TWO YOUNG WOMEN SHARE A FAN IN NEWPORT, PENNSYLVANIA

Two young women pose for their portrait in Newport, Pennsylvania. Both women are grasping one end of a fan that they hold behind their heads. Their raised arms highlight their hour glass figures which are given an assist by the corsets they are wearing. The photographer is named William Easter Lenney. He was located in Newport in the early 1890′s and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he became a well known portrait photographer between 1894 and 1920. He and his family then moved to California.

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  1. So where’s the comment card??? Oh, here it is. Do you ever have someone write you and say that one of your cards is a relative? I always find it so sad when I come across albums or cabinet cards. I wonder how they got to strangers. Did the people need money and sell them? Did the descendents just not care? Did the entire family die off? I spend hours and hours just staring at them and looking at the details of their clothing and if there is a group I wonder who died young or lasted forever. I’ve tried to trace one or two by contacting the photographer but they have closed many years ago. So, I just claim them as my own relatives and put them up on the shelf.
    Debb Miller
    aussiemagicvintiques.wordpress.com

    • thanks for your comment. I agree with you that if one thinks of the history of the cabinet card as it pertains to its family of origin; it can be quite sad. Clearly, the subjects in the photograph are dead, as are the original owners of the image. At some point, family members gave away or sold the images of their ancestors. Too sad. However, I try to think of the photographs as telling a more general history. How did people dress? What kind of toys did they have? What props were used in photographs? Such thoughts make collecting the images less morbid and more interesting and informative. By posting these photographs on this site, and others like it, the people in these photograph live on. I appreciate your story about buying cabinet cards andadopting the antique photograph subjects into your family, displaying the images on your shelf. In the United States, many antique stores advertise cabinet cards as “instant relatives”.


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