THREE GIRLS AND A PUG IN MARYTOWN, WISCONSIN

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This cabinet card portrait features three little girls posing for their portrait accompanied by a canine companion. The dog appears to be a pug although it may be one of the skinniest pugs I’ve ever seen. The dog seems to be quite alive but one never knows. There are many cabinet card photos that include stuffed dogs that look quite real. I suppose photographers of the time liked stuffed or ceramic dogs better than live dogs because the faux dogs don’t move or blink while being photographed. The children in this photograph don’t seem to be having a particularly good time. However, they are certainly adorable in their fancy clothes and coiffed hair. One of the girls is holding a flower. The children were photographed by John Zierer and his studio was located in Marytown, Wisconsin. The Fond du Lac (Wisconsin) library’s web site has an article that cites Zierer. “John Zierer was the local photographer, residing at the foot of the church hill. Much of his business centered on taking First Communion, graduation and wedding photographs for members of the community”.

 

Published in: on October 31, 2014 at 11:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF THREE YOUNG SALVATION ARMY WOMEN IN OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN

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This vintage photograph features a portrait of three uniformed young female salvation army workers. The woman on the left is wearing a salvation army badge at her collar while the the bespectacled woman in the center is wearing a celluloid pin with a woman’s photograph on it. These young ladies look quite serious as they pose for their photograph. An inscription on the reverse of the image indicates that this photograph was taken at a studio in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. To view more photographs of salvation army members, click on the category of “Salvation Army”.

 

 

 

Published in: on October 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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CLARA MORRIS: PRETTY AND BUSTY STAGE ACTRESS AND WRITER

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This cabinet card portrait features American stage actress Clara Morris (1849-1925). This photograph reveals that she was pretty and busty and appears to have enjoyed wearing gaudy jewelry. Note her earrings and collar pin. Clara Morris was born in Toronto, Canada and her real name was Morrison. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She traveled to New York in 1870 as a member of Daly’s company. She was a sensation in L’Article 47 (1872) and acted in many other plays.  After 1885, she focused mostly on literary work. Her works included “A Silent Singer” (1899), “The LIfe of a Star” (1906), and “Dressing Room Receptions” (1911). In her book “Life on the Stage: My Personal Experiences and Recollections” (1911) she describes her meeting with John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. This cabinet card was photographed by George Rockwood (1882-191) whose studio was located in New York City. Rockwood was born in Troy, New York and graduated from college with a PhD, reportedly either from the University of Chicago, or Columbia University. At 21 years of age, he was a newspaper reporter for the Troy Daily Times and at age 23, he was managing editor of the Troy Daily Post. He began working as a photographer in St. Louis and in 1857 opened a studio with his brother Elihu in New York City. He has been credited with bringing CDV’s to America. His obituary in the Washington Post reports that Rockwood photographed  more than 350,000 people. To view more photographs by Rockwood, click on the category “Photographer: Rockwood”.

 
Published in: on October 26, 2014 at 8:22 am  Comments (2)  
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ADORABLE YOUNG BOY WEARING A SNOW SUIT IN NORTHAMPTON, PENNSYLVVANIA

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This vintage photograph features an adorable young boy wearing a wooly snow suit with matching leggings. He is also wearing a naval officer’s hat that has an eagle emblem. The photographer is the E. Stern studio in Northampton, Pennsylvania.

Published in: on October 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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DR BAKER POSES FOR HIS PORTRAIT IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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This cabinet card portrait features the portrait of a well dressed older man wearing a well groomed long beard. The reverse of the photograph identifies the gentleman as being Dr. Baker. The photograph was taken at the studio of Taylor & Martin.  An ad for Taylor  & Martin was found in a Chicago Business Directory (1887). The ad included the information that the studio was formerly called Gentile & Company before Taylor and Martin assumed ownership. To view more photographs by this pair, click on the category “Photographer: Taylor & Martin”.

Published in: on October 19, 2014 at 8:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF SOPRANO ETELKA GERSTER, BY NEW YORK CITY CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER, JOSE MORA

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This cabinet card portrait features Hungarian soprano Etelka Gerster (1855-1920). She debuted in Italy in 1876. In 1878 she performed at the Academy of Music in New York City. She earned great international acclaim during her singing career. She unfortunately lost her voice after the birth of her daughter and never sang again. She became a voice instructor and taught singing in Berlin, Germany between 1896 and 1917. She died in Bologna in 1920. This cabinet card portrait was produced by celebrity photographer Jose Mora of New York City. To learn more about him and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Mora”.

Published in: on October 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“MISS CONSTERNATION” IN BURLINGTON, IOWA

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This cabinet card portrait captures a curly haired young woman posing for her portrait at the Lupton studio in Burlington, Iowa. Note the woman’s lace collar. One wonders about the meaning of her clasped hands. Is she deep in prayer? Is she overwhelmed by worry. The photographer of this image is Oscal L. Lupton who was born in 1849 in Indiana. He appears in the 1880 US census and is listed as working as a photographer in Greenville, Illinois and living with his wife Nellie. The 1900 US census finds Mr Lupton living in Burlington with his wife and three sons.

Published in: on October 14, 2014 at 11:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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MOUTHLESS MAN IN ITHACA, NEW YORK

The Cabinet Card Gallery has discovered another mouthless man. This gentleman posed for his portrait at the McGillivray studio in Ithaca, New York. The studio was located at 28 & 30 East State Street. Those that know Ithaca winters can imagine this gentleman trudging through mounds of snow in frigid temperature with a frozen beard and mustache. To view other interesting beards an mustaches, click on the category “Beards (Only the Best)”. Research found some information about the photographer of this image. Ellsworth McGillivray was born in Caroline, NY in 1862. He attended the Ithaca school system and after he left school he became a painter. In 1881 he began his career as a photographer. He worked for photographer George Stanley for two years and then was employed by E. D. Evans for six years. He then worked in Cortland, NY for one year before returning to Ithaca in 1890 and buying the Forest City Art Gallery. McGillivray was married to Jessie L Shaw of Albion, NY.

Published in: on October 13, 2014 at 8:00 am  Comments (1)  
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BIG SISTER STANDS, WHILE LITTLE BROTHER SITS ON TRICYCLE, IN DIGHTON OR LEROY, MICHIGAN

This cabinet card portrait features a little boy on his tricycle and his big sister. The boy is wearing a bow tie, a striped shirt, and a serious expression. The young girl has a protective grip on the handlebars of her brothers trike. Her straw hat is on the ground in front of her. This outdoor scene is actually taking place inside the studio of C. E. Pelton who operated studios in both Dighton (1892-1895) and Leroy (1892-1893), Michigan. Pelton also operated a studio in Tustin, Michigan (c 1890). The young girl in this image is identified in an inscription on the reverse of the cabinet card. Her name was Maud Piper and she can be found in the Michigan birth index. Maud E. Piper was born in Williamston, Michigan in 1884. Her parents were named Isaac and Esther Piper. Unfortunately, Maud died in 1894 at the age of ten. She is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Okemos, Michigan.

Published in: on October 12, 2014 at 8:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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WOMAN AND A BOOK IN HALIFAX OR BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND

A serious looking young woman poses with her book in this cabinet card portrait by Edgar Gregson, who had studios in both Halifax an Blackpool, England. The woman is wearing a pretty hat, ruffled collar, and jewelry. There also seems to be a bookmark hanging down under the woman’s left hand.

 

 

Published in: on October 11, 2014 at 9:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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