MEMBER OF A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION IN FULL UNIFORM IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

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This cabinet card portrait features a gentleman in the full uniform of his unidentified fraternal organization. He is wearing a plumed hat and white gloves. He is holding a sword. The man, like many of his era, was likely proud of his participation in the organization. Proud enough to want to be photographed in his uniform. He likely displayed the image at home and shared copies with friends and family. The photographer of this cabinet card image, Arthur Rugg, has a number of other photographs that can be seen in the Cabinet Card Gallery. Click on the category “Photographer: Rugg” to view the images and to learn more about him. Mr. Rugg was a scoundrel. Judging by Rugg’s images in the gallery, he was also a talented photographer who had a propensity to take relatively close-up photographs.

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BAND MEMBER AND HIS CLARINET IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

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This large format cabinet card features a thick bearded man wearing a band or fraternal uniform holding a clarinet at his side. His uniform suggests that he is a member of a band or a fraternal organization. He is wearing a bag strapped over his left shoulder. Could that bag be his clarinet case? This photograph was produced by the Newcomb studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photographer Scott Newcomb operated out of the 162 South Main Street address listed on the bottom of this cabinet card. According to reference site Langdon Road, Scott Newcomb was a photographer in Salt Lake from the 1890s until 1905. A photographer named Marion W. Newcomb (1851-?) also was active at an unknown address in Salt Lake City during the cabinet card era. It is likely that the two men were relatives as one source noted that a female photographer, Flossie Newcomb, was from a family of photographers in Salt Lake City. Flossie operated her own studio in Vernal, Utah in 1906 and married noted photographer Fred Hartsook.

KNIGHTS OF THE TEMPLAR MEMBER IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

TEMPLAR KNIGHT_0001The previous owner of this photograph asserted that the subject of this image is dressed in the uniform of  the “Knights of the Templar”. Note the gentleman’s sword , gloves, belt, sash, and feathered hat.  The Knights of the Templar was a fraternal group that originated shortly after the first crusade. To view other photographs of members of this organization, enter “templar” on this sites search box.  This image was produced by Rieman & Company which was located in San Francisco. The photograph is larger than a cabinet card. It measures 5″x8″.  Advertising on the reverse of the card includes the quote “Rieman’s Babies” and  “When Others Fail, Try Rieman”. These boastful statements refer to Rieman’s general photographic prowess as well as his special talent for the difficult task of photographing babies. To view other photographs by Rieman and to learn more about him, click on cabinet card gallery’s category “Photographer: Rieman”.

CANADIAN COUPLE POSE IN ONTARIO, CANADA (MAN IN UNIFORM OF AN UNKNOWN ORGANIZATION)

ONTARIO COUPLE_0006A middle aged couple photographed by M. Oliver of Ontario, Canada. he is wearing what looks to be a uniform of some sort, maybe masonic. He has a ribbon and pins and looks to be wearing a sash around his waist. His cap is labeled with what may be an id number “1410” and what looks to be “L  O I”.   He may be a member of a military or fraternal organization or fire or police department.He is wearing terrific suspenders.  Lets not forget that his wife is also in the picture. She is wering a nice hat and  bow tie with jewelry on her collar. He has ribbons around his sleeves which gives them a bunch look.

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MAN WEARING A TURBAN IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION MEMBER)

TURBAN_0002This cabinet card photograph features a middle aged man dressed in a fraternal robe and turban. It is unknown what fraternal organization his costume represents. To view a collection of other fraternal member photographs, click on the category, “Fraternal Group Members”.  The gentleman in this photograph has a  bold and thick mustache. To see other interesting mustaches, click on the category “Mustaches (Only the Best)”.  The photographer of this portrait produced an exquisite image.  The subject is well posed and the photograph has great clarity. The image was produced by the Hastings studio in Boston, Massachusetts. The studio had a branch in Newport, Rhode Island. George H. Hastings was born in Massachusetts in 1850. He operated a studio (Ritz & Hastings) with Ernest Ferdinand Ritz from sometime in the  1860’s until the 1880’s. He had his own studio from the 1880’s through sometime in the 1890’s.  The 1880 US census finds Hastings living with his brother and mother and working as a photographic artist.

FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION MAN WITH A FEATHER IN HIS HAT IN EAST CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS

A gentleman poses for his portrait in the full uniform of his fraternal organization. The name of his fraternal organization is unknown to me but hopefully a visitor to this image will be able to identify it. I am sure that the crossed canes (which aren’t likely really canes) on the sash and jacket sleeves will be the major clue in accurate identification of the group. The uniform’s hat has a feather and I wonder if that is a tassel we see over his left shoulder or if it’s a turn of the century mullet. Note the man’s belt buckle and sword. The sword has an elaborate handle. Legibility problems interfere with identifying the photographer who produced this portrait. It is not an infrequent occurrence when fancy script makes it impossible to identify a photographers name on a cabinet card. Sometimes one can find the photographer’s name in such circumstances by researching the studio’s address. Such a search was done in this case but it was not productive.

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A HANDSOME KNIGHT IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK (KNIGHTS TEMPLAR)

A handsome young man poses in his fraternal organization uniform at the studio of Edward Landsheft in Buffalo, New York. The previous owner of this cabinet card asserted that the uniform represents the Knights Templar, though I can not confirm his opinion as fact.  The subject of this image is holding a sword. Note the knights head on the sword pommel. Also worthy of notice are the crown and cross on his gloves and the initials “OPK” on his belt buckle. It is unknown whether “OPK” represents the man’s initials or is related to something specific in the Knights Templar culture.

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FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION MEMBER PORTRAIT (SALADIN SHRINE CENTER)

This photograph captures a fraternal organization member wearing an organizational hat and pin. Note the tassel on the hat and the man’s wonderful mustache.  The hat has lettering on it which appears to say “Saladin”. The Saladin Shrine Center is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was established in 1886 and has, like many such fraternal organization of that time, a Middle Eastern theme. Saladin was a warrior and Sultan of Egypt and Syria. He lived between 1138 and 1193. He was known for his soldiering, chivalry, courageousness, piety, acts of mercy, and kindness to the poor. The organization became very popular. By 1893, the fraternal group had 661 members. This photograph has been trimmed for framing and as a result, the name of the photographer and the location of his studio is unknown.

 

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HANDSOME GENTLEMAN DRESSED IN FRATERNAL UNIFORM IN HAVERHILL, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card offer a clear and crisp image of a uniformed member of a fraternal organization. Hopefully, a visitor to the cabinet card gallery will be able to identify which organization the gentleman represents. The photographer of this image is Edward P. Fowler and his studio was located in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Listings of his photography business indicate that he operated at least between the years 1869 and 1880. During that time period he operated his business on Main Street and on Merrimack Street, apparently not simultaneously.

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FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION MEMBER WEARING A LARGE STAR

This cabinet card presents an image of an older man in his fraternal organization garb. Note the large star on his jacket. There is no information on the card to assist in identifying the gentleman in the photograph, nor to identify the photographer and location of  the studio. Perhaps a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery can examine the clothing in the image, and identify the particular fraternal organization represented in the photograph. The card stock of this cabinet card is quite thin, making it likely that the photograph was produced in the early years of cabinet card photography (1870’s or early 1880’s)

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