BAD BEARD IN DELAVAN, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card captures a gentleman with a very unattractive beard. Whoever was responsible for maintaining this beard should have their tonsorial license revoked. The photographer is Coles Studio, located in Delavan, Illinois. Other noteworthy beards can be seen by clicking this sites category of  “Beards (Only the Best)”.

COLES DELAVAN ILLINOIS

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Published in: on October 31, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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FIREMAN IN BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT

A fireman poses for his photograph at the studio of Montignani of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The fireman’s cap has a badge with the insignia of “50”. He is holding a pair of gloves. The location of Montignani’s studio is listed on the bottom of the card as being “over Pequonock Bank”. The bank was loctated at 304 Main Street. An interesting irrelevant fact is that circus man, P. T. Barnum,  was once President of the Pequonock Bank. The photographer is Frank M. Montignani. An 1888 photography journal praises Montignani as taking some of the most “perfect” photographs of Barnum’s circus processions. An 1892 photography journal advertises Montignani’s photographic studio for sale.

Published in: on October 30, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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BABY IN A CARRIAGE IN IOWA CITY, IOWA

This cabinet card features a baby in an ornate baby carriage. The child is covered by a fur blanket and has a comfortable looking pillow. The photographer is P. D. Werts of Iowa City, Iowa. Werts is mentioned in two photography journals from 1894. One of the journals includes one of his photographs of Iowa’s Governor and the Governor’s wife.

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 12:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card captures a long haired gentleman with a wonderful thick handlebar mustache. The man appears very comfortable in front of the camera and the question arises as to whether he is a theatrical performer. The photographer is J. K. Stevens who operated his studio out of the McVicker’s Theatre Building in Chicago, Illinois. To see other photographs by this photographer, click on this site’s category, “Photographers: Stevens”. To view other photographs of exceptional mustaches; click on the category entitled “Mustaches (Only the Best).

 

LILY LANGTRY: BEAUTIFUL, SCANDALOUS, FASCINATING AND HIGH SOCIETY THEATRE ACTRESS

This cabinet card features British actress, Lillie Langtry (1853-1929). She was born on the island of Jersey, was known as the “Jersey Lily”,  and was known for her beauty. She had many prominent lovers including the future King of England, Edward VII. At 20 years of age she married a wealthy Irish landowner, Edward Langtry and quickly became part of London’s high society. Due to her great beauty, she became a sought after model for a number of well known portrait painters. Beginning 1877, she had a three year affair with the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward. At the suggestion of close friend, Oscar Wilde, she began a stage career. She made her debut in “She Stoops to Conquer” (1881) at the Haymarket Theatre in London. She then embarked on the first of many United States theatre tours where she was a resounding success. She continued to have a number of affairs including a relationship with New York City millionaire, Frederic Gebhard with whom she became very involved in the sport of thoroughbred horse racing. In 1897 she became an American citizen. She is known as one of the early celebrities to make money endorsing commercial products. Among the products she advertised were cosmetics and soap.   The photographer of this cabinet card is famed celebrity photographer, Mora, of New York City. The image was copyrighted in 1884. To see other images by Mora, click on this site’s category of “Photographer: Mora”.

HANDSOME YOUNG MAN IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

A handsome and well groomed young man poses for his portrait at the studio of Cornell and Saunders, in Rochester, New York. References to Cornell and Saunders were found in photographic journals of 1893 and 1894.

Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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STAGE ACTOR: FREDERIC ROBINSON

Fredric Robinson (1832-1912) is featured in this cabinet card by Falk, of New York City, New York. Robinson was an English theatrical performer who played York, Liverpool, and finally had his debut in London in 1851. In 1865 he was engaged by Lester Wallack to perform in America. He played Boston between 1868 and 1870. He later played in many of the major cities in the United States, including New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Robinson was an avid fisherman and he was known to travel with fishing tackle that was worth more than a thousand dollars.  The photographer of this cabinet card, Falk, was a celebrated photographer of celebrities. To see other photographs by Falk in the Cabinet Card Gallery; click on the category “Photographer: Falk”.

Published in: on October 24, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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THE BOYS IN THE BAND: TWO TUBA PLAYERS IN GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA

This cabinet card features two uniformed band members and their instruments, which according to my limited musical knowledge, are tubas. Note that the instruments have the written music  attached via musical symbol clips. Hopefully, a visitor to this site can leave a comment explaining the significance of the design of the clips. The musicians are handsome men and appear very serious as they pose for their portrait. The pin on the band members cap has the letters “DCB”. The meaning of this abbreviation is unknown. The photographic studio that produced this image was W. F. Kilborn of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Published in: on October 23, 2010 at 8:20 am  Comments (3)  
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ANTIQUE BABY CARRIAGE WITH BABY AND SISTER IN CINCINNATI, OHIO

This cabinet card features a school age girl minding a bundled up baby in a large fine bentwood and wicker baby carriage. The carriage is on a brick lane and in the background is a fenced clapboard house. The older child is wearing a fine dress with mutton sleeves and the baby is clothed in a gown and cute cap. The photographer is  Kloo, of Cincinnati, Ohio. The photographer may be Carl H. Kloo ,who, according to a photography journal (1906) was a photographer in Covington, Kentucky .

Published in: on October 22, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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JEWISH MAN IN NEW YORK CITY (MAYBE)

A long bearded gentleman with a black hat poses for his portrait at the studio of H. O. Eichler. It is likely that Eichler was the proprietor of Eichler Artistic Portraits, located at 3 Avenue A, in New York City. However, there is no identifying information about the man in the photograph or the location of the studio. Amazingly, this gentleman could pass for a rabbi or Orthodox Jewish man living in modern day New York City.

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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