quick assessment reveals that they need to work toward looking more relaxed and natural. This image comes from the studio of T. G. Zunker in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee city directory listed Zunker as a photographer in their issues of 1897 through 1899.  Hartford and Milwaukee are 39 miles apart. According to the historical photography web site Langdon Road, Theodore Zunker operated his photographic business in Hartford from 1900 through 1915.  The reverse of the card has an inscription that states “Fond Du Lac” which is a city 37 miles from Hartford. There is also a humorous comment written on the back of the photograph. The message states “When you get your man, hang on to him”. It seems that everyone becomes a comedian when they see this image. This cabinet card definitely begs for a humorous caption.

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HANDSOME LONG HAIRED YOUNG MAN IN FOND DU LAC, WISCONSIN

A long haired young man poses for his portrait at the studio of Miller & Chadbourne in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. The gentleman in this photograph is formally attired and has a very serious expression. No information has been found about photographer Miller, but research provides some information about photographer Cyrus Chadbourne. The journal, Photo Beacon (1897), reports that Chadbourne was President of the Photographers Association of Wisconsin. Other photography publications mention Chadbourne as early as 1883 and as late as 1924, when his studio was torn down.

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