Wednesday, August 5, 2015

PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY IN WATTSBURG, PA





bmarshphd posted: " This vintage photograph features a family of six dressed in their finest clothing. The family portrait includes a couple and their two teenage daughters and one teenage and one young adult son. This photograph was taken at the C. A. McDannell's studio"

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PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY IN WATTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

by bmarshphd
wattsburg
This vintage photograph features a family of six dressed in their finest clothing. The family portrait includes a couple and their two teenage daughters and one teenage and one young adult son. This photograph was taken at the C. A. McDannell's studio in Wattsburg, Pennsylvania. The photo below shows McDannell's house. His studio was on the top floor. The picture was taken during one of the town's multiple floods which occurred between 1892 and 1909. Charles A. McDannell (1859-1944) was born and died in Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Jennie Barry. He is buried in Wattsburg Cemetery. The 1900 US census lists McDannell and his 17 year-old son Clyde as photographers. The 1910 US census also lists Charles as a photographer. However, the 1920 and 1930 US census reveals that he had become a postmaster. Wattsburg-tanner.Weebly.com provides a bit of biographical information about McDannell. In addition, the site displays some of his photographs. It is noted that Charles liked taking outdoor photographs. He had a special interest in photographing country life and children. "Photographic Times" (1888) praises a few of his photographs and the "Bulletin of Photography" (1912) reports that he was on the executive committee of the Professional Photographers Society of Pennsylvania. Inscribed on the reverse of this photograph is a family name. I have been unable to search the name due to legibility problems. Any assistance would be appreciated in deciphering the name. ADDENDUM: See comment below. Great genealogical detective work by a cabinet card gallery visitor identified all the members of the family seen in this photograph.
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bmarshphd | July 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm | Tags: Charles McDannell, Jennie Barry, Pennsylvania, Wattsburg | Categories: Families | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-40j
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bmarshphd posted: " The woman in this vintage photograph is both beautiful and well dressed. She exhibits an engaging smile as she poses for her portrait at the studio of H. Larocque in Lewiston, Maine. She is wearing a high collared dress and holding flowers in her lap."

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY AND FASHIONABLE YOUNG WOMAN IN LEWISTON, MAINE

by bmarshphd
maine
The woman in this vintage photograph is both beautiful and well dressed. She exhibits an engaging smile as she poses for her portrait at the studio of H. Larocque in Lewiston, Maine. She is wearing a high collared dress and holding flowers in her lap. She is likely wearing a corset judging by her tiny waist. The photographer of this image is Henri Larocque (1859-1922). He was born in Quebec and died in Lewiston. He was married to Mary Hinse Larocque (1867-1956).Henri is listed in city directories as a photographer at least as early as 1887. The 1920 US census also lists him as a photographer along with his son George (age 33) and daughter Emmilene (age 31). Henri and his wife are buried in St. Peter's Cemetery in Lewiston.


bmarshphd | July 1, 2015 at 11:55 am | Tags: Henri Larocque, Larocque, Lewiston, Maine, Mary Larocque | Categories: Women: Non Theatrical | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-40c
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bmarshphd posted: " There are a lot of unknowns attached to this cabinet card portrait of a lovely woman in a dark dress with puffy sleeves.  Who is the photographer? Where was the photograph taken? Who is the subject? The answers to these questions have been lost to his"

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A LOVELY WOMAN IN A DARK DRESS

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puffy
There are a lot of unknowns attached to this cabinet card portrait of a lovely woman in a dark dress with puffy sleeves.  Who is the photographer? Where was the photograph taken? Who is the subject? The answers to these questions have been lost to history. The woman projects a strong appearance and has pretty eyes.
bmarshphd | June 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm | Categories: Women: Non Theatrical | URL: http://wp.me/pnHKU-407
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bmarshphd posted: " The gentleman in this cabinet card portrait looks amazingly like Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th President of the United States. As much a I would like this to be an early photograph of Lincoln, it most certainly is not. This photograph was prod"

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PORTRAIT OF AN ABRAHAM LINCOLN LOOK-A-LIKE IN TRENTON, NEW JERSEY

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lincoln
The gentleman in this cabinet card portrait looks amazingly like Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th President of the United States. As much a I would like this to be an early photograph of Lincoln, it most certainly is not. This photograph was produced several years after Lincoln's death. The photographer of this image was George Pine (1840-1906). For part of George's photography career he operated a studio with his brother Robert G. Pine. Records indicate that Pine conducted his business at the 27 & 29 East State between 1878 and 1888. He operated out of several addresses over the course of his career and all of his galleries were located in Trenton, New Jersey. I was able to confirm that he ran the studios from at least 1872 through the early 1900's. George was born in New Jersey. An 1867 business directory indicates that he and his brother had a gold and silver plating business before entering the field of photography. The 1880 US census reveals that George lived in Trenton with his wife Theodosia Burroughs Pine (1842-1900). The couple were living alone. The Trenton Evening Times (1906) ran George's obituary. He died in Trenton although he did spend some years in Florida where his wife passed away. At the time of his death he was the curator of the Cadwalader Park Museum. The article states that after a successful photography career, George had become a "prominent naturalist". Cadwalader Park is located in Trenton.The park is nearly 100 acres and is the city's oldest park (construction began in 1887). The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (creator of New York City's Central Park).

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