This cabinet card features a bride and groom and a couple from their wedding party. The brides gown is a bit unusual. One can find many dark colored wedding dresses but this one seems to be made from an unusual material. Perhaps someone can leave a comment that identifies the fabric. The bride is wearing a very long veil and is also wearing many flowers from her waist to the top of her dress. This photograph was taken by the Oswald Brother’s Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The studio was located at 1227 and 1229 Washington Avenue North from at least 1887 through 1895. Prior to that address, the Oswalds operated out of a gallery at 116 Thirteenth Avenue North. A later location was 1221 Washington Avenue North. Charles Otto Oswald (1859-1940) and Emil C. Oswald (1864-1944) were Swiss born.
This vintage real photo postcard features a beautiful young bride. She is wearing a wedding gown and a pretty veil with a band of flowers. She has dark curly hair. She also has a dark complexion suggesting a non American or European origin. I am struck by her young appearance. The postcard has an “AZO’ stamp box indicating that it was produced between 1904 and 1918.
A well dressed young wedding couple pose for their portrait in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Both subjects are wearing corsages and the young man is holding what appears to be a program or certificate. The photograph shows no affection or emotional connection between the groom and the bride. A fitting wedding present may have been a gift certificate for marital therapy. The photographer of this image is S. R. Page. Mr. Page appears in the US census of 1900 and the data indicates that he was born in Canada in 1865. He immigrated to the United States in 1894 and was married to a woman named Felinne. The census also indicates that he worked as a photographer. The 1897 Lawrence City Directory reports that Page worked as a photographer at the same address as seen on this cabinet card.
This vintage photograph features a couple posing for their portrait at the studio of E. W. Glazer in Lyons, Kansas. The bride is wearing a pretty two tone gown and holding a bouquet of flowers. The groom is sitting in a wicker chair and wearing a dark suit with a corsage. The reverse of the photograph has the inscription “Otto P.”. One can assume that this name belonged to the groom seen in the photograph. The photographer, Elijah W. Glaze was born in 1864 in New York. “Wilson’s Photographic Magazine (1898)” reported on Glaze winning an award for his work at the Kansas Photographers Convention. The “Bulletin of Photography (1913) announced that the Glaze Photography studio had ben taken over by W. D. Jones.
The young wedding couple pictured in this portrait are well dressed and quite attractive. The pretty bride looks terrific in her wedding gown and bridal veil. She is holding a bouquet of flowers in her white gloved hand. The handsome groom is holding a pair of white gloves. One suspects that this couple is well-to-do judging by their appearance. This cabinet card portrait was taken by the studio of Otto Witte who operated his photography business in Berlin, Germany.
J. B. Scholl, well known Chicago photographer, produced this wedding portrait of a smartly dressed bride and groom. The groom has a nice handlebar mustache. The bride is wearing a pretty floral wedding veil and appears to be holding the grooms sleeve rather than his hand. Despite their lack of physical contact, the pair are standing much closer to each than seen in many other wedding photographs. I wonder why the photographer posed the gentleman with one foot elevated on a curb. At first, I speculated that the rationale was to add height to a groom who was shorter than his bride. However, the gentleman has both knees bent which certainly restricts his reaching full height. My final conclusion was that the photographer, normally quite skillful, had a bad day and was careless setting up this particular pose.To view more of Mr. Scholl’s photographs and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Scholl JB.
Frank Becker, a photographer in Cleveland, Ohio, produced this wedding portrait. The bride is wearing a long white floral veil and the couple clearly spent some money at their local florist. The groom has a handsome mustache. As frequently seen in wedding photographs from the cabinet card era, the groom is seated and the bride stands. Perhaps the reason for this type of pose is to showcase the bride’s wedding gown. Frank Becker was an active photographer in Cleveland between 1886 and 1900 or later. He was born in Germany in 1865 and emigrated to the United States in 1881.
This photograph features an exhibit from America’s first wax museum. Note how real the wax bride and groom appear in this exhibit. The groom is sitting in a decorative chair and wearing a pocket watch and corsage. The bride is wearing a wedding band, flowers, and a bridal veil. Her dark wedding dress is beaded and intricately ornate. This wedding couple looks so real. In fact, they are real. They just look waxen. No offense is meant toward this couple. They are probably posing the way they photographer had instructed them. The photographic process was not generous to their appearance. Writing this description caused me to wonder when wax museums came into existence. Research quickly revealed that the first wax museum originated some time in the early 18th century. However, the creation and use of wax figures for ceremonies occurred many years before that. This cabinet card presents a mystery that I was unable to resolve despite spending quite a bit of time on the endeavor. The mystery involves identifying the photographer of this image. I have copied his studio stamp that was on the reverse of this cabinet card and it can be seen above. Any attempt by the Cabinet Card Gallery’s vast unpaid research department (the gallery’s visitors) to discover the photographers identity would be appreciated. I did not find the name of the photographer to be legible. It also didn’t help that no town, city, or state was listed. For those up to the challenge, good luck in your search.
This portrait captures four young bridesmaids at a wedding in June, 1891. The reverse of the photograph has an inscription that lists the girls names as well as the name of the bride. The handwriting is not clear and some of the names are not completely decipherable. Three of the four girls share a last name with the bride. The photographer and setting are unidentified. This photograph is significantly larger than a cabinet card.
This photograph captures a wedding party which likely includes the bride, groom, best man, and maid of honor. The bride has garlands of ribbon cascading from her bouquet. She is wearing a locket and bracelet. The groom is wearing gloves. The photographer is A. Werner and he operated his studio out of Brooklyn, New York. August Werner is listed as a Brooklyn photographer in both the 1900 and 1920 Federal Census. For much of his career his studio was located at 709 Broadway. He was born in Germany in 1863, immigrated to the US in 1874 and married his wife Kate in 1888.