Posted 2 years ago
This cabinet card is a recent acquisition. It was a ‘must have’ because, when looking at it closely, it’s actually pretty humorous on several levels. The image is also a lesson in how not to shoot a portrait, or portraits, or whatever this was intended to be.
If you look at most early studio images with people, they steady themselves by leaning on a chair, prop or sit. You get the idea. Here we have two freestanding people attempting to hold still during a fairly lengthy exposure. They didn’t succeed and I’m baffled why this card was made. Oh well, at least the camera turned out good. (BTW, the cabinet card image is excellent quality and the card itself has beautiful gold edging.)
The depiction is simple enough. A boy and man dressed up, with the boy pointing something out to the Indian. For whatever reason a wood & brass camera is set up between the two; okay, that’s also strange. Anyhow, the camera is a 1880s Anthony NPA or Champion stereo … a nice camera by collecting standards. (One of these is also in my collection.)
I’m not going to attempt to explain the picture but I thought it might be fun to invite the CW folks to create a caption for this kitschy scene.
Let’s face it, the scene is silly and screams for some commentary. It’s not a contest per se and the most enlightening / funny captions will be rewarded with recognition by your peers. So have fun!