POLISH MILITARY OFFICER AND HIS FAMILY IN WARSAW, POLAND

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This cabinet card features a Polish military officer posing with his wife and smiling baby at the studio of S. Trzcinski in Warsaw, Poland.

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Published in: on January 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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YOUNG WOMAN POSES BY FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

lady framed photo_0001This cabinet card portrait captures a curly haired  young woman posing next to a framed photograph standing on a table. Her hand rests on the photograph’s frame and there is an open book on the table. Advertising on the reverse of the image states that Edward F. Hartley operated his studio at 309 Madison in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about Hartley, and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Hartley”.

Published in: on January 29, 2014 at 8:07 am  Leave a Comment  

PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN IN NEW YORK CITY (circa 1904)

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This item features a portrait of a pretty young woman posing at Newman’s Studio of Art Photography at 1029 – 1031 Lexington Avenue in New York City. The young lady is posed in a lovely dress and is also wearing a lovely smile. In fact, even her eyes seem to be smiling. Note the rolled curls over her left shoulder. Samuel J. Newman originally had a partner, Edward Leaming, when he started his photography business. Between 1902 and 1906, Newman operated independently out of the Lexington address.

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Published in: on January 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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PRETTY FASHIONISTA IN NEW YORK CITY (1899)

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This photograph features a pretty young woman in a beautiful dress. She has a nice figure enhanced by a corset. She is wearing a ring and earrings. This image could be placed under the categories of “fashion” as well as “beautiful women”. The photographer is Albert Naegeli (1844-1901) who operated a photographic studio in New York City’s Union Square. Naegeli was a native of Germany who came to the United States at the age of sixteen in 1860. He settled in New York City. He began his photography business in New York City in 1864 during the CDV era. He moved the business to the 46 East Fourteenth Street location in 1876. He partnered there with Edward M. Estabrooke who was a tintype expert. Their partnership ended in 1880 and Estabrooke relocated to Elizabeth, New Jersey. Naegeli trained his sons Albert (photographer) and Henry (Technician) in the photography business. Naegeli specialized in portraits of theater stars. The subject of this photograph could very well be an actress of this era. Naegeli was a smart businessman and invested wisely in Real Estate and became a very wealthy man. The cause of his death remains a mystery. He died from a gun shot wound to his head. His son, Albert, claimed that the death was accidental but others thought that he committed suicide because he was depressed about the recent death of his daughter from a spinal disease. Whatever the reason for his death, New York City lost a talented photographer at the time of his demise. The photograph above is an example of his acumen.  The format of the photograph and advertising beneath the image is identical to photographs that Naegeli  took in 1899, indicating  that this photograph dates back to around that year. The photograph measures 5″ X 7″.The image is sharp.

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Published in: on January 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm  Comments (1)  
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SARAH RAMODEL AT 89 YEARS OLD IN PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND

OLD RI LADY_0001An older woman suspiciously eyes the photographer as she poses for her portrait at the Rose Studio in Providence, Rhode Island. The photographer did an excellent job of capturing the woman’s face and it’s lines of aging. I would be remiss to not mention that she looks younger than her years. The subject of this photograph is identified in penciled script below the photographer’s name. “Sarah Ramodel” was 89 years old at the time of this portrait. Research yielded no information about this subject. The photographer, P. H. Rose operated his studio inside the Conrad Building. Advertising on the reverse of the cabinet card indicates that Rose opened his studio in 1886. A sketch of the Conrad Building can be found below.

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Published in: on January 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THE “MURRAY SISTERS” BEING ADORABLE IN YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

MURRAY SISTERSThe “Murray Sisters” assume an adorable pose at the Shadle & Busser studio in York, Pennsylvania. The girls appear to be entertainers, likely singers, dancers, or a combination of both. The sisters were probably teenagers at the time of this portrait. Research yielded no identifying information about these photogenic girls. A casual review of theater periodicals (1908-1913) uncovered  an act called the “Murray Sisters” but it is not certain that they are one and the same as the girls in this image. This act toured the country and the sisters were described as operatic singers. The oldest sister was named Marion and the youngest was named Vic or Victoria. To learn about the Shadle & Busser studio and to view other photographs from their studio, click on the category “Photographer: Shadle & Busser”.

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Published in: on January 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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MUTTON CHOPS MAN IN LEOMINSTER, MASSACHUSETTS

A distinguished older gentleman poses for his portrait at the Richardson studio in Leominster, Massachusetts. He is nicely dressed and wearing a wonderful necktie. He has wonderful silver mutton chops that the photographer has captured effectively in this image. Lucius Augustus Richardson was born in Leomister in 1840. After completing his education, he went to work as printer for four years. He then learned photography and began working as a travelling photographer throughout New England. He then spent three years in Boston followed by working three years in Ashland. In 1860 he married Louisa Fitch of Maine. In 1873 he opened a photography studio in Leomister. His daughter Lillian Janette Richardson worked in the studio as a retoucher and printer of photographs.

FASHIONABLE LADY IN HAVERHILL, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card features a side view portrait of nicely dressed woman in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The photographer is Dexter B. Vickery. He was born in 1840 and was the son of a farmer. By the time he was nineteen years old he had become a daguerreon artist in Lowell, Massachusetts. At the time of the 1870 US census, he was working in Haverhill and married to Julia Vickery. He is also listed in the 1880 US census as a photographer. The 1869 Haverhill directory lists Vickery’s studio as being located at 37 Merrimack Street.

Published in: on January 21, 2014 at 11:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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SLOUCHING DAD PULLS YOUNG DAUGHTER ON A SLED IN BELLEVUE, OHIO

SLED DADThis studio portrait captures a slouching dad pulling his daughter on a sled. Dad is wearing a suit, hat, and gloves while the child is bundled up in a winter jacket and warm winter cap. She is holding the sleds steering rope. She won’t go far on the sled considering it is atop straw instead of snow. Dad has assumed a very awkward slouching position for this photograph. Perhaps he is disabled. It is also possible that the photographer did a poor job of posing the father. In fact, the photographer, S. P. Gaugler, shows little skill in his production of this photograph. The subject of this photograph is actually the owner of the Bellevue, Ohio studio that produced this image. According to the previous owner of this photograph, the album that this cabinet card was taken from indicated that the subject is Simon Peter Gaugler and the little girl is his oldest daughter, Edith. It is surprising that a photographer would do such a poor job of posing for this photograph. The 1880 US census lists Simon Gaugler (1840-1915) as residing in Bellevue, Washington and working as a photographer. He was forty years old and living with his 27 year-old wife Lorinda. The couple had married in 1874 and were raising a four year-old daughter (Edith) with the help of a live-in servant. The 1900 census found the couple still residing in Bellevue and living with their 15 year-old daughter (Ethel). Simon continued to work as a photographer.  By the time 1910 arrived, Simon and Lorinda were living in Lyme, Ohio with their daughter Ethel and her husband John. Simon was still operating a photo gallery even though he was seventy years old. In 1914 Lorinda died in Bellevue and a year later, Simon passed away in Atlanta, Georgia. He had moved to Georgia to be with his daughter Edith, the adult version of the little girl pictured above. Edith Gaugler (1876-1960) had become Mrs. Frederick Schanck on 9/10/99. At the time of their marriage, she was a school teacher and her groom was a telegraph operator and clerk. Census data reveals that the couple lived in Lyme, Ohio (1900), and moved to Atlanta, Georgia sometime before 1920. The couple still lived in Atlanta at the time of the 1940 US census.

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Published in: on January 19, 2014 at 12:37 am  Comments (1)  
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A MAN, HIS CIGAR, AND HIS DOG IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

CHICAGO DOG_0001A well dressed man wearing a derby hat poses with his dog at the Chicago photography studio of Wagner & Nickel. The gentleman looks quite content sitting beside his “best friend” and enjoying his cigar. His canine companion appears to be a young Golden Retriever. The subject has a thick beard without sideburns.

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Published in: on January 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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