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Monday, February 9, 2015

Old man with wispy beard and other Cabinet Cards

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bmarshphd posted: " An old man with a long pointy wispy beard poses for his portrait at the studio of W. D. Miller in Tiffin, Ohio. The elderly gentleman has a knowing but far away look in his very expressive eyes. He is well dressed for his day at the photography studio"

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AN OLD MAN AND HIS WISPY BEARD IN TIFFIN, OHIO

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miller

An old man with a long pointy wispy beard poses for his portrait at the studio of W. D. Miller in Tiffin, Ohio. The elderly gentleman has a knowing but far away look in his very expressive eyes. He is well dressed for his day at the photography studio. William D. Miller operated a photography business in Tiffin from 1881 through 1887 and then again from 1897 through 1908.

bmarshphd | February 8, 2015 at 10:32 am | Tags: Beard, Ohio, Tiffin, William D. Miller | Categories: Beards (Only the Best), Elderly | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3Pe

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bmarshphd posted: " This portrait features stage actress May Kohnle. She is wearing a loose fitting bulky dress and a look of impatience. The Washington Times (1904) mentions that Miss Kohnle was part of the cast of "The Show Girl" which was appearing at the Lafayette Op"

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MAY KOHNLE: STAGE ACTRESS WITH THE WILBUR OPERA COMPANY

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wilbur opera

This portrait features stage actress May Kohnle. She is wearing a loose fitting bulky dress and a look of impatience. The Washington Times (1904) mentions that Miss Kohnle was part of the cast of "The Show Girl" which was appearing at the Lafayette Opera House. The show was described as "a jolly bit of tomfoolery" and the cast included "30 singing and dancing girls". May Kohnle was a performer with the Wilbur Opera Company. The company began operating in 1870 and was founded by A. C. Wilbur. Wilbur was considered a fantastic businessman because he provided comic opera at popular prices and managed to be very successful financially. This photograph was taken by Elmer Chickering, a celebrated photographer who operated in Boston, Massachusetts. To learn more about Mr. Chickering and to view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category "Photographer: Chickering".

 

 

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bmarshphd posted: " A thin waisted young woman poses for her portrait at the Abbott Photographic Art studio in Little Falls, New York. She is flashing a sweet smile and holds a tennis racquet behind her back. I wonder if she is wearing her tennis outfit. She seems to be "

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A YOUNG WOMAN AND HER TENNIS RACQUET IN LITTLE FALLS, NEW YORK

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tennis

A thin waisted young woman poses for her portrait at the Abbott Photographic Art studio in Little Falls, New York. She is flashing a sweet smile and holds a tennis racquet behind her back. I wonder if she is wearing her tennis outfit. She seems to be wearing a corset and I am guessing that running around a tennis court in a corset can't be exactly comfortable. I don't think it would help her game either. I've never seen Venus or Serena Williams wearing such a contraption while competing for a major title. William H. Abbott operated his studio at 545, 547, and 549 Main Street in Little Falls. The copyright on the reverse of the cabinet card is 1889.

bmarshphd | February 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Tags: Little Falls, Tennis, William Abbott | Categories: Sports, Tennis | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3OR

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bmarshphd posted: " According the caption in this image, this photograph is a portrait of "Pittsburg Pete". He is noted as being "The toughest Tramp in the Country". The caption also notes that this photograph was taken in 1912. Preliminary research found references to a"

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"PITTSBURG PETE"… THE TOUGHEST TRAMP IN THE COUNTRY (1912 PHOTOGRAPH)

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According the caption in this image, this photograph is a portrait of "Pittsburg Pete". He is noted as being "The toughest Tramp in the Country". The caption also notes that this photograph was taken in 1912. Preliminary research found references to a "Pittsburg Pete" in some articles about "hobos" and "tramps". In addition, the Urbana Daily Courier (Illinois) has some articles about criminal activities of a man known as "Pittsburg Pete". A 1914 article reports the arrest and jailing of a man with that moniker. The man is described as a "familiar street character in this city" and his crime was vagrancy. The article states that the man's actual name was John Reed. It is unknown whether the tough looking guy in this image is the same "Pittsburg Pete" as the "street character" in Urbana.

bmarshphd | February 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Tags: Pittsburg Pete, Urbana, Urbana Daily Courier | Categories: Men | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3OL

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bmarshphd posted: " This vintage photograph features a portrait of a fine looking elderly man named Harley Place (1825-1913). His name appears in a number of state and federal census reports. The 1870 US census indicates that he and his wife Amanda E. Place were living w"

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PORTRAIT OF HARLEY PLACE: FARMER AND WEARY RESIDENT OF GLOCESTER, RHODE ISLAND

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harley place

This vintage photograph features a portrait of a fine looking elderly man named Harley Place (1825-1913). His name appears in a number of state and federal census reports. The 1870 US census indicates that he and his wife Amanda E. Place were living with ten of their children in Glocester, Rhode Island. The 1880 US census indicates that Harley was a farmer. It appears that he lived all or most of his life in Glocester. He is also buried there. His grave is located in Acotes Hill Cemetery in Glocester. The photographer of this image is unidentified. An inscription on the reverse of the image states "Harley Place. Dad's grandfather. This is the one big picture was made from.". In this image Harley has the appearance of a wise but weary man. His clasped hands may indicate some tension or impatience. He is wearing work clothing with terrific looking suspenders. Visitors to the cabinet card gallery will notice that this image also appears in the previous blog entry. The previous blog entry was actually blogged in May of 2014 but I moved it so it would follow this entry. I believe that the biographical information in that entry actually belongs to Harley Place's son who was also named Harley Place. The image is likely not Harley Place, the son; but Harley Place, the father. I am leaving the incorrect information as an illustration of how difficult this type of research can be and to remind me and others to be very careful in our investigative work.

bmarshphd | February 3, 2015 at 11:36 am | Tags: Acotes Hill, Amanda Place, Glocester, Harley Place, Rhode Island | Categories: Elderly | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3OH

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bmarshphd posted: " An unidentified photographer produced this wonderful photograph of a stern looking elderly man. Fortunately, the subject of this portrait is identified.  The reverse of the photograph has an inscription (see image below) indicating that the subject's na"

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HARLEY S. PLACE: PORTRAIT OF AN ELDERLY FARMER IN KILLINGLY, CONNECTICUT

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harley front

An unidentified photographer produced this wonderful photograph of a stern looking elderly man. Fortunately, the subject of this portrait is identified.  The reverse of the photograph has an inscription (see image below) indicating that the subject's name is "Harley Place". Harley Place is wearing clothing that indicates that he was a working man. He is wearing overalls and what appears to be a work shirt. Note his large hands. Those big mitts must have come in handy in his work as a farmer. Harley Smith Place was born in Rhode Island in 1856. He was married to Adreanna Place (1866-1933). She was eleven years his junior. The couple had five children; Walter, Cora, Everett, Reuben, and Jennie. The 1910 US census listed him as a farmer in Killingly, Connecticut. The 1920 census found he and his wife living with a niece and nephew in Killingly and still listing his occupation as farmer. The 1930 census reported Harley and Adreanna continuing to reside with their niece and nephew in Killingly. Harley Place died in 1940 and is buried in Glocester, Rhode Island. His gravestone can be seen below.

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harley inscription

 

bmarshphd | February 3, 2015 at 11:34 am | Tags: Adreanna Place, Glocester, Harley Place, Killingly | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3y6

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bmarshphd posted: " This cabinet card portrait features a pretty young girl who appears to be in her early teenage years. Her hair is pulled back and she is wearing a ruffled collar and earrings. The photographer of this image is W. H. Baker of Saratoga Springs, New York"

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YOUNG GIRL WEARING PEARL EARRINGS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK

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This cabinet card portrait features a pretty young girl who appears to be in her early teenage years. Her hair is pulled back and she is wearing a ruffled collar and earrings. The photographer of this image is W. H. Baker of Saratoga Springs, New York. Research reveals that Baker was partners for a number of years with a Saratoga Springs photographer E. A. Record. A number of Record's photographs can be found in the Cabinet Card Gallery. Baker and Record's studio appears in the Saratoga County Business Directory (1871). An ad for their gallery can be found in the Saratoga Battleground Visitors Guide (1877).

bmarshphd | February 2, 2015 at 11:33 am | Tags: E. A. Record, Saratoga Springs, W. H. Baker | Categories: Children | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-3Oz

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