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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vintage photographers' logos

In the late 1800s, most photographs were finished as cabinet cards -- a thin albumen photograph mounted on a large piece of stiff cardboard.  It's always fun to see the clothing, hairstyles and props in these old cabinet cards, but something else that's really appealing is the intricate logo of the photography studio often printed on the back of the card.

I recently found a stack of cabinet cards for my antiques booth, but before displaying them, I had to scan some of the amazing logos for you.  Enjoy!

A.J. Schullare Art Photography, Northampton, Mass. 1889

H.C. Harris & Co. Photographers, Keene, N.H.

F. Schadee, Artistic Photographer, Florence, Mass.

C.W. Nichols, Portrait & Landscape Photographer, Rutland, Vt.

Interesting how all of these photographers used initials instead of first names!  
Isn't the artwork beautiful?