Pretty nice, love it Matt!
What it is:
Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.
What I know about it:
Photographer is E. Van Patten of Toulon, Illinois. Otherwise undated and unidentified.
“…fire burn and cauldron bubble.” Sorry, I know the Shakespeare reference is a little rude, but it pops into my head every time I look at this photo. What especially struck me this time was the setting. I often note the backdrops in these old photos, but for some reason today my mind wandered off on that topic. I had to look up the city name since the font is frilly enough I wasn’t sure if it was Toulon or Foulon. So I learned that Toulon is a small town of about 1300-1400 people, about an hour outside of Peoria. With respect, it’s not exactly the center of culture and industry these days, and I can only imagine what it was like…
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