PRETTY FASHIONISTA IN PALYMYRA, NEW YORK

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A pretty young fashionable lady poses for her portrait at the Hopkins studio in Palmyra, New York. She has a large spray of flowers pinned to her lovely dress. She is wearing a ring on each hand and a pleasant half-smile on her face. The photographer of this wonderful fashion image is Alfred C. Hopkins (1852-1940). He listed in the “Village of Palmyra Residents Directory” (1901-1902) which lists his gallery address as 81 Main Street. He provides a testimonial for Eastman’s Solio Photographic Paper (made by Eastman Kodak) in “Pacific Coast Photographer” (1894). Hopkins was born in England. He was married to H. Clara Hopkins and was widowed and retired by the time of the 1930 census. Interestingly, the first reference to Hopkins as a photographer was found in an 1869 city directory. He was only about 19 years old and was clearly a pioneer in the field. Hopkins died in 1940 and is buried in the Palmyra Cemetery.

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BEAUTIFUL SISTERS IN GENEVA, NEW YORK

Two beautiful young woman pose for their portrait. Lillian and Ella look so much like sisters that it is possible that they may have been twins. The photographers name and location were excised by a previous owner of this cabinet card who trimmed it to fit into an album or frame. Fortunately the reverse of the photograph reveals that the photographer of the image was named Vail.  Research provides further information. John P  Vail (1836-?) was the photographer and he operated out of Geneva, New York. Vail’s father was a farmer and Vail stayed on the family farm until age twenty. In 1859 he went to Penn Yan and learned the art of photography. From 1860 until 1871 he ran a photography business in Palmyra, New York. He then moved to Geneva where he owned a nursery for four years and in 1876 opened a photographic gallery there.

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SYLVESTER HOAG LOOKS COOL IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

sly hoag_0002This Cabinet Card features Sylvester Hoag posing for his portrait. Sylvester is looking quite cool in his overcoat and derby hat. Note the chain from his pocket watch. He has the appearance of a man waiting for something  or someone. He has a nice moustache. If he lived today, I bet he would be called Sly Hoag. This photograph comes from his sister’s Hoag family album.  His sister lived in Palmyra, New York. The photographer of the cabinet card is Pomeroy of Rochester, New York.