This cabinet card features a well dressed young boy and his toy sail boat. One can imagine the boy playing with this realistic looking model boat in a local pond or lake. The boy his wearing a bow tie and a happy expression The reverse of this photograph has advertising for the photographer, Thomas Fall. His studio was located at “10 Wellington Terrace, (opposite Kensington Palace Gardens), Bayswater W”. Thomas Fall (1833-1900) started as a lithographer and later worked as chief photographer for the famed English photographic gallery, Elliot and Fry. He began at that prestigious firm in 1867 and worked there for seven years. Click on the category “Photographer: Elliot and Fry” to view some of the firms images. He married Sarah Maria Farmer in 1863 and the couple had six children. Fall was a well known photographer, photographed royalty, and was London’s leading canine photographer.
A young Asian man poses for his portrait in this cabinet card portrait from the Moloney studio in Boston, Massachusetts. The reverse of the photograph has an inscription identifying the subject as Yee Hock. American images of Asians are uncommon. This gentleman is wearing ethnic clothing. The 1892 and 1912 Boston Almanac and Business Directory lists M. J. Moloney as being a photographer at the 22 Hanover address printed on this photograph. Another source reported that Moloney served the Boston area as a photographer for over twenty years.
This cabinet card portrait features a young girl wearing a big hat. She is very cute. She is also wearing a big bow. The portrait of this child was taken at the studio of A. Hinkel & Son in Warrensburg, Missouri. Inscribed on the verso of this photograph is the girls name and age, “Bessie Strodes Aged 9 years”. Preliminary research did not find find much information about little Miss Strodes. The 1910 US census listed a Bessie Strodes that resided in Kansas, Missouri (58 miles from Warrensburg). She was born in 1894 and at the time of the census was a sixteen year-old lodger working as a saleslady in a drug store.No information was located concerning the photographer, A. Hinkel.
ADDENDUM: A blog (http://1973whsreunion.blogspot.com/) focusing on the history of Warrensburg is using this photograph and did further research on Hinkel. The blog reports that the photographer of this cabinet card was Adam Hinkel, who was born in Germany in 1833. He immigrated to the United States in 1852 and married Christiana Schaefer (1833-1899). Hinkel died in Warrensburg in 1901.
This cabinet card features a portrait of a young woman named Nellie Casper (possibly Cooper). Her name is known because an inscription on the reverse of the photograph states it. The inscription is addressed to “Mrs. John”. The inscriptions continues to say that this was a “dear friend of our mother”. The inscription is signed “Jennie Coad”. In my opinion, Nellie is wearing a dress that looks very futuristic. In fact, she could have worn it on an episode of “Star Trek”. The style of the pearl lined collar and the dress’s shoulder are very futuristic. Nellie is also wearing a very big corsage. Initial genealogical research was not productive but someone willing to accept the challenge may have better luck. To learn more about the photographer, W. M. Cherrington, and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Cherrington”.
I must admit that the woman in this cabinet card photograph may not be troubled, but she sure looks troubled. She also looks well dressed in her high collar suit, leather gloves, and monstrosity of a hat covered with feathers and ribbons. The photographer, Henry Opie opened his studio in Redruth, England in 1889. He expanded his business and eventually had studios in Truro, Falmouth, and Helston. The reverse of the image has an identifying inscription stating “Grandma Robertson”.