Kittie in Chebanse, Illinois (1882)

This CDV was made by George C. Hunter of Chebanse, a small town just south of Chicago.  A note on the back says, "Lovingly, Kittie. Nov 9th, 1882." According to U.S. Census data found on the Wikipedia page of Chebanse, in 1880 the village had a population of 723.  In 1890 the population had dropped... Continue Reading →

Scottish spirit in Minneapolis

This bonnie lass was photographed by O. Frank Stafford in Minneapolis.  According to the Minnesota Historical Society's "Directory of Minnesota Photographers," his studio was at the address on this cabinet card from 1896 to 1901.  

Scottish spirit in the North Country (New York)

This photograph was taken in Watertown, New York, a few miles from Lake Ontario and only 31 miles from the Canadian border.  The name of the studio at the bottom of the cabinet card looks like "Gray," but I have yet to find a record of a photographer there by that name.

Judge Stephen Reaves of Tyler, Texas

This cabinet card portrait came from the same antique photo dealer in Arkansas that the ladies in boater hats did in the previous post.  An inscription on the back says simply, "Judge Stephen Reaves."   According to his obituary and other articles published at the time of his death, Stephen Reaves (1816-1905) practiced law in... Continue Reading →

Glimpses of Latvian culture

The cabinet card above came from Latvia, which was part of the Russian Empire until the end of the First World War in November 1918.  The photo was probably taken in the 1890s.  The men are most likely Latvian, but it's hard to say for sure.  If only we could hear them play.... The following... Continue Reading →

Three friends in Greenfield, Massachusetts

This cabinet card was made by Benjamin F. Popkins (1822-1905), the first photographer to set up a professional studio in Greenfield.  The sitters aren't identified.  The photo was accompanied by two additional cabinet cards by Popkins, showing one of the women from different angles.  All three portraits may have belonged to her, or the three... Continue Reading →

Young nun in Bourgogne

This ethereal CDV portrait was made by A. Brossut of Digoin, Bourgogne (Burgundy).  The young woman isn't identified.  I found a few references online to "A. Brossut, éditeur," but no other information about the photographer.  

Amanda Sanford, M.D. (1883)

An inscription in pencil on the back of this carte-de-visite says simply: "Dr. Sanford 1883."  She was easy to identify, and her individual story is fascinating and inspiring.  I also learned that Dr. Sanford's life and career were closely connected to those of other pioneering women in medicine and in other fields who supported and... Continue Reading →

Studio portrait of a young cook

To continue the cooking theme of the previous post, this postcard from Germany is an unusual portrait of a young cook in her kitchen uniform.  Taken in a studio against a rustic painted backdrop, her spotless white clothes glow under careful studio lighting. Like CDVs in the nineteenth century, individual postcard portraits were often exchanged... Continue Reading →

Man with banjo

This CDV (carte de visite) came from an antiques shop in Massachusetts.  CDVs declined in popularity in the 1870s with the advent of larger cabinet cards, but the format remained common into the 1880s.  The albumen print process was used for both formats.  

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