FIFTEEN YEAR OLD DAGMAR WEARING A PRETTY DRESS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

DAGMAR_0002This cabinet card features a teenage girl posing at the studio of photographer Anton Rohde of Chicago, Illinois. She is wearing a pretty wheat stalk print dress. The attractiveness of the dress is  not apparent because the photographer chose a backdrop that clashes with the dress. I would give him no prizes for this particular portrait but the printing on the bottom of this cabinet card indicates that Rohde had been a winner of awards for some of his other  photographs. One of the displayed awards was received in 1888, and the other award was from the Photographers Association of America. The reverse of the photograph has an inscription which states “To Gini” and lists the subjects name as “Dagmar” and her age as fifteen years and eight months. Anton Rohde was once partners in a photography firm called Rohde & Schutz which was located at the same address that produced this photograph. He also was once  located at 88 West Ohio Street. He is listed in the 1892 and 1900 Chicago business directories. Research located his obituary which indicates that he died in 1917 at the age of fifty-five. He was survived by his wife, Augusta Rohde.

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