Two affectionate men pose for their portrait in Newton, Kansas. The men look quite dapper in their suits and with their straw hats. Note that the gentleman wearing the suit and vest has a pocket watch chain visible atop his vest. He is also holding a walking stick.The man standing, and the man sitting on the hammock are showing some shared affection. They could be friends, relatives, or even lovers. It is impossible to guess their relationship. One wonders if homophobia was much of a factor in the cabinet card era in regard to men showing affection to men in public or in photographs. Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet card gallery can competently comment on this issue. The photographer of this image is the Tripp studio in Newton, Kansas. According to print on the reverse of the photograph, the studio was located on the corner of Main Street and Broadway. The photographer, Frank D. Tripp is cited in Anthony’s Photographic Bulletin (1896) as the President of the Photographers Association of Kansas. Another source states that Tripp “flourished” as a photographer in Newton during the 1880’s. Tripp’s obituary appears in The Evening Kansan Republican (1947). He died in Denver, Colorado at age eighty. He was described in the article as a pioneer photographer in Newton. He was an officer in the Newton Masonic Lodge. At some point he moved to Pueblo, Colorado where he was a partner in the Tripp and York photography studio.

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A clean cut young man poses for his portrait while wearing his dress military uniform. He  is either in the military or he is a cadet in a military school. Perhaps a visitor to the site can make the final determination. The photographer of this cabinet card is J. C. Moulton of 368 Main Street, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Joseph Carr Moulton (1824-1914) was born in Sandwich, Mass. to farming parents. He was a descendant of the famous Revolutionary War officer, General Moulton. He left home at 21 and went to Newton, Mass. where he worked in a machine shop. The job didn’t suit him, so he began working as a photographer. He arrived in Fitchburg in 1848, and one of his studios was located at 159 Main Street (1876-1900).  Moulton was involved in many aspects of Fitchburg’s community life. He was the superintendent of his church’s sunday school, he was a Mason, and he was the first President of the local YMCA.

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Adorable Boy Posing in his Winter Clothing in Newton, Massachusetts


This Cabinet Card is a photograph of an adorable young boy posing in his winter jacket and hat at a photographers studio in Newton, Massachusetts. The photographers name is a bit difficult to read but it appears to be Seaver. This wide eyed smiling child appears to be winterized and ready to take on a cold New England winter.

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