Lady Musician

I admit right off that I am recycling this photo. I previously posted this cabinet card back in 2010 as part of the exploration of the Streeter Family Album, aka the C. Murray Album. The subject is Kate Parish Streeter, wife of Arthur G. Streeter. The couple was married in Junction City, Kansas on May 1, 1889. Click here to see their wedding photo.  In March 1891, a little daughter arrived, and she was photographed with her mother in 1892.

A site visitor commented on my photo of Arthur Streeter as a photographer that Kate’s sister Effie had married Dr. James Thayer and they relocated to Gilroy, CA. She suggested that Kate and Arthur joined the Thayers in Gilroy. Kate Streeter passed away in 1896 and was buried in Kansas. I encourage you to click the various links as they help to shape the story of Kate and Arthur Streeter. This dress is a particularly lovely example of Victorian dress circa the early 1890s.

This is a proud Sepia Saturday submission where the prompt is of a troupe of string musicians. Click through and listen to the muse.


What is the Streeter Connection?

Here we have a second photograph of “Slouchy” who we saw just last week. This cabinet card was made by GA Streeter, who we presume to be Arthur Streeter, the photographer we saw posed with his camera. This man does not have any resemblance to the rest of the family that I can tell, so perhaps he was Kate Parrish Streeter’s relative? I’ve not been able to find Kate on any census records prior to her marriage to Arthur, so it’s difficult to trace her or to know if this is one of her people.

Did she find solace in music?

Today we feature who I believe to be Kate Parish Streeter, wife of Arthur Streeter and mother to this little girl. This is the final photo of this family from the C. Murray Album, though not the last photo in the book. Again the photograph is of a subject and an object, e.g. she is playing a guitar. Apparently, the guitar enjoyed a period of refinement as a parlour instrument during the later Victorian era and into the early 20th century, and often was played by ladies during a soiree to entertain their guests. At its peak, the guitar was considered to be a classical instrument along side the harp, flute and violin, as representatives of the highest European musical tradition. I do wonder if Kate took lessons and whether she was any good.

Another interesting note is that on the left side of this cabinet card are two holes, about 3/16″ diameter. The card with Arthur’s image has corresponding holes on its right side. I believe these were mounted into some type of standing frame, so that the couple would be displayed side by side in their individual reverie.

And, again, if you zoom in on the brooch Kate is wearing in this photo and the other two, you will see the same brooch worn in each likeness. In this photograph, Kate is also wearing glasses though they are difficult to make out.

UPDATE: Kate married Arthur May 1, 1889. She passed away in 1896.

Was he the photographer?

Here we have a cabinet card from the C. Murray Album, of a photographer. I have always heard that photos of people with objects were not as common, because of the expense of photography. But here we have a man you may recognize, posed with a camera. The photographer was G.A. Streeter in Gilroy, CA (the garlic capital of California, in case you were wondering). I haven’t been able to find any information on him, but Gilroy is a small place, and even though it is right in Silicon Valley, the historical society may not be as technologically advanced as its neighbors over in Cupertino.

Now, back on the original post, Far Side of Fifty noted that she found that Arthur Streeter married Kate Parish on May 1, 1889, which was the date noted on that first photograph. By taking a great leap of faith, considering this was taken by G.A. Streeter, and he’s posing with a camera, I’ll guess that he went by Arthur. In this photo, his mustache is a little longer and he looks a little weary. Considering his and Kate’s little girl passed away I would guess unexpectedly in 1891, I wonder if they decided to put Kansas behind them and head out west to California, where Arthur could try out a new trade. It’s all pure speculation at this point, and somewhat melancholy speculation at that.

I wonder if we will be able to find out more.

UPDATE: Arthur Streeter was born May 20, 1865 in Vermont. He married Kate Parish on May 1, 1889 in Kansas. Their daughter passed away May 28, 1892. Kate passed away in 1896. September 28, 1899, Arthur married Nell Blair.

Welcome Sepia Saturday travelers! This image is one of a full photo album that I blogged last year, but had to post because of the camera theme. For once I can meet the theme! Thanks for visiting!

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