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Cabinet Card Photograph by W. E. Johns – Fayette County

Most of the old photographs I share with you are not from Kentucky – but today I am excited since, not only is this a beautiful photo, but it was made in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.  This is a Cabinet Card, 4.25 inches x 6.5 inches.  There is a gold, gilt trim around the edge of the card.  On back is the photographer’s name and address in fancy design – notice the monogram in the center.  W. E. Johns, 55 East Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky.

In the book History of Fayette County, Kentucky (1882), it is stated that W. E. Johns was born in Lexington in 1843.  He began his photography business in Lexington in 1870 and by 1876 opened a new studio at the address 56 East Main Street.  By at least 1886, James Faught worked for Johns as an operator in his studio.  At a later date, the pair became partners in business.

I don’t know who those woman might be.  Does anyone recognize her?


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