FAMILY PORTRAIT OF YOUNG PARENTS AND TWO INFANTS IN HUDSON MASSACHUSETTS

hudsonThis cabinet card portrait captures a young family posing at the R. B. Lewis studio in Hudson, Massachusetts. Both mother and father are each holding one of their infants on their laps. Mom looks quite pretty in her striped blouse  and is wearing a long necklace and collar pin. Dad looks comfortable enough sitting in a somewhat ornate chair. To view other cabinet card photographs by R. B Lewis, click on the category “Photographer: Lewis”.

 

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THREE BABES IN HUDSON, NEW YORK

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The Sullivan Brothers studio produced this cabinet card featuring three very young children. These kids are very close in age but are probably siblings. They are wearing gowns and the oldest child is posed behind a wood stroller toy. The back of the cabinet card has an inscription to “Aunt Rachel”. Frederick and Alfred H. Sullivan operated their studio in Hudson, New York. To learn more about them and to view more of their images, click on the category “Photographer: Sullivan Brothers”.

SWEET GIRL LEANING ON A CHAIR AND CLASHING FABRICS IN HUDSON, NEW YORK

SWEET GIRL_0001A sweet young girl with her arms crossed leans against a chair at the V. Whitbeck studio in Hudson, New York. One wonders if Whitbeck ever noticed the major pattern clash between the fabrics of the girl’s clothing and the chair.  The reverse of the photograph has advertising that indicates that Whitbeck was successor to a photographer named Forshew. Frank Forshew (1827-1895) established his photography business in 1850 in Hudson, a small city on the banks of the Hudson River in upstate New York. He began as a daguerrian and progressed through the stages of photography, eventually producing cdv’s, cabinet cards, and stereoviews. He sold his business to Volkert Whitbeck (1843-?) in the early 1890’s. Whitbeck had joined the business after his discharge from the Union army in 1863. Whitbeck had enlisted into the 14th NY Infantry (Co K) as a corporal. Before his mustering out on 5/23/1863, he had reached the rank of sergeant. Records indicate that he remained in the reserves and continued to rise in rank reaching Captain. Whitbeck appears in the 1880 US census and at that point in time he worked as a photographer and shared his name and residence with his father. His father was a physician. Whitbeck’s photography business is listed in many Hudson city directories. The latest one appears to be 1913.

TWO YOUNG WOMEN HOLDING HANDS IN HUDSON, NEW YORK

LADIES HANDSThis curious photograph features two young women holding hands. The photographer is Sullivan Brothers of Hudson, New York. To view other photographs by the Sulllivan Brothers, click on the category “Photographer: Sullivan Brothers”.

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CUTE SIBLINGS IN HUDSON, NEW YORK

This cabinet card features two very cute siblings photographed by the Sullivan Brothers of Hudson, New York. The older sibling, with bows in her hair, seems to be evaluating he situation as she stares at the camera. The younger sibling appears comfortable atop a cushion on the seat of a wicker chair. The photographic studio’s partners were Frederick and Alfred H. Sullivan. One of their photographs of a child was published in the Burr McIntosh Monthly (1907). The Bulletin of Photography (1915) reported that the Sullivan Brothers studio was sold to James C. Van Loon in 1915. To view other photographs by Sullivan Brothers studio, click on the category “Photographer: Sullivan Brothers”.

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