STUNNING WOMAN IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN (WEARING AN INTERESTING AND UNUSUAL HAT)

stunner

A very pretty young woman is seen in this cabinet card portrait from the Sutter studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The woman is wearing a fabulously unusual hat. The photographer of this lovely portrait is Henry S. Sutter. Research reveals that he also is referred to as Harry S. Sutter. He was born in Switzerland in 1853 and immigrated to the United States two years later. He was trained as a photographer by the Green & White studio in 1870. He began his own photography business by taking over Clifford & Gibson’s studio in 1874, ten years after it’s establishment. A number of resources mention that Sutter was a highly successful businessman. “The Industrial History of Milwaukee (1886) reported that Sutter was making $25,000 a year from his studio.

Advertisements
Published in: on April 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags: , ,

PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN WITH A LARGE HAT AND BOW IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

girl and hat

This vintage real photo postcard features a very pretty well dressed young woman. Her beauty is not hidden by her very large hat and by the large bow she is wearing at her collar. She is also wearing a double strand necklace. The postcard’s “CYKO” stamp box indicates it was produced between 1904 and 1920. The photo postcard was produced by a private studio named the Boston Store Studio which was located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

girl and hat 1

Published in: on September 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , ,

POSSIBLE MEMORIAL PORTRAIT OF A MAN IN KEWAUNEE, WISCONSIN

tree design

This cabinet card is unusual in that the portrait of the subject (man) is placed over a drawing of a stark winter scene. It is likely that the gentleman’s portrait is framed in this manner because the cabinet card is meant to be a memorial or mourning photograph. I have never seen a cabinet card with this type of border design. The photographer of this image is the Mutzbauer studio in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. The Mutzbauer studio was located in Kewaunee between 1887 and 1896. It later operated in Milwaukee, and it appears to have closed in 1928. The studio was started by Joseph Mutzbauer (1856-1915). He had two children that went into his business, Joseph L. Mutzbauer (1884-1965) and Louise Mutzbauer Macosta (1880-?).

Published in: on March 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

ADORABLE LITTLE BOY WEARING A BIG BOW IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

 

kleiau

This cabinet card features a portrait of an adorable little boy with a “cat that ate the canary” expression. He is smartly dressed and his outfit includes a large bow. The cabinet card photograph was taken by the Kleiu Studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Published in: on December 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm  Comments (2)  
Tags: ,

INTERESTING COUPLE IN MIWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

milwaukee

A young to middle aged couple pose for their portrait at Miller Brothers studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The studio was located on the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Streets. They pose in a studio setting that screams “rustic”. The wood fence, shabby chair, and country backdrop help create the rural feel. The man in this photograph is wearing an interesting beard (see the category “Beards (Only the Best)”. He is holding a book in his left hand and coupled with his attire, the image creates an impression that he is an educated man. The woman is wearing a very plain dress and a serious expression.

Published in: on November 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags: , ,

A WOMAN IN BLACK LOOKS VERY SERIOUS IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

TULLE HAT LADY_0002The Schiller studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, produced this photograph of a woman dressed in black sitting in a chair. Note her tulle wrapped hat. It appears that she is wearing mourning clothes. She is holding something (possibly a magazine) on her lap.

Published in: on August 26, 2013 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: ,

THE CATATONIC DANCERS OF HARTFORD, WISCONSIN

COMATOSE DANCER_0004This cabinet card portrait seems to capture  dance partners  preparing to participate in an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance”. A quick assessment reveals that they need to work toward looking more relaxed and natural. This image comes from the studio of T. G. Zunker in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee city directory listed Zunker as a photographer in their issues of 1897 through 1899.  Hartford and Milwaukee are 39 miles apart. According to the historical photography web site Langdon Road, Theodore Zunker operated his photographic business in Hartford from 1900 through 1915.  The reverse of the card has an inscription that states “Fond Du Lac” which is a city 37 miles from Hartford. There is also a humorous comment written on the back of the photograph. The message states “When you get your man, hang on to him”. It seems that everyone becomes a comedian when they see this image. This cabinet card definitely begs for a humorous caption.

Published in: on August 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , , , , ,

PRETTY WOMAN WITH FRIZZY HAIR IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

This cabinet card features a pretty woman with frizzy hair. She is wearing a dress with a high collar and a long necklace. The photographer did an excellent job of capturing the woman’s facial expressiveness. The Holdmann Photo Studio produced this image. The propietor of the studio was Edward Lutzenberger and the studio had a location in both Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Printing on the reverse of the photograph indicates that this image came from the Milwaukee studio. Also on the reverse of the photograph is printed guarantee and request for feedback that could be seen on any internet auction site. Lutzenberger guarantees that photographic portraits from his studio would not fade. The statement that sounds like it could be from modern day times is “If you are pleased tell others, if not tell us.”  Lutzenberger probably purchased his studio from Charles Holdmann (1851-?).  Holdmann’s studio was located at 224 Grand Avenue in Milwaukee. The 1900 US census reveals that Edward Lutzenberger lived at his mother-in-law’s house with his wife Anna Drager Lutzenberger and their one year-old daughter Norma. Lutzenberger and his wife married in 1897. Both Edward and Anna were born in Wisconsin. Edward was of German descent. He was employed as a photographer. The 1910 US census reports that Edward and his wife and daughter remained in Milwaukee and Edward was still working as a photographer. The 1920 census lists Edward and Anna as still living in Milwaukee with their, then 20 year old daughter Norma. There was a new addition to the household. Norma had a six year old son named Edward. It seems young Edward was born when Norma was around 14 years old. Norma was employed at the time of the census as a stenographer. The 1930 and 1940 census found Edward and Anna living in Milwaukee and Edward was working for the Railroad police. Milwaukee business directories list Edward as a photographer from 1894 through 1913. He certainly may have worked as a photographer in additional years but research could not document other years.

Published in: on December 2, 2012 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

MILWAUKEE’S BEST: PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN BREW TOWN

This cabinet card portrait features a pretty young woman posing at the studio of Joseph Sasse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee’s Best isn’t just a beer brewed by the Miller Brewing Company (founded in 1855). The young woman in this photograph was likely considered one of Milwaukee’s Best eligible women by the many suitors she must have attracted. She appears to have had a fondness for jewelry evidenced by her lovely collar pin. The large buttons on her dress are interesting. In the middle of each button is a six point star. She is wearing her hair in a “Gibson Girl” type style and has a hair bow atop her head. The photographer, Joseph Sasse, according to the 1900 census, was born in Germany (1854) and married his wife Walbolia in 1888. He worked as a photographer and he is listed as working in that profession in a number of Milwaukee city directories from 1895 through 1915. He had a son, Joseph Sasse Jr. who was born in 1887. Over time his son worked as a musician and as a movie operator. The 1920 census reveals that a man named Joseph Sasse, born the same year as photographer Sasse, was divorced and an inmate in a Milwaukee jail. There is no confirmation that these are one and the same man but it certainly does seem likely.

Published in: on August 20, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (2)  
Tags: , , , , ,

FORLORN BRIDE AND DISTANT GROOM ON THEIR WEDDING DAY IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN (CAN THIS MARRIAGE BE SAVED?)

This cabinet card is a wedding portrait photographed by Lecher, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The bride in this picture appears quite attractive  in her wedding gown. She has a lovely veil and has a bouquet of flowers on her lap. The bride seems troubled. Is she questioning her decision to marry her husband? Did her Maid of Honor look more beautiful than she did? The well dressed groom appears quite concerned as he stands quite far from his bride with his hands clasped behind his back, and his top hat rests on the table next to him. The posing of this wedding couple is quite unusual. The couple seem emotionally and physically very distant from each other. Can this marriage be saved? The photographer, Paul G. Lecher, was a native of Germany, who came to the United States at two years of age. Research reveals that he definitely operated his studio in 1889 and 1890, and perhaps, in other years too.

Published in: on June 21, 2011 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , , , ,