This cabinet card portrait features a young husband and wife posing with their baby at a studio located in Willimantic, Connecticut. The father looks as if he may have been one of the originators of the rockabilly culture. The photographer of this image is Frank Gleason. He is listed in the 1898 Willimantic business directory as a photographer.  SOLD

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A pretty doe eyed young woman wearing a beautiful beaded dress poses for her portrait at the studio of C. H. Townsend in Willimantic, Connecticut. Note the intricate embroidered flowers on the tablecloth next to the young lady. Charles Henry Townsend was born in Athens, Ohio in 1847. He ran away from home at age 16 and enlisted in the 129th Ohio volunteer infantry and joined the fray of the civil war. He served nearly a year and then joined the 141st Ohio volunteer infantry and fought for another 100 days. Townsend was not done serving the Union army. He then joined the 65th Ohio volunteer infantry and served another year including a difficult stint in Texas. Interestingly, Townsend doesn’t appear to have ever rose above the rank of Private. After the war, Townsend took up his uncle’s offer to teach him to be a photographer. A. C. Townsend was a photographer in Springfield, Massachusetts. By 1868, Charles had opened a studio in Willimantic. In 1871 he married Rhoda Taft and the couple had one son who grew up to be an architect.   SOLD

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