PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL IN THE DARK IN MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT

This cabinet card portrait features  a pretty teenage girl posing at the Hennigar studio in Middletown, Connecticut. She is well dressed and is adorned with flowers. She is wearing a ring and holding a feathered fan. This photograph presents a sharp image of the young lady and the dark background contributes to that sharpness. The photographer directory “Langdon Road” lists a number of photographers with the name “Hennigar” that worked in the Middletown area. There was a Hennigar studio in Lambertsville, New Jersey in the 1870’s. A studio called “Hennigar Brothers” operated in Middletown from at least 1892 through 1901. Who were the principals of Hennigar Brothers studio? The answer is unclear but this is what is known. George Wainwright Hennigar  (1832-1910) was a photographer in Middletown in the 1860’s and 1870’s and is listed as a photographer there in the 1900 census. The New York Public Library has a stereo card photograph by George in it’s collection  The photo captures a damaged steam ship after a collision with a bridge. John W. Hennigar was located in Lambertsville before moving his business to New Rochelle, New York. He was listed in the New York City directories of  1867 and 1868. Morton W. Hennigar (1855-1927) had a studio in Middletown between 1877 and 1909. Charles L. Hennigar (1842-1897) was a photographer in Middletown from at least 1868 through 1872. In 1876 he is listed in the Brooklyn, New York directory as a photographer. The 1880 US census reports that he was a photographer in New York City. It is likely that George W. Hennigar is the photographer that took this photograph. He was present in Middletown around the time that this photograph was taken (1880’s or 1890’s).

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PORTRAIT OF A VERY PRETTY AND ANONYMOUS YOUNG LADY

 

This oval image features a very pretty well dressed young woman. She is wearing a necklace and a locket pinned to her dress. The woman’s hair is up and topped with a bow. The photograph measures 4″ x 6″. The identity of the photographer and the subject are unknown.

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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN WEARING AN UNUSUAL HAT

This vintage real photo postcard features a woman wearing an unusual hat. I am thinking that the millinery designer of this hat designed it in the fog of a bad hangover, or perhaps the woman in the photograph wore the hat into the woods and exited with a branch stuck through her hat. In addition, the branch appears to be hosting one leaf and a caterpillar tent. The subject of this photograph is wearing a winter coat and a nice pursed smile. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.  The identity of the hatted woman and the studio that took the photograph are unknown.

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG AND PRETTY WOMAN IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (PHOTO BY JULIETTA STUDIO)

A pretty young woman, holding a bouquet of flowers, poses for her portrait at a studio in Bucharest, Romania. Printing on the reverse of this real photo postcard reveals that the photographer was Julietta, an appointed  photographer of Romania’s royal court. This postcard is dated 1914.

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CHARMING YOUNG WOMAN AT AN OPEN GATE IN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK

A charming and pretty young woman stands at an open gate as she poses for this cabinet card portrait. The woman is beautifully dressed and well adorned with bracelets, a feathered hat, and a parasol. The photographer of this image is A. N. Camp of Jamestown, New York. He began his photography business there in 1885. To learn more about Mr. Camp, and to view more of his images, click on the Cabinet Card Gallery’s category “Photographer: Camp”.

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN IN MAYVILLE, NORTH DAKOTA

 

A well dressed pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the Dahl Brothers studio in Mayville, North Dakota. The woman is displaying a pretty smile and shows an air of confidence. She is wearing a locket on a long thin chain. In the book “An Illustrated History of Lyon County, Minnesota” (1912), by Arthur P. Rose, the author reports that Julius T. Dahl (1874-?) was operating a photo gallery in Marshall, Minnesota. Although born in Minnesota, Dahl moved to North Dakota with his family at an early age and lived with them on a farm. He stayed on the farm until twenty-five years of age when he learned photography and opened a gallery in Mayville. He operated his business there for three years and then opened a gallery in Kindred, North Dakota which remained in business for four years. In 1908 he began his photography studio in Marshall. In 1897 Dahl married Carrie Fatland. Wikipedia states that Mayville was founded in 1881 and named after “May Arnold”. What was May Arnold’s claim to fame? Apparently, she was the first white child born in the vicinity of the town. Not much of a claim to fame in my book but the 1880’s were a different era and a time characterized by more overt racism than today.

PROFILE PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

This cabinet card features a profile portrait of a a very pretty young woman. The photograph was taken by the F. G. Schumacher Gallery of Photographic Art in Los Angeles, California. The subject of this photograph appears to be in her teenage years. An article in the Los Angeles Herald (1886) is quite complimentary of Mr Schumacher. He is described as “one of the best photographic artists on the coast”. He is also referred to as “a graduate of the famous studio of Bradley & Rulofson” in San Francisco. The article also reports that he had taken portraits of many celebrities and had a particular talent in photographing children and infants. (To view photographs by Bradley & Rulofson, click on category Photographer: Bradley & Rulofson).  Frank G. Schumaker (1861-1930?) was born in California. The University of California (Berkley) archives asserts that he established a photography studio in 1882 on North Spring Street in Los Angeles. He is listed in Los Angeles business directories from at least 1888 through 1904. Wilson’s Photographic Magazine (1897) printed an article entitled “Photographic Studies by Schumacher. The article praised his work.

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PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE Y0UNG WOMAN IN A DARK DRESS

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of an attractive young woman wearing a dark dress with a high collar. She is wearing her hair loose and she is quite striking. This photograph was taken at an unidentified studio, at an unidentified location, and by an unidentified photographer.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY AND SWEET TEENAGE GIRL IN AUBURN, NEW YORK

This cabinet card portrait features a sweet and attractive looking young woman posing for her portrait at the Ernsberger Fine Art Gallery in Auburn, New York. She appears to be in her teenage years and is well dressed and holding a fur muff. Note her stylish hat. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that it was taken in May, 1880. William H. Ernsberger was a popular Auburn photographer judging by the large number of photographs by him in the collection of early Auburn images held by the Cayuga Museum. He was born in nearby Trumansberg in 1844 and moved to Auburn in 1865. He operated a photo studio in Auburn for more than sixty years. He was known to have photographed abolitionist Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) in 1908. At one point, his son Fred joined him in business. Ernsberger died in 1941. His obituary appeared in the Dunkirk Evening Observer. The article states that he was “reputedly” the oldest active photographer in the nation. He was 97 years old at the time of his death.

PORTRAIT OF A FASHIONABLE YOUNG WOMAN (THE BUTTON LADY)

This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed young woman. She appears to be in her late teenage years. Her dress is adorned with an abundance of buttons as well as webbing and lace . She apparently liked jewelry as she is wearing a collar pin, a pin on her dress, and a couple of rings. She has very curly hair which she wears high on her head. She is displaying a half smile. The name of the photographer and the location of the studio are not listed on the photograph. This relatively close-up photograph has nice clarity and an unusual and interesting staging.

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