Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

We can comfortably date this cabinet card to 1885-1895 due to the use of a dark backing, which is when they were popular, and apparently dark green cards were less popular and thus fewer examples exist to be studied. Yay us! We have this lovely couple from the C. Murray Album who were photographed by Louis Teitzel in Junction City, KS.

I found the photographer in the documentation registering Junction City Downtown Historic District. G.M. Wheeler had a photography studio on the upper floor of a building established in 1870 by the M.W. Keller Grocery. At some point, Wheeler and Teitzel became partners, and Teitzel became the studio owner in 1885. Teitzel was in business at the same location until 1909 when J.W. Montgomery had taken over the studio. The building was replaced by the existing building at 706 N. Washington Street, Junction City, KS. It is currently known as Boone’s Market building and houses bank offices.

This all coincides with the dress of the lady in our photo, which is consistent with the lines and decoration of the Late Bustle period. If she turned just a bit to the side, I’m sure we’d see the poufs and drapery of her skirts behind her.

UPDATE: Notice the date written directly above the photographer’s name. It looks like May 1, 1889.

UPDATE 2: This couple has been identified as Arthur and Kate (Parish) Streeter.

10 thoughts on “Who was this couple?

  1. Did you notice the date..May 1, 1881 or7 or9? I was very interested in her dress and what all the ties and straps are about? Are they just adornments or do they have a purpose? I love her gloves..very proper…do you suppose this was an engagement photo or a wedding photo..she does have rings on:)


  2. mrsmarvel says:

    Wow, good eye! I did not see that. It looks to me like ’87, based on how the other numbers were formed, plus the date range of when dark colored cabinet cards were used – I think that eliminates ’81. I think the ties and straps are just adornments. Asymmetrical trims and fancies were popular.


  3. I did a quick search a Arthur Streeter married Kate Parish on May 1, 1889 as reported in the Wakefield Advertiser 1888 to 1889. It was in the May 04, 1889 news. From what I can tell Wakefield is just a few miles from Junction City, Kansas. It would be too simple to just find out their names so quickly..wouldn’t it? But it may be a lead, especially if you have names that match up?? :)


  4. mrsmarvel says:

    How do you find this stuff?? If this is the couple, then this is their wedding photo, in which case the sash may be a way of dressing up her good dress as her wedding dress. I was reading on another site yesterday about determining if you have a wedding photo or not. White frills and adornments on a regular dress was one of the signals. Keep checking back, there are a lot of photos in the album. :-)


  5. CatM says:

    This is so thrilling! I just love tailgating on a good mystery!


  6. Mrs Marvel, I just did a search..I think I searched Junction City Kansas wedding May1 1889..but I may have searched marriage… and found the Wakefield Paper. Then I had to find a map of the area to see if it was possible..distance in those days you know. Your book of old photo is going to be a great adventure I can tell:)


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