Cartes de Visite of 1800s Era Children by Benjamin Lochman and W.H.S. Gross of Allentown, PA


These three carte de visites or CDVs were made in the mid to late 1800s as evidenced by the photographers' histories and by the clothing the children are wearing. I am estimating that the first and third photos are older and were made in the mid-1800s. I believe the second photo to be a tad bit later, again based on the clothing.

The first and second photos are of young girls and the third photo is of a young boy. Girls usually wore their hair parted in the middle and boys usually had side parts. Even in photographs where it looks as if the subject is a young girl, a side part is pretty much confirmation that one is viewing a young boy.

Also of interest may be the posing stands apparent in the last two photographs. The posting stand is of heavy metal with a brace of sorts at the top to hold the subject's head in place so they wouldn't move, which would cause a blurry photograph.

Here is a photo ( of Benjamin Lochman, one of the photographers. William H.S. Gross appears in Reilly's PA Business Directory for 1868-1869 as a photographer in Allentown, PA. Thank you to for the information on Gross and to the same site at for the information on Lochman.

The first photo is 4" x 2 7/16". The second photo is 4 ⅛" x 2 ½". The third photo is 4" x 2 7/16".

Each CDV has the photographer's name/imprint on the back.

Please note wear, especially at corners of each of these photos.

The price is for all three CDVs.

Thank you for looking.


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