PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

This cabinet card portrait features a young attractive woman. She is dressed in an interesting manner and I will leave it to one of the cabinet card gallery’s fashion knowledgeable visitors to describe her clothing. It looks like she is wearing a large  neckerchief  held in place by a broach, but thats just my best guess. The photographer did an excellent job with the lighting in this photograph. The photographer of this image is C. R. Baker who was located at 35, 37, and 39 Monroe Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. Business directories for Detroit list Charles R. Baker as a photo printer beginning in 1876  and his listing soon changes to photographer and appears in directories through 1919. The Photographic Times (1884)  has a “seeking employment” ad placed by Baker. He was searching for a job as a “first class printer and toner”.   The 1900 U.S. census reveals that Baker lived with his wife, Sarah, and his 14 year old son Owen. Both Baker and his wife were 40 years old. The couple also appear together in the 1920 census. The census indicates that Charles Baker was born in Massachusetts and worked as a photographer.

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  1. Probably just a case of the photographer thinking that her dress was too severe and he draped a length of lace around her neck and used her pin. Dresses of that time frame were tightly fitted and buttoned all the way up with small bar pins as decoration


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