This cabinet card photograph, by the Evans and Balsinger studio, does an excellent job of capturing the love between two adorable sisters. The older sister has an expression of apprehension. She does not seem to be thrilled about having her picture taken. The previous owner of this image asserted that the two subjects in this image are of Hispanic origin. That appears to be just a guess on his part although these girls do appear to be “ethnic”. The Pallet seen next to Evans and Balsiger’s name indicates that the photograph was produced in 1890. Advertising on the reverse of the cabinet card indicates that their studio was located on the Tompkin’s Block in Centralia, Illinois.
A fashionable couple poses for their portrait at the Sharp studio in Rensselaer, Indiana. It is possible that this image is a wedding portrait. Joseph A. Sharp (1846-1903) was born in Frankfurt, Kentucky. He married Martha (Mattie) Stively (1849-1936) in 1874. Sharp’s obituary appears in the Semi Weekly Rensselaer Republican. The article states that Sharp began his photography career at age 21 while living in Ballfontaine, Ohio. He later lived in Kenton, Ohio and moved to Rensselaer in 1877. He worked about a year as a travelling photographer but the rest of his career he operated a studio in Rensselaer. The obituary asserts that one of the reasons he chose photography as a career was because at a young age he developed a hip disease which left him lame and unable to pursue a more active occupation. Sharp is buried in the Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer. Look below to see a photographic portrait of Joseph Sharp as well as an image of the tombstone he and his wife share.
A dressed up little boy holding a horn instrument poses for his portrait in Port Jervis, New York. I am unsure if his horn is a toy or a real musical instrument. Hopefully a musically inclined visitor to this site will leave a comment about the instrument. Note the child’s high shoes and bow tie. The photograph is a product of the Allerton studio. William H. Allerton operated his studio in Port Jervis during the 1880′s. During at least some of that time, he also ran a combined refreshment pavilion and photography studio in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania.
Three adorable kids wearing doilies (just kidding) around their neck pose for their portrait at the Williams & Norton studio in San Francisco. The studio was located at 914 Market Street. The child in the middle is holding a walking stick with a string. All three kids are sitting on a pile of hay. It is likely that the children are siblings. W. I. Williams was partners with Norton between 1885 and 1886.
The gentleman in this cabinet card portrait, like the lyrics of the well known Beatles song, seems to me to be saying, “I am the walrus.”. The well dressed bald man posed at Bliss Brother’s studio in Buffalo, New York. The studio was located at 368 Main Street (at the corner of Eagle).To learn more about photographers Harry and Frank Bliss and to view more of their photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Bliss Brothers”.
Two blacksmiths and a well dressed man and his horse pose at the doorway of a blacksmith shop or stable. Stenciled on the door next to where the blacksmiths are standing, is the word “GRAPE”. One has to wonder whether “Grape” is the name of the horse. The photograph was purchased in the town of Brocton, New York. However, it is unknown whether this image was photographed in the Brocton area. The photograph measures 6″ x 6 3/4″. This is a terrific photograph of days gone by and is in very good condition.
Henry Kleilie sits for his portrait at Hoefle’s Studio in Brooklyn, New York. He doesn’t seem to be having a very good day judging by the prominent scowl seen on his face. He is well dressed and is sitting on a wicker chair. Research yielded no information about Mr. Kleilie and it is possible that I am not deciphering his name correctly from the handwriting on the reverse of the photograph. It is also possible that that the inscriber misspelled the subject’s name. I have provided a scan of the inscription which can be seen above. The Photographic Times (1904) reported the death of Mr. G. Hoefle, the photographer of this cabinet card. Hoefle died in late 1903 of “paralysis of the heart” at sixty years of age.
This cabinet card features English actress Ada Cavendish (1839-1895). She was noted for her performances in Shakespeare plays and for popularizing the plays of Wilkie Collins in America. Cavendish made her stage debut in 1863. She began her career doing musical burlesques. As she progressed professionally she played a number of heroine roles in the works of Shakespeare. There are many references to Cavendish in the theatrical literature of her era. Gentlemen’s Magazine and Historical Review (1872) provides the following description of Miss Cavendish. She looks like a lady and walks and dresses like one.Some of the clever actresses now on stage dress, walk,and talk like shop girls”. Celebrated photographer Napoleon Sarony produced this image. Cavendish may be dressed for a role in this portrait. Note her fancy clothing and “big” jewelry. To view other photographs by Sarony, click on the category “Photographer: Sarony”.
Three young and adorable sisters pose for their portrait at Pomranz’s Art Studio in Newark, New Jersey. Two of the girls have long hair and all three of them are wearing large hair bows. The two older girls are holding flowers. Isadore Pomranz was listed by the US Census as being a photographer in Newark during 1910, 1920, and 1930.