YOUNG COUPLE AND THEIR LITTLE GIRL IN DERBY, CONNECTICUT

 

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An attractive young couple and their little girl pose for their portrait at the Morse studio in Derby, Connecticut. The little girl in this photograph is absolutely adorable and her smile is priceless. Her love for her mother is quite evident. The mother in this photograph is wearing a pretty dress and seems to be enjoying her intimate moment with her child. The photographer of this image, Thomas N. Morse, did an excellent job of capturing the joy that this family appears to have experienced while having their portrait taken.

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PROFILE PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN DERBY, CONNECTICUT

DERBY LADY_0006A lovely young woman poses for her profile portrait in Derby, Connecticut. It is clear from the image that the subject took some pains to prepare her hair for her day at the photography studio. The photograph has been trimmed so the photographer’s name is not identifiable.

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A WIDE-EYED YOUNG LADY IN DANBURY, CONNECTICUT

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This cabinet card portrait features a wide-eyed young lady with curly bangs. One might posit that she was in her teen years when photographed by Harvey A. Lesure in Danbury, Connecticut. His studio is listed in business directories at 207 Main Street from 1885 through 1887. In 1888 and 1889 his studio was located at 247 Main Street.

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SPORTSWOMEN OR SPORTSMEN IN PLAINVILLE, CONNECTICUT (TENNIS)

TENNIS GIRLS_0002Two women pose for their portrait at the studio belonging to W. Allderige in Plainville, Connecticut. One of the ladies is holding a tennis racquet but she is holding it in a way that may indicate that she was not a tennis player. Since she is not displaying a proper grip of the racquet, the tennis racquet may just be a prop in the photographers studio. The previous owner of this photograph contended that the two women in this image are actually cross dressing men. Perhaps the former owner was just trying to increase the sales value of the photograph. I would be interested in hearing the opinion of  some of the visitors to the cabinet card gallery on this matter. Research discovered some information about photographer William Allderige. He was born in Birmingham, England in 1854. He worked as a shipping clerk for a carrying company and then as a cashier and bookkeeper for a railway company. In 1856 he immigrated to the United States and settled briefly in Northampton, Massachusetts. He then moved to New York City where he studied photography and when proficient, he returned to Northampton and became a traveling photographer. His next business move was to open photography studios in Connecticut. In 1859 he opened a studio in Plainville which he operated for over forty years. He ran a studio in New Britain from 1870 through 1877 which his son took over and operated until 1898. In 1886 he started a studio in Farmington. Allderige was very busy conducting business but he still found time to marry Sarah Dawson in 1848.

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PRETTY LADY IN NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT

NEWLONDONLADY_0002A pretty young woman, wearing a corsage, poses for her portrait at the New London, Connecticut studio of Scholfield & Tingley. Everett A. Scholfield was born in 1843 in Lowell, Massachusetts. In the 1850’s he and his family moved to Westerly, Rhode Island and his father switched careers to operate a photographic studio. Young Everett learned photography from assisting his father. Everett opened a studio in Wakefield, Rhode Island with Nathan E. Nash. It did not take long for Nash to leave the business and Scholfield continued the gallery as a sole proprietor. During most of 1864 and nearly half of 1865, Everett was licensed as a travelling photographer. In 1865 he moved to Norwich, Connecticut and partnered with Lucius Thompson in operating a studio. By 1866 he had moved his business location to Stonington, Connecticut and remained there until 1871. His partners in Stonington included C. D. Holmes and later D. O. Angell. In 1872 he began business in Putnam, Connecticut working with W. T. Dyer. By 1873 he had left Stonington to open a studio in Mystic, Connecticut. In 1877 he travelled to the West Indies and had experienced business failures there. In 1879 he and his brothers Addison and Edwin joined together in operating a Westerly, Rhode Island studio called Scholfield Brothers. This fraternal partnership ended in 1885. George E. Tingley apprenticed at Everett’s Mystic studio and soon became Everett’s partner. Everett ran the satellite New London studio while Tingley was in charge of the Mystic studio. In less than a year the partnership dissolved. Tingley continued in Mystic and experienced a great deal of success in his profession. Scholfield continued his business in New London through 1912. He retired in Mystic and died in 1930 at the age of eighty-six. Scholfield had a long career as a photographer but he certainly wasn’t a desirable business partner or tenant. It seems he changed partners and locations at an unusually high frequency.

PRETTY YOUNG MOTHER WITH TODDLER SON IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

JOHNSTONE HARTFORD_0004A pretty young mother and her toddler son pose for their portrait at the Johnstone studio in Hartford, Connecticut. Mom is looking at the photographer with a suspicious expression while her son appears quite unhappy and terrified. Photography Journals of this era often contained articles about how to achieve the best photographs of children. Either this child was exceptionally difficult to distract or calm down, or Mr Johnstone was unfamiliar with the aforementioned literature. The 1903 Hartford directory lists Christopher Johnstone as a photographer located at 45 Pratt Street. Wilson’s Photographic Magazine (1904) reports that Johnstone was the President of the Photographers Association of New England.

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MAN WITH NOTABLE BEARD IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

BOWMAN_0001This photograph merits inclusion in the cabinet card gallery on the basis of the subjects stylish beard. He is quite clean cut except in the very center of his face. This beard also is a “mouth hider”. Mealtime must be quite a messy affair for this gentleman. To view other photographs of men with interesting beards, click on the category “Beards (Only the Best).  The photographer of this image is F. A. Bowman of New Haven, Connecticut. Frank Augustus Bowman (1847-1911) is included on a list compiled of the two hundred plus most prolific  photographers of the Carte de Visite era. His name appears as a photographer in New Haven’s  business directories between 1869 and 1900. The 1880 US census reported that Bowman (age 33) lived in New Haven with his wife Mary Fowler Bowman (age 32), his daughter Bessie (age 2), and a servant. The family also had a boarder, Jennie Ferris (age 27) who worked with Bowman in his studio.

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UNIFORMED BAND MEMBER AND HIS TUBA IN JEWETT CITY, CONNECTICUT

This cabinet card features a uniformed band member and his tuba. At least I think it is a tuba but I would appreciate some confirmation from a cabinet card visitor well versed in identifying musical instruments. Note the sheet music clipped to his brass instrument  The musician has a terrific handlebar mustache and his cap indicates that he is a member of the “Ashland Band”.  This image was produced by the Brown studio in Jewett City as well as Moosup, Connecticut. Jewett City is a borough in the town of Griswold and Moosup is located in the town of Plainfield. Jewett City and Moosup are 12 miles apart. To drive from Jewett City to Moosup, one starts off on Ashland Street. I wonder if the “Ashland Band” is related to “Ashland Street”? Research reveals that the photographer William H. Brown was born in Packerville, Connecticut in 1853. His father was an overseer in the local mill. Brown was educated in public schools and his first job was as a store clerk. After three years of working in the store, he bought it and ran it for four years until he sold it. He then went back to work as a store clerk but bought a camera and for fun, photographed his friends and others during off hours. In a short time, it was clear that Brown had much talent in the area of photography. In about 1888 he opened a photography business. He had studios in Dayville and Wauregan. Later he opened galleries in Jewett City, Taftville and Moosup. Brown was married in 1874 to Miss Lillian Bennett and the couple had two daughters, Lillian and Alice.

PORTRAIT OF PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT (POSSIBLY AN ACTRESS)

The pretty woman in this cabinet card photograph has the appearance of an actress. She has struck a provocative pose in this photograph and is very photogenic. She looks like she rolled out of bed and forgot to get dressed before coming to the A. Pritchard Photographic Art Studio to have her portrait taken.  She also looks like she is wearing her bed clothes, but that is not likely the case. Perhaps she is wearing a costume from a stage production she was appearing in. The reverse of the photograph has the name “Lillian” written on it. Trying to use the first name to assist in identifying this young lady was fruitless. I can’t resist the following insight. The Cabinet Card Gallery has few  images that have been significantly damaged over time. A previous owner of this image cut corners to fit this photograph into a frame. I am beginning to accept what many other collectors already believe,  that damaged photographs have a place in cabinet card collections.The images of damaged cards, even significantly damaged cards, can be quite beautiful as well as interesting. They are as much a window of  history as the most pristine cards. I wonder if the visitors to this gallery agree with me about the value of many damaged cards? Enough of my editorializing! Its time to return to the cabinet card seen above. The photographer of this image, A..Pritchard, operated his studio in Meriden, Connecticut. The Meriden Morning Record  (1921) has an article announcing that Alfred Pritchard had opened a new studio in Meriden. The article states that he had been in Meriden for 15 years but had left the area in 1901. He had moved to New York City where he was “connected with Colonel Marceau” in operating a Fifth Avenue photography business. Later he was “connected” with Roger Sherman’s studio in New Haven, Connecticut. This cabinet card image was produced during Pritchard’s first stint in Meriden.

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SHORT HAIRED BEAUTY IN DANBURY, CONNECTICUT

A pretty woman poses for her portrait at the Sanford gallery. She has short dark hair and is wearing earrings and a pearl choker. The photographer of this image was E. Starr Sanford, a man with an interesting life story. To view other photographs by Sanford and to learn more about him; click on the category “Photographer: Sanford”.

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