A young girl sits on a chair, hands folded on her lap, and dreamily looks at the camera. Sitting alongside her is her trusty  pug. Actually, the dog may not be that trusty because the dog is wearing a collar and chain insuring that he stays in range of the camera. The young girl is holding the dog’s leash. This photograph was taken at the Kottmann studio in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Edward Kottmann was a German born photographer who received his training at galleries in Philadelphia. He began working as a photographer in Altoona in about 1883. An advertisement announcing the sale of his gallery appears in Sap Shots (1908).

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This cabinet card portrait features three little girls posing for their portrait accompanied by a canine companion. The dog appears to be a pug although it may be one of the skinniest pugs I’ve ever seen. The dog seems to be quite alive but one never knows. There are many cabinet card photos that include stuffed dogs that look quite real. I suppose photographers of the time liked stuffed or ceramic dogs better than live dogs because the faux dogs don’t move or blink while being photographed. The children in this photograph don’t seem to be having a particularly good time. However, they are certainly adorable in their fancy clothes and coiffed hair. One of the girls is holding a flower. The children were photographed by John Zierer and his studio was located in Marytown, Wisconsin. The Fond du Lac (Wisconsin) library’s web site has an article that cites Zierer. “John Zierer was the local photographer, residing at the foot of the church hill. Much of his business centered on taking First Communion, graduation and wedding photographs for members of the community”.


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A disoriented couple pose for their portrait along with their pet pug. The woman is wearing a striped dress with a collar pin. The man is wearing a suit and is sitting on a fur covered chair. The couple’s dog sits on the man’s lap. The photographer and the location of his studio are unknown. The bewildered couple and their pug are unidentified. However, writing on the reverse of the image indicates that the photograph was taken in 1898.   SOLD

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This cabinet card portrait of two children and their pet pug, illustrates the power of the internet in identifying subjects in antique photographs. The reverse of this photograph has some identity clues in an inscription that states “Niles 3 years  Grace 6 years  Jan 3rd 1889”.  Since the photographer of this image (W. G. Mandeville) worked out of Lowville, New York, it was assumed that  the children in the photograph lived in, or around, Lowville (located in the western foothills of the Adirondack Mountains). A search of the 1900 U.S. census (Lowville) was done for siblings named Niles and Grace. A listing for Niles and Grace Bateman was found and their ages were a match for the age information on the reverse of the cabinet card. Once establishing their identity, additional biographical data was obtained. At the time of the 1900 census, Grace was seventeen years old and Niles was thirteen. Their father was Carroll Bateman and he was a proprietor of a hotel. Their mother was named Jennie Ruggles Bateman. The 1910 U. S. census found Niles working as a clerk in his father’s hotel. The 1920 U.S. census reveals that Niles had become an “Automobile Agent” and was married to a woman named Vera. The 1930 census discloses some major changes in the life of Niles Bateman. He had two children (Walter and Barbara) and had become an “Automobile Dealer”. The photographer of this image, William Garrett Mandeville (1865-1944), is one of the subjects of Robert Ogden’s book, “Exposing the Wilderness: Early Twentieth Century Adirondack Postcards” (1999). Ogden considers Mandeville one of the best photographers of the genre of scenic postcards. Mandeville was born in New York, dropped out of school at sixteen years of age, and in 1883 went to work for photographer, Ogden Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss had a studio in Norwich, New York. To view photographs by Hotchkiss, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category of  “Photographer: Hotchkiss”. In 1886 Mandeville joined George W. Carter in operating a photography studio but he left the partnership that same year to run his own gallery. He married his wife, Bertha in 1886 and had a daughter (Dorothy). In the 1930 U. S. census, Mandeville, at 65 years of age,  was still listed as a photographer.


According to an ad on the reverse of this cabinet card, De Young’s studio will make a life size crayon or oil portrait from this photograph, and include a gilt or bronze frame, for the bargain price of twelve dollars. De Young’s studio was located in New York City, New York. There is an ad in the “Photographic Times” (1884) placed by De Young. The studio published a famous photograph of Harry Longabaugh and his girlfriend, Etta Place. Who is Harry Longabaugh? The celebrated outlaw is better known by the name of “The Sundance Kid”. The portrait above, is a  photograph of a young child, wearing a bonnet, and holding a basket of flowers. The child is posed next to a statue of a pug. The child’s clothing, and hair,  has been hand colored.

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This cabinet card features a portrait of a well dressed lady and her pug. The woman is wearing a flower hat and is holding an umbrella with one hand, and petting her dog with the other hand. The photographer is unknown and would likely be known if this image wasn’t glued incorrectly on the card stock. The top of the image is glued to the bottom of the card. The viewer can see some partial printed letters showing above the top of the image. Perhaps the photographer had no card stock with his studio’s name and used old card stock from the studio’s previous owner. The photographer may have intentionally covered up the name and address of the studio so it would not get false credit for producing the image. Incidentally, there seems to be many cabinet card photographs featuring pugs. They must have been a popular breed at the turn of the century and certainly have made a resurgence during recent times.

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This cabinet card features an adorable little girl in a lace dress posed next to her pug dog. The child has beautiful eyes and curly hair. the photographer is Cherrington & Bro. of Salem, Oregon. The back stamp  indicates that the studio was located opposite the First National Bank on the Exchange Block (Commercial Street). An inscription on the reverse of the card states that the photograph was given to Aunt Alice, “Compliments of Althea Hodson (or Hodsen)”. The inscription also states that the baby was 16 months of age at the time of the photograph. Research reveals that W. M. Cherrington came to Oregon in 1890 and with his brother, opened a photographic studio. The studio was considered to be the best equipped studio on the west coast. A large collection of their negatives were sold to the Cronise Studio. To view other photographs by Mr Cherrington, click on the category “Photographer: Cherrington”. 

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A young boy and girl pose as if they are out for a walk with a baby doll in a carriage and a  pug firmly in the girl’s arms.  The young boy is clearly a forward thinker as he has taken on the “woman’s”  role of pushing the carriage.  He is also wearing an interesting cap with a tassel.  The photograph was taken at a studio in Bourbon, Indiana. The photographer’s name is listed on the front (bottom) of the card but the name is illegible.

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