JENNIE COSTELLO: FIRST STAGE ACTRESS IN THE FEDERAL WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM


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I couldn’t find any details about the life of actress, Jennie Costello. I was able to locate another cabinet card image of Miss Costello but nothing else. I guess she was in the witness protection program and all information pertaining to her life has been erased. The actual explanation is probably that she was not a major stage star and my search for information lacked enough depth to shed light on her career. This portrait was produced by the Hartley studio in Chicago, Illinois. Edward Hartley printed a drawing of his studio’s storefront on the reverse of this cabinet card (see the image below). He was a rabid self promoter which will be evident after you examine more of his photographs and read their descriptions. You can accomplish this feat by clicking the category “Photographer: Hartley”.

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SUSPICIOUS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG CHILD)

This cabinet card portrait of a young child was produced by Hartley’s Studios. Hartley operated his studio in Chicago, Illinois (309 Madison Street). The studio was the” largest and finest equipped photographic gallery in the world”, and was “alive with the best photographic talent possible to procure”. These accolades are attributable to Hartley. The self promoting statements were printed on the reverse of the photograph. The child in this photograph is not identified, nor is it clear whether the subject is a boy or girl. Most likely the subject is female, based on her clothing, necklace, and hair bow. The child is very cute and has an interesting expression. She looks pensive, possibly even suspicious or anxious. It is interesting to note that she  appears to be wearing a dark belt. It is possible that the belt is part of her dress, but one wonders if the belt is actually a device to hold her in the seat. To view other photographs by Hartley, and to learn more about him, click on cabinet card gallery’s category “Photographer: Hartley”.

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FOUR ATTRACTIVE SIBLINGS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Four siblings, three girls and a boy, pose for their portrait in an urban photography studio’s “out in the country” setting. The photographer is Hartley, of Chicago, Illinois. The siblings are attractive and nicely dressed. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category of “Photographer: Hartley”.

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AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card features an African American woman posing for her portrait at the studio of Hartley in Chicago, Illinois. The woman is nicely dressed. Her fashion statement includes an interesting hat and a cumberbund. The Cabinet Card Gallery has a large collection of images of Blacks at the turn of the century. The images can be viewed by clicking on the category of  “Black Americans”. Other photographs by Hartley, as well as some biographical information about him,  can be seen by clicking on “Photographer: Hartley”.

ADORABLE CURLEY HAIRED CHILD IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A very cute child is photographed for this cabinet card by Hartley of Chicago, Illinois. The child appears to be a boy with incredible curls. He is wearing a very large bow tie, or ascot. Edward F. Hartley (1847-1887) was born in Wadsworth, Ohio; and became a photographer is Jacksonville, Illinois in 1873. In 1876 he moved his trade to Chicago and was quite successful in establishing a business. A photographic journal of his time reports that he underpriced his photographs and as a result, he was not included in many professional photographic associations and won few awards for his work. To view additional photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Hartley”.

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