DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

This cabinet card is a portrait of a nicely dressed older gentleman with a bushy mustache. The gentleman appears quite distinguished and may have been part of the elite of San Francisco. The Rieman and Tuttle Studio produced this cabinet card. George B. Rieman and William Nutting Tuttle (1844-1895) became partners in 1879. The first three letters of Mr Tuttle’s middle name seems to have described his personality. He appears to have been a vagabond photographer; working in a number of studios and having multiple business partners in the years proceeding his venture with Rieman. In 1880, Tuttle left his family in Oakland and sailed to Australia to start anew. Tuttle’s wife, Belle, went to Australia to try to convince her husband to return to California. Her efforts were fruitless. Although Tuttle’s photography studios were very successful and he prospered in Australia, he didn’t support his family back in the United States. He stayed abroad until his death in 1895. The Cabinet Card Gallery has some photographs related to this image. To see other terrific mustaches, click on the category “Mustaches (Only the Best). To view other photographs by Rieman, and to learn more about his life,  click on the category “Photographer: Rieman”.

A FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT

This cabinet card features at attractive family posing for their portrait at the studio of Frederick J. Blake, in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Mom and Dad are accompanied by their two sons and three daughters. Blake is listed in the Windham County Business Directory (1884).

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FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION MEMBER WEARING A LARGE STAR

This cabinet card presents an image of an older man in his fraternal organization garb. Note the large star on his jacket. There is no information on the card to assist in identifying the gentleman in the photograph, nor to identify the photographer and location of  the studio. Perhaps a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery can examine the clothing in the image, and identify the particular fraternal organization represented in the photograph. The card stock of this cabinet card is quite thin, making it likely that the photograph was produced in the early years of cabinet card photography (1870’s or early 1880’s)

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CUTE LITTLE GIRL AND HER DOLL IN IDAHO SPRINGS, COLORADO (BY CELEBRATED MINING PHOTOGRAPHER, LACHLAN MCLEAN)

This cabinet card features a very cute, curly haired,   little girl standing on a chair. She is clutching her doll and carefully posing the doll for the photograph. She is wearing an adorable dress. The fabric at her collar matches the fabric on the cuffs of her sleeves.  The little girl is identified on the reverse of the card as “Mrs. J. J. Joseph”.  A faded back stamp identifies the photographer as L. McLean, and his studio as being located in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Lachlan McLean was listed in the Clear Creek County Business Directory (1890). His work was well respected and a biography has been written about his life, Secure the Shadow: Lachlan McLean, Colorado Mining Photographer (1980). This cabinet photograph was taken only a few decades after the founding of Idaho Springs. The town was established by prospectors in the early days of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Idaho Springs was the site of the first significant gold discovery in Colorado.

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TWO ADORABLE LITTLE GIRLS RIDING TO MARKET IN HORSE DRAWN WAGON (GERMANY)

This cabinet card captures two precious little girls riding a toy horse drawn  wagon to market. Note the terrific detail of both the toy horse, and the backdrop. The horse appears to be covered with fabric and has leather saddle bags and a tail made from hair. The printed German title below the photograph, “Ruckkehr vom Markt.”, translates to “smooth traffic from the market”. The card is dated 1884 and was photographed in Germany. The publisher of this photograph was E. Linde, who was located in Berlin, Germany.

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A FAMILY OF FIVE POSES ON THE ISLAND OF FOHR (INDOOR FISHERMEN)

A couple and their three children arrive in Wyk auf Fohr, the only town on the island of Fohr.  Fohr is the second largest of the North Frisian Islands on the German coast of the North Sea. The family is on the island to vacation. They decide to walk around the town and happened upon a photographer’s studio. The photographers name was Wilhelm Muller. The family decides to go into the studio for a portrait, believing that a photograph of them would make a great souvenir of their trip to the seashore. The photographer had a wonderful beach backdrop, as well as props, including fishing nets and an oar. The resulting photograph makes the family look like they are ready for a day of serious fishing. For some unknown reason, it was decided that mom should pose with an open book on her lap. Is she bored, or is she studying a text on fishing? The family likely had fun on their vacation because the area they were visiting, was a noted resort town. Here is a historical tidbit. From 1842 to 1847, Danish King Christian VIII chose Wyk as his summer vacation spot, which attracted even more tourists. In 1844, Hans Christian Andersen followed the King to Wyk and made the following comment about Wyk’s beach: “I bathed every day and I must say it was the most remarkable water I have ever been in”.

ELDERLY MAN IN TROY, PENNSLVANIA

An elderly man poses for his photograph at the studio of O. E. Dewey, in Troy, Pennsylvania. The reverse of the card identifies the subject as D. E. Haven and the time of the photograph according to the card stock, is 1887. Mr Haven has an interesting beard that resides mostly on his neck and below his chin. He is also wearing a pocket watch chain that has a charm. The charm appears to be from a fraternal organization and has a non photographic image of what may be, a swan. Orrin Emery Dewey (1858-1887) was born in Sullivan Township, Pennsylvania. Research yielded little about his life but it is known that upon his death, his studio was bought by F. M. Spencer. To view other interesting images of men with beards, click on the category of “Beards (Only the Best)”.

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LITTLE GIRL AT A TABLE IN LANCASTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

This cabinet card features a cute little girl sitting a a table. On the table, lies a photograph. Who is the subject of the photograph lying on the table? Is it an image of a parent that passed away? This seems like a possibility because the little girl seems to be quite sullen. The photographer of this image was J. P. Haseltine of Lancaster, New Hampshire. Haseltine was listed in Lancaster Business Directories (1877,1882). He was also mentioned as a founding partner in the incorporation of the Lancaster Water Company (1891).

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LESTER WALLACK: THEATRE ACTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT

This Cabinet Card was published by celebrity photographer, Napoleon Sarony. His studio was located in New York City. The subject of this portrait is actor, playwright, and theatre manager, John Lester Wallack (1820-1888). Wallack was born into a theatrical family. Wallack served in the British Army before appearing on the Dublin and London stage. His first stage appearance in New York was in 1847 in Boucicault’s adaptation of “Used Up.” Wallack became what many consider,  the leading light comedian on the American stage.  His autobiography, “Memories of Fifty Years”, was published in 1889. To view other photographs by Sarony, click on category “Photographers: Sarony”. To view other actors, click on category “Actor”.

OLDER BLACK MAN IN YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

This photograph features an older African American gentleman. He is nicely dressed in fancy clothing. Note his long coat. The gentleman appears to be displaying a friendly half smile. He has one hand on his hip; surely, he was told to pose in that manner. The reason for such instruction is not clear. The photographic studio that produced this image is Shadle & Busser of York, Pennsylvania. James Monroe Shadle was born in 1861 in Freeport, Pennsylvania. Oscar W. Busser died of Brights Disease at age 61, in 1921. The studio that bared their names was located at 20 South George Street (1887-1902), 44 South George Street (1903-1925), and 58 South Beaver Street (1925-1936). All of these locations were in York. To view other early photographs of African Americans, click on the category of “African Americans”.