This cabinet card portrait captures two siblings posing for their portrait at the New York Art Gallery, in Davenport, Iowa. The photographer is M. M. Ormsby. Note the children’s hats. Big sister’s straw hat is next to her and it features a ring of daisies. Little brother is holding his hat and looks very cute in his bow tie. Both are dressed up in their finest for their day at the photographer’s studio.
This cabinet card photograph features a very fashionable young boy, posing at the studio of Karl Pietzner in Wien (Vienna), capitol of the Austro Hungarian Empire. The young boy is wearing a sailor type blouse, boots, a straw hat, and holding a stick. Pietzner (1853-1927) was born in Prussia and is known to have worked as a photographer from 1877 until 1924 and he worked throughout Europe. At the time that this cabinet card was photographed, he had studios in Wien, Carlsbad, Brunn, Eger, Teplitz, Aussig, and Olmutz. The New York Times (1899) printed an article about his photographic research work in the production of reliefs. He invented a process he named “plastophotography”. He was a photographer for the Royal family in Austria. He did portraits of Franz Joseph. Pietzner was certainly a celebrated photographer and this cabinet card is a great example of his work.
Mr E. H. Chapman posed for this cabinet card photograph at the studio of J. S. Wooley in Ballston, New York. He inscribed the back of this card indicating that he turned 67 years old on September 17th, 1895. He gave the card to an unidentified person, to mark the occassion. Mr Chapman’s eyes show a certain wisdom that only comes with age. His pipe and straw hat add much character to the image of this older gentleman. Ballston, NY is in Saratoga County, and north of Schenectady. Research reveals that Edw H Chapman was President of the Ballston town board in 1856 and was involved in the manufacture of woolen goods and in 1867 had a business manufacturing bricks. Research also reveals that the photographer of this cabinet card is Jesse Sumner Wooley (1867-1943). At age 13 he worked for a photographer in Saratoga and in 1887 he opened his own photographic studio in Ballston Spa. He became a noted photographer as a result of his taking expeditions and chronicling them in the form of lantern slide/stereoptic lectures. In 1893 he and noted landscape photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard took a photographic expedition exploring the Adirondacks and they prepared a photographic lecture about this trip. Wooley also took similar expeditions to Florida (preparing a photographic historical presentation), the Chicago Exposition (Worlds Fair), New York City (100th anniversary of George Washington’s inaugaration), and to California (Yellowstone National Park). The Florida stereoptic lecture is one of the few professional lantern slide/stereoptic lectures that survive today.
A serious looking boy poses for his cabinet card photograph with his bicycle. He is wearing a straw hat, colorful bow tie and appears to have a handkerchief in his shirt pocket. The youth is holding up his bicycle as photographer George J Schaefer of the Sunbeam Gallery takes his portrait.