STUDIOUS YOUNG MAN AND HIS PINCE-NEZ GLASSES IN TOPEKA, KANSAS

This cabinet card portrait is particularly interesting because the young man in the photograph is wearing an interesting pair of glasses. The style of glasses that he is wearing is called “Pince-nez”. These glasses do not have earpieces but instead are supported by pinching the wearers nose. If the young man’s glasses had earpieces, it would look very similar to the glasses worn today. The gentleman in this photo is well coiffed. His handlebar mustache is perfect. He looks very studious. This cabinet card was produced by the Snyder studio in Topeka, Kansas. Charles J Snyder (1855-1925) was born of German parents in Kentucky. He married Laura Hooven Snyder in 1877. He is listed in the 1880 US Census as a photographer as well as in the 1921 Topeka Directory. Take note below of the verso of this cabinet card. If the reverse of a cabinet card can be beautiful, this backing is beautiful. It is also an unusual cabinet card verso design. It looks like the back of a playing card.

Published in: on January 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE BOY ON A TRICYCLE IN TOPEKA, KANSAS

This cabinet card portrait features a little boy sitting on a tricycle. The bike appears to be made from wood. The child is wearing a bow tie and a serious expression. The image was produced by the Mohler studio in Topeka, Kansas. J. W. Mohler was born in Indiana in 1850. While young, his family moved to Missouri. Mohler enlisted th the 3rd Illinois Infantry (Co. H) as a fifer. He spent two years at a garrison in Detroit. In 1871 he married Belle Viard. He came to Topeka to work as a photographer in 1880. He is listed in the Topeka business directories from at least 1882 through 1895. At one point he was partnered in a photography business named Mohler & Rector.

Published in: on September 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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SOLEMN YOUNG WOMAN IN MOURNING IN TOPEKA, KANSAS

A young woman, perhaps a teenager, poses for her portrait at the Daylight Studio in Topeka, Kansas. She appears quite solemn and is wearing a black dress with black satin sashes and bows. Perhaps she is in mourning. The young lady is wearing a collar pin and a ring. She is beautifully dressed and is pretty despite her apparent discomfort at being photographed.   (SOLD)

Published in: on July 19, 2017 at 7:32 pm  Comments (3)  
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HAT IN HAND: MAN IN NORTH TOPEKA, KANSAS

A gentleman poses, “hat in hand” at the H. M. Atherton studio in North Topeka, Kansas. The gentleman is holding his bowler hat and has a pocket watch with an exposed chain. There is a book on the table behind the man. The props in this photograph compose a very nice interior setting.

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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