PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG COUPLE AND THEIR TWIN INFANTS IN NEW BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

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This cabinet card portrait features a young couple and their twin infants. These parents have their hands full, literally and figuratively. The infants look cute in their white gowns. One child looks terrified and the other appears calm. Note the width of the father’s necktie.  John C. Barnes is cited in the book, “History of Clarion County (1887)”. It is reported that he was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1860 and began his photography business in New Bethlehem in 1880. One of his photographs appears in the book ‘Victorian Fashion in America (2002)”.

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  1. Hey there, Cabinet Cards! – Thanks so much to your wonderful group for sending me these wonderful vintage cards. They are a delight, and so thought-provoking. – The elaborate scarf around the handsome father’s neck; the comb in the lovely wife’s hair…what a time it was.

    Compare that with today: Each parent would be glued to their I-Pod, neither looking at or holding the dear children. – And the babies would probably be in a room full of loud music or TV or both. – Come to think of it, we couldn’t even be sure if these two adults were married!

    Best to you, Cabinet Card, as usual.


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