F A Cooley was a photographer located in Douglass, Kansas and he produced this cabinet card portrait of a well dressed little girl standing on a chair. She looks a bit uncertain as to how to pose for the portrait. It was a difficult task to photograph children and part of the photographers job was to put the child at ease. Mr. Cooley was unsuccessful at this venture. It must be pointed out that there is a possibility that the child in this portrait may actually be a boy. Douglass, Kansas was established in 1869 by a trader named Joseph Douglass. He established the town along cattle trail that began in Texas. In 1877 the Florence, El Dorado, and Walnut Valley Railroad Company built a branch line that in 1881 was extended to Douglass. Initial research uncovered no information about the photographer of this image.
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