SLOUCHING DAD PULLS YOUNG DAUGHTER ON A SLED IN BELLEVUE, OHIO

SLED DADThis studio portrait captures a slouching dad pulling his daughter on a sled. Dad is wearing a suit, hat, and gloves while the child is bundled up in a winter jacket and warm winter cap. She is holding the sleds steering rope. She won’t go far on the sled considering it is atop straw instead of snow. Dad has assumed a very awkward slouching position for this photograph. Perhaps he is disabled. It is also possible that the photographer did a poor job of posing the father. In fact, the photographer, S. P. Gaugler, shows little skill in his production of this photograph. The subject of this photograph is actually the owner of the Bellevue, Ohio studio that produced this image. According to the previous owner of this photograph, the album that this cabinet card was taken from indicated that the subject is Simon Peter Gaugler and the little girl is his oldest daughter, Edith. It is surprising that a photographer would do such a poor job of posing for this photograph. The 1880 US census lists Simon Gaugler (1840-1915) as residing in Bellevue, Washington and working as a photographer. He was forty years old and living with his 27 year-old wife Lorinda. The couple had married in 1874 and were raising a four year-old daughter (Edith) with the help of a live-in servant. The 1900 census found the couple still residing in Bellevue and living with their 15 year-old daughter (Ethel). Simon continued to work as a photographer.  By the time 1910 arrived, Simon and Lorinda were living in Lyme, Ohio with their daughter Ethel and her husband John. Simon was still operating a photo gallery even though he was seventy years old. In 1914 Lorinda died in Bellevue and a year later, Simon passed away in Atlanta, Georgia. He had moved to Georgia to be with his daughter Edith, the adult version of the little girl pictured above. Edith Gaugler (1876-1960) had become Mrs. Frederick Schanck on 9/10/99. At the time of their marriage, she was a school teacher and her groom was a telegraph operator and clerk. Census data reveals that the couple lived in Lyme, Ohio (1900), and moved to Atlanta, Georgia sometime before 1920. The couple still lived in Atlanta at the time of the 1940 US census.

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THE ADORABLE DUPONT CHILDREN POSE WITH THEIR SLED IN STUDIO WINTER SCENE

These kids are adorable and beautifully dressed. They are wearing their scarves around their waist instead of around their neck. The two kids are sporting great coats and winter hats. The oldest child hold the sled’s rope while the youngest child sits on the sled. The youngest child has many ribbons on the front of his/her coat and the bottom of his/her coat is styled as a skirt. The older child is wearing a shorts suit. Note the wintry snow covered scenery in the backdrop. The reverse of the cabinet card has an inscription stating that the kids in this photograph are the “DuPont Children”. Could they be part of the famous DuPont family? The photographer’s name and the location of the photographer’ studio are unidentified.

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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A YOUNG GIRL GOES SLEDDING IN TORONTO, CANADA (IMAGE CAPTURED BY NIAGARA FALLS TIGHT ROPE PERFORMER)

A young girl, buttoned up in her fur trimmed winter jacket, poses with her sled in front of a painted winter scene. She is wearing a cute cap with a tassel and is pulling her sled by a rope. The photographer of this image is S. J. Dixon. Dixon’s Electric Light Photo Gallery  was located in Toronto, Canada. The studio was established in 1872. Dixon was very involved in the Photographic Association of Canada, holding a number of offices on the executive committee. He became the organization’s President in 1889. Dixon was a noted athlete and acrobat. The Photographic Times (1891) reported that he walked a three quarter-inch wire stretched across the Whirlpool Rapids at Niagara. “The cable was from 300 to 400 feet above the torrent, and stretched about 400 feet in length”. He completed the “perilous journey” in about 17 minutes. During his tight rope walk, he performed various antics, including lying at full length across the wire. Not surprisingly, Mr. Dixon insured that his feat would be recorded for posterity. J. C. Hemment, a well known instantaneous photographer, photographed Dixon during his mid-air walk.

Published in: on December 8, 2011 at 12:01 am  Comments (2)  
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CUTE GIRL SLEDDING WITH HER FATHER IN WINTER WONDERLAND OF JOLIET, ILLINOIS

This cabinet card captures a little girl snug in her sled. Standing beside her, is her father. Both are wearing winter clothing including gloves and a warm hat. This photograph was taken inside a studio and the setting includes fake falling snow and fake snow on the ground and sled, as well as on the man and his daughter. The photographer is Severn, of Joliet, Illinois.

Published in: on January 27, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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