FASHIONABLE LADY IN HAVERHILL, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card features a side view portrait of nicely dressed woman in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The photographer is Dexter B. Vickery. He was born in 1840 and was the son of a farmer. By the time he was nineteen years old he had become a daguerreon artist in Lowell, Massachusetts. At the time of the 1870 US census, he was working in Haverhill and married to Julia Vickery. He is also listed in the 1880 US census as a photographer. The 1869 Haverhill directory lists Vickery’s studio as being located at 37 Merrimack Street.

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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.

ATTRACTIVE AND FASHIONABLE COUPLE IN LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS (FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC GENES)

An attractive and fashionable couple stand in front of the camera in this portrait by Duclos. The gallery was located in Lowell, Massachusetts. The couple in this photograph are very well dressed and likely affluent. The couple are unidentified. This is a lovely image but there was an error made in setting up the couple’s pose. Take a close look and see if you can find the photographer’s mistake. I will describe the error in the second-to-last sentence of this paragraph. There is only sketchy information about the photographer of this image. However, the information is pretty amazing. An article in the Nashua Telegraph (1909) is entitled “DUCLOS FAMILY OF PHOTOGRAPHERS: THREE GENERATIONS OF PICTURE TAKERS”. The story reveals that the family of Mr and Mrs Alphonse Duclos of Lowell,was a family of photographers. Both father and mother were photographers and each of their six children “have charge” of photography studios. Each of the married children were married to photographers and the one and only grandchild (age 12) was considered a prodigy photographer. The article reports where each of the members of the Duclos family worked as photographers. Sadie Duclos is the family member who operated studios (2) in Lowell. When setting up the pose and while photographing this image, Sadie did not notice one of the woman’s shoes sticking out from under her dress. To view the work of other female photographers, click on the category “Female Photographers”.

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