Sophie Eyre (1853?-1892) was a moderately successful stage actress. She was successful enough for the New York Times to publish a detailed obituary upon her death from heart disease while traveling in Naples, Italy. Eyre was born in Tipperary, Ireland. She married an English Army officer and went on the stage after his death. In 1884 she took the place of Rose Coghlan in the company at Wallach’s Theatre. In 1885 she appeared in New York in a “feeble and speedily forgotten” piece called “In His Power”. The debut was unfortunate “for the part was bad and the play was worse”. The debut was further spoiled by the “extraordinary stupidity of her maid” who followed her mistress on the stage bearing the train of her gown wrapped in a sheet”. Other New York appearances included “Valerie”, “Diplomacy” (by David Belasco), “She Loved Him”, “Home”, “Central Park: or the House with Two Doors”, and “The Palace of Truth”. During her stay in the United States, she was the subject of much gossip in the newspapers. This cabinet card was produced by Falk, a well-know celebrity photographer in New York City. Additional Cabinet Card Gallery photographs by Falk can be seen by clicking on the category “Photographer: Falk”.
A distinguished looking and well dressed gentleman poses for his portrait in the studio of A. K. P. Trask at 1210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The gentleman is dressed quite fashionably; wearing a bowler hat, a tweed overcoat, and holding a cane. The photographer, Trask, attended the 1871 convention of the National Photographic Association and the Philadelphia Inquirer (1872) reported that the pictures produced by Trask were “bewitchingly beautiful”.
This portrait of two sisters is by Edward Dare of Medford, Wisconsin. The reverse of the card has the following inscription. “This is my only sister. She was 3 years old this 1st of February last.” The inscription is signed “Caroline to Grace”. The sisters in this photograph have beautiful angelic faces.
This photograph is a portrait of a uniformed fireman. The photograph is by L. V. Newell & Co. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Research discloses that Newell began his work as a photographer in Concord, New Hampshire in 1856. Six months later he moved to Portsmouth. He was one of 13 children of a prominent farmer. Newell is mentioned in his role as an event photographer, in an 1893 publication of the Grand Army of the Republic (Portsmouth Chapter). The cabinet card gallery has two other portraits of Portsmouth, New Hampshire firemen which can be viewed by clicking on the category “Firemen and Policemen”.
This family portrait cabinet card was photographed by E. C. Pratt of Pratts Studio in Batavia, Illinois. It is difficult to determine the family constellation in this image. Perhaps the photograph includes a young adult woman, her mother, and her grandparents. Note the women’s dresses; they are quite varied and pretty.
This cabinet card is a portrait of a formally dressed young man who appears to be of Asian descent. The gentleman may be a visitor to the West; or he may be an immigrant to, or resident of the country where he was photographed. The man is handsome and dressed like a man of means. The photographic studio is A & G Taylor, one of several British studios that claim to be “Photographers to the Queen”. Andrew and George Taylor owned the largest Victorian Photography firms in the United Kingdom. The company was started in London in the 1860’s. This particular photograph was taken after 1886 (determined by the back stamp logo); and at that time, the firm had branches in 36 United Kingdom cities, and in 6 cities in the United States.