This cabinet card features a handsome and distinguished gentleman posing for his portrait at the Mundy studio in Utica, New York. The gentleman is well dressed and has a neat mustache and muttonchops. The Photographic Times (1887) has a tribute to L. C. Mundy. “Mr Mundy was a self-made man, and a striking example of what aim, firmness of will, and a steady purpose can accomplish.” The writer continues to state that at age eighy, Mundy was left alone in the world, and from that time on, he provided for himself. As an apprentice, he never needed to be told what to do. Instead, “he saw, and he did”. Mundy went from an apprenticeship to eventually become one of the most respected photographers in central New York. Mundy is also known for having employed journalist and author, Harold Frederic (1856-1898).
This cute little girl poses for her portrait in the studio of Holman, located in Warren, Ohio. She appears to be sitting on one of her feet as she peers into the camera with a dubious expression. She is wearing bows in her hair for her big day at the photographer. The reverse of the card indicates that the subjects name is Hazel Daugherty. Research indicates that the photographer is Charles E. Holman (1847-1915 or 1919). He was born in Massachusetts and shortly after the civil war, studied photography with his brother-in-law Luther M. Rice in Warren, Ohio. He moved to Utica, New York where he worked in a shoe factory until returning to Ohio and his employment with his brother-in-law in 1875. In1879, he bought the studio from Rice and ran the studio until about 1900.
This very fashionable woman is looking her best for her day at the photographer (W. P. Wright) in Utica, New York. She is wearing a dark dress with an interesting design coming off her shoulders. She is also wearing a collar pin as well as a wedding band. Her undergarments give her the hour glass shape that was popular during the turn of the century.