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-?).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two cute young girls pose for a portrait capturing their participation in a religious ceremony in Reading, Pennsylvania. Note the crucifix and other religious objects in the photograph. The girls are well dressed and adorable. The photographer of this cabinet card portrait, John D. Strunk, was quite prolific and talented. To view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Strunk”.
A pretty and fashionable young woman poses for her portrait at A. V. Brown’s studio in Springfield, Massachusetts. His operating address was 380 Main Street. The unidentified subject in this photograph is wearing a fancy dress and good deal of jewelry. Take note that she is holding a cylindrical case by a handle. I have not seen such a case before and I can not determine what it holds. My first guess was that it is supposed to hold a fan but it seems too large for such a purpose. Hopefully, a visitor to the cabinet card gallery will be able to explain exactly what this case was used for. Speculation is also welcome, so feel free to comment. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Brown (A.V.)”.
A very good looking man is the subject of this portrait from the Hile studio in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. This gentleman is perfectly coiffed and ready for a photo shoot with “Gentleman’s Quarterly”. Note his pretty and sizable bow tie and the gold chain of his watch visible at the bottom of the image. I wonder if this photograph is a wedding portrait? The photographer of this image, William Hile (1838-1922) operated his studio out of his home at 114 East Pittsburgh Street. His daughter Lilli was also a photographer at the studio. William Hile was married to Lucinda Reamer Hile (1841-1918) and the couple had four children. Today’s Greensburg is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. During the cabinet card era, Greensburg was a railroad stop and a vibrant center of the local mining industry. William Hile is buried at the St. Clair Cemetery in Greensburg (view his grave marker below)
The subject of this vintage photographic portrait is Olin B. Clark (1900-1939) and he was photographed by A. G. Churchley of Portland, Oregon. Young Olin looks a bit intimidated by his photo shoot. He also looks very cute in his sailor type outfit. The 1910 US census finds young Olin living with his parents in Portland. His father, William C. Clark worked as a trolley conductor while his mother (Louisa F. Clark) was a homemaker. The 1920 US census revealed that Olin worked as an airplane mechanic in Portland where he lived as a boarder.