PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN ST. FIDEN, SWITZERLAND (PHOTOGRAPHER: TAESCHLER BROTHERS)

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This cabinet card portrait features a pretty long haired woman flashing a nice smile. An early seventies song espoused that if you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear flowers in your hair. The subject of this photograph was not in San Francisco but instead in either St. Fiden or St. Gallen, Switzerland at Taeschler Brothers studio. The Taeschler’s were a family of photographers that dominated the photography business in their region for more than 60 years. The photographers spanned at least three generations. The founder of the firm was Johann Baptist Taeschler (1805-1866) and he began working with daguerreotypes during the most early days of photography. The firm won medals from around the world illustrated by the list printed  on the reverse of the cabinet card.

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  1. It’s no wonder that Taeschler flourished for so many years. Such delicacy. Thank you, again. – Excellent research. – Would like to see more of their cards.

  2. What a lovely girl – was it unusual for adult women to wear their hair down? Perhaps this is an actress, or the subject was dressed as an allegory of…spring?

  3. Lovely. This is an old Taeschler Carte de Visite that has been in my family. It just says “Juliette” on the back, no other identifiers for her but she has to be some connection of my Hindermann forebears. https://goo.gl/photos/pp3EcXinoxWbD3ve6

    • Thank you for sharing your family photograph. I am always pleased when visitors are able to make family connections from the gallery’s images.


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