PORTRAIT OF THE PRETTIEST YOUNG GIRL IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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This cabinet card features a portrait of a very pretty young girl dressed in fine clothing and holding a bouquet of flowers. Her hair is styled for her day at the photographer and she is wearing a hair bow. This exceptional portrait comes from the studio of Heinrich Albrecht which was located in Vienna, Austria.

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Published in: on December 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Comments (5)  
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TEENAGE GIRL WEARING A PRETTY DRESS IN MILFORD, MASSACHUSETTS

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In 1889, a teenage girl put on her fanciest dress and travelled to the E. L. Temple studio in Milford, Massachusetts to have her portrait taken. She looked pretty in her dress which featured a striped top with striped extensions hanging down over her solid skirt. She was also wearing an unusual bow and a straw hat. The young lady certainly knew how to dress in such an attractive manner that people would notice. The reverse of this cabinet identifies the girl’s first name as being “Addie” and provides her age as “19”. The inscription also dates the photograph as being from 1889. The photographer of this image, E. L. Temple was the successor to Gould & Sears who formerly owned the photographic studio.

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AMOS RHEAUME AND FAMILY POSE FOR PORTRAIT IN KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE

keane familyAmos Rheaume and his family pose for their portrait at the studio of W. G. Freeman in Keene, New Hampshire. Amos and his wife and three children comprise an attractive family. W. G. Freeman was a photographer in Keene between 1901 and 1905. At some point he moved his business to Bellow Falls, Vermont where he appears in city directories from at least 1910 through 1918.

 

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PRETTY STAGE ACTRESS NESTA NEILSON

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This cabinet card portrait features pretty stage actress Nesta Neilson. Preliminary research yielded little information about Miss Neilson. She is cited a number of times as appearing in theatrical newspaper articles but access to these periodicals could not be gained. Perhaps a cabinet card visitor can fill the rest of us in concerning Miss Neilson’s personal and theatrical life. This cabinet card photo was produced by the Natori studio in New York City. Natori photographed a numberof theatrical stars of his era.

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PRETTY YOUNG GIRL FINDS RELIGION IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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This cabinet card portrait features a young girl participating in a religious ceremony. She is dressed formally and holding a bouquet and prayer book. The photographer of this image is the Toenges Studio in Chicago, Illinois.

Published in: on December 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A VERY BEAUTIFUL BABY IN ELWOOD, INDIANA (MAY BE A POST MORTEM PHOTOGRAPH

babyThis cabinet card features a very beautiful baby wearing a long gown. Her hair is styled beautifully and her eyes are wide open. This sweet baby looks like a doll. She is either wearing flowers on her gown or else someone has placed flowers on her. At first I thought this was a lovely portrait of a baby girl. However, the longer I have owned this image, the more I think that this is a post mortem portrait. The little girl’s expression and the size and placement of the flowers has led me to believe that her poor soul had departed before the photographer took this photograph. This photograph really tugs at my emotions. The image was taken by the Rodgers & Manson studio (Gem Gallery) in Elwood, Indiana.

 

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JAMES AND MARY PIGGOTT: PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG COUPLE IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

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This cabinet card portrait features a lovely young couple posed for their portrait at Cramer’s California Gallery in San Francisco. The reverse of the photograph has an inscription with the name “James Piggott and wife”. Preliminary research identifies this couple as James K Piggott and his wife Mary A. Piggott. Ironically, the 1940 US census indicates that James Piggott owned a photography studio. The business was managed by his son, Harold B. Piggott. The photographer of this cabinet card was Charles Lake Cramer (1835-1911). In his early career he operated photography studios in the California cities of Santa Barbara (1858), San Andreas (1858), and Suisun City (1860). Cramer ran a humorous ad in 1858 that stated “Good pictures made from hard looking subjects”. In 1863, Cramer worked for photographers Bradley & Rulofson (featured prominently in the Cabinet Card Gallery). Cramer ran his own photographic studio in San Francisco between 1863 and 1906. His studio was called the “California Gallery” during the 1870’s and 1880’s which indicates that this photograph was produced during one of those decades (Most probably the 1880’s).

HANDSOME MAN IN MILITARY UNIFORM AND HIS PRETTY WIFE IN MONTELIMAR, FRANCE

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This cabinet card photograph features a very handsome couple posing at the L. Lang Jeune studio in Montelimar, France. The image may be a wedding photo. The gentleman in this photograph strikes a dashing figure in his military dress uniform and boots. His wife appears delicate and pretty. She is bright eyed and displaying a nice smile. Advertising on the reverse of the cabinet card indicates that the studio that created this image was founded in 1869 and had won a medal at an exhibition in 1909,

Published in: on December 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF PRETTY THEATER ACTRESS MARGUERITE FISH IN NEW YORK CITY

Pretty theater actress Marguerite Fish is the subject of this portrait cabinet card by Naegeli whose studio was located in New York City. Miss Fish began her stage career with her mother. They performed as a song and dance team known as Jenny Benson and Baby Benson. Later, she became known as Marguerite Fish and was a comic opera and musical actress. She has a number of mentions in the New York Times for her stage performances. These citations include appearances in “Our Wedding Day” (1887) and “The Crystal Slipper” (1888). Albert Naegeli, the photographer of this image, was a well known New York City photographer during the cabinet card era. To learn more about him and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Naegeli”.

PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME UNIFORMED FRENCH SOLDIER

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This cabinet card portrait features a handsome French soldier in uniform.  He appears to be an officer judging by the braids on his shoulder but I am uncertain of his rank. The photographer of this image is Eugene de Paris. Interestingly, Eugene was not actually located in Paris but instead operated his studio in Toulon, a city in southern France. Advertising on the reverse of the cabinet card indicates that Eugene de Paris won photography medals at the Exposition of 1873. This exposition was likely the World Exposition which was held in Vienna in 1873.

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