I have so much fun collecting old cabinet cards. Where else can one capture a glimpse of history, a snapshot of past fashion, and a air of mystery in one piece of ephemera? These two photographs have no written identification, besides the posting of the name and place of the photographer's studio. There are quite a few cabinet cards floating about from the small town of Canajoharie, New York. I love the postioning of the "brothers" in the above photo. The little boys on the floor are wearing what appear to be the Buster Brown suits of the late Victorian era. They were typically worn by young boys under the age of 10, and consisted of a short suit and bloomer pants above the knee with long stockings worn underneath. Large bows were often worn under the neckline.
If you look at the mother's dress, you will notice she is wearing the fashion of puffed sleaves, which were making a comeback from the 1830's during this later era. So, I would take an estimated guess that these two lovely photographs were taken circa 1895-1898. I really enjoy trying to narrow down the timeline.
Don't you just love the intricate designs on the back of cabinet cards? Such beautiful sketched advertising details.
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