TWO ADORABLE LITTLE BOYS AND A NAUTICAL THEME IN SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND

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This cabinet card portrait features two adorable little boys dressed in sailor suits sitting on a faux mast. Nautical themes such as this one were popular during the cabinet card era. Interestingly, the producer of this image, was located in a seaside town. Maddock Brown & Company operated in Southport, England.

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Published in: on January 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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THE DOWNSTAIRS HELP: PORTRAIT OF A MAID IN SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND

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Julius A. Kay is the photographer who took this portrait of a domestic worker in Southport, England. She is attractive and wearing a fine housekeepers uniform. It seems apparent that she worked for a wealthy family. Mr Kay’s name is cited in a number of professional photography journals of his time. In addition, his work is mentioned in a medical book, Practical Radiograph: A Handbook of the Application of the X-Rays” (1896). Mr. Kay helped radiograph a hand with a supernumerary thumb (extra bone structure) which surgeons of a local infirmary were able to use to see the exact bone formation of the area. They were able to employ the radiograph image to make a decision about the necessity of amputation.   ADDENDUM: A viewer of this image has expressed a strong opinion that the woman in this photograph is a nurse, and not a housekeeper.

Published in: on November 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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