PRETTY AND FASHIONABLE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A very pretty woman poses for her portrait at the studio of  well known photographer, Joseph W. Gehrig. Gehrig plied his trade in Chicago, Illinois. To view other photographs by Gehrig, click on the category “Photogapher: Gehrig”. The woman in this photograph is beautifully dressed. she is wearing leather gloves and a wonderful feathered hat. She appears to be holding a purse. She gives the appearance of a woman of means and it is likely that she was a member of Chicago’s high society.

Published in: on February 6, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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GEHRIG HITS HOMERUN WITH PORTRAIT OF STYLISH YOUNG WOMAN IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Joseph W. Gehrig “hits one out of the park” with this cabinet card portrait of a fashionable and attractive woman in Chicago, Illinois. She looks magnificent with her white fur draped around her neck and her black feather hat. The subject of this photograph is clearly a woman of means.

Published in: on January 27, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (3)  
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BESSIE WYNN: ACTED IN “THE WIZARD OF OZ” AND “BABES IN TOYLAND”

This cabinet card features a portrait of stage actress, singer, and comedienne, Bessie Wynn. She appears quite attractive despite her rather bizarre hat. Are those grapes atop her hat? Wynn was famous for her roles in the original cast of Victor Herbert’s “The Wizard of Oz” and “Babes in Toyland”. Wynn introduced the classic song, “Toyland”. She wrote the lyrics for “Toyland” as well as for other songs. She introduced several of Irving Berlin’s songs. Wynn was a showgirl in “The Little Duchess” company that featured Anna Held. Bessie Wynn played a number of “trouser roles”. These roles were defined as roles in which a female actress played a man in men’s clothing. Wynn acted in nine Broadway shows between 1900 and 1912. The photographer of this image was James Samuel Windeatt (1861-1944). The English census (1881) found Windeatt living in Callington, Cornwall and residing with his parents and older sister. His occupation at that time was working as a photographer. The next year he emigrated to the United States and worked as a photographer in Chicago, Illinois. He was a partner in the studio of Gehrig & Windeatt and later operated his own studio. He married his wife, Augusta, in 1888. Census data indicates that he had three daughters (Blanche, Charlotte, and Dorothy).