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A pretty young woman, wearing a corsage, poses for her portrait at the New London, Connecticut studio of Scholfield & Tingley. Everett A. Scholfield was born in 1843 in Lowell, Massachusetts. In the 1850’s he and his family moved to Westerly, Rhode Island and his father switched careers to operate a photographic studio. Young Everett learned photography from assisting his father. Everett opened a studio in Wakefield, Rhode Island with Nathan E. Nash. It did not take long for Nash to leave the business and Scholfield continued the gallery as a sole proprietor. During most of 1864 and nearly half of 1865, Everett was licensed as a travelling photographer. In 1865 he moved to Norwich, Connecticut and partnered with Lucius Thompson in operating a studio. By 1866 he had moved his business location to Stonington, Connecticut and remained there until 1871. His partners in Stonington included C. D. Holmes and later D. O. Angell. In 1872 he began business in Putnam, Connecticut working with W. T. Dyer. By 1873 he had left Stonington to open a studio in Mystic, Connecticut. In 1877 he travelled to the West Indies and had experienced business failures there. In 1879 he and his brothers Addison and Edwin joined together in operating a Westerly, Rhode Island studio called Scholfield Brothers. This fraternal partnership ended in 1885. George E. Tingley apprenticed at Everett’s Mystic studio and soon became Everett’s partner. Everett ran the satellite New London studio while Tingley was in charge of the Mystic studio. In less than a year the partnership dissolved. Tingley continued in Mystic and experienced a great deal of success in his profession. Scholfield continued his business in New London through 1912. He retired in Mystic and died in 1930 at the age of eighty-six. Scholfield had a long career as a photographer but he certainly wasn’t a desirable business partner or tenant. It seems he changed partners and locations at an unusually high frequency.    SOLD




wedding photo

This cabinet card photograph is a wedding portrait featuring a slouching groom and an austere bride. The wedding couple are both adorned with flowers. The groom in this photo is probably trying to project a relaxed appearance but instead comes off as sloppy. He is slouching while leaning on a chair and his hand is partially in his pocket. This is not a spectacular pose. His bride is wearing a pretty dark wedding dress with a long veil. She is also wearing a rather frosty expression. The photographer of this portrait is the Dawson studio which was located in New London, Wisconsin. J. C. Dawson’s studio was in business in New London from 1877  through 1914. After his death in 1914, the studio continued to operate under it’s name with a new proprietor. Dawson also had a studio is Oshkosh between 1891 and 1893. He operated a third studio in Hortonsville in at least 1893. Dawson (1856-1914) was married to Almeda Dawson in 1880. The 1900 US census found him living in New London with his wife, two daughters (ages 15 and 18),  father, and one boarder.  SOLD


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