four guys

The boys were out on the town and decided to go to Mr Lindahl’s studio on Tacoma Avenue to have their portrait taken. They were very close friends and wanted to have a record of their comradery. Maybe that is exactly how these four boys ended up in the photographers studio the day that this image was taken. The young men in this picture look like they knew how to have fun. In fact, they seem to have enjoyed posing for their photograph. The boys are well dressed and exude an air of excitement and mischievousness. The photograph measures about 5″ x 7″.


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portland beard

The subject of this portrait is quite the handsome gentleman and  has a wonderful beard. To view more interesting beards, click on the category “Beards (Only the Best). The reverse of the photograph has a printed stamp indicating that the photographer of this image was located in Portland, Oregon. In addition, the back of the cabinet card shows a medal for photography from the Oregon State Agricultural Society which was issued in 1881. Born in Illinois in 1844, Frank G. Abell moved to California with his parents in 1857. In 1862, at the age of 18, he joined the firm of William Shew in San Francisco, where he spend four years learning the art and business of photography. He opened his own gallery, Abell’s Star Gallery, in Stockton, California in 1866. The next year he moved back to San Franisco and then worked in such towns as Grass Valley, Red Bluff and Yreka. In 1877 he pursued his craft in Roseburg, Oregon and from 1878 to 1888 he was based in Portland. He must have left his heart in San Francisco because he returned there once again. His indecisiveness was evident when he returned to Portland where he worked between 1897 and 1907. When his health failed, he moved to Tacoma, Washington where he died in 1910.


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This cabinet card features a portrait of Massachusetts Senator Josiah Bennett. His mustache is very notable and earns him a spot in the cabinet card gallery category “Mustaches (Only the Best)”. Be sure to check out the collection of extraordinary mustaches. This portrait was taken in 1885 by the Bushby & Macurdy studio located on Washington Street in Boston. Asa Bushby was born in South Danvers, Massachusetts in 1834. He was a self taught portrait painter and after returning from the Civil War, he became a photographer. He opened a studio in Peabody, and then moved to Lynn, and later to Boston, Massachusetts. At some point in his career, he partnered with George W. Macurdy. He is listed in the 1889 Boston business directory.  At the end of the 1880’s he moved to Tacoma, Washington and died there in 1897. Civil war buffs may be interested to know that Asa Bushby served in the 1st Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery (company D). He entered, and later left the regiment as a private.  To view more photographs by Bushby & Macurdy, click on the category “Photographer: Bushby & Macurdy”. Josiah Bennett served as a state senator. He was served on a committee that addressed state prison issues. Hopefully, further research will yield more information about Mr. Bennett.


A pretty young woman poses for her portrait in the studio of E. A. Lynn, in Winona, Minnesota. The woman appears poised in front of the camera and she has an alert and amused expression. The photographer may be the same E. A. Lynn who had photographic studios listed for sale in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. His “for sale” notice was listed in a 1911 photographic journal. E. A. Lynn also served as the Vice President (for the state of Washington) of  the Photographers Association of the Pacific Northwest.

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This cabinet card features a young man who appears to be in the midst of some intense studying. His desk is stacked with many books including the Annual Encyclopedia of 1879. He has a foot stool at his feet to help him relax during his studies. Is this gentleman a lawyer? The answer is lost to history. There is a statue figure on his desk. It may be a pen and inkwell set, but its actual purpose is unknown. Perhaps the vast and unpaid research department (all cabinet card gallery visitors) has an opinion about the statue that they can share in the comment section. The photographer of this cabinet card is John H. Scotford and his studio was in Lansing Michigan.  He was active as a photographer in Michigan, Missouri, and Oregon in the 1870’s and moved to Tacoma, Washington where he worked between 1885 and 1893. He next worked as a photographer in Portland, Oregon between 1892 and 1898.  (SOLD)

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