A woman surrounded by flowers is the subject of this cabinet card portrait by J. V. Wahl, of Wellman, Iowa. A dark patterned curtain serves as the background in this photograph. The patterned curtains, the multitude of flowers, the patterned chair, and the young woman; make for a very busy image. In fact, the viewer’s eyes don’t know where to focus. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that the subject of this cabinet card is Miss Edith Ash of Washington, Iowa. The photograph was taken in January, 1898. Edith Ash (1878-?) is listed in the census of 1880 through 1920 as a resident of Washington County, Iowa. She is most likely the subject in this image. She was married to Howard Cooper, circa 1899.
This cabinet card appears to be an image of a group of girls who are members of a cast of a school play. The girls are dressed in ethnic costumes. The girl sitting closest to the photographer is dressed beautifully in gypsy garb. Two individuals in this image appear to be adults and one may surmise that they are the teachers who are directing the show. Two of the girls are holding flowered hoops. A sign made up of leaves or vines indicate that this photograph was taken in 1883. Next to the date, two letters are hanging. The letters are either “MC” or “HC”, which may be an abbreviation of the school or group that is putting on the production. The name and location of the photographer is unknown since a prior owner of this cabinet card trimmed the edges to fit into an album or frame.
Ok. This photograph is not a wedding picture of a Minnesota Vikings lineman. In fact, it is only a guess that this cabinet card is a wedding photograph. However, the man in the picture is built like a lineman; and the couple is dressed in the best finery of the day and adorned with flowers which appears very wedding-like. The photographer is Flaten of Halstad, Minnesota. Research reveals that Ole E. Flaten (1854 or 1865- 1933) was born in Vanders, Norway and immigrated to the United States. He operated studios in Northfield, Moorehead, and Halstad, Minnesota. He worked as a photographer from the 1870’s through the 1920’s, retiring in 1930. He had a studio in Halstad in 1894 through 1895. Check out another photograph by Flaten by clicking on the category of “Photographer: Flaten”.
Emily Hardy and her baby doll pose for their portrait at the Genelli Gallery in Sioux City, Iowa. Her name is inked on the reverse of the card and she is wearing a pin with her name displayed beneath the center of her collar. Young Emily is proudly posing with her doll and holding some flowers. Interestingly, the Genelli photographic studio still exists in Sioux City, Iowa. To view other photographs by Genellli and to learn more about the studio, click on the category “Photographer: Genelli”.