PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN LOVES LIFE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

lovelifefThe young woman in this cabinet card photograph is very pretty. However, what makes this portrait very special is this woman’s wonderful expression. She has a beautiful smile and a gleam in her eyes. She looks like she loves life. She also appears to love jewelry as she is wearing two bracelets and a ring. The photographer who produced this image is Benoit Bloch. He operated a studio at 179 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, New York and according to city directories and newspaper advertisements, he conducted business in the 1870’s, 1880’s, and 1890’s.

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  1. I love this site! Thank you for hosting it. Given the time period, this woman’s look of satisfaction, almost a smile, sets it apart from most others where the expressions are so somber.
    I’m in search of a cabinet card of a woman named Irene A. V. House who I know was photographed by Nicholas Sarony in New York City between 1870 and 1875 as she mentioned it in a letter. She was a beautiful blonde and well known in the city even though she wasn’t in the theater. It was said that men would go to a popular Park Row restaurant just to get a glimpse of Irene. I’d love to know what she looked like.

    • Good luck in your search for the Sarony portrait of Irene House. I will be on the lookout for her photograph. This will be a tough find but part of the fun of collecting is the challenge and the adventure of the search.

  2. Thanks so much for keeping Irene House in your awareness. I have a sketch made from the photograph that appeared in the newspaper, but not the photo itself! It’s a long-shot but I feel that she’ll turn up.


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