A GENTLEMAN WITH A TERRIFIC MUSTACHE IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

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A well dressed man poses for his portrait at the studio of R. W. Loucks in St. Paul Minnesota. He is wearing a wide neck tie with an even wider knot. The gentleman has a wonderful well groomed mustache. He is displaying a serious demeanor as he poses for this cabinet card image. The Minnesota Historical Society’s directory of early Minnesota photographers reveals that R. W. Loucks worked as a photographer in Minnesota during the 1890’s and 1900’s. His St. Paul addresses included 405 Wabasha (1893-1894) and 225 East Seventh (1897). He also had studios in Minneapolis; 1221 Washington Avenue North (1898-1902) and 28 Central Avenue (1903). This information asserts that the above photograph was taken during 1893 or 1894. Mr. Loucks appears in the 1900 US census. From this document we learn that he was born in Canada in 1850 and immigrated to the US in 1887. He was married to Anna L Loucks in 1877 and at the time of the census, lived with their twelve year old daughter named Lillian.

 

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Published in: on August 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME MAN FROM BUTTE CITY, MONTANA TERRITORY

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This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed handsome gentleman photographed by the Elliott studio in Butte City, Montana Territory. The subject has a terrific thick mustache. This photograph was taken before 1889, the year Montana became a state. Butte began as a collection of mining camps in the early 1870’s. Gold, silver and copper were mined there. Copper was the major mineral that contributed to the city’s growth. It is likely that the subject of this cabinet card was involved in the mining industry. Research reveals that John A. Elliott and George E. Elliott were photographers in Butte. John is listed as a photographer in a number of Butte business directories (1890,1900,1909). George is reported as a photographer in both the 1890 and 1891 directories. The worked together at their studio which was located at 122 North Main Street.

 

Published in: on July 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE IN BARMEN, GERMANY (CARTE DE VISITE)

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A lovely couple poses for their portrait at the Stuting and Sohn studio in Barmen, Germany. The man and woman are well dressed. The man is holding reading material on his lap. One of the more remarkable aspects of this image is the gentleman’s interesting mustache. The mustache is bushy and curls wonderfully at each end. The photographer, Stuting, is cited in two photographic journals published in 1890 (American Journal of Photography, The Photographic News). Stuting’s studio was located in Barmen, which merged with four other towns in 1929 to form the city of Wuppertal. Barmen is also known as the birthplace of socialist theorist Friedrich Engels. Finding a photographer in Barmen at the turn of the century must not have been much of a problem. The Cabinet Card Gallery has a number of carte de visite photographs originating from studios in Barmen. Printed on the lower right hand corner of the reverse of this cdv is the number “1907”. This likely represents the date that this photograph was taken despite the fact that most photographers stopped producing carte de visite photographs by that date.

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A MAN WITH AN OUTSTANDING MUSTACHE IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

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The gentleman is this cabinet card portrait has a wonderful mustache. It has been perfectly trimmed and maintained. He posed for this photograph at the studio of Oliver Boudnas De Morat which was located at the southwest corner of 8th and Market in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. De Morat was a pioneer photographer. An article in “Photographic Mosaics” (1867) makes mention of his endorsing a certain photographic product. He is also cited in “The Philadelphia Photographer” (1870). He is considered  to have been among the most prolific producers of cdv portraits. He was born in Montreal, Canada in 1836 and died in Philadelphia in 1902. To view photographs of unusual and interesting mustaches, click on cabinet card gallery’s category “Mustaches (Only the Best).

Published in: on February 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UNCLE ALBERT: SUBJECT OF A PAUL MCCARTNEY SONG, OWNER OF MAGNIFICENT MUSTACHE, AND HUSBAND OF PHOEBE

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In 1971 Paul and Linda McCartney released a song called “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”. It was a popular song from the “Ram” album. McCartney stated that the song is a tribute to his real life Uncle Albert. Finally, a portrait of Uncle Albert has been discovered and the Cabinet Card Gallery is proud to display it. Actually, I fabricated the connection between this cabinet card portrait and Paul McCartney’s uncle because I needed a story line. However, this cabinet card is remarkable in it’s own right. Uncle Albert’s mustache is a truly quite impressive and propels his image to the cabinet card gallery’s category “Mustaches (Only the Best)”. The photographer of this fine image is unidentified.

Published in: on November 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm  Comments (4)  
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GOOD LOOKING MAN WITH BUSHY MUSTACHE IN NATICK, MASSACHUSETTS

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This post cabinet card era photograph features a handsome middle aged man with a bushy mustache. He is wearing formal clothing and is very fashionable. The photograph comes from the Holden studio in Natick, Massachusetts. Charles W. Holden had an advertisement for his studio in the Wellesley Directory (1904). His obituary can be found in the Bulletin of Photography (1915). The obituary states that he had taken “thousands of photographs of Wellesley College girls” and had died of heart disease at 59 years of age.

Published in: on November 22, 2014 at 9:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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WEDDING COUPLE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

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Frank Becker, a photographer in Cleveland, Ohio, produced this wedding portrait. The bride is wearing a long white floral veil and the couple clearly spent some money at their local florist. The groom has a handsome mustache. As frequently seen in wedding photographs from the cabinet card era, the groom is seated and the bride stands. Perhaps the reason for this type of pose is to showcase the bride’s wedding gown. Frank Becker was an active photographer in Cleveland between 1886 and 1900 or later. He was born in Germany in 1865 and emigrated to the United States in 1881.

Published in: on June 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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HANDSOME MAN WITH EXCEPTIONAL MUSTACHE IN ELMIRA, NEW YORK

A well dressed handsome man poses for his portrait at the Whitley studio in Elmira, New York. He has a well groomed attractive beard and an exceptional mustache. A pocket watch chain is evident under his jacket and he appears to also be sporting a tie pin. To view other images of fantastic mustaches, click on the category “Mustaches (Only the Best). The photographer of this image is John H. Whitley. He was born in Candor, New York in 1831. He was a photographer in Oswego, New York, from 1858 through 1861. His next position was working with photographer C. C.Doty in Elmira, New York. After a short time he left his employ to work for the Erie Railroad car shop in Elmira. When the shop was destroyed by fire, he returned to photography and worked with Elmira photographer A. P. Hart. By 1864, Whitley had opened his own photography gallery in Elmira. To view more photographs by Whitley, click on the category “Photographer: Whitley”.

Published in: on May 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm  Comments (1)  
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BALD MAN WITH WALRUS MUSTACHE IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK

BLISS BROTHERS_0001The gentleman in this cabinet card portrait, like the lyrics of the well known Beatles song, seems to me to be saying, “I  am the walrus.”. The well dressed bald man posed at Bliss Brother’s studio in Buffalo, New York. The studio was located at 368 Main Street (at the corner of Eagle).To learn more about photographers Harry and Frank Bliss and to view more of their photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Bliss Brothers”.

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HANDSOME MAN WITH EXTRA LARGE MUSTACHE IN NEW YORK CITY

bogardusA nicely groomed gentleman, dressed in formal clothing, poses for his portrait at the Bogardus studio in New York City. The subject has an imposing mustache and a rather austere expression.  Abraham Bogardus (1822-1908) was a descendent of Dutch settlers of New York’s Hudson Vallery. He opened a studio and gallery in New York in 1846. In 1849 he opened a branch gallery in Newark, New Jersey.   His business was very successful. Bogardus was a noted celebrity photographer. In 1868 he was one of the founders of the National Photographic Association and served as the organization’s President for five years. Bogardus was a major witness at the trial of William H. Mumler. Mumler was a “spirit photographer” and he was brought to trial for fraud. Bogardus was hired by P. T. Barnum to fake a photograph of him with the “ghost” of Abraham Lincoln. The image was used as an example of the ease at which a photographer could create fake photographs of ghosts. From 1871 through 1873 Bogardus partnered in owning his studio with Daniel and David Bendann. Bogardus was not a big advocate of extensive retouching. He spoke at national conferences about his belief in minimal intervention. The popular photographers Sarony and Mora did not support the minimalist approach. Mora worked particularly hard to create celebrity portraits with an idealized appearance. Bogardus’s philosophy caused him to be very popular with male portrait sitters. In fact, Cornelius Vanderbilt insisted that Bogardus be the only photographer allowed to sell his portrait. Wishing to retire in 1884, after 38 years of business, he put his studio up for sale and in the advertisement he stated that “The reputation of the gallery is too well known to require one word of comment”. Bogardus’s studio had been located at a number of New York City addresses and the photograph above was taken at his last location. Bogardus was also a talented writer. He published many articles in photography journals and in addition during much of the 1880’s he edited a well respected monthly entitled “The Camera”. The photograph below is a portrait of Abraham Bogardus.

  

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