Detroit Guy

Detroit Guy

Cabinet Card, circa late 1870s – early 1880s. Photography studio:  Marratt’s City Hall Photograph Gallery.

Price:  $7.00

Handsome guy who looks a little careworn. Cabinet Card photo taken by Marratt’s City Hall Photograph Gallery, 131, 133 and 135 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan, proprietor William Marratt. There is nothing on the back of the card. If you look very closely at the bottom left of the card you will see the photographer’s name in script; readable is the capital M, and the two t’s at the end. To the right of that is the studio address. For more information on the owner of the gallery see William Marratt, Proprietor of Marratt’s City Hall Photograph Gallery.

Source:  J. W. Weeks & Co.’s Detroit City Directory for 1880, p. 586. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Young Woman in Lace, San Francisco


Cabinet Card, circa 1887. Photographer:  Oscar V. Lange, San Francisco, California.

Price:  $10.00

A cabinet card photo of a beautiful young woman, possibly sprucing up her look for the camera with the beautiful lace fichu that she wears over her dress; note also the brooch or neck pin fastener. Photographer Oscar V. Lange (1853-1913), 1025 Market St., San Francisco, California shows in the city directory at this address in 1887. Besides being known as a prominent West Coast photographer, Lange also painted landscapes.

Sources:  Oscar V. Lange. n.d. (accessed September 27, 2014).

Langley’s San Francisco Directory, 1887. p. 1370. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Young Woman Partially in Velvet, Chicago IL

Young Woman Partially in Velvet, Chicago IL

Cabinet Card, circa 1885. Photographer:  George E. Neidhardt, Chicago, Illinois.

Price:  $7.00

Cabinet card of a beautiful young woman taken by photographer George E. Neidhardt. His studio was located at 403 Larrabee St., the corner of North Ave. in Chicago. This card looks like it was once framed with an oval matting. Neidhardt’s studio shows up in city directories at the 403 Larrabee address in 1885. The next directory found for him is 1890 which shows the address of 405 Larrabee. And click on the image for a closer look, note the woman’s jewelry and the braiding detail on the velvet.

Sources:  Thomas Hutchinson’s The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago, 1885, p. 1015. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Reuben H. Donnelley’s The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago, 1890, p. 1610. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.