PORTRAIT OF A WEDDING COUPLE IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK

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This post cabinet card era photograph features a young wedding couple in Syracuse, New York. The groom is formally dressed with a tuxedo/suit, white collar dress shirt, bow tie, and white gloves. He is wearing a flower on his lapel. The bride is wearing a wedding dress, holding a bouquet of flowers and wearing flowers on her dress and in her hair. She is also wearing a necklace. Both the bride and groom are displaying serious expressions as they embark on the beginning of their marital life together. The photograph was taken by James Krawczyk. His obituary appears in Utica’s (New York) Daily Press (1959). In 1959, Krawczyk had moved to Utica and died just a week later at the age of 71. The article reports that he had been born in Poland in 1888 and came to Utica in 1902. He then moved to Syracuse in 1910. While living in Syracuse, he operated a photography studio for 33 years, retiring in 1958. Krawcyk was involved with a number of Polish organizations in Syracuse. This photograph measures 6″ x 9″.

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A PRETTY WOMAN POSSESSING STAGE BEAUTY IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK

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The young woman in this photograph is very pretty. In fact, she has a certain stage beauty that suggests she may have been a member of a traveling theater company appearing in Syracuse, New York. She may have had her portrait taken at Syracuse’s Winter studio. John Winter’s studio was established in 1852 and located at the corner of South Salina and West Washington Streets. The reverse of this photograph has an advertisement for the studio which states that Winter had won a medal for his photography and both the New York State Agricultural Society (1855) and The Syracuse Mechanic’s Association (1856). John Winter Jr., like his father, was a photographer. His father was also a portrait painter. The 1880 US  census reports that John W. Winter (1824-1906) was a man of German origin and was married and had five children. One of these children was John Jr., who was a 22 year old photographer. The 1900 US census found John Sr  working as a photographer as was his daughter Clara. John Jr (age 41) was also employed as a photographer and he was married to Elizabeth Winter (age 32). The couple had two children, both under the age of three years. John Winter Jr. died in 1917. The Bulletin of Photography (1918) has an advertisement in which Elizabeth Winter offers her husbands gallery for sale.  John Winter Jr was cited in a number of photographic journals including The American Amateur Photographer (1891) for his excellent work in producing foreign views (stereoviews) and the St. Louis and Canadian Photographer (1900)  for a patent he held for a “Photographic-Negative Vignetter”. A vignetter is a device for blurring the edges of a photographic image with the purpose of fading them into a plain surrounding area.

Published in: on November 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A GIRL AND HER DOG IN PHOENIX, NEW YORK

This cabinet card is a portrait of a young woman posing with her small dog. It appears that the dog was not the most cooperative subject, since the photographer found this image acceptable even though the mongrel was looking away from the camera. The quality of the photographers work is also lowered by his choice of backdrop (a wall and curtain); as well as his not including the entire chair in the image. The girl, who looks as if, she is in her teenage years, is rather plain looking. She is wearing a ring and a necklace. She has very long hair with curly bangs. The photographer is F. S. Richards and the studio was located in Phoenix, New York. Phoenix is a village located in Oswego County. It is 15 miles north of Syracuse. In 1916, Phoenix was nearly destroyed by a devastating fire.

Published in: on September 8, 2011 at 12:01 am  Comments (2)  
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“A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW” POSES FOR HIS PORTRAIT IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (PHOTOGRAPH BY TABER)

A jolly looking man poses for a portrait at the studio of Isaiah West Taber (1830-1912), in San Francisco, California. The happy gentleman has a wonderful mustache and earns the right to join other men with remarkable mustaches in the Cabinet Card Gallery’s category “Mustaches (Only the Best)”. Taber was a well known daguerreotypist, ambrotypist and photographer who photographed many California notables. Taber was also a sketch artist and a dentist. He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Between 1845 and 1849, he worked on a whaling ship. He moved to California in 1850 and returned to the east, four years later. Upon his return, he opened a photography studio in Syracuse, New York. In 1864, he returned to California where he worked in the studio of Bradley and Rulofson until 1873. To view images by Bradley and Rulofson, click on the category, “Photographer: Bradley & Rulofson”. In 1871, Tabor opened his own studio and became famous for reproducing the photographs of well known California photographer, Carleton Watkins. Watkin’s business had gone bankrupt, and Taber reproduced his work without giving Watkins any credit. In 1880, Taber took a six week photographic trip to Hawaii. During part of that trip, he fulfilled his commission to photograph King Kalakaua. By 1890, Taber had expanded his operation to include studios in London and other parts of Europe. However, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, put him out of business. The natural disaster destroyed Taber’s studio, gallery and negatives.

 

PRETTY WOMAN IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK

A pretty young woman poses for her portrait in Syracuse, New York. The photographer is F. C. Flint. The young lady in this photograph is wearing a very fine dress as well as a necklace and pendant. To see other photographs by Flint, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category, “Photographer: Flint”.

Published in: on April 24, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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FAMOUS CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES TWO WOMEN MAKING A FASHION STATEMENT IN SNOWY PAINESVILLE, OHIO

This cabinet card features two woman dressed in their winter cloaks and hats. They are in the studio of G. N. Barnard in Painesville, Ohio. The photograph has some special effects in the form of fake falling snow. The factor that makes this photograph most special, is the photographer’s life story. George N. Barnard (1819-1902), was a pioneer of nineteenth century photography. At age 23 he was producing daguerrotypes and four years later he opened his first studio in Oswego, New York. An 1853 grain elevator fire occurred in Oswego, and Barnard captured the fire with his camera. Some historians consider these photographs the first news photography in history. In 1854 he opened a short lived studio in Syracuse, New York. He then moved to New York City where he worked on stereoscopes for Edward Anthony’s Studio in 1859 .Soon, he was hired by Matthew Brady as a portrait photographer and Brady sent him to Washington D.C. to photograph Abraham Lincoln’s 1861 inauguration as President of the United States. He later became part of “Brady’s Photographic Corps” to photograph the Civil War. Barnard is best known  for his work in the civil war (1861-1865). He was the official army photographer for the Military Division of the Mississippi, commanded by Union General William T Sherman. Barnard’s book “Photographic Views of Sherman’s Campaign” is a photographic record of Sherman’s destructive Atlanta Campaign and subsequent March to the Sea. After the war, Barnard opened a studio in Chicago in 1869. The studio was destroyed in the “Great Fire” of 1871. He proceeded to take photographs of the rebuilding of Chicago over the next few years; providing a terrific record of that process. In 1884, Barnard opened his Painesville, Ohio studio; which brings us back to the cabinet card image of the two ladies in the snow.

INFANTRYMAN IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA)

This cabinet card features a soldier posing in uniform at the studio of  Edward E. Coatsworth (1841- ?) in Syracuse, New York. The soldier is from the era of the Spanish American War. It is my hope that the vast unpaid research department of the Cabinet Card Gallery will be able to provide more exact information about the time period of this photograph as well as specific information about his unit. Based on his badges,  it is my guess that he served in the infantry and that he was in the 203rd regiment and company K. The 203rd Infantry Regiment of the New York Volunteers was a Spanish American War unit. It served its term of service within the continental United States. Company K was formed from the 16th Separate Company of Catskill, New York The crossed rifle insignia was the cap badge of the U.S. Army Infantry. In 1898, the badge was moved to the collar of the military uniform. Underneath the crossed rifles badge on his hat is another badge and hopefully someone can identify it and leave a comment with an explanation. It is interesting to note the polka dot handkerchief the infantryman is wearing around his neck. Coatsworth was once partners with Frank G. Smith in operating a photographic studio in Syracuse (1889-1894).

CUTIE PIE IN A BONNET IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK

This cabinet card features an adorable little girl bundled up in a heavy dress and wearing a bonnet over her dark curly hair. The ribbons she is wearing makes her appear to be wrapped like a gift. She looks well outfitted for an upstate New York winter. The photographer is F. C. Flint of Syracuse, New York. To view other images by Flint, click on the  category “Photographer: Flint”.

Published in: on July 31, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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