Sisters with peircing eyes


What first drew me to this cabinet card were the eyes of these two girls. They could be wearing their Sunday’s best for this sitting.A wonderful portrait.

Photographed in the tiny village of Camp Point in Adams county, Illinois



Several Men In military uniform



Again these CDVs came out of the C.W. Reaves photo album.Unfortunately not many were inscribed with IDs and the placement of the photos seems a bit random . The second CDV here has ” My Uncle” written on the back and the third one has” My dear Brother in law” This first CDV has no markings all. I cropped each card down so the Photographers stamp appears below each photo.





Teenaged girl and little sister


Miss Katie Bache


This CDV along with those in the last several posts came out of a tattered photo album with “C W Reaves” on the cover.Most photos are from Montreal and New York.Some of the photos have names on the back written in pencil most have no ID at all.One photograph has the date 1866 on the back,much of this album look to be from the 1860s.

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Cute little girl sitting on the arm of a chair



Benjamin F. Powelson (1823-1885), [photographer / daguerreian] was first documented c.1850 with studios and various partnerships in Buffalo, NY, St. Catherines, Canada, and Ithaca, NY.  In 1861 he opened a new gallery in Rochester, NY at 58 State Street. He was reported with a gallery in Buffalo in 1863 and was active in Detroit, Michigan, from 1869 to 1880. He died in Buffalo in July, 1885.

Woman photographed by Mathew Brady in New York


This came out of a Large photo album with mostly CDVs and several spaces for cabinet cards.Most of the photos are from Montreal and many are from New York.While searching to match up brady CDVs online with mine I found several images with the same font on the lower right and left corners of the photo the few that I found were from New York although most seem to be from his Washington studio with a completly different font.
As many early photos buffs know Mathew Brady is most well known for photographing the tragedy that was the American civil war.

Two pals photographed in a portable studio

Two pals photographed in a portable studio

Many photographers in the 1800s practiced their trade on the go setting up portable studios on streets,boardwalks and county fairs.Photos were taken in such spaces,developed and sold on the spot.
Here we have two friends who may have stumbled on a photographer on the street.Debris is strewn throughout the floor and we can see the dark back drop and drapes pulled together over head.The men stand together with left and right feet touching between them.The man on our right has his hand on the shoulder of the other to steady their pose.The photographer embellished the men’s watch and chains with gold leaf.

Like all the Tintypes and Daguerreotypes in this blog I photograph the images using my digital camera.I found that it is impossible to get a good reproduction using my home scanner.This one was very difficult to capture I picked through two dozen shots taken in the later part of the day but still came up with some glare problems.Of course there is also scratching and chipping of the original surface but then after 100 + years this relic has stood the test of time.With proper care and preservation this little photograph will survive long after I have passed from this earth.