NICELY DRESSED ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

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This cabinet card portrait features an adorable little girl in a cute dress. She is wearing a lace collar and has a bow in her hair. She is posed next to a wicker chair and potted plant. The photographer is George Cobb of Binghamton, New York. Cobb has a number of images in the Cabinet Card Gallery. To view those images and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Cobb”.

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PORTRAIT OF A VERY PRETTY WOMAN IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK


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This cabinet card portrait features a very pretty and photogenic young woman. She has intriguing eyes. She is wearing a fancy dress. The photograph is crisp and sharp. The image is in very good condition. The reverse of the photograph suggests that the image once resided in a cabinet card photo album. George N. Cobb began his photography career in 1850 in Montrose, Pennsylvania. He moved to Binghamton in 1870 and operated a photography studio until 1903.

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FATHER, MOTHER, AND DAUGHTER POSE FOR FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

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A well dressed middle aged couple and their daughter pose for their portrait at the Osborn studio in Binghamton, New York. Father and daughter are showing a bit of a smile while mother appears quite serious. To view other photographs by Emerson Osborn, click on the category “Photographer: Osborn (Binghamton)”.

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A MOTHER’S LOVE IN WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA

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A mother’s love is an invisible phenomenon. However, a mothers love is visible to a camera as the Dean studio of Williamsport, Pennsylvania demonstrates in this image. This portrait captures a loving mother holding her precious young child. The baby is wearing a long gown and the mother is wearing a ring and earrings. This mother’s commitment and affection toward her child radiates from this image. The baby’s expression seems to be one of displeasure at going through the ordeal of having his/her portrait taken. If Williamsport, Pennsylvania sounds like a familiar name to you, its likely because the town hosts the Little League World Series. The baseball tournament has been held there since 1947. William F. Dean was born in Canadaigua, New York in 1856.He and his family moved to Williamsport in 1867. He started his work life in his father’s mercantile business but in 1883 he and a partner opened a photography studio. The studio was called Dean & Cornwall and in 1887 Cornwall retired.. Dean’s photography business grew to the point that he had six assistants and a contract to be the exclusive photographer for 13 furniture factories. Dean died in 1899.

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OUT OF THE DARKNESS: A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

BINGHAMTON GIRL_0003A young woman poses for her portrait at the Cobb studio in Binghamton, New York. The photographer uses the familiar (seen elsewhere in the Cabinet Card Gallery) technique of capturing the subject in a focused light surrounded by darkness. The pretty young woman is wearing a collar pin and a hair accessory. George N. Cobb was in 1847 in upstate New York. In 1850 he moved with his family to New Milford, Pennsylvania. At age nineteen he took over a photographic gallery owned by J. B. Hazleton in Montrose, Pennsylvania. It is likely that he was trained by Hazleton before he bought him out of the business. Cobb moved to Binghamton in 1870 and bought the gallery belonging to Ambrose Hickcox. He operated the studio until 1903. To view other photographs by Cobb, click on the category “Photographer: Cobb”.

YOUNG COUPLE WITH GREAT AND NOT SO GREAT EYES IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

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A young couple pose for their portrait at the Wheeler studio in Binghamton, New York. The attractive and shapely young woman in this image has beautiful saucer sized eyes. She is wearing a necklace holding a pendant or coin. The well dressed gentleman’s eyes are less attractive. He seems to be looking at something out of the corner of his eyes. The photographer of this image is Sheldon S. Wheeler. The 1880 US census reveals that Wheeler (age 26) was born in 1854. He was married to Kate Wheeler (age 23). He was working as a photographer. The couple was living in Ostego, New York. The 1910 US census found Wheeler still working as a photographer and he and Kate had divorced. Wheeler is listed as a photographer in a number of Binghamton city directories from 1906 through 1915. The 1920 census indicates that Wheeler had married a woman named Belle and that she was seventeen years his junior. He had left the field of photography and was working in Real Estate. His Real Estate business was listed in several Binghamton directories from 1921 through 1929. Wheeler retired by the time the 1930 US census was taken and he died in 1936. He is buried in Binghamton.

 

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A WINTERTIME FAMILY PORTRAIT IN WINDSOR, NEW YORK

This cabinet card features a family portrait taken in Windsor, New York. The family constellation appears to be composed of a father, mother, two adult sons, and a little girl who was likely an afterthought. The four older subjects are all holding their hats and the young girl has mittens hanging from her coat. The entire family is well-dressed. The photographer is listed as Conrad and the studio is listed as being located in Windsor, New York. However, the reverse of the image has a printed advertisement for the Binghamton Art Gallery, located at 493 Court Street, in Binghamton, New York. Windsor and Binghamton are about sixteen miles apart. Perhaps Conrad had studios in both towns. The 1900 U.S. census lists a photographer living in Binghamton named Edward E. Conrad. Note the confirming monogram on the center bottom of the cabinet card indicates that  the photographer’s initials are “E. E.”.  Edward Conrad (1857- ?) lived with his wife Susie, their three school age daughters, and a boarder.  Edward and Susie were married in 1887. The 1920 U. S. census discloses that at age 63, Edward was still a photographer, and owned his own gallery. He still lived with Susie (age 52), but his children no longer lived home. However, there was still child rearing to do in the Conrad home. The couple lived with their two and a half year-old grandchild.

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