This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed young man holding the reins of a horse in the middle of a Lisbon, Ohio dirt road. The gentleman is wearing some sort of accessory covering his wrist below his elbow. The arm guard appears to be made out of leather. I do not know the purpose of the accessory. My guess is that it keeps his jacket sleeves in place while he is interacting with the horse. Perhaps an equine-wise visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will leave a comment explaining the arm guard’s purpose. The horse in this image is beautiful and the man is more of a “dandy” than a “cowboy”. The photograph was taken in 1912 and that date is stamped on the image. Lisbon is located near the eastern border of Ohio in the central portion of the state. The town was named after Portugal’s capital. It is the location of the first Ohio newspaper. It was the northern most western town involved in military action during America’s civil war.


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This cabinet card photograph features a fashionable New England young woman.  However, the main focus of this photograph is the woman’s purse. The photographer ruined the photograph by forgetting to ask the woman to put her purse in a place out of range of the camera. The woman is wearing  dress gloves, a large bow, a wide brimmed hat, and is slenderized by her corset. The photographer is Bailey of Concord, New Hampshire and he probably was not really inept. However, he certainly made an error when posing the subject for this photograph. A Concord business publication (1890) writes about a photographer named H. C. Bailey. The articles states that Bailey took possession of a photographic studio in Concord in 1888 and that he had lived in Concord since 1860. The article also states that Bailey had a branch studio and art store in Woodsville, New Hampshire. Bailey was reported to have been born in Lisbon, New Hampshire. There is no confirmation that this cabinet cards photographer was H. C. Bailey but it is likely to be the case. In 1890, the Bailey studio was located on State Block, on the corner of Main and School Street.

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