Turn of the century?

This cabinet card from the C. Murray Album features a couple that look to be middle aged, and I’m dating this photograph in the later 1890s or early 1900s. Kalin was known to be in business between 1890 and 1913, and was the photographer of choice for several of the album inhabitants. Although it is not on this cabinet card, Kalin was known for the “first stairs west of post office” notation on his cabinet cards. Kalin also at one point allowed his studio to be photographed, around 1913.

Secondly, the bodice the woman is wearing reminds me of one I’ve seen in a Belle Epoch reproduction pattern from the incredible TrulyVictorian.com. The incredibly wide sleeves and lapels served to add volume to the shoulders and emphasize small waists. I’ve seen a lovely blouse & jacket combination similar to this one, done in powder blue with white appliqued trim, so in my mind the lady’s clothing in this photo is in that color scheme.

Note, this photograph is an older version of the couple in our last photo from the album!

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Poor posture?

How about we take a look at a photo from the C Murray Album? I haven’t finished that family, although all the possible identifications have been made. I call this fellow “Slouchy” because he does seem to slouch down into the chair. He may have had an orthopedic problem that prevented him from sitting up straight, or he may have just slouched.

The photographer we have seen previously. Kalin was located in Clay Center, Kansas. Kalin was in business at least between 1890 and 1913. Since the majority of photos in the album are prior to the turn of the century, I’ll date this photo in the 1890s. The cabinet card is relatively simple with just a thin red line border.

Who was she?

Image #2 from the C. Murray Album. A woman who sat for her portrait in Clay Center, Kansas. She’s all angles and sharp edges, but I wonder if she really was soft and sweet at heart. I found that Kalin was in business at least between 1890 and 1913 by two separate photos with dates. One photo from 1913 was actually a photo of the studio. Interesting.

I wonder who she was.

UPDATE: Thanks to reader Jamie Robinson, we now know that this was Lucia Jane “Lucy” (Avery) Elkins, born 1841 in Vermont. Lucy was one of 10 children born to George and Delilah Avery. Much of the family (if not all) relocated to Kansas, which is where we pick up her sister Mary’s family in the Streeter family album. For more Avery and Streeter photos, please click on the page heading “C. Murray Album.” 

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