A LITTLE BOY AND A BIG SWING IN CORSICANA, TEXAS

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This cabinet card portrait captures a well-dressed handsome little boy holding a large swing in a studio portrait by the Harper studio in Corsicana, Texas. The lad is unsuccessfully holding back a smile as he looks at the photographer. He apparently was enjoying posing for the cameraman. Using swings as props in cabinet card images is not extremely rare but this is one of the finer “swing images” that I’ve seen. To view other cabinet card photographs that employ swings, click on the cabinet card gallery category “Swings”. According to advertising on the front of this cabinet card, Harper had other branches of his studio located in Texas. Besides Corsicana, he operated in Tyler, Mexia, and Waxahachie. Further research that Harper also operated other studios in Texas (Bryan, Temple, Ennis, and Calvert). Apparently, Mr. Harper was quite an entrepreneur.   (SOLD)

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A MOTHER AND HER TWO DAUGHTERS ENJOY A WOODEN SWING SET IN UNKNOWN LOCATION

This cabinet card features a rare prop. The photograph captures two young girls swinging on a wooden swing set under the watchful eye of their mother. Although individual swings are not an unusual prop in cabinet card photography, this is the first cabinet card that I have seen which displays an entire swing set. In addition, most cabinet photos of swings are taken in studio, while this image appears to have been taken outside.  Looking at the children’s faces under magnification shows that at least the oldest child appears to be enjoying herself as she poses for this picture. The older girl possesses a big smile. The jury is out on whether the youngest girl is having a good  time. One of the girls appears to have lost her hat. Note the upside down hat on the ground below the swing. Both the name of the photographer of this image, as well as the location of photographer’s studio, is unknown.

Published in: on August 27, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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ATTRACTIVE SWINGERS IN NAPOLEON, OHIO

This cabinet card features a handsome couple that likes to swing. The husband is a hunk and the wife is pretty. Both are dressed well. Wait a minute! Where is your mind taking you? I’m not referring to that kind of swinging.  I’m talking about playground type swinging, like kids do.  The photographer of this image is G. W. Gardner & Son: “Photographic And Portrait Artists”. The Gardner studio was located in Napoleon, Ohio. Apparently, many people liked to swing during the cabinet card era and you can see a number of photographs of swingers by clicking on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category “Swing”. George W. Gardner was born about 1829 in Cayuga County, New York. He began as a daguerreotype artist in Seneca County, Ohio in about 1850. He moved to Napoleon in 1865 and operated a studio from about 1870 until about 1900. He was assisted by his son George W. from about 1880 through about 1900. (George W.  following in his fathers footsteps is reminiscent of  another George W. following in his father’s footsteps slightly more than a century later). Later a second son, Cecil L. (1875-1960), followed his father and brother’ career path (are you reading this, Jeb?). George W. Jr also had two children enter the photography business in Napoleon.  Joseph Gardner (1873-?) was a photographer and Mary D. Gardner was a photo retoucher. Both were active in 1900. To view other photographs by the Gardner studio, click on the category “Photographer: Gardner”.

TEENAGE GIRL ON A SWING, IN PHELPS, NEW YORK

A teenage girl poses for her portrait at the studio of D. Edwin Pardee, in Phelps, New York. She sits on a swing with a book on he knees and a serious expression on her face. Swings were often used as props at photographic studios. To view other examples of people posing on swings, click on the category of “Swings”.

Published in: on May 23, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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LITTLE GIRL ON A SWING IN EUREKA, CALIFORNIA

This cabinet card photograph features an adorable little girl sitting on a swing. She is fashionably dressed wearing a frilly dress, buttoned boots, and a large bonnet. The photographer is Vansant of Eureka, California.  Research reveals that there were two photographers named Vansant in Eureka. Joshua Vansant Jr worked there as a photographer between 1885 and 1908 while William Prescott Vansant was a photographer in Eureka between 1891 and 1896.

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BEAUTIFULLY DRESSED WOMAN ON A SWING

This Cabinet Card is a portrait of a young woman sitting on a swing. The props and background of this photograph are exquisite. The woman is beautifully dressed. Hopefully a visitor can explain what she is wearing around her neck. It looks like a kerchief but it is clearly something more complicated. The photographer is Farley and the location of the studio is somewhere in Illinois. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Farley”.

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PRETTY WOMAN ON A SWING IN MONTESANO, WASHINGTON

This Cabinet Card presents a pretty woman sitting on a swing. Her elaborate hat has been staged on the floor atop an outstretched fur. The photograph was made at the studio of Wainright & Arland, in Montasano, Washington. The reverse of the card indicates that the studio was over Bacon’s Drug Store on Main Street. The top left corner shows what appears to be an error by the photographer but perhaps a visitor to this site has the expertise to explain the imperfection.

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