PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (PHOTOGRAPH BY J. K. STEVENS)

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This cabinet card portrait of a pretty teenage girl is by esteemed Chicago photographer John Kimball Stevens. A number of photographs by Stevens can be viewed in the cabinet card gallery by clicking on the category “Photographer: Stevens”. Stevens operated his gallery out of the McVicker’s Theatre building. The young woman in this photograph is bright eyed and has a terrific pleasant expression. She is clearly holding back a smile. She apparently liked jewelry as evidenced by her interesting necklace, collar pin, and earrings.

A visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery, named Jon, left a comment indicating that he had found a cabinet card image at a flea market that appeared to be the same woman as the one pictured above.He was kind enough to send a copy of the image that he found (see the image below). I definitely see the similarity in appearance that Jon is referring to. However, the woman in the top cabinet card has a rounded face and springy curls while the woman below has an oval face with thick tight curly hair. In addition, their eyes and smiles are vastly different. Both photographs were taken by the Stevens Gallery which was quite prolific. It is no surprise that they likely had many instances of photographing people that had similar appearance. Thank you Jon for sharing the photograph and your observations.
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A WELL DRESSED GENTLEMAN HOLDS HIS HAT IN HIS HAND IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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A well dressed man with a relatively close shaved beard and mustache poses for his portrait at the studio of John Kimball Stevens in Chicago, Illinois. He stands with his hat in his hand displaying a half smile. He is wearing a pinky ring and a tuxedo collar type shirt. He looks like a city dweller, perhaps a businessman. To learn more about J. K. Stevens and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Stevens”. The image below shows the reverse of the cabinet card. Note that Steven’s gallery was located in the McVicker’s Theatre Building.

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER J. K. STEVENS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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Celebrity photographer John Kimball Stevens photographed this pretty young woman in his studio located in the McVickers Theatre Building in Chicago, Illinois. The woman is wearing a high collar dress with an accompanying collar pin. She has a serious but unfocused expression. To view more of Stevens images and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Stevens”. This photograph measures approximately 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″; not a standard cabinet card sized photograph.

PRETTY WOMAN IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A pretty woman poses for her portrait at the studio of J. K. Stevens, in Chicago, Illinois. Stevens’s studio was located in the McVickers Theatre Building. To see other portraits by Stevens, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category of “Photographer: Stevens”.

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HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card captures a long haired gentleman with a wonderful thick handlebar mustache. The man appears very comfortable in front of the camera and the question arises as to whether he is a theatrical performer. The photographer is J. K. Stevens who operated his studio out of the McVicker’s Theatre Building in Chicago, Illinois. To see other photographs by this photographer, click on this site’s category, “Photographers: Stevens”. To view other photographs of exceptional mustaches; click on the category entitled “Mustaches (Only the Best).

 

PRETTY WOMAN AND BLACK LACE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card presents a pretty young woman posing for her portrait. She has curly hair and beautiful wide eyes. The photographer was John Kimball Stevens and his studio was located in the McVicker’s Theatre Building in Chicago, Illinois. An 1888 magazine advertisement for the studio states that one could buy 15 photographs, in three different styles, for the lowest price in town. That low price was three dollars. A 1905 advertisement indicates that the studio was established approximately 30 years earlier (1875) and by 1905 ha been taken over by Gibson, Sykes and Fowler.

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