THE MOST ADORABLE LITTLE BOY IN ASHLAND, KENTUCKY

An adorable little boy is featured in this cabinet card portrait from the Schmidt studio in Ashland, Kentucky. This cute child is wearing overalls, high top shoes and a terrific wide brimmed hat. Judging by his outfit, one might hazard a guest that he is growing up on a farm. The photographer of this photograph was John William Schmidt (1859-1943). He was a photographer in Ashland and at least at one time, his studio was located at 110 Greenup Avenue. His name can be found in Ashland directories including 1912 and 1930. He is listed as a photographer. He is also listed as a photographer in the 1910 and 1940 US census. Schmidt was born in Ohio and he was married to Alice Schmidt.

Published in: on June 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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FOUR VERY COOL LOOKING YOUNG MEN IN ASHLAND, WISCONSIN

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This cabinet card portrait features four well dressed hatted young men posing for their portrait at the J. A. Jones studio in Ashland, Wisconsin. The men present themselves with an air of confidence. That is particularly true of the fellow seated on the right of the photograph. All four men are wearing vests and the two men in the front row appear to be wearing identical striped shirts. It is my theory that the men work in the same business and that is what brings them together for this group portrait. The photographer of this image is John A. Jones. He operated a photography studio in Ashland between 1893 and 1916. A man with the same name had a studio in Hurley, Wisconsin between 1919 and 1922, although I am uncertain that they are one and the same person. Apparently, Mr. Jones of Ashland was a bit of an entrepreneur. Motor Age (1909) reported that Jones bought a sixteen passenger truck to establish a sightseeing stage line between Ashland and Odanah, the seat of the big Indiana Reservation of northern Wisconsin.

Published in: on August 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF AFFECTIONATE BUDDIES IN ASHLAND, WISCONSIN

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This terrific vintage photograph exudes warmth and friendship. These guys look like buddies. They seem to be quite happy to have an opportunity to have their friendship preserved in a photograph. During the cabinet card era men were more comfortable with physical displays of affection between them. At least it appears that way after viewing many cabinet card portraits of pairs and groups of young men. The young men in this portrait appear quite self-confident and charismatic. The photographer that produced this image is either Carl or Christian (Christopher) Raven (1854-?). Both men are listed as photographers in Ashland County, Wisconsin. According to one source, Carl operated a studio between 1905 and 1906 while Christian worked as a photographer between 1897 and 1908. Christian was born in Germany, immigrated to the United States in 1867 and was married to Lizzie Raven. Whichever Mr. Raven took this photograph, he certainly had an eye for creating a spirited image.

Published in: on March 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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MUTTON CHOPS MAN IN LEOMINSTER, MASSACHUSETTS

A distinguished older gentleman poses for his portrait at the Richardson studio in Leominster, Massachusetts. He is nicely dressed and wearing a wonderful necktie. He has wonderful silver mutton chops that the photographer has captured effectively in this image. Lucius Augustus Richardson was born in Leomister in 1840. After completing his education, he went to work as printer for four years. He then learned photography and began working as a travelling photographer throughout New England. He then spent three years in Boston followed by working three years in Ashland. In 1860 he married Louisa Fitch of Maine. In 1873 he opened a photography studio in Leomister. His daughter Lillian Janette Richardson worked in the studio as a retoucher and printer of photographs.