Thursday, March 24, 2011
Photo Number 488
This is another Cabinet Card from the Antique Mall in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. This is the same photographer as yesterday, Fred Mueller the photographer that likes to pose people with all their weight on one foot.
If you look just behind the little girls left foot you will see a posing stand. Posing stands were used to help the person in the photograph hold still, they were often used with children. Exposure times varied..and if someone moved during the exposure time then the photograph ended up blurry.
From the information that the Minnesota Historical Society has on this photographer, I will date this photo 1884 to 1885 because those are the dates Mr. Mueller was in business in Owatonna. His name was also speller Muller..on this cabinet card it could be Mouller..or Muller if that M is real fancy.
The same table covering appears in this photo as in the photograph yesterday. She might even be related to the gentleman I featured yesterday..you just never know. His photograph was marked and this one was not.
I think her dress is just darling, it was fashioned after a ladies dress that would have a bustle in the back and a drape in the front. The pleated edges on the hem of the dress were very popular in the 1880’s.
Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)
There is possibly a connection between this photo and yesterdays photo of Phillip McCarthy.
Update from Anonymous:
Alice McCarthy was my grandmother,we have photos of her and another brother with the same background as in the girl's picture.We wonder if the girl could possibly be their sister Ellen or Lily.Ellen died at age 10 and Lily Age 6 in 1883.They and Philip are supposely buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery,Owatonna Mn.The photo of the girl is not Alice.I wish there was some writing on her picture.