THREE CUTE SIBLINGS IN OSSIAN, IOWA

Three adorable siblings pose for their portrait at a photography studio in Ossian, Iowa. The children are wearing wonderful outfits. The young boy is wearing a sailor suit, and the older girl looks very cute in her dress. The youngest child has abundantly longish blonde hair. Research reveals that the photographer’s name is Gilbert G. Oyloe (1851-1927). Oyloe had a studio in Ossian during the 1880′s and 1890′s.

Published in: on May 19, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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THREE ADULTS IN A BIZARRE POSE IN MITTWEIDA, GERMANY

This cabinet card captures three fashionable adults engaging in nonsensical behavior. It is difficult to assess what is happening in this photograph. Perhaps the threesome are actors in a play. The woman on the left appears to be wearing two purses, both have long leather straps. The woman on the right also seems to have a long leather strap hanging from her shoulders. What is the purpose of these leather straps?  Hopefully, a visitor to this site will have the answer, or at least, a hypothesis. The photographer of this photograph was Richard Brand of Mittweida, Germany. It appears that Mr. Brand could have taken a better picture if he positioned himself closer to the subjects. Such a photographic strategy would have eliminated his photographing  the edge of the floor mat in this photograph. This photograph was certainly not an image that Richard Brand could proudly exhibit.

Published in: on May 18, 2011 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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ADORABLE SIBLINGS POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT IN DAVENPORT, IOWA

This cabinet card portrait captures two siblings posing for their portrait at the New York Art Gallery, in Davenport, Iowa. The photographer is M. M. Ormsby. Note the children’s hats. Big sister’s straw hat is next to her and it features a ring of daisies. Little brother is holding his hat and looks very cute in his bow tie. Both are dressed up in their finest for their day at the photographer’s studio.

Published in: on May 17, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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MAGGIE MITCHELL: CELEBRATED THEATRE ACTRESS WHO PERFORMED IN FRONT OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Maggie Mitchell (1832-1918) was a famous American actress, born in New York. Her first regular stage appearance was in “The Soldier’s Daughter” at the Chambers Street Theatre in 1851. Her first major success was as star of  “Oliver Twist”. She has been described as small, agile and energetic, with a special talent for comedy. In 1860, she appeared in “Fanchon, The Cricket” which was adapted for her from a George Sand novel. She performed in this and other plays in front of  President Abraham Lincoln. The photographer of this image was celebrity photographer, Mora, of New York City. To view other photographs by Mora, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category, “Photographer: Mora”.

TWO SIBLINGS AND A STEREOSCOPE IN PROVIDENCE OR OLNEYVILLE, RHODE ISLAND

This cabinet card is an image of two young siblings at play. The mischievous girl is standing on a chair and is draping a lace article over her brothers head as he looks into a stereoscope. In fact, the viewer may not be a stereoscope because only one eye piece is evident in the photograph and the image behind the viewer appear to be too small to be a stereoscopic card. Hopefully a visitor to this site can provide more confident and more  accurate identification information concerning the viewer that the boy is holding. Be sure to note the wonderful clock located behind the children. The photograph is dated 1889 and was produced by William Mills & Son of Providence & Olneyville, Rhode Island. This image does not have good clarity, but the activities and objects presented in the photograph, make it worth viewing. Research revealed little about the photographer, but a photograph by this studio appeared in National Magazine (1908). The image showed a wagon full of barrels of oysters, being loaded onto a freight car that was going to take them from Providence to the west for distribution. To see other photographs by this studio, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category “Photographer: Mills”.

Published in: on May 14, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE GIRL IN BELFAST, NEW YORK

This cabinet card features a teenage girl posing for her portrait at Brewer’s Art Studio, in Belfast, New York. She is wearing a fancy dress and flowers. She has wonderful wide eyes. The lighting used in this photograph, or in the photograph processing, makes this a nice image. The dark background and the young woman’s white dress creates an effective contrast.

Published in: on May 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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TURN OF THE CENTURY CARPENTER AND PAINTER IN WARREN, MASSACHUSETTS

This occupational cabinet card features two men dressed in work garb. The man on the left appears to be a painter and he is equipped with his paint pail and brush. His stained overalls show that he is a veteran painter. Note the large clean brush in his shirt pocket. The gentleman on the right seems to be a carpenter. He is holding a saw and rule which he is resting on a sawhorse. He is wearing an apron and both men have caps to keep their hair clean. The photographer is Penfield and the location of the studio is Warren, Massachusetts. Daniel Edward Penfield (1842-1914) was born in Meriden, Connecticut and died in Warren, Mass.

FIVE ADORABLE CHILDREN IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

This cabinet card features five adorable children posing together at the studio of W. F. Koester in St. Paul, Minnesota. The children may be siblings, at least three of them have a strong family resemblance. In 1890, photographer, William F. Koester, took a photograph that was fascinating and historic and brought him a great deal of attention. Koester was out photographing “views” from a St. Paul bluff when he fortuitously saw and photographed a tornado approaching the city and touching down on it. The firm of Fredericks & Koester published  5×8 souvenir cards for sale. A local housepainter who aspired to be an oil painter, painted over the photograph, and it became an important work of Minnesota art. A photograph by Fredericks & Koester can be found in the American Museum of Photography (Couple on Toboggan).

PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN WINONA, MINNESOTA

A pretty young woman poses for her portrait in the studio of E. A. Lynn, in Winona, Minnesota. The woman appears poised in front of the camera and she has an alert and amused expression. The photographer may be the same E. A. Lynn who had photographic studios listed for sale in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. His “for sale” notice was listed in a 1911 photographic journal. E. A. Lynn also served as the Vice President (for the state of Washington) of  the Photographers Association of the Pacific Northwest.

Published in: on May 10, 2011 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN NAMED MAY ELDER

May Elder is a strikingly pretty woman as apparent in this cabinet card photograph by an unknown photographer in an unknown place. She is very well dressed in this image; perhaps she was photographed for a special occasion, such as a wedding. An inscription on the reverse of the card states “Relation to Mary (Mollir?), Virginia (Wentling) Kinkle?, and John Logan Cozad.

Published in: on May 8, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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