I have a superb photograph to share with you today. This woman is lovely in her traveling suit, with fur hat and stole, and gloves. The decoration on her collar matches that of her sleeves. Her white blouse sets off the rest of the outfit. And the rose she holds steals the show in my opinion – a rather nonchalant and independent pose. I would date this photo about 1903.
This photo was taken by Huntington and Clark in Detroit, Michigan. With just a bit of research I found information about the company, and the several people who worked there. The following is an excerpt from the Directory of Early Michigan Photographers by David V. Tinder.
‘George was born in New York in October of 1861, the only son of John and Louisa M. Huntington. His sister Emma was a couple of years older. His wife, Elizabeth. was born in Michigan to a father who came from New York and to a mother from Vermont, in June of 1866. She married George in 1886 or 1887. Their children were born in Detroit: George in December of 1890, Alice in January of 1893, Edwin in October of 1895, and Albert in April of 1901. Frank Scott Clark and George continued to call themselves proprietors of the Millard Studio for most of the time they were in business together. They produced duplicates at reduced rates from 70,000 negatives made by Powelson and by Millard, advertised photo-ceramics in 1895, and in 1901 offered “General Portraiture, Makers of Little Children’s Pictures. Platinum and Autotype Prints. Fine Frames….” George was named secretary of the Michigan Photographers’ Association at its organization on January 15, 1895. At the Detroit convention of the Photographers’ Association of America in August of 1895, Huntington & Clark received a third prize bronze medal for six pictures sixteen inches or larger, and a second prize silver medal for twelve Paris Panels to sixteen inches. Some of their employees were: Edward J. Winiker, photo printer in 1894 and 1896 and photographer in 1895; Hewlett F. Duryea, photographer in 1895; Nelson H. Tallman, artist in 1895; Edwin H. Wilkinson, retoucher in 1895; Louis E. Herlinger, retoucher in 1896; and Clara Waite, clerk in 1899. B. Frank Moore succeeded Clark as George’s partner in 1903, and George was sole proprietor of Huntington & Company. He was an active member of the Photographers’ Association of America in 1905. Walter J. Watson was the proprietor of the Huntington Studio at 78 Washington Boulevard in 1911. In November of 1914 George was hunting with a companion from a camp near Seney when a blizzard caused them to become lost in the woods. They were without food for four days before they got back to camp. George and Elizabeth were providing a home in 1920 for all three of their sons as well as the wife and two children of one of them. By 1930 their son George had taken over management of the poultry hatchery. George was 89 years old when he died at Ann Arbor on July 8, 1951, survived by his four children.’