This bust portrait of an attractive short haired young woman is the product of the Millard studio in Detroit, Michigan. The woman is wearing a lace collared dress and earrings. She has magnificent deep hypnotizing eyes.  C. A. Millard is mentioned in The Industries of Detroit (1887) as being the proprietor of the oldest photographic studio in Detroit. It is reported that he bought out a Mr. Powelson in 1879 and at the time of the books publication, Millard employed ten to fifteen artists in his studio. An interesting side note concerns Millard’s death in 1891. Frank Scott Clark (1865-1937), a noted backdrop painter, came to Detroit in 1892 to manage Millard’s studio for Millard’s estate. Among his accomplishments, Clark was an extremely talented photographic background specialist. In fact, during his career, he created, made, and set up backgrounds for both Napoleon Sarony and Jose Maria Mora. Not too shabby a resume for Mr  Clark. This cabinet card portrait is in good condition (see scans).

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A young girl, with a look of confidence, poses for her portrait at the Hall & Co. studio in Buffalo, New York. The studio was located at 306 Main Street in Buffalo. The front and back of the card mentions the name “Powelson” which appears to be the name of the building that the studio was located in. Benjamin F. Powelson was a pioneer photographer in Buffalo beginning in the 1840’s. E. F. Hall took this photograph between 1889 and 1895. The reverse of this card indicates that Hall won an award in 1889 and research reveals that he opened a new studio in 1895, in another location in Buffalo. Hall was elected an officer in the Buffalo camera club in 1889.

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