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Submitted by Deborah Dworski

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Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 2/1/2015 4:06 PM
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I would appreciate any comments about this photograph which depicts some of my relatives, though precisely which ancestors remains a mystery Perhaps there are details which might provide clues as to the time frame, religious adherence or socio-economic status of the family. I believe that the picture was taken in the Suwalk province of Poland. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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2/2/2015 12:09 AM Hello Deborah,

There is one clue to comment about here. That the name of "Cabinet Portrait" is written in English leads me to think that this photo was either taken in the US or in England, probably inside a studio. If the photo had been taken in Poland (or anywhere in Europe), the name of the studio would either be a more Polish name or written in the local language. That would be very different than the name at the bottom of the picture..Jo
2/2/2015 10:07 AM I believe that the words "cabinet portrait" indicate that the photo was produced using a particular process. The words are similar to a logo and do not necessarily mean that the photo was made in an English-speaking country. I have several photos labeled "cabinet portrait" or "visit portrait" that were made in Russia in the early twentieth century.
2/3/2015 11:29 AM Hello Devorah,

I've checked further myself and find that "Cabinet Portrait" does refer to a type and process of photography, which was used in many countries across the world....Jo
2/4/2015 9:52 AM It seems the man has peyos, which would indicate that the family was orthodox.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payot
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