MALITA UNDERWOOD: PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GIRL IN JERSEY SHORE, PENNSYLVANIA

This vintage photograph features an adorable little girl. She looks seriously inquisitive as she stares at the photographer and camera. The child was photographed at the Schindler studio in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. Charles Schindler (1874-1949) was listed in the Williamsport (Pa.) business directory between at least 1896 and 1910. A pencilled inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that the girl’s name is Malita Underwood. Research found a woman in Jersey Shore named Malita Underwood, but she is clearly a different person than the girl in this photograph. Malita Underwood (1849-1906) can not be the little girl seen in this image because this image was photographed after 1900; a time that the identified Malita Underwood was a middle aged woman.

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MAE BRANSON: PROVOCATIVELY POSES IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A sexy, busty, and leggy, blonde Mae Branson poses for celebrity photographer, William McKenzie Morrison, in Chicago, Illinois. The photographer’s studio was located in the Haymarket Theatre Building. To learn more about this well known photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Morrison”. A stamp on the reverse of this photograph indicates that the cabinet card  was formerly owned by Culver Pictures. Culver was located in New York City, and for a fee, provided images to newspapers, films, and other forms of media. Research yielded little biographical information about stage beauty, Miss Branson. The National Police Gazette (1892) reports the bathing exploits of four actresses at Long Brauch. The article was written in poetry form and the verses included the following lines: “and in the surf she daily dips in jaunty bathing dress; That fits her like a glovelet – not an inch the more or less”. The actresses described were Minnie Seligman, Geraldine McCann, Della Fox, and Mae Branson. The site of the sexy swimming exhibition was likely Long Branch, New Jersey;  “Long Brauch” was likely a misspelling. It appears that MTV’s reality TV show, “Jersey Shore“, is a remake; because there seems to have been plenty of provocativeness at the Jersey Shore in 1892.  Mae Branson’s name also appears in an article in a Maine newspaper,  The Lewiston Daily Sun (1893). The article appeared in the Music and Drama section. A review of the play “1492” describes Miss Branson as exhibiting “agreeable singing and artistic work” which obtained “prompt and hearty recognition”.