PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN WEARING A BLACK AND WHITE FEATHERED HAT (FORT WAYNE, INDIANA)

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A pretty woman poses for her portrait at the New Hamilton Art Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She looks quite fashionable in her dark dress and wonderful hat. The feathers on the hat are neatly divided into halves of black and white. She is wearing a necklace and is leaning on a high backed chair. She looks very pensive. Advertising on the reverse of the photograph reveals that the studio was located on the corner of Calhoun and Columbia Streets. In addition, the advertising lists the cost of cabinet cards as being 2 dollars per dozen. As an added marketing technique, the studio will do a free 25 dollar oil portrait for one of every thirty customers. Apparently the photographer who operated this studio was a creative marketer as well as a creative photographer.

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Published in: on March 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. What year do you think this photo is from?

    • I have had no luck in my preliminary research to learn details about the photographer of this image. Therefore, I can not pinpoint the year that this cabinet card was made. It certainly appears to be from sometime in the 1880’s or 1890’s. Sorry I can not be more specific

      • What a superior example of fine portraiture … lighting, print quality, composition & posing … not to mention the subject herself. Considering the relatively primitive materials and equipment then available, one can only be impressed by the number and artistry of such photographers … found in Ft. Wayne and all over (admittedly, among many others who fell short). One could hardly ask for more today …even at $2 per dozen!


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