TENDER PORTRAIT OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IN LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS

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The love between a mother and her daughter is quite evident in this cabinet card portrait by the Bauer studio  in Leavenworth, Kansas. Note the intimate quality of this image. The little girl displays a loving look and has her right arm draped over her mother’s right shoulder and has her left hand touching her mothers’ upper arm. The reverse of the cabinet card has printing advertising the address of P. H. Bauer’s studio. The building was located on the northwest corner of Shawnee and Fifth Streets.  P. H Bauer’s father, Sebastian Bauer was a pioneer Kansas photographer. He was active in Leavenworth between 1865 and 1887. His son, Pius Henry Bauer (1861-?) started sharing his fathers studio in 1878 and they soon joined as partners. He opened his own gallery in 1887 which he ran past 1900. In 1886 and 1887, a Mary Bauer worked in the gallery. She was reported by one source to be Pius’s sister and by another source to be Pius’s wife.

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PORTRAIT OF A SOMBER OLD COUPLE

whisker coupleThis photograph features an interesting looking older couple. The husband stands in the background with a sullen expression while the wife, appearing quite intense, stands in the forefront. One wonders if the positioning in this image reflects their respective roles in their relationship. Written notations on the reverse of this photograph reveals that the subjects in the image are “Barclay and Sarah George”. The photo is dated “1900”. No photographer or location is indicated but research quickly discovered that this couple resided in Tonganoxie, Kansas at the time this photograph was produced. The 1900 Federal census revealed that Barclay  was born in Indiana in 1839, making him 60 years old at the time of this photograph. He had one parent that was born in Virginia while the other hailed from North Carolina. Sarah George was born in 1846 in Indiana, making her 53 years old when this picture was taken. Her parents were native to North Carolina. The couple was married in 1863. The 1895 and Kansas census reported that the pair still lived in Tonganoxie on their farm and had two teenage children. The 1905 Kansas census also found them residing in Tonganoxie. Further research revealed that Barclay was a participant in the War Between the States. He served in the 13th Iowa Infantry (Company B). Sarah filed for Barclay’s civil war pension in 1898 stating that he had become an “invalid”. In 1923 she filed for his pension upon his death. She made the death claim while living in Texas. Barclay George (1839-1923) is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Pampa, Texas. An interesting side note concerns the origin of the name of “Tonganoxie”. “Tonganoxie” was the name of the chief of the Delaware tribe that occupied the area. The town was established in 1866.

LITTLE GIRL AT THE GATE SOMEWHERE IN KANSAS

GIRL AT GATE_0009A cute little girl with a sweet smile pushes open the gate in this studio photograph by E. E. Van Epps. The child wears an expression that shows her excitement about obtaining a photographic portrait. This scalloped cabinet card was created in one of four studios operated by Van Epps in Kansas. The studios were located in the towns of Atwood, Colby, Hoxie and Sharon Springs.

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A BEREAVED WOMAN IN THE WOODS IN McPHERSON, KANSAS (FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER)

MRS VREELAND_0004This cabinet card features a well dressed woman dressed in black and holding a handkerchief. The woman appears to be dressed in mourning clothes. On the reverse of the cabinet card is the following pre printed quotation “Secure the shadow ere the substance fades”. This quotation was commonly used in the photographic community in advertising to encourage people to photograph their deceased relatives to keep their memory alive. The next part of the “secure the shadow” quotation is “Let nature imitate what nature made”. It was not uncommon to photograph corpses in life-like poses or in caskets, deathbeds, or other household furniture during the cabinet card era. See cabinet card gallery category “Memorial Card”. This photograph seems to be more of a mourning card than a memorial card, though one can’t be certain. The photographer of this image is Mrs. Vreeland who operated the “leading gallery” in McPherson, Kansas. To view other photographs by female photographers click on the category “Female Photographers”. To view other photographs by Mrs. Vreeland, click on the category “Photographer: Vreeland”.

LTTLE GIRL STANDING ON A CHAIR IN DOUGLASS, KANSAS

kansas child_0001F A Cooley was a photographer located in Douglass, Kansas and he produced this cabinet card portrait of a well dressed little girl standing on a chair. She looks a bit uncertain as to how to pose for the portrait. It was a difficult task to photograph children and part of the photographers job was to put the child at ease. Mr. Cooley was unsuccessful at this venture. It must be pointed out that there is a possibility that the child in this portrait may  actually be a boy. Douglass, Kansas was established in 1869 by a trader named Joseph Douglass. He established the town along cattle trail that began in Texas. In 1877 the Florence, El Dorado, and Walnut Valley Railroad Company built a branch line that in 1881 was extended to Douglass. Initial research uncovered no information about the photographer of this image.

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TWO DAPPER AFFECTIONATE GENTLEMEN IS NEWTON, KANSAS

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Two affectionate men pose for their portrait in Newton, Kansas. The men look quite dapper in their suits and with their straw hats. Note that the gentleman wearing the suit and vest has a pocket watch chain visible atop his vest. He is also holding a walking stick.The man standing, and the man sitting on the hammock are showing some shared affection. They could be friends, relatives, or even lovers. It is impossible to guess their relationship. One wonders if homophobia was much of a factor in the cabinet card era in regard to men showing affection to men in public or in photographs. Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet card gallery can competently comment on this issue. The photographer of this image is the Tripp studio in Newton, Kansas. According to print on the reverse of the photograph, the studio was located on the corner of Main Street and Broadway. The photographer, Frank D. Tripp is cited in Anthony’s Photographic Bulletin (1896) as the President of the Photographers Association of Kansas. Another source states that Tripp “flourished” as a photographer in Newton during the 1880’s. Tripp’s obituary appears in The Evening Kansan Republican (1947). He died in Denver, Colorado at age eighty. He was described in the article as a pioneer photographer in Newton. He was an officer in the Newton Masonic Lodge. At some point he moved to Pueblo, Colorado where he was a partner in the Tripp and York photography studio.

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG COUPLE IN INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS

A young couple poses for their portrait at the Stone Front Gallery in Independence, Kansas. The photographer was Al Brown. The photographer created a nice scene for this portrait. The young woman, in a very fancy dress,  is holding a posted envelope in one hand and a letter in the other. She is standing next to a small table which holds a book and a framed photograph of a child. The husband is dressed in a suit and is wearing a corsage. He has an appearance of being dazed by the process of being photographed. What is that item on the floor leaning on his chair. Is it a large envelope, magazine or newspaper? Whatever it is; it certainly does not enhance the photograph. The couple in this photograph are identified by an inscription on the reverse of the photograph. The woman’s name is Sue Singleton or Sue Singletore (last name not completely legible). The husbands first name is very difficult to decipher. The first letter of his name either begins with an “H” or an “A”.

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PRETTY WOMAN WITH DARK HAIR, DARK EYES, AND WHITE GLOVES

A pretty young woman with dark hair and dark eyes poses for her portrait by a photographer named E. C. Brown whose studio was located on Douglas Avenue in Ellsworth, Kansas.  The woman in this photograph is wearing a striking dress with a couple of floral displays pinned to it. She is wearing formal white gloves and is holding some papers.  Her dress looks like a wedding dress but it is not likely that she would be holding papers in a wedding portrait. Perhaps a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will share an opinion in regard to the specific context of this image.

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FAMILY PORTRAIT IN CONCORDIA, KANSAS

This cabinet card photograph features a mother and father posing for a photographer. Each parent has a young child on their lap. The photographer is H. S. Mulit, whose studio was located in Concordia, Kansas. Little information could be uncovered about Mr. Mulit. The 1885 Kansas State Census reveals that there was a H. S. Mulit (c. 1845- ?) living in Clyde, Kansas. He resided there with his wife and three children. The towns of Clyde and Concordia are only fourteen miles apart, so it is likely that the H. S. Mulit in the census data is the same man who was the photographer of this cabinet card.

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A BOY AND HIS BIKE IN INMAN, KANSAS

A boy dressed in jacket and tie, poses with his bicycle, in the studio of  I. B. Klopfenstein, in Inman, Kansas. Note the castle in the background. The castle is an interesting choice for a backdrop, considering that the studio and the lad are located on the Great Plains of America. The pasty faced boy looks intently at the camera.  His bicycle lacks the accessories often seen in images of people posing with bikes in cabinet card photography. This bike lacks a horn, basket, or repair kit. The photographer, Isaac B. Klopfenstein is listed in a number of state and federal censuses. In 1885 he lived in Lincoln, Kansas but by 1895, his residence was reported to be Inman, Kansas. He was of German heritage and was born in 1864, somewhere in Ohio. The reverse of the cabinet card has a pencilled name that identifies the boy in this photograph. The inscription reveals that he is “Master Charlie Williams”. Research efforts to gather further information about the lad were stymied because of the abundance of people in Kansas named “Charlie Williams” during that era. When was this photograph taken? It is safe to say that the image was produced 1889 or later. The town of Inman, Kansas was founded in 1887 but was originally named “Aiken”. The town was renamed in 1889. The new name was Inman, named after nearby Lake Inman. Who is Inman? Inman was the name of the Army Major who originally surveyed the area.

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