PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY LITTLE GIRL WEARING A CONFIRMATION GOWN IN DIJON, FRANCE

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This cartes de visite portrait features a pretty young girl wearing her confirmation gown and holding a cross on a chain and bible. She is wearing white gloves and a necklace with a pendant. It appears that she has a small purse hanging from the front of her dress. This cdv photograph was taken by L. Bertrand at his studio in Dijon, France. Dijon is the capital city of the Burgundy region in eastern France. This area is one of the leading wine producing regions in France.

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Published in: on April 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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WOMAN IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA: DRESSED FOR AN OCCASION

This Cabinet Card is an image of a teenager or young woman posing in a special dress for what is apparently a special day. She is holding a small book and flowers. She is wearing dress gloves and a corsage. Perhaps this is a portrait of her confirmation day. The props in the photograph are quite elaborate and that should not be a surprise once one learns about the photographer.  The photographer is F. Schanz of Ft Wayne, Indiana. Research reveals that Felix Schanz (1861-?) was born in France and educated in Germany. He came to the United States at age 18 and worked as a photographer for three years in New York City. He arrived in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1881. “The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana” , published in 1917; states that Schanz was a well known and popular businessman who lived in Fort Wayne nearly 40 years. He had a number of successive studios but the one that he built in 1914 allowed drivers to drive into the building to obtain photographs of their car and the car’s occupants. Schanz also expanded his studio to work in the area of motion picture photography. He was an innovator and his studios were described as quite grand. to view other photographs by Schanz, click on the category “Photographer: Schanz”.

Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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YOUNG WOMAN AT HER CONFIRMATION IN VALPARAISO, INDIANA

FUNERALORWEDDING_0006This cabinet card appears to be an image of a young woman celebrating her confirmation. Note the flower arrangements, the woman’s gown, and the cabinet card photograph on the table. There is also a card on the table with something handwritten on it. Unfortunately, I can not read the writing. The studio of  J. M. Harkless of  Valparaiso, Indiana is the photographer of this cabinet card.

Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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