SALVATION ARMY BAND IN EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

Eureka! This cabinet card is an addition to the rapidly expanding Salvation Army category of the Cabinet Card Gallery. This image is of a three member musical group and three of their musical instruments. The instruments include a portable organ, a guitar and what appears to be, a banjo or another type of string instrument. The band members are in their Salvation Army Uniforms. One gentleman is wearing a badge on the front of his jacket and the second gentleman has a “S” pin on the collar of his jacket. The woman in the band appears to be wearing a badge over the top button of her blouse. The photographer is Spencer McCollister of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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AN AMERICAN WOMAN AND HER BRITISH SISTER FEUD IN JACKSONVILLE, ILLINOIS

This Cabinet Card photograph captures two angry sisters posing at McKinnon’s Portraits, in Jacksonville, Illinois. These sisters do not seem happy; in fact, the sister with the darker dress is displaying quite a scowl. Writing on the reverse of the card indicates that the women are sisters. Their names are  Mrs Annie Knight of London, England, and Mrs Agnes Jackson of Jacksonville, Illinois. Perhaps the woman are in conflict, or are just having an aggravating experience at the photographic studio. The women are beautifully dressed for the taking of the photograph and wearing flowers to enhance their appearance.

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MUTTON CHOPS IN NEWBURGH, NEW YORK

A gentleman with mutton chop  sideburns,  poses for his photograph at the studio of L. Karmel in Newburgh, New York.

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FATHER AND MOTHER WITH THEIR FEET ON THE GROUND, BABY FLOATING IN MIDAIR IN RECKLINGHAUSEN, GERMANY

This Cabinet Card is a somewhat bizarre image. Dad and mom are posing with their infant who looks so small in her oversized dress. Mom is holding the baby in a position that makes the baby appear to be floating in midair. The infant is also in a position that makes the image appear as if the mother is a ventriloquist and the baby is her mannequin or puppet. The photograph was produced by Victoria, in Recklinghausen, Germany.

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ANNABELLE MOORE: STAGE AND EARLY FILM DANCER

Annabelle Moore (1878-1961) was born Annabella Whitford in Chicago, Illinois. In 1910 she married Edward James Buchan and they remained married until his death in 1958. She appeared in at least nine films beween 1894 and 1897.  Film companies included Edison and Biograph. The films were dance films and included “A Mermaid Dance”, “Butterfly Dance” and “Serpentine Dance”. These films can be seen on “You Tube”. Annabelle starred as the Gibson Bathing Girl in the first of  the Ziegfeld Follies (1907). She remained as part of the Ziegfeld Follies company until her marriage and retirement in 1912. The cabinet card is stamped on the reverse with the following words; “This No. 46 is the property of the American Lithographic Company” of New York.

YOUNGER THAN SHE LOOKS IN EMPORIA, KANSAS

This cabinet card present a young girl dressed in adult fashions for a “photo shoot” at the Page Studio, in Emporia, Kansas. She certainly displays a serious and mature appearance, and likely looks older than her chronological age. Since the reverse of the card does not indicate in which state the Emporia based studio is located; it is possible that the location of the studio was actually in another Emporia, such as Emporia, Virginia. However,  Kansas is the most likely candidate.

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“DA VINCI CODE” CABINET CARD: KNIGHTS OF THE TEMPLAR MAN IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card is an image of a gentleman dressed in his fraternal organization uniform. He has badges on his sash as well as on his jacket. Two of the badges have words on them that can be deciphered. The lower badge on his sash states “In Hoc Signo Vinces” which is the latin rendering of the Greek phrase, “with this as your standard you shall have victory”. This motto has been used on many coat of arms and banners including those belonging to families, cities, regiments, sport teams, and even pall mall cigarettes. More relevant to this photograph, the motto appears on the “Knight Templar Cross” in the York Rite branch of free masonry.  The second readable badge is the one located below the gentleman’s left shoulder. The badge states the name “Hugues De Payens”. Hugues De Payens (1070-1136) was a frankish knight who was the cofounder and first Grandmaster of the Knights Templar. This cabinet card conjures up thoughts of the “Da Vinci Code”. The photographer of this cabinet card is Conly of Boston, Massachusetts. Charles F. Conly went looking for a job at age 20 and found a help wanted sign in the window of famed Boston photographer, Warren (see category Photographers: Warren). Ten years later he succeeded Warren as the proprietor of the studio. He had a meteoric rise from office boy to entrepreneur. At the beginning of his career he spent some time in the theatrical profession and he thus became the favorite photographer of Boston’s theatrical performers. Conly’s obituary appears in the 1893 edition of Anthony’s Photographic Bulletin. Interestingly, the article states that Conly was a prominent secret society man and that delegations from the Elks, Odd Fellows and the Royal Arcanum and Columbian Lodge of Masons were represented at his funeral. To view other photographs by Conly, click on the category “Photographer: Conly”.

ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL HOLDING A DOLL IN EASTERN EUROPE

A very cute little girl and her beautiful doll pose for this cabinet card photograph at the studio of J. Weinberg. The studio appears to be located in an Eastern European country. The identity of the country is elusive due to translation difficulties.

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PRETTY GIRL STANDING BY A WINDOW IN LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS (1882)

This cabinet card captures a pretty girl posing by a window in the studio of W. M. Wires, in Lynn, Massachusetts. The young woman has relatively short hair for the era, and she is dressed quite fashionably. The photograph was taken in 1882.

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A HUNTER AND HIS GUN AND HIS DOG IN INDIA

This cabinet card features a hunter and his gun and his dog. The young man is dressed for he hunt with his high boots and his wide brim hat. His dog is lying down and looks to be awaiting his master’s command. The photographer is John Blees, who is the author of the book, “Photography in Hindustan: or Reminiscences of a Traveling Photographer (Bombay, 1877).

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