This cabinet card portrait features a young woman holding a chair in a tilted position. One can assume that she was instructed to do so by the photographer, George C. Urlin (1854-1942). The “tilted chair technique” greatly improves the image compared to those photographs where the subject stands next to a chair in it’s regular position. I think the technique makes the image appear less flat. Urlin’s studio was located in Columbus, Ohio and it was named “The Mammoth Art Gallery”. The studio was founded in 1873 and he was active in Columbus until 1887. At that time he moved to Cleveland for a couple of years and returned to his photography career in Columbus in 1889. At times Urlin worked in partnerships in Columbus. During his career, Urlin received many medal for his work, Some of these medals can be seen on this photographs back stamp. The latest medal shown is from 1885. There are several photographs by Urlin that are in the Cabinet Card Gallery collection. To see additonal images, click on the category “Photographer: Urlin”.

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This wonderful cabinet card portrait captures an adorable young girl sitting at a table with an open book in front of her. She is looking toward the camera and displaying a serious gaze. She is wearing a dress that has lace at the end of her sleeves and around her collar. This photograph was taken at the Urlin and Pfeifer studio which was located in Columbus, Ohio. The cabinet card gallery has photographs by each of these photographers that were taken when they were working independently. John A. Pfeifer (1859-1932) was active in the Columbus area from 1882 to at least 1913. For much of that time, he was partners with George C. Urlin (1854-1942). Their firm was the class photographer of Oberlin College in 1888. Urlin was active in Columbus between 1873 and 1887. The reverse of this cabinet card offers an interesting back stamp. Note the etching of the Urlin & Pfeifer storefront. Behind the gallery’s windows there is a display of  framed photographs. Also on the reverse of the photograph is advertising boasting that the studio had won 47 “Medals and Highest Awards”. One of these medals was issued in 1885 which is about the time that this cabinet card was produced.

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