PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL WEARING RUFFLES IN LAMAR, MISSOURI

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A pretty teenage girl poses for her portrait at the E. C.Grant studio in Lamar, Missouri. She is posed as if she is deep in thought. She is well attired and her dress is quite ruffled. The girl is wearing a bracelet on each wrist and is also wearing a ring. Her name is inscribed on the reverse of the  photograph (see below). I believe her first name is Emma but I can not decipher the rest of her name and any help on this endeavor from Cabinet Card Gallery visitors would be welcomed. The photographer of this image is Ezra C Grant (1848-1894). Research revealed that at one time, the address of his studio was “Northwest Corner Square” in Lamar. A book entitled Truman’s Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, reports that Gustavus Seyffert, the first cousin of the German composer, Richard Wagner, organized the community’s first uniformed band in 1889 and E. C. Grant was one of the players. Ezra Grant died while still a young man and is buried in Lake Cemetery in Lamar Heights. His wife took over his photography business. Belle Grant (1853-?) is listed in the 1900 and the 1910 census as working as a photographer in Lamar. In the earlier census she was residing with her eleven year old son in Lamar.  This image has great clarity. Be sure to note the scalloped edges that border the cabinet card.

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITLE BOY IN HERMANN, MISSOURI

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This vintage photograph features a fashionably dressed little boy posing next to a chair topped with a fur and a lace pillow. The child is absolutely adorable. This studio photograph was taken at the Mumbrauer studio in Hermann, Missouri. Robert C. Mumbrauer (1851-1917) operated his studio at Schiller and East Second Streets. His studio was built in 1892. Mumbrauer’s photographic career followed the basic steps of many other cabinet card era photographers. He taught himself the rudimentary elements of photography, trained for a year (in St. Louis), operated a mobile studio (in the Missouri River Valley) and then opened his own brick and mortar photography business. Mumbrauer married Amelia Carey in 1873 and settled in Hermann in 1876. When Mumbrauer died in 1917, he was succeeded in his business by his son Charles George Mumbrauer who operated the business until his death in 1935.

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YOUNG MOM AND HER PLAYFUL CHILD IN CARROLLTON, MISSOURI

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A cute as a button barefoot little girl displays a wonderful smile as she balances herself with an arm on her mother’s shoulder. This cabinet card portrait is by C. A. Doane of Carrollton, Missouri. Mother wears a dress with multiple large buttons. She is also wearing a necklace. The mother in this image has a very young appearance and it is possible that these two girls are actually sisters. The photographer did a terrific job of capturing the little girl having a good time. The photographer of this portrait, Charles Doane, was born in Illinois (1857) and died in Carrollton, Missouri (1925).  He died after surgery from cystitis and peritonitis at the age of seventy-four. He is buried in Bradford, Missouri at Rose Hill Cemetery.He was survived by his wife Minnie.

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BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN BRIDE IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

ST LOUIS BRIDEA beautiful Victorian bride poses for her wedding portrait at the Murillo studio in St. Louis Missouri. The bride is dressed in white and is holding flowers on her lap. To view other photographs by Murillo, click on the category “Photographer: Murillo”.

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THEATER ACTRESS L. MAUDE DURBIN IN MOBERLY, MISSOURI

ACTRESS DURBIN_0001This cabinet card features actress Maude Durbin. Isaacc Marcosson in his book Adventures in Interviewing (1919) described Durbin as “a lovely and gracious actress representing in character and purpose the highest type of her profession”. Durbin was also known as an author. She was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and made her debut with Helen Modjeska’s theater company. She married actor Otis Skinner and and was the mother of actress Cornelia Otis Skinner. This image comes from the B. F. Devinney studio in Moberly, Missouri.

TWO MEN IN UNIFORM IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER)

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Two uniformed men strike an affectionate pose for a studio photographer in Kansas City, Missouri. Magnifying the photograph did not help definitively determine if the men were railroad conductors, firemen, police officers, or some other uniformed occupation. The photographer of this image is the Driffill studio. Mrs. Kittie Driffill operated a photography studio at 615 West 6th Street, in Kansas City. City business directories confirm that she had a studio in Kansas City between at least 1887 and 1910. According to the 1900 United States Census, Kittie worked the business with her son Edward Mack. In 1907 she worked with her husband Thomas Driffill.. Kittie Driffill also used the first name of Katherine.

ADORABLE SIBLINGS IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

This cabinet card features adorable siblings posing for their portrait at the Setzer studio in St. Louis, Missouri. The photographer is Theodore E. Setzer. Setzer operated his studio from the South Broadway address from about 1890 until 1910,  according to one photographer reference book. Between 1885 and 1890 he conducted business from that address as Setzer & Roth.

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YOUNG ACTRESS WITH SAD HAUNTING EYES

A pretty young actress with sad and haunting eyes and a polka dot dress poses for her portrait. She exudes a dramatic air and its likely no coincidence that this photograph was found in a collection of theatrical cabinet cards. The photographer of this image was the Murillo studio of St. Louis, Missouri. One source reports that the Murillo studio was operated by Jesse J Ferguson and existed at least between 1910 and 1919. To view other photographs by Murillo, click on the category “Photographer: Murillo”.

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TWO YOUNG GENTLEMEN AND TWO YOUNG LADIES IN MACON, MISSOURI

This cabinet card features two young gentlemen and two young ladies posing for their portrait at Roswall’s Art Studio, in Macon, Missouri. The exact address of the studio was 21 & 23 Rollins Street. The  young adults in this photograph may be from the same family, or may be just friends. These four individuals are very well dressed, leading one to believe that they likely come from families of means.  It is interesting to note that the girl on the left appears somewhat separated from the other three subjects. The separation my reflect how she felt psychologically about her place in the foursome. However, her position in the photograph may be simply the result of the photographer not wanting to leave too much space on the left side of the image. The photographer, Lars J. A. Roswall, was reported by the Photographic Times (1884) to be a part of a group that held a patent relating to  an apparatus for cleaning photographs.

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TWO YOUNG CHILDREN AND A TRICYCLE IN ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI

This cabinet card captures two young children posing for photographer, J. W. Souder, of St. Joseph, Missouri. The children are adorable and they are most probably, siblings. The boy is wearing a bow tie and the girl is riding a tricycle. John W. Souder’s photography business was listed in St. Joseph directories between 1887 and 1896. It is unknown whether he was there during other years.

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