DREAMY SISTERS IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

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Two adorable young sisters dreamily look at the camera as they pose for their photograph at Lee Brothers studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Interestingly, both were given different gaze points by the photographer. The girls are wearing flower print dresses as well as earrings. Incredibly, the Lee Brothers studio remains in business today. The studio was founded by Thorwald Lee in 1889 and he operated it through the 1940’s. The business stayed in the Lee family until the early 1960’s. Thorwald’s brother (Peder) ran a photography studio in St. Paul from 1919 through 1927. Thorwald Lee was born in Norway and initially worked as a sailor. A age 22 he came to the United States and after a years stint as a railroad worker, he opened his photography studio.  The studio is currently in an old Victorian home at 2601 Portland Avenue in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Historiacal Society has a collection of Lee Brother’s photographs. To view more photographs by this studio, click on the category “Photographer: Lee Brothers”.

 

PORTRAIT OF AN OLDER GENTLEMAN IN PORTAGE, WISCONSIN

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This cabinet card portrait features an older gentleman with grey hair and a long wiry hair. His mouth is camouflaged by his bushy beard and mustache. Watching him eat must not have been very pleasant. The man is dressed formally and has intense piercing eyes. Sherman L. Plumb’s studio in Portage, Wisconsin produced this photograph. Plumb was born in 1841 in Connecticut. By 1863 he was working as a fireman in Portage. The 1870 and 1880 US census lists his occupation as photographer. In 1872 Plumb married Alice Stanton (1852-?). Plumb was not a man who was consistent occupationally. The 1900 census found him working as a dairy farmer while the 1910 census listed him as running a grocery store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A 1912 directory reported that Alice was a widow.

 

 

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THE WEDDING PARTY: TWO COUPLES IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

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This cabinet card features a bride and groom and a couple from their wedding party. The brides gown is a bit unusual. One can find many dark colored wedding dresses but this one seems to be made from an unusual material. Perhaps someone can leave a comment that identifies the fabric. The bride is wearing a very long veil and is also wearing many flowers from her waist to the top of her dress. This photograph was taken by the Oswald Brother’s Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The studio was located at 1227 and 1229 Washington Avenue North from at least 1887 through 1895. Prior to that address, the Oswalds operated out of a gallery at 116 Thirteenth Avenue North. A later location was 1221 Washington Avenue North. Charles Otto Oswald (1859-1940) and Emil C. Oswald (1864-1944) were Swiss born.

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PRETTY WOMAN WEARING A BEADED DRESS IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

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A pretty young woman wearing a dark beaded sleeveless dress and a choker poses for her portrait at the Rugg studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Arthur Rugg took a profile view of this woman and managed to capture her sweetness, evidenced in her eyes and smile. Mr. Rugg is not a stranger to the cabinet card gallery and you can view more of his images and learn more about him by clicking the category “Photographer: Rugg”. Below, you can see Mr. Rugg’s advertising which appeared on the reverse of the photograph.

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FAMOUS NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN SCULPTOR: JAKOB FJELDE IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (CABINET CARD PORTRAIT)

 

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This cabinet card portrait features famous Norwegian-American sculptor Jakob Fjelde (1855-1896). Fjelde is wearing an interesting overcoat with embroidery on it’s shoulders. Perhaps this is a coat that he wore while creating his sculpture. He has a attractive bushy mustache and is holding a half smoked cigar. Fjelde was born in Alesund, Norway and arrived in the United States in 1887. He settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the father of sculptor Paul Fjelde and brother of artist Pauline Fjelde. Jakob was a prolific portraitist and created a number of public monuments. One of his most well known monuments was one dedicated to the 1st Minnesota Infantry (1897) that is located at the Gettysburg battlefield. Some of his statues in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area include “Hiawatha carrying Minnehaha”, “Minerva”, and “Ole Bull”. In 1885 he sculpted Henrik Ibsen from life and created a number of public statues and busts from the experience. The photographer of this image is the Lee Brothers who operated a studio in Minneapolis. To view more photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Lee Bros.”

 

ARMED AND READY TO DEPLOY: SPANISH AMERICAN WAR SOLDIER IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

SPAN AM WAR SLDR_0002This Spanish American War era soldier is dressed, armed and ready to deploy. Note his long rifle and the bayonet he is wearing on his side. He is wearing two medals, one which the previous owner of the photograph identified as signifying that he was the son of a Union civil war veteran. This photograph was taken at Dempsie Portraits which was located at 316 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George M. Dempsie began operating in Minneapolis in about 1887 and worked until at least 1910. He was at the Nicollet Avenue address between 1889 and 1910. He operated under the names of Dempsie’s New Photographic Rooms, Dempsie Portraits, and Dempsie & Andrews. At various times he employed his sons George R. Dempsie and Guy C. Dempsie.

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HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WITH HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE IN MINNEAPOLIS, KANSAS

A well dressed and handsome man with a handlebar mustache poses for his portrait at the studio of H G Cole in Minneapolis, Kansas. The reverend Url R Hicks Almanac (1900) reported that Cole won a fifty dollar cash prize for “the best photograph of a moving tornado”. The 1880 US census finds the 30 year-old Cole working as a photographer in Minneapolis. He was of English extraction and born in New York. His wife’s name was Emma.

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YOUNG FAMILY IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card is a family portrait of a nicely dressed young couple and their baby. Mom and dad are wearing flowers and mom appears to be holding a cane or umbrella. The photograph was produced by the Flodin & Thyberg Photographic Art Studio in Worcester, Massachusetts. The photograph is dated 1889. Photographer, Ferdinand Flodin was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1863.He came to America in 1883 and studied photography in Boston with a well known photographer named Ernest Ritz. He then studied under renowned Boston photographer, William Notman. He moved to Worcester in 1887 and partnered with August Thyberg in opening a gallery. After a time, Thyberg withdrew from the business. Flodin was a very productive writer. He had several articles published in photography journals. He also wrote an illustrated book on Sweden. In addition, he wrote an article which appeared in “Photographic Mosaics: Annual Record of Photographic Progress” (1895). The article was entitled “Our Reception-Room Showcase”. The Wilson Photographic Magazine (1903) reported that Flodin returned to Sweden in 1898 and operated a studio in Stockholm. The magazine article includes some excellent photographs of the Swedish gallery. August Thyberg was born in Sweden in 1863. He immigrated to the United States in 1884. His wife, Alma, was also Swedish. The United States census provides further information about Thyberg. In 1900, he was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and working as a merchant. In 1910, he lived in Springfield, Massachusetts and worked as a blacksmith. In 1920, he lived in Minneapolis and owned a shoe business. The 1930 census finds Thyberg retired in Minneapolis. It  is safe to say, that unlike his one-time partner, Flodin; Thyberg had  a difficult time sticking to an occupation. To view more photographs by this studio, click on the category “Photographer: Flodin & Thyberg”.

YOUNG COUPLE LACKS INTIMACY IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

A young couple poses for their portrait at the studio of photographer, H. Larson, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.                The gentleman has long hair and glasses.  He has a scholarly appearance. The woman’s  figure is improved by a corset. She appears uncomfortable, illustrated behaviorally by the position of her arms and hands on her abdomen. This couple appears emotionally separated from each other. There is no intimacy captured in this photograph. Although the couple is posed together, they do not seem to be together. Perhaps the couple is really not physically together in the studio and this image was doctored by the photographer, who added the gentleman to an existing photograph of the woman. Herman Larson was a Swedish immigrant who came to America through Sweden in the early 1900’s. In Sweden, he held a degree of Master Photographer and was knighted by the King of Sweden for his excellent work there in the late 1800’s. In 1904 he established his photography studio in downtown Minneapolis. Much of Larson’s work came from the theological, church and public schools in the area. The studio remains in business today and its web site discloses that it still possesses Larson’s panoramic circuit camera. The site also reports that Larson semi retired in the early 1950’s.To view other photographs by Larson, click on the category “Photographer: Larson”.

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MAN WITH A LONG GREY GOATEE IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

An elderly man poses for his portrait at the studio of Arthur Rugg in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The man has a very distinguished appearance. His long grey goatee is his entry ticket into cabinet card gallery’s category “Beards (Only the Best)”. To view other photographs by Rugg, and learn of his unethical behavior as a photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Rugg”.

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