Monday, November 17, 2014

PORTRAIT OF AN ARMENIAN COUPLE IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS







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PORTRAIT OF AN ARMENIAN COUPLE IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS (PHOTOGRAPHED BY ARMENIAN PHOTOGRAPHER)

by bmarshphd
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One of the wonderful benefits of studying antique images is that they often are remnants of important and interesting history. This cabinet card image is a terrific example of a photographer capturing history with his/her camera. In this case, the photographer was just not cataloging history, but he was part of it. Lusadaran, the Armenian Photography Foundation, cites the photographer of this cabinet card. An article on their web site discloses that Hairabed was a photographer in Worcester, Massachusetts in the 1900's through the 1920's. During his photography career he had shortened his name from his given name of Hairabedian. There is no mention of his first name. The article reports that he had likely emigrated to America from the Ottoman Empire. Once here, he photographed the first waves of Armenian Genocide survivors and immigrants settling in the Worcester area. His specialty was taking studio portraits. After doing some preliminary research, I may have uncovered the photographer's first name. The city directory of Providence (1909 and 1910) lists a photography studio operated by Bedros and Astoor Hairabedian. The 1910 directory notes that Astoor Hairabedian moved to Salem, Massachusetts during that year. This image was most likely taken before 1910 but it would not be unusual for a family photography business to have been operating at two or more different cities simultaneously. Perhaps Astoor had decided to move to Massachusetts to manage or work at that location to replace or join another relative already there. What do we know about the subjects of this cabinet card portrait? Not much. We can only surmise by their dress and appearance that they are Aremenian immigrants to the United States shortly after the turn of the century. The woman in the image is wearing traditional clothing including a scarf covering her head and much of her face.
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bmarshphd posted: " A lovely young woman poses for her portrait at the Riel studio in Chicago, Illinois. The curly haired subject appears to be a teenager. She is well dressed and is wearing a high collar reminiscent of a modern day sufferer of a whiplash injury. Her dre"

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

by bmarshphd
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A lovely young woman poses for her portrait at the Riel studio in Chicago, Illinois. The curly haired subject appears to be a teenager. She is well dressed and is wearing a high collar reminiscent of a modern day sufferer of a whiplash injury. Her dress has tiny delicate buttons. She is wearing a long necklace. To learn more about photographer George Riel and to view more of his images, click on the category "Photographer: Riel".
bmarshphd | November 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Tags: Chicago, George Riel, Riel | Categories: Photographer: Riel, Women: Non Theatrical | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3DA
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bmarshphd posted: " This vintage photograph features a fashionably dressed little boy posing next to a chair topped with a fur and a lace pillow. The child is absolutely adorable. This studio photograph was taken at the Mumbrauer studio in Hermann, Missouri. Robert C. Mu"

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITLE BOY IN HERMANN, MISSOURI

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This vintage photograph features a fashionably dressed little boy posing next to a chair topped with a fur and a lace pillow. The child is absolutely adorable. This studio photograph was taken at the Mumbrauer studio in Hermann, Missouri. Robert C. Mumbrauer (1851-1917) operated his studio at Schiller and East Second Streets. His studio was built in 1892. Mumbrauer's photographic career followed the basic steps of many other cabinet card era photographers. He taught himself the rudimentary elements of photography, trained for a year (in St. Louis), operated a mobile studio (in the Missouri River Valley) and then opened his own brick and mortar photography business. Mumbrauer married Amelia Carey in 1873 and settled in Hermann in 1876. When Mumbrauer died in 1917, he was succeeded in his business by his son Charles George Mumbrauer who operated the business until his death in 1935.
bmarshphd | November 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Tags: Hermann, Missouri, Mumbrauer | Categories: Children | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3IL
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bmarshphd posted: " This cabinet card portrait features a profile view of a pretty young woman. She is wearing a necklace, earrings, and a serious expression. Note her lace collar. The photograhic studio that produced this image is Appleton & Hollinger which operated"

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PROFILE PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY WOMAN IN DAYTON, OHIO

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This cabinet card portrait features a profile view of a pretty young woman. She is wearing a necklace, earrings, and a serious expression. Note her lace collar. The photograhic studio that produced this image is Appleton & Hollinger which operated out of Dayton, Ohio. The studio was located at the corner of 3rd and Jefferson. To learn more about Joseph M. Appleton and William Hollinger and to view more of their photographs, click on the category "Photographer: Appleton & Hollinger".
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