I’M YOUR CAPTAIN, I’M YOUR CAPTAIN, NAVAL OFFICER IN PORTSMOUTH, GREAT BRITAIN

A naval captain sits for his portrait at the studio of W. V. Amey in Portsmouth, Great Britain. I am uncertain about his rank. Perhaps a visitor to this page can provide helpful information to determine his rank and country of origin. Portsmouth was a significant naval port for centuries, including at the time of this photograph. The photographer advertises that his studio was patronized by the late Majesty Queen Victoria which confirms that the photograph was taken after 1901; the year of her death.

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THREE SISTERS AND THEIR TOYS IN MUNICH, BAVARIA

This cabinet card features three sisters at play. The youngest is holding a stuffed horse, while the other two sisters are holding a doll and a book. On the floor stands another doll. The photographer was Alfred Schmidt of the Apollo Studio in Munich, Bavaria. Schmidt did an excellent job of capturing the girls in a quite natural pose of play.

Published in: on June 29, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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MAN AND TWO WOMEN POSE ON BOARD SHIP IN BLACKPOOL, GREAT BRITAIN

This cabinet card of a man and two women posing aboard a ship, was photographed by D. Mitchell of Blackpool, Great Britain. The photographer, whose studio was located near a pier in the seaside city of Blackpool, utilized a relevant nautical theme. The backdrop is fantastic and the hanging rope held by the gentleman, and the ropes in front of the ladies, are a “great touch”. This is one of the finest uses of background scenery and props that can be found in the entire cabinet card gallery. The South Pier was originally named the Victoria Pier. The pier opened in 1893 and served  vacation travelers to Blackpool. The subjects of this cabinet card image are likely tourists on holiday.

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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FASHIONABLE FAMILY FINDS HUMOR IN LEYTONSTONE, GREAT BRITAIN

A very fashionable family poses for their portrait in the studio of Chas. E. Webber in Leytonstone, Great Britain. Father and daughter seem to be on the same wave length; they appear to find something funnay and to be holding back their laughter. Leytonstone is an area east of London and part of the Borough of Waltham Forest.

Published in: on June 27, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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A WOMAN AND A BONNET IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A young woman poses wearing her bonnet at the studio of Holgenson, in Chicago, Illinois. The photograph raises the question of whether the bonnet is simply meant to be fashionable, or does the bonnet indicate that she is a member of a certain ethnic or religious groups. Please leave a comment with any hypotheses about this question.

Published in: on June 26, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (2)  
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BAD HAIR DAY IN WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON

She woke up in the morning and looked in the mirror. “Oh no”, she exclaimed! “I’m supposed to go down to Winchester and Bardo’s studio for a cabinet card portrait and I am having the worst hair day of my life”. Always a quick thinker, she took her shawl out of her bedroom chest of drawers, and placed it strategically over her head, covering most of her wild locks of hair.  She looked in the mirror, exited the front door, and with some apprehension, walked to the photography studio on First Street, in Walla Walla.  On the way to the photographer, she was approached by an inquisitive out of town visitor who asked her why the town was called Walla Walla.  She explained to the visitor that proud Walla Walla residents like to say that their town was so nice, that they named it twice.  She added that if the truth be told, Walla Walla is a Native American expression for “place of many waters”.

Published in: on June 25, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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HERE COMES THE BRIDE IN STILLWATER, MINNESOTA

A bride and groom pose for their wedding photograph at the studio of  J. M. Kuhn in Stillwater, Minnesota. The groom looks as if he is in a state of shock on this momentous day. Perhaps he’s experiencing “cold feet syndrome”. His bride seems a bit happier and is wearing a very  flowery veil. John M. Kuhn (1855-1910) operated photography studios in Stillwater between 1882 and 1897. Afterwards, he owned a studio in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At times, he was partners with his brother Louis Kuhn. Research reveals that John Kuhn took official photographs of guards and wardens at the Stillwater State Prison.

Published in: on June 24, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN AND HIS LOVELY WIFE IN STEUBENVILLE, OHIO

An older couple poses for their portrait in the studio of Filson an Sons in Steubenville, Ohio. The senior partner in the Filson studio was Davison Filson (1829-1899). He was a plain and ornamental painter and photographer. He was born in Pennsylvania and was of Irish descent. He settled in Steubenville in 1851. He worked as a master painter and bookseller before taking up photography in about 1863. In 1867 and in 1881, he made visits to the Far West where he did much outdoor photography. He was renowned locally for an exhibit he presented which was a montage of portraits of 12,223 deceased local residents and distinguished visitors (1897). Filson’s son was Charles P. Filson (1860-?). He was a sculptor, photographer and a portrait, landscape, and still life artist. He used crayon, ink, watercolor, and oils. He joined his father’s studio as a photographer in about 1879. He moved to La Jolla, California in 1937. Among his better known portrait subjects were civil war notables, Edward Stanton and Colonel George McCook. Daavison Filter also had a daughter that was a noted artist. Anna Filson (1857-?) was an artist active in Steubenville. To view other photographs by Filson, click on the category “Photographer: Filson”.

PLAIDS, RUFFLES, AND BOWS: FOUR VERY CUTE KIDS

This photographic portrait captures four very cute kids dressed in adorable clothing. Plaids, ruffles and bows abound. The image is crystal clear. The photographer is O. E. Flaten who at the time of the photograph, had studios in Moorehead and Halstad, Minnesota; as well as in Gardner, North Dakota. Research reveals that Ole E. Flaten (1854 or 1865- 1933) was born in Vanders, Norway and emigrated to the United States. He operated studios in Northfield, Moorehead, and Halstad, Minnesota. He worked as a photographer from the 1870’s through the 1920’s, retiring in 1930. Click on the category of “Photographer: Flaten” to see another photograph from his studio.


MINNESOTA VIKINGS LINEMAN GETS MARRIED IN HALSTAD, MINNESOTA

Ok. This photograph is not a wedding picture of a Minnesota Vikings lineman. In fact, it is only a guess that this cabinet card is a wedding photograph. However, the man in the picture is built like a lineman; and the couple is dressed in the best finery of the day and adorned with flowers which appears very wedding-like. The photographer is Flaten of Halstad, Minnesota. Research reveals that Ole E. Flaten (1854  or 1865- 1933) was born in Vanders, Norway and immigrated to the United States. He operated studios in Northfield, Moorehead, and Halstad, Minnesota. He worked as a photographer from the 1870’s through the 1920’s, retiring in 1930. He had a studio in Halstad in 1894 through 1895. Check out another photograph by Flaten by clicking on the category of “Photographer: Flaten”.