PRETTY WOMAN WEARING A CHOKER IN WAYLAND, MICHIGAN

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A pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the Philley photographic studio in Wayland, Michigan. She is wearing a frilly dress and a dark choker. She is posed to look away from the photographer and has a somewhat aloof expression. The photographer, Silas Philley (1845- 1926) is listed in “The Directory of Early Michigan Photographers” (2014). He operated in Wayland between 1888 and 1894. Philley was raised in Steuben County, New York. His early jobs included working as a laborer and shoemaker. He began his photography career in Wayland but also worked as a photographer in Kalamazoo  and Bloomingdale, Michigan. For part of his later photography career he worked in a partnership  (Evans & Philley). Philley was married twice. He outlived both of his wives, Thirza (11 years his junior), and Lizzie. In 1920 he was working again with shoes; this time as a shoe repairer. Philley did an excellent job creating this image. The subject is well posed and the close-up perspective enhances the portrait.

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WINTERIZED LITTLE GIRL IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

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The young girl featured in this cabinet card portrait seems to be very prepared for a cold Michigan winter. She looks adorable in her fur trimmed coat and matching fur hand warmers. The photograph is a product of the Abbey studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lewis Clark Abbey (1838-1904) was a photographer from 1876 through at least 1900. He was located at 303 East Main Street between 1887 and 1889 which therefore this photograph was taken between those years.

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Published in: on May 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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WOMAN WITH A BROOCH IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN (1891)

A young woman poses for this cabinet card photograph at the Wood photographic studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is wearing a brooch which may  hold a photograph of her daughter, or perhaps, a photo of herself at a younger age. This attractive young woman has curly hair and wonderful eyes. The photographer of this photograph is likely T. E. Wood who is mentioned in photography journals published in 1893 and 1895. This cabinet card has the year 1891 printed on the bottom of the card which is likely the year that this photograph was taken. Check out other photographs by Wood by clicking on the category  “Photographer: Wood”.

Published in: on August 17, 2010 at 8:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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YOUNG GIRL WEARING TIC TAC TOE DRESS IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN (1890)

tictactoeThis little girl is posing for the photographer in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The photographer is Wood and the date on the front of the card indicates that the photograph was taken in 1890. This cute but serious little girl is wearing a dress with a tic tac toe design pattern. I think tic tacky toe is a better description but I do wonder if in the 1890’s someone besides this girl’s mother thought the dress was cute. Incidentally, the game of tic tac toe has been around for centuries. To view other photographs by Wood, click on the category “Photographer: Wood”.

Published in: on February 24, 2009 at 12:43 am  Comments (1)  
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