PRETTY DOE EYED WOMAN IN WILLIMANTIC, CONNECTICUT

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A pretty doe eyed young woman wearing a beautiful beaded dress poses for her portrait at the studio of C. H. Townsend in Willimantic, Connecticut. Note the intricate embroidered flowers on the tablecloth next to the young lady. Charles Henry Townsend was born in Athens, Ohio in 1847. He ran away from home at age 16 and enlisted in the 129th Ohio volunteer infantry and joined the fray of the civil war. He served nearly a year and then joined the 141st Ohio volunteer infantry and fought for another 100 days. Townsend was not done serving the Union army. He then joined the 65th Ohio volunteer infantry and served another year including a difficult stint in Texas. Interestingly, Townsend doesn’t appear to have ever rose above the rank of Private. After the war, Townsend took up his uncle’s offer to teach him to be a photographer. A. C. Townsend was a photographer in Springfield, Massachusetts. By 1868, Charles had opened a studio in Willimantic. In 1871 he married Rhoda Taft and the couple had one son who grew up to be an architect.

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FASHIONABLE WOMAN HOLDING MYSTERIOUS CYLINDRICAL CASE IN SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

 

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A pretty and fashionable young woman poses for her portrait at A. V. Brown’s studio in Springfield, Massachusetts. His operating address was 380 Main Street. The unidentified subject in this photograph is wearing a fancy dress and good deal of jewelry. Take note that she is holding a cylindrical case by a handle. I have not seen such a case before and I can not determine what it holds. My first guess was that it is supposed to hold a fan but it seems too large for such a purpose. Hopefully, a visitor to the cabinet card gallery will be able to explain exactly what this case was used for. Speculation is also welcome, so feel free to comment. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Brown (A.V.)”.

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SCHOLARLY LOOKING GENTLEMAN HOLDING PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM IN SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

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The balding and bespectacled gentleman posing for this cabinet card portrait appears to be a studious man. He is holding a photographic album and and there are books and another album on the table beside him. Hiram C. Moore was the proprietor of the Photo Parlor that produced this photograph. Moore’s studio was located in Springfield, Massachusetts. An advertisement for his studio appeared in the fourth volume of Good Housekeeping (1886). At one time Hiram was partners with his brother Chauncey L. Moore in a Springfield studio. To view photographs by Chauncy Moore, click on the category Photographer: Moore (Chauncey).

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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”.

ROSE HITCHCOCK: PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

The pretty woman in this cabinet card photograph is identified on the reverse of the card as Rose Hitchcock. The inscription adds that she is the daughter of Mette Clara Felton Hitchcock. Rose Hitchcock (1873-?) lived in Brimfield, Massachusetts, according to the 1880 census. Rose was the sister of George (1868-?) and Dora (1870-?), and the daughter of William Hitchcock (1812-?). William Hitchcock was a farmer. This portrait was published by A. V. Brown, whose studio was located at 380 Main Street, in Springfield, Massachusetts. To view more of this photographers images, click on the category “Photographer: Brown (A.V.)”.

LACE ABOUNDS IN PORTRAIT OF TWO SIBLINGS IN SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

This cabinet card is an image of siblings posing for their photograph at the studio of Herman Buchholz of Springfield, Massachusetts. The children are dressed in their finest clothing and the oldest is carrying a beaded purse. The photographer, Herman Buckhholz (1839-?) was born in Berlin, Prussia.  His studio was located at 365 Main Street when he produced this cabinet card. He was an active photographer between 1869 and 1896.  He found time to serve in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1890-1891.

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Handsome African American Gentleman

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This well dressed and handsome African American young man smiles for the camera at the studio of B F Ogden and Sons. Mr Ogden appears to be quite the entrepreneur with three studios in Massachusetts (Springfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield) and two studios in New York (Albany and Troy).

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Priest From St. Vincent De Paul in Springfield, Massachusetts

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This terrific Cabinet card is a photograph of a priest taken by the Chauncey Moore Studio of Springfield, Massachusetts. The reverse of the card is stamped indicating that duplicates could be obtained from the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Cabinet card photographs of clergy are not uncommon although this is a nice close-up. Note the fine detail of his clothing. At one time, Moore partnered in a Springfield studio with his brother Hiram C. Moore. To view Hiram Moore’s work, click on the category “Photographer: Moore (Hiram).

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