CHARLES HENRY PARKHURST: CLERGYMAN, SOCIAL REFORMER, CROOKED POLITICIAN’S AND CORRUPT POLICEMAN’S NIGHTMARE (1892)

 

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Charles Henry Parkhurst (1842-1933) is the subject of these Cabinet Card photographs which are published by Newsboy. Photographer Napoleon Sarony has the 1892 copyright for the top photograph. The second photograph is marked “375” and is part of Newsboy’s tobacco premium series. Parkhurst was a clergyman and social reformer. He was a presbyterian minister and from 1874 until 1880, he was a pastor in Lenox, Massachusetts. He then became the pastor for Madison Square Presbyterian Church in New York City (1880-1919). During the year of this photograph, Parkhurst began giving tough sermons attacking the political corruption in the New York City government. This led to the exposure of the corruption in Tammany Hall and subsequent social and political reform. He had a special concern about the problem of prostitution in New York City’s tenderloin section. He hired private detectives to investigate the houses of ill repute and their police protection. Concerning the police, he said “while we fight iniquity they shield or patronize it; while we try to convert criminals, they manufacture them”. He took his concerns and investigative results to court on these matters. He was President of the New York Society for the Prevention of Crime and published numerous magazine articles and books. Parkhurst died tragically; while sleep walking he fell off the second story porch of his home.

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MINISTER WEARING RELIGIOUS GARB IN MEADVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA

A minister, wearing his clerical robes and holding a prayer book, poses for his portrait at the A. R. Fowler studio in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The clergyman displays quite a stern appearance in this image. His congregation must have heard some fire and brimstone sermons from this cleric. To view other photographs by A. R. Fowler, and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer Fowler (A. R.).

CLERGYMAN IN LUDLOW, VERMONT

A clergyman is featured in this cabinet card portrait from a photographer named Moore in Ludlow, Vermont. The man has an educated appearance emanating from his beard and pince-nez spectacles.Pince-nez are a style of spectacles that was popular in the nineteenth century. These glasses were not supported by ear pieces but instead, stayed on the wearer by pinching on the bridge of his or her nose.  The clergyman  is wearing a pin near his collar and part of the chain from his pocket watch is visible at the bottom of the image. The Photographic Journal of America (1890) mentions photographer, C. A. Moore of Ludlow, Vermont. He is likely the same Moore that created this image.

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CATHOLIC CLERGYMAN PORTRAIT (BROOKLYN CATHOLIC PHOTO COMPANY)

Sarony, Falk and Mora were photographers known to specialize in photographing famous theatre personalities. Eisenmann is a photographer associated with portraits of circus and sideshow performers. A. & G. Taylor was on of several British photographers known as “Photographers to the Queen”. This cabinet card represents the work of a photographic studio that claimed “Clergymen’s Photographs a Specialty”. The reverse of this cabinet card has an elaborate back stamp of the “Brooklyn Catholic Photo. Co.”. The front of the cabinet card indicates the photographer was Robert McElligott  and that his studio was in New York City, New York. The relationship between McElligott and the Brooklyn Catholic Photo  Company is unknown, and research has not yet been fruitful in obtaining additional information. Hopefully, the vast unpaid research department of the Cabinet Card Gallery knows, or can locate relevant illuminating information about the studio and photo company listed on this cabinet card.  This cabinet card  image presents a portrait featuring a priest in his religious garb. Perhaps  the subject is not a priest but instead someone who holds another type of religious role in the church?

Priest From St. Vincent De Paul in Springfield, Massachusetts

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This terrific Cabinet card is a photograph of a priest taken by the Chauncey Moore Studio of Springfield, Massachusetts. The reverse of the card is stamped indicating that duplicates could be obtained from the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Cabinet card photographs of clergy are not uncommon although this is a nice close-up. Note the fine detail of his clothing. At one time, Moore partnered in a Springfield studio with his brother Hiram C. Moore. To view Hiram Moore’s work, click on the category “Photographer: Moore (Hiram).