Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Traveling Art Parlors

The cabinet card mount is labeled "Milam's Imperial Traveling Art Parlors." That's a pretty grandiose name for a railroad car with a skylight, a painted backdrop and a camera. Milam must have had more than one.

I'm intrigued by the tack holes in the upper corners, showing that the photo was pinned up at least twice.


  1. Was probably a very valued possession. Never had the money for a frame, but could tack it to the wall. I had a landlady that did that. Never framed photos, just tacked the to the wall in her kitchen.

  2. I think you're exactly right, that this belonged to a relative or close friend, who pinned it to the wall to stay close.