BABY IN AN ORNATE CARRIAGE IN WAUKON, IOWA

Baby Isabella sits up and peers out of her ornate baby carriage. She has a terrific smile. The photographer is Robert I Steele (1861-1945) of Waukon, Iowa. His obituary, in the Waukon Democrat, indicates that he was born in Pennsylvania and his family settled on a farm in Waukon in 1864. He began working as a photographer as a young man. In 1902, he sold his studio to Bert Hewitt, who worked as his assistant for the previous two years.

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TURN OF THE CENTURY COUNTRY DOCTOR IN WAUKON, IOWA

This cabinet card features an older man carrying what appears to be a doctors bag. He is dressed as if he is preparing to make a winter house call to check the status of one of his patients. The doctor is wearing a buffalo coat and a fur cap. He is holding a scarf and a pair of gloves. He has a pocket watch that he probably uses to take the pulse of his patients. It must have been difficult to be a doctor in a rural area for many reasons; including having to travel great distances to visit ill patients in all kinds of weather. At least he didn’t have to deal with managed care. The Huffman and Barnard Studio produced this terrific image. Perrin Cuppy Huffman (1833-1894) was a photographer in Frankville, Iowa from 1862-1864; and than worked in Waukon, Iowa from 1865 until 1896. He was of German ancestry, born in Ohio, and settled in Iowa in 1853. His son Laton Alton Huffman became one of Montana’s foremost photographers. At times he worked with partners. His first partner was his wife, Christina Huffman.  He later was associated with the the partner listed on this cabinet card, Barnard. They were partnered between 1882-1894.

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