This cabinet card portrait features a bearded gentleman posing at the Dunklee and Bau studio in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The man has a long wiry beard and an intense expression. Advertising on the reverse of the cabinet card states that the Dunklee & Bau studio had won medals at a 1890 Greenfield exhibition. Charles Dunklee was born in Rockingham, Vermont in 1842. He served four years in Company I of the 4th Vermont Infantry during the civil war. He entered as a private and was mustered out as a private. He was the Vice President of his regiments veteran group according to an 1887 news article. In 1865 he married May C. Billings and they were married 54 years until her death. Dunklee’s 90th birthday was marked in the Lewiston Daily Sun (1932). The article notes that he had photographic studios in Greenfield and Northfield, Mass. as well as Brattleboro, Vermont. This cabinet card was produced by Dunklee while in partnership with Charles Bau. The Bulletin of Photography (1914) notes that Bau had sold his studio in Brattleboro, Vermont in order to return to Greenfield to open a new photographic gallery. The article points out that Bau had left Greenfield just twelve years before. The aforementioned history tells us that this photograph was taken after 1890 and before 1902.


Ok. This photograph is not a wedding picture of a Minnesota Vikings lineman. In fact, it is only a guess that this cabinet card is a wedding photograph. However, the man in the picture is built like a lineman; and the couple is dressed in the best finery of the day and adorned with flowers which appears very wedding-like. The photographer is Flaten of Halstad, Minnesota. Research reveals that Ole E. Flaten (1854  or 1865- 1933) was born in Vanders, Norway and immigrated to the United States. He operated studios in Northfield, Moorehead, and Halstad, Minnesota. He worked as a photographer from the 1870’s through the 1920’s, retiring in 1930. He had a studio in Halstad in 1894 through 1895. Check out another photograph by Flaten by clicking on the category of “Photographer: Flaten”.