TWO SISTERS STARE AT THE CAMERA IN NEW CASTLE, PENNSYLVANIA

TEEN SISTERS_0005This cabinet card is not a terrific image. However, there is something about the subjects eyes that compensates for the photograph’s deficits. The teen sisters pictured in this photograph have lovely eyes. An inscription on the reverse of the image reveals that the older sister is sixteen years old while the younger girl is fourteen years old. The photograph was taken in 1893. The inscription does not identify the girls names. The photographer was the Gillespie studio in New Castle, Pennsylvania. In 1857 S. M.Gillepsie (1832-1906?) began his photography career as an apprentice to a photographer named Johnston in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1862 he opened his own gallery in New Castle. He was married to Henrietta Harper in 1859.

Published in: on August 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

GINGHAM AND LACE IN NEW CASTLE, PENNSYLVANIA

GINGHAM AND LACE_0006A young girl with long curls, wearing a gingham dress and lace collar, poses while standing on a wicker chair. She offers the camera a lovely smile. The Seavy and Fowler studio of New Castle, Pennsylvania produced this lovely portrait.  To view other photographs by this studio, click on the category “Photographer: Seavy & Fowler”.

Published in: on August 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

A GIRL AND HER DOG AND HER BIRD IN NEW CASTLE, INDIANA

irA young girl and her dog are accompanied by a bird in this cabinet card portrait by Huddleston of New Castle, Indiana. The dog appears to be a combination of a spaniel and a retriever and the bird looks like a fancy pigeon. Hopefully, a visitor to this site, may be more informed about ornithology, and can correctly identify the species of the bird in this photograph. The photographer is likely Cephas M. Huddleston (1832- ?) who was born in Indiana. The 1860 census lists him as a farmer living in Union, Indiana. By the 1870 census, he is listed as a photographer. Cephas had seven children. The 1900 census indicates that Huddleston was still a photographer and that is studio was in New Castle, Indiana.

Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

A BOY AND A SHOVEL (1886)

A young boy poses in the studio of Brown, Barnes and Bell for a portrait. He is wearing a knit sailor outfit and holding a toy shovel. The tool is most likely a studio prop and not revealing any information about the child. The photograph was taken in 1886 as determined by the logo on the reverse of the card. Richard Brown, Robert William Barnes and Joseph Bell built a dynasty of photographic studios that reached around the world. At the time of this photograph, the studio had locations in London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and New Castle. All of these studios were located in England so the international expansion had not begun yet. The studio advertised themselves as photographers to “Her Majesty The Queen” and the Prince of Wales, and several members of the Royal Family.