Hold still, doggy!

This is a cabinet card that has a distinctly 1850s feel to it, even though it was made post 1870s. The couple is posed in a very sterile manner, side by side on chairs. The backdrop is very plain to non-existent. Of interest is the dog they have between them. Although the dog moved, as is common with animals, it is still interesting that they decided to have their dog photographed with them in the first place. S/he must have been very important to them!

UPDATE: I realized I forgot to add the photographer information! This photo was made by W. A. Gourley, who was a Landscape & Portrait photographer from Freehold, PA. It’s tricky when a photographer hasn’t listed their first name, especially when their initials are “WA” and there is a Washington county in Pennsylvania. Sigh…

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