A YOUNG WOMAN PROJECTING A SERIOUS DEMEANOR IN YORK, PENNSYLVANIA (PHOTO BY SWORDS BROTHERS)

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This cabinet card portrait features a young woman with dark eyes and long curly hair. She appears to be in her teens. She projects a serious demeanor as she looks at the camera. Preliminary research found some information about the Sword Brothers contained in “The History of York County Pennsylvania” (1907). William H. and George A. Swords were partners in a photography firm in York, Pennsylvania. William was born in Maytown, Pennsylvania in 1865. He learned the photography trade in Columbia, Pennsylvania and then established a studio in York. For a time, he was the junior partner in a firm called Pentz & Swords. In 1889 he partnered with his brother George. William had two marriages. He was widowed in his marriage to Adelaide Doffler and then married Jennie Fassett. William Swords was born in Maytown in 1860. He began his photography career working with a photographer named Jefferies and later bought out Mr. Pentz to become his brother’s partner. In 1885 George married Jennie Wampler.

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