Ten well dressed young ladies pose for a group portrait in Conneaut, Ohio. The photographer is H. P. Pitcher. Note the women’s great hats, especially the striped hat worn by the woman near the middle of the bottom row of ladies. Two of the ladies in the photograph are holding what appears to be a spread handkerchief. Perhaps a visitor to Cabinet Card Gallery can explain why the women are holding the handkerchief in that manner for a portrait. The previous owner of this cabinet card hypothesized that the group of young women are school friends. Photographer, Harvey P. Pitcher was born in Trumbull County, Ohio in 1847. He was the son of a farmer. His parents hailed from New York. He left his fathers farm at age twenty and quickly learned the field of photography in Conneaut. In 1872, he married Miss Jennie Press of Conneaut. He died in 1907. Most of the information cited about Pitcher comes from the “Biographical History of Northeastern, Ohio” (1893).
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