Two dapper men, looking quite professional, pose for their portrait at the Leeper studio, in Salem, Ohio. These men look like their on business. Are they lawmen? The gentleman who is standing is extremely handsome so perhaps the men are actors. The photographer is Burt Leeper. Leeper was born in Pennsylvania in 1865. He worked in Salem at the end of the nineteenth century. An article in a photographic journal (1900) cites Mr.Leeper as being part of a “Picture Trust”. It seems that he was part of a “price fixing” combine that was formed to resist the lowering of photographic studio prices as a result of fierce competition between photographers. Leeper and three other photographers agreed to match each others prices for services and goods. In addition, Leeper and two of the other photographers agreed to take turns being open for business on Sundays. The fourth photographer declined, preferring to stay closed on all Sundays.
A pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the studio of George Lansil in Bangor, Maine. Her hairstyle can be described as “Bangs and a Bun in Bangor”. She is wearing a lace collar. Research reveals that in the late 1800’s, George Lansil was described as a “painstaking, thorough artist” and one of Bangor’s finest photographers. A Maine native, he became established as a photographer in the early 1860’s. By the mid 1880’s, he was located in his Main Street studio, and had 5 assistants. His studio occupied three floors and was comprised of eight rooms.
A gentleman poses for this cabinet card portrait at the studio of the Broadbent Brothers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The man has formidable bushy sideburns. The reverse of the cabinet card identifies the subject as John R. Elliot and indicates the photograph was taken in 1886. The Broadbent Brothers were the sons of prominent daguerreotype photographer, Samuel Broadbent. The elder Broadbent was in partners with W. Curtis Taylor in the photography business. Samuel Broadbent died in 1880 and Taylor then partnered with Sam’s sons until they bought out the business in 1884. To see other photographs of interesting facial hair, click on this site’s category of “Beards (Only the Best)” or “Mustaches (Only the Best)”.
This cabinet card photograph captures baby sitting comfortably in a luxury baby carriage. There will be no discomfort from the sun for this cute baby; courtesy of the large umbrella built into this Rolls Royce of baby prams. The photographer is Tresize,of Germantown, Ohio. Research reveals that Ohio had a number of photographers named Tresize, and it is unknown which Tresize is responsible for this image? Dayton, Ohio was the home of The Tresize Brothers Studio as well as photographer S. P. Tresize. Samuel P. Tresize was a photographer located in Logan, Ohio. J.Q. A. Tresize was a photographer in Zanesville, Ohio and a partner in the Photography Studio named Jaquary and Tresize. William C.Tresize was a photographer in McConnelsville, Ohio. Suffice it to say, it is unknown which Tresize photographed this image. To see other photographs of baby carriages, click on this site’s category “Baby Carriages”.
This cabinet card features an attractive woman wearing a fancy dress. Her waist is very narrow, courtesy of a tight corset. One would expect that she would be feeling very uncomfortable dressed in such a fashion. Her attire is somewhat revealing due to the tightness of her dress and the exposure of her neck, shoulders and area above her bust. The photographer is Wohle; and the studio was located in either Munich or Magdeburg.
A long haired young man poses for his portrait at the studio of Miller & Chadbourne in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. The gentleman in this photograph is formally attired and has a very serious expression. No information has been found about photographer Miller, but research provides some information about photographer Cyrus Chadbourne. The journal, Photo Beacon (1897), reports that Chadbourne was President of the Photographers Association of Wisconsin. Other photography publications mention Chadbourne as early as 1883 and as late as 1924, when his studio was torn down.
A wasp waisted woman and a mustachioed man pose for their portrait at the studio of William V. Lane, in Camden, Maine. The woman is clearly wearing a corset. The photographer, Lane (1849-1903) came to Camden and opened his gallery in 1883. He also had a branch gallery in Vinalhaven, Maine. He stayed in Camden for 15 years; and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts. While in Camden, Lane was the Chairman of the Board of Assessors and in that capacity, he promoted a new opera house in town. Lane also served as the President of the Business Men’s Association and had a one year stint as Road Commissioner. To view other images by William Lane, click on the category “Photographer: Lane”.