THREE YOUNG ADULTS HAVING FUN IN BUTLER, PA

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This cabinet card portrait features two young women and a young man posing together at the Zuver studio in Butler, Pennsylvania. The three subjects appear to be friends judging by the amount of affection seen in the photograph. One woman is leaning into the other and the young man has his arm placed behind the pretty woman in the center. The three subjects also appear to be having fun as can be ascertained from the smiles on their faces. All three subjects are wearing terrific hats. Lewis W. Zuver was active in the photography business from the late nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. A help wanted ad for his studio appeared in  the Bulletin of Photography (1921). His brother, Leonard Zuver operated a studio in Tionesta, Pennsylvania. His sister, Mary Zuver West ran a photography studio in Bradford, Pennsylvania and specialized in portraits of women and children.

 

Published in: on October 8, 2014 at 8:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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TOUCHING PORTRAIT OF A GRANDFATHER WITH HIS GRANDDAUGHTER ON HIS KNEE IN COLUMBIA, PENNSYLVANIA

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This cabinet card portrait features what is almost certainly a grandfather sitting with his young granddaughter on his knee. Grandpa looks quite proud and his little granddaughter looks very comfortable on her perch. This photograph likely served as an emotional keepsake for either the grandfather or the granddaughter for the remainder of their lives. The photographer of this image is William Bailey who operated a studio in Columbia, Pennsylvania. To view more photographs by this photographer and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Bailey”.

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Published in: on April 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL AND HER DOLL IN ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

LENHART FAn adorable little girl poses for her portrait at Lenhart’s Studio in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is wearing a cute bonnet and is clutching her prized doll. A look at her eyes reveals that she is taking in the entire scene around her. She is sitting on a large cushion on what appears to be a wicker chair. To view other images by Thomas Lenhart and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Lenhart”.

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Published in: on March 19, 2014 at 4:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A LADY AND HER VIOLIN IN ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (PORTRAIT BY THE ARTIST ARLINGTON NELSON LINDENMUTH)

A woman poses for her portrait at the Lindenmuth Studio in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She likely viewed her self as foremost, a musician. She chose to pose herself, or approved the photographers instructions, to pose sitting and holding her violin and bow. The photographer, Arlington Nelson Lindenmuth (1856-1950) is a noted American landscape and portrait painter. He worked in Allentown which is located in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Baum Circle which was a group of artists who were influenced by the work of Pennsylvania impressionist painter Walter Emerson Baum. Lindenmuth studied painting under Peter Alfred Gross and also in Europe. His paintings were exhibited in Philadelphia and New York City. He also painted a number of murals which still can be seen in a number of Allentown’s buildings. Lindenmuth is also known as one of the pioneer photographers in the Lehigh Valley. He operated a photography studio in Allentown for a number of decades. Interestingly, in addition to running a photography business, Lindenmuth taught art from his photography studio. In 1882 he worked for the Eastman Kodak Company as a traveling salesman. He was a great advocate of art appreciation. He was a proponent for the Allentown Art Museum. One of his sons, Raphael Tod Lindenmuth, had much success as an artist. Below is an example of a painting by Arlington Nelson Lindenmuth. To view other photographs by Lindenmuth, click on the category “Photographer: Lindenmuth”.

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CUTE AND ALERT BABY IN ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

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This cabinet card portrait features an adorable baby wearing a long gown. The baby is perfectly posed. This is one of the most alert babies that I’ve ever seen photographed on a cabinet card. The image has great clarity. The talented photographer who produced this photograph is F. N. Warmkessel. He operated as a photographer in Allentown in the 1880’s and 1890’s.

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Published in: on February 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THE MOST STYLISH BOY IN BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA

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This cabinet card features a young boy dressed in his finest clothing. He is wearing a suit, large bow tie, and a boutonniere. Note his terrific hat. This photograph was produced by the Criley & Wagner studio in Butler, Pennsylvania.

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Published in: on February 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THE “MURRAY SISTERS” BEING ADORABLE IN YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

MURRAY SISTERSThe “Murray Sisters” assume an adorable pose at the Shadle & Busser studio in York, Pennsylvania. The girls appear to be entertainers, likely singers, dancers, or a combination of both. The sisters were probably teenagers at the time of this portrait. Research yielded no identifying information about these photogenic girls. A casual review of theater periodicals (1908-1913) uncovered  an act called the “Murray Sisters” but it is not certain that they are one and the same as the girls in this image. This act toured the country and the sisters were described as operatic singers. The oldest sister was named Marion and the youngest was named Vic or Victoria. To learn about the Shadle & Busser studio and to view other photographs from their studio, click on the category “Photographer: Shadle & Busser”.

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Published in: on January 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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TOUCHING PHOTOGRAPH OF TWO WOMEN IN JEANNETTE, PENNSYLVANIA

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The Thomas B. Cowan studio captured these two wasp waisted women in a touching pose.The thin waists possessed by these two women didn’t come from spending hours at the gym and at palates classes. Tight fitting corsets are the likely causes of their remarkable figures. The young ladies have a family resemblance and it is quite possible that they are sisters. Thomas B. Cowan operated his studio in Jennette, Pensylvania.

Published in: on December 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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RIVERSIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT FIREMAN PORTRAIT FROM STUDIO IN READING, PENNSYLVANIA

riversideThis photograph captures a  Riverside Fire Department member in his dress uniform. The photographer is John D. Strunk and his studio operated in Reading, Pennsylvania. To view other photographs by Strunk, click on the cabinet card gallery category “Photographer: Strunk”. To view other portraits of firemen, click on the category “Firemen and Policemen”.The fireman seen in this portrait wears a cap with an insignia stating “Riverside” and “11”. He is also wearing special fire department buttons on his jacket. He sports a handsome mustache.

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CUTE LITTLE GIRL IN BRADFORD, PENNSYLVANIA

bradfordgirl_0001An adorable little girl (possibly a boy) poses for her (his)  portrait at the West studio in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Published in: on October 28, 2013 at 11:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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