PORTRAIT OF THE PRETTIEST WOMAN IN ATHENS, GREECE (ANTIQUE PHOTOGRAPH)

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This photograph features a portrait of an extremely pretty young woman. Unlike many images of this era, the subject is smiling. She has a great smile. There is an inscription on the reverse of the photograph. Unfortunately, I can not translate the words. It’s all Greek to me. The photographer is Kantas Soeurs and his studio was located in Athens, Greece. This photograph is either from the cabinet card era or slight after that period. It measures 4 3/4 ” x  3 1/8″.

Published in: on July 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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YOUNG WOMAN WITH SMILING EYES IN NEW YORK CITY

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A pretty young lady poses for her portrait at New York City’s Bostwick studio. The woman has a wonderful smile accompanied by “smiling eyes”. It appears that this cabinet card once resided in an oval frame judging by the oval indentation on the image. Advertising on the reverse of this cabinet card reveals that Bostwick’s studio was located between 8th and 9th Streets in New York City. The ad also notes that the studio was established in 1867. James Alba Bostwick was born in 1846 or 1848 in Livonia, New York. At one point in his photography career he was a partner in a firm named Bostwick and Bancker. A collection of Bostwick’s work is owned by the University of New Hampshire’s library. In 1927 Bostwick died in Brooklyn, New York.  He was 79 years of age at the time of his death.

Published in: on July 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WITH PIERCING EYES IN VAN WERT, OHIO

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This photograph makes wonderful use of lighting to create this sharp crisp image of a very pretty young woman with piercing eyes. Note the subject’s bonnet and rose corsage. The photographer is Jeremiah F. Rank (1847-1913) and he was born in Shelby, Ohio. He learned the trade of photography from I. S. Hartsock in Van Wert, Ohio, in 1872. After being trained, he quickly bought Hartsock’s studio and operated the business until 1892 when he sold the gallery. After traveling around the United States for two years, he opened galleries in Schuyler and Lincoln, Nebraska. He eventually returned to Van Wert and opened another studio there. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Rank”.

Published in: on July 25, 2014 at 11:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A VERY PRETTY WOMAN IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK


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This cabinet card portrait features a very pretty and photogenic young woman. She has intriguing eyes. She is wearing a fancy dress. The photograph is crisp and sharp. The image is in very good condition. The reverse of the photograph suggests that the image once resided in a cabinet card photo album. George N. Cobb began his photography career in 1850 in Montrose, Pennsylvania. He moved to Binghamton in 1870 and operated a photography studio until 1903.

Published in: on July 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A WOMAN WEARING A VERY UNUSUAL COLORFUL PATTERNED DRESS IN NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS

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This interesting cabinet card features a woman wearing a very unusual dress. The dress’s pattern can be described as psychedelic. Some would call the pattern paisley. One wonders if the woman’s dress really looked this way or if an artist colored the photograph while knocking off a bottle of whiskey. Another theory is that the subject woke up the morning of her appointment at the photographer and realized she had nothing to wear. In an act of desperation, she wore the living room drapes. Before I conjecture further, I want to call for assistance from the cabinet card gallery’s research department. Perhaps one of the several fashion savvy cabinet card gallery visitors can share their informed opinion about this woman’s attire. I shouldn’t call her “this woman” because I know her name. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph reveals that her name is Sarah Goodwin and that the cabinet card photo was taken in 1892. The 1880 US census finds a Sarah Goodwin living in Ware, Massachusetts. This is a town 24 miles away from Knowlton Brothers studio in Northampton. At the time of this photograph, Miss Goodwin was twenty nine years-old and working in a cotton mill. She was the third of five children born to Steven and Mary Goodwin. Sarah was born in 1863 in England, which was also the birthplace of her parents.

Published in: on July 23, 2014 at 11:45 am  Comments (7)  
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TWO ENGLISH BOYS AND THEIR YORKSHIRE TERRIER

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W. H. De Lan took on the challenge of photographing the two boys and their dog featured in this cabinet card portrait. Dogs tend to have difficulty comprehending photographer’s instructions so producing a good photograph of a dog is quite a respectable feat. The compliant dog in this photograph appears to be a Yorkshire Terrier. The boys in this image are well dressed and the seated child has a pocket watch. Research yielded little information about W. H. De Lan. One source stated that he operated his studio in Bridge End which is a village in Northumberland, England. A second source reported that he was a photographer in Bradford, a borough of West Yorkshire.

Published in: on July 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Isabel Irving: American Stage Actress

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Isabel Irving (1871-1944) was an American actress born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her stage career began in 1886. She performed in many performances of Shakespeare. She was also in more than 30 Broadway plays between 1894 and 1936.  These plays included “Merry Wives of Windsor” (1917) and “Uncle Vanya” (1930). The first cabinet photo was done at the studio of Napoleon Sarony in New York.  Sarony was a very famous photographer of his time and known for his photos of theatrical performers and other celebrities. The second photograph comes from the studio of William McKenzie Morrison who was located in the Haymarket Theatre building in Chicago, Illinois. The third cabinet card portrait features Miss Irving photographed by celebrated New York photographer Benjamin Falk. The fourth cabinet card was produced by Pach Brothers studio in New York City. To view a photograph of Isabel Irving’s sister, write “Evangeline Irving” in the search box and press search. To view other photographs by any of the four cited photographers, click on the category “Photographer: Falk, Photographer: Sarony, Photographer: Morrison, or Photographer: Pach Brothers.

FOUR SIBLINGS POSE FOR FAMILY PORTRAIT IN SILKEBORG, DENMARK

gunnarThis cabinet card features what appears to be four siblings gathered together for their portrait at the studio of Gunnar Mogensen. The boy in the photograph is wearing a sailor style suit and his sisters are all dressed in white with dark belts. The older sister has very long hair, while in contrast, the two younger girls are wearing short hairstyles. Mogensen’s studio was located in Silkeborg, Denmark. To view other Danish photographs, click on the category “Denmark”.

 

Published in: on July 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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CHARLES HENRY PARKHURST: CLERGYMAN, SOCIAL REFORMER, CROOKED POLITICIAN’S AND CORRUPT POLICEMAN’S NIGHTMARE (1892)

 

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Charles Henry Parkhurst (1842-1933) is the subject of these Cabinet Card photographs which are published by Newsboy. Photographer Napoleon Sarony has the 1892 copyright for the top photograph. The second photograph is marked “375″ and is part of Newsboy’s tobacco premium series. Parkhurst was a clergyman and social reformer. He was a presbyterian minister and from 1874 until 1880, he was a pastor in Lenox, Massachusetts. He then became the pastor for Madison Square Presbyterian Church in New York City (1880-1919). During the year of this photograph, Parkhurst began giving tough sermons attacking the political corruption in the New York City government. This led to the exposure of the corruption in Tammany Hall and subsequent social and political reform. He had a special concern about the problem of prostitution in New York City’s tenderloin section. He hired private detectives to investigate the houses of ill repute and their police protection. Concerning the police, he said “while we fight iniquity they shield or patronize it; while we try to convert criminals, they manufacture them”. He took his concerns and investigative results to court on these matters. He was President of the New York Society for the Prevention of Crime and published numerous magazine articles and books. Parkhurst died tragically; while sleep walking he fell off the second story porch of his home.

PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL BY UNIDENTIFIED PHOTOGRAPHER

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This photograph features a girl who appears to be in her teenage years. She is wearing a bead necklace and a shamrock brooch. Note the girls long braid behind her collar. This cabinet card has been trimmed by a previous owner who was likely trying to fit it into a frame.

Published in: on July 18, 2014 at 11:43 am  Comments (1)  
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