PORTRAIT OF THE THE FOUR COOLEST BOYS IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON

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The boys were out on the town and decided to go to Mr Lindahl’s studio on Tacoma Avenue to have their portrait taken. They were very close friends and wanted to have a record of their comradery. Maybe that is exactly how these four boys ended up in the photographers studio the day that this image was taken. The young men in this picture look like they knew how to have fun. In fact, they seem to have enjoyed posing for their photograph. The boys are well dressed and exude an air of excitement and mischievousness. The photograph measures about 5″ x 7″.

 

Published in: on March 31, 2015 at 1:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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SASSY LITTLE GIRL WEARING A WHITE BONNET (1904 VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

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The adorable little girl featured in this vintage photograph has an abundance of attitude. Her posture, positioning, facial expression, and her hand on her hip all indicate that this is one sassy child. She is beautifully dressed and is wearing a terrific bonnet. An inscription on the reverse of the image indicates that the portrait was taken in 1904. Although this photograph is about the size of a cabinet card, it has a paper mat.

Published in: on March 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  

BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN A PRETTY WHITE DRESS (VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

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This vintage photograph features a beautiful young woman wearing a pretty dress. The woman has a terrific smile. She is wearing a necklace and a hair bow. This photograph measures 3″ x 6″ and has no identifying information.

Published in: on March 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  

PORTRAIT OF AFFECTIONATE BUDDIES IN ASHLAND, WISCONSIN

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This terrific vintage photograph exudes warmth and friendship. These guys look like buddies. They seem to be quite happy to have an opportunity to have their friendship preserved in a photograph. During the cabinet card era men were more comfortable with physical displays of affection between them. At least it appears that way after viewing many cabinet card portraits of pairs and groups of young men. The young men in this portrait appear quite self-confident and charismatic. The photographer that produced this image is either Carl or Christian (Christopher) Raven (1854-?). Both men are listed as photographers in Ashland County, Wisconsin. According to one source, Carl operated a studio between 1905 and 1906 while Christian worked as a photographer between 1897 and 1908. Christian was born in Germany, immigrated to the United States in 1867 and was married to Lizzie Raven. Whichever Mr. Raven took this photograph, he certainly had an eye for creating a spirited image.

Published in: on March 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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PORTRAIT OF A COUPLE IN COLDWATER (BETTER THAN HOTWATER), MICHIGAN

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A well dressed couple pose for their portrait at the Osborn studio in Coldwater, Michigan. Interestingly, this is the second cabinet card gallery photograph to originate from a Coldwater photographer’s studio. This lovely couple assumes the popular at the time pose of the man sitting and woman standing. The subjects also assume the standard “no smile” expression. Note the woman’s large bow and corset assisted figure. Also worth noting is the man’s mustache, pocket watch chain and bow tie. He is also wearing a pin on his vest. Clarence R. Osborn (1865-1950) was a photographer in Coldwater from 1890 through 1935. He was born in Steuben County, Indiana and died in Branch County, Michigan. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater.

Published in: on March 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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POSSIBLE MEMORIAL PORTRAIT OF A MAN IN KEWAUNEE, WISCONSIN

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This cabinet card is unusual in that the portrait of the subject (man) is placed over a drawing of a stark winter scene. It is likely that the gentleman’s portrait is framed in this manner because the cabinet card is meant to be a memorial or mourning photograph. I have never seen a cabinet card with this type of border design. The photographer of this image is the Mutzbauer studio in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. The Mutzbauer studio was located in Kewaunee between 1887 and 1896. It later operated in Milwaukee, and it appears to have closed in 1928. The studio was started by Joseph Mutzbauer (1856-1915). He had two children that went into his business, Joseph L. Mutzbauer (1884-1965) and Louise Mutzbauer Macosta (1880-?).

Published in: on March 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH HYPNOTIZING EYES IN CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

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This cabinet card portrait features a young girl, attractively dressed posing for her photograph at the Garns & Company studio in Camden, New Jersey. She is wearing beautiful lace and a ring. Most notable are her hypnotizing eyes. She gives the appearance of having a lot of knowledge despite her youth. The girl’s name is inscribed on the reverse of the photograph. The inscription states “Helen Mae Jones, Marlton, New Jersey”. The photographer of this terrific portrait was Henry D. Garns. He began his photography career around 1860. After four years of being a photographer in the US Navy and operating Philadelphia studios, he became partners with Herman Henrici who also worked as a hat dealer (1874-1876). Garns then joined H. L. Wardle in a photography gallery partnership from 1877 through 1890. They opened the studio that produced this photograph in 1889.

Published in: on March 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN ST. FIDEN, SWITZERLAND (PHOTOGRAPHER: TAESCHLER BROTHERS)

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This cabinet card portrait features a pretty long haired woman flashing a nice smile. An early seventies song espoused that if you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear flowers in your hair. The subject of this photograph was not in San Francisco but instead in either St. Fiden or St. Gallen, Switzerland at Taeschler Brothers studio. The Taeschler’s were a family of photographers that dominated the photography business in their region for more than 60 years. The photographers spanned at least three generations. The founder of the firm was Johann Baptist Taeschler (1805-1866) and he began working with daguerreotypes during the most early days of photography. The firm won medals from around the world illustrated by the list printed  on the reverse of the cabinet card.

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Published in: on March 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE COUPLE ON THE CHEAPSIDE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

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An attractive well dressed couple pose for their portrait at the studio of Wicksteed and Palmer in London, England. The man and woman in this photograph were on the cheapside. Actually, the couple’s photographer’s studio was located on the cheapside which is the name of a street in the city of London. The name Cheapside is derived from the term “marketplace”. Charles Benjamin Wicksteed (1863-1935) and Edward John Palmer were partners in the studio which produced this image. The studio was located at the Cheapside address from 1899 through 1933. Wicksteed also worked as a wood engraver.

Published in: on March 23, 2015 at 5:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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DAPPER EIGHT YEAR-OLD AUGUSTUS DAVIES IN POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK (PHOTOGRAPHED BY G. W. PACH)

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This cabinet card portrait features an eight year-old boy named Augustus Davies. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph provides his name and age. The young boy is well dressed and well groomed and exudes an air of confidence. The photograph comes from the studio of G. W. Pach in Poughkeepsie, New York. At the time of this photograph, Pach also had studios in New York City, West Point, and in Long Branch (New Jersey) and Ocean Grove (New Jersey). Pach is a celebrated name in Cabinet Card era photography. Pach Brothers was a famous New York City photographic studio located on Broadway and many celebrities had their photographs made at that location. The founder of the studio was Gustavus Pach who died in 1904. His two brothers, who were his partners, were Oscar (predeceased Gustavus) and Gotthelf. The studio was so successful that it opened branches in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To view other photographs by G. W. Pach and Pach Brothers studios, click on the category “Photographer: Pach Brothers”. The child in this portrait grew up to become an established painter and craftsman. He was born in Poughkeepsie in 1867 and died in 1951 in Almeda, California. The 1900 US census found Augustus living in Poughkeepsie with his 72 year-old mother, Fran Davies and two servants. His occupation was listed as “painter”. The 1910 US census revealed that Augustus still lived in Poughkeepsie with his mother but that he had added a 35 year-old wife (May Elton Morrow) and a two year-old son (Elton Davies). He had jettisoned the two servants and had hired a cook. This time his occupation was listed as “artist”. Davies studied art at the ASL (Art Students League) of New York City. In 1910 he settled in Pasadena, California and established a studio. He also worked as a school administrator. His artistic specialty was religious paintings.

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