Sunday, March 11, 2012

Photo Number 817

We will end this kids in chairs week with this Cabinet Card from the Antique Mall in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.


Cabinet Card Racine Wisconsin Kids DL Antiques

A beautiful black card by Leonard in Racine Wis. They are beautiful children!  The little girls are wearing identical dresses with huge lace collars.  If you look closely there is a posing stand behind the little boy.

Cabinet Card Racine Wisconsin Kids DL Antiques back

This is the artwork on the back of this cabinet card.

P.F. Leonard was a pioneer photographer.  He came to Racine in 1847, he left to perform with a stage band and while in Macon Georgia he was talked into becoming a band conductor, he learned photography on the side.  In 1879 he returned to Racine and opened his studio at 333 Main Street.  He died in 1904 and his son Harry took over his business.

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  1. Very interesting about the photographer and the children are so sweet. The lace collars are beautiful.

  2. There is something "off-putting" about the standing girls eyes.

  3. What a gorgeous family...they are so sweet looking. What is a "posing stand"...never heard of did it work? Wouldn't it be wonderful if by looking at an old photo you could literally go back to that time and see their family "live"...that would be something and you could look at your relatives pictures and go back and visit them anytime you wanted. I think that's called heaven.

    1. Hi Sam I Am, A Posing stand is a wooden stand that had wooden arms that held you in place so you would not move during the exposure. You can see the posing stand right behind the little boy on the right.:)

  4. I have to say, that I've had strange feeling , when I read "posing stand", because long time I thought it was using only in aide memoris photography ... good to know, that it was using also to a living, not dead people ;)


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