Turn the page: 3/4 profiles

It has been awhile since I have done one of these. If you are new to this blog, I received a cabinet card photo album for my anniversary gift and I have been sharing the pages here on this blog. To see the other pages, click on the “cabinet card album” link on the left side of this page.  On to the next page…

A man and a woman with 3/4 profile head shots

A man and a woman with 3/4 profile head shots

The man, out of the album sleeve.

The man, out of the album sleeve.

The photographer is G.C. Arless and comes from Montreal Quebec.

The photographer is G.C. Arless and comes from Montreal Quebec.

G.C. Arless seems to have worked alone from 1878-85.  (He worked for other people before that and was “and Co.” after that date range.)

The back of this card is covered in artistic advertisement and this was common starting around the late 1880s.

The back of this card is covered in artistic advertisement and this was common starting around the late 1880s.

So the card could be made in the transition period before he incorporated in the mid to late 1880’s.

The lady out of the album sleeve.

The lady out of the album sleeve.

Look at the smocking at the neck line of her bodice.  Very nice!

C. G. Wynn and Co. 242 Woodward Ave, Detroit Mich.

C. G. Wynn and Co. 242 Woodward Ave, Detroit Mich.

A Google search places this photographer at that location from the 1880’s to 1890 and those dates suit the style of this woman’s clothing.

The back side of her card gives a clue…

June 7th 1890  To Lucy from Maggie

June 7th 1890
To Lucy from Maggie

I think this is the first time one of my cabinet cards gives the exact date to the day.  A moment is time frozen…. We also have the second reference to Lucy as the receiver of this card.  I’m convinced now that this album was owned by a Lucy and most if not all, were photographs put in by her.  (I acknowledge the possibility that a family member could have removed photographs that were significant to themselves before getting rid of the album and that a collector or seller could have filled in the blanks with unrelated people.)  If all the photographs were of people in Lucy’s life, how many were family and how many were friends?  Are any of these women actually Lucy?

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