FOUR YOUNG SIBLINGS AND A HARMONICA IN STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN

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Four young children pose for their portrait at the O. R. Moore gallery in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It is close to certain that the children are siblings. The two oldest kids are girls and they appear to be wearing dresses made from the same fabric. It is not uncommon to see siblings wearing identical clothing in cabinet card photographs. One would guess that the reason for this practice was simply economics. The older girl is securely holding her youngest sibling securely on a chair. The baby has a harmonica in her/his hands. This image was taken in 1895. In 1891 Orville R. Moore worked as an operator for Sturgeon Bay photographer W. A. Drumb before opening his own studio. He opened his own studio by 1898. Some years later he sold his business and it became the Rieboldt Studio. Moore is mentioned in a number of photography journals. The “Photographic Times” (1898) cites him as competing in a photography competition sponsored by the Photography Association of Wisconsin. The “Bulletin of Photography” (1924) reports that Moore had returned to Sturgeon Bay after a fifteen year absence and opened a new photography studio.   SOLD

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FAMILY PORTRAIT IN STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN

A mother and father and their four children sit for a portrait at a studio in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The father’s facial expression could be described as “disinterested”. The photgrapher is Charles H. Lown who operated in Sturgeon Bay between 1887 and 1896. He also may have been there prior to or after these dates. His studio was located on Cedar Street.

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