This cabinet card features a portrait of a young woman named Nellie Casper (possibly Cooper). Her name is known because an inscription on the reverse of the photograph states it. The inscription is addressed to “Mrs. John”. The inscriptions continues to say that this was a “dear friend of our mother”. The inscription is signed “Jennie Coad”. In my opinion, Nellie is wearing a dress that looks very futuristic. In fact, she could have worn it on an episode of “Star Trek”. The style of the pearl lined collar and the dress’s shoulder are very futuristic. Nellie is also wearing a very big corsage. Initial genealogical research was not productive but someone willing to accept the challenge may have better luck. To learn more about the photographer, W. M. Cherrington, and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Cherrington”.
This cabinet card features an adorable little girl in a lace dress posed next to her pug dog. The child has beautiful eyes and curly hair. the photographer is Cherrington & Bro. of Salem, Oregon. The back stamp indicates that the studio was located opposite the First National Bank on the Exchange Block (Commercial Street). An inscription on the reverse of the card states that the photograph was given to Aunt Alice, “Compliments of Althea Hodson (or Hodsen)”. The inscription also states that the baby was 16 months of age at the time of the photograph. Research reveals that W. M. Cherrington came to Oregon in 1890 and with his brother, opened a photographic studio. The studio was considered to be the best equipped studio on the west coast. A large collection of their negatives were sold to the Cronise Studio. To view other photographs by Mr Cherrington, click on the category “Photographer: Cherrington”.