Item 2008.001.260 - Portrait of father and infant

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Portrait of father and infant

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  • [between 1894 and 1895] (Creation)
    Wilkie G. Coss

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1 photograph: 16.6 x 10.9

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Wilkie G. Coss was a photographer working in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the 1880s and 1890s. In 1880 he began practicing photography and in 1883 formed a partnership in Sprinfield Ohio, "Coss & Smith". In 1890 he operated a studio in Grand Rapids, "Baybe & Coss" and in 1892 was employed as the manager of the Arthur & Philbric Studio. In 1894 he purchased the studio and was named successor, and in June of 1895 he put the studio up for sale.

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Item consists of a white card with embossed text at bottom, "Arthur & Philbric Studio". Photograph is a vignetted portrait of a man and infant, very casual. The man wears a dark suit and tie, and holds the infant of about 1 year of age on his right shoulder, laughing. The infant wears a white lace dress and has its left hand to its mouth, also laughing. On verso, elaborate design with spiderweb, sunflowers and rolled parchment in the shape of a shield, with the text "Wilkie G. Coss,/ SUCCESSOR TO/ ARTHUR & PHILBRIC,/ PHOTOGRAPHERS,/ 21 Canal Street,/ GRAND RAPIDS,/ MICH."

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Poor. The card is very dirty and scratched, long tear out of top right corner.

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