Little Henry on a wicker chair

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What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is Komo Photo Co. of Lawrence, Kansas.  Written on the back in pencil is Henry.


This is the fourth of four photos I bought last weekend.  After getting them home and posting them, I’m still quite happy with them.  I’m operating under the assumption that Henry is the name of this child.  I’m beginning to see a pattern in the “dresses” boys wore then.  They seem to be more functional, less precious, less lacy and frilly, than ones the girls wore.  Not that they aren’t well-made and attractive in their way, it’s just that I’m detecting a difference that wasn’t so obvious when I first started seeing photos of this old custom.  Meanwhile, a bit of trivia:  according to the Social Security Administration, through most of the 1890s (the approximate era in which this cabinet card, with its scalloped edges, was produced), Henry ranked ninth or tenth among the most popular baby names in the U.S., which is about what I would have guessed, I think.  Amazing the things you can find online!

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