This cabinet card features an adorable little girl bundled up in a heavy dress and wearing a bonnet over her dark curly hair. The ribbons she is wearing makes her appear to be wrapped like a gift. She looks well outfitted for an upstate New York winter. The photographer is F. C. Flint of Syracuse, New York. To view other images by Flint, click on the category “Photographer: Flint”.
This photograph captures two sisters posing for their portrait. The younger sister is wearing a long gown and has piercing eyes and a wonderful half smile. The older sister comfortably holds her little sister. She is wearing a polka dot dress with lace and ruffles and has perfect ringlets and wears white bows in her hair. The photographer is Hinderman of Omro, Wisconsin. Research reveals that the Hinderman studio operated between 1854 and 1916 and one of its locations was Loyal, Wisconsin. B. H. Hinderman is listed by Photographic Times (1898) as a photography award winner in a contest sponsored by the Photographic Association of Wisconsin.
This cabinet card features a young woman posing for her photograph at the studio of Charles S. Rabineau of Albany, New York. The woman is wearing earrings and an interesting necklace. The necklace chain appears to be cloth and it is holding, what appears to be, a coin. The woman appears to have grey hair but this may actually be the result of photographic or development error. Rabineau did an interesting job of utilizing light in this cabinet card. He was a pioneer Albany photographer, and when he died at age 73 in 1916, he had been a photographer for over 50 years. To see other photographs by Rabineau, click on the category “Photographers: Rabineau”.
This Cabinet Card features two young woman and their bicycles. Magnification reveals that the bicycles have bells on the handle bars. The woman are wearing caps which brings up the issue of whether this is an occupational photograph. For example, were these women messengers or some other bicycle related employment. The woman on the left is wearing a dress which would make bicycling very difficult, so another possibility is that the caps and the bikes are just props from the photographic studio. The reverse of the card has an inscription that indicates that the woman under the “x” (the woman on the left), is named Miss H. Pleiss. Also in the inscription appears to be the word “Butte’. It is very possible that this cabinet card is from Butte, Montana. There is no evidence concerning the identity of the photographer.
A well dressed and very handsome man poses for his photographic portrait at the studio of Schreiber Bros. in West Bend, Wisconsin. The gentleman’s hair has been styled with care and his mustache earns him a spot in the cabinet card gallery’s “Mustaches (Only the Best)” category. Click on the category to see some wonderful examples of interesting mustaches of the era. The Schreiber Bros. studio won photography awards in 1898, according to the journal, Photographic Times (1898). Research indicates the brothers are L. Schreiber and W. F. Schreiber.
A frowning baby poses for a portrait at a photographers studio on Fourth Street in Huntingburgh, Indiana. The baby is clad in a long gown and sitting on a fur covered surface. The baby is sitting next to a small dog. Research yielded little information about the photographer. The photographer is Mrs. Jos. Sprauer, clearly an early woman photographer. Research found a pioneering photographer named Alois Sprauer of Jasper, Indiana. He founded a studio which operated for decades and was passed on to his son, Albert Sprauer. Jasper and Huntingburgh are nearby towns in southwestern Indiana. The “American Annual of Photography” mentions a W. J. Sprauer of Huntingburgh. The 1880 census includes a Joseph Sprauer, who was born in 1853 in Indiana. Hopefully, the Cabinet Card Gallery’s research department (made up entirely of the sites visitors); can shed some light on the identity of the photographer who created this image. Please leave a comment with any relevant information.
A well dressed Victorian couple pose for their portrait at the studio of W. W. Winter in Derby, England. William Walter Winter (1842-1924) was the son of Cornelius Jansen Winter, a Norfolk portrait and animal painter. Winter started as an assistant to Frenchman Monsieur E. N. Charles in Derby. In 1863, Charles died and Winter ran the studio with Charles’s widow. In about a years time, he took over the studio and married Charles’s wife. Interesting turn of events; boss dies, and soon thereafter, Winter had his boss’s business and his boss’s wife. Winter continued to operate the studio until his retirement in 1909. He sold the business and the studio still operates today from the same premises.