Occupational cabinet card photograph of a New York City coachman in winter dress. Patch Brothers.

Occupational cabinet card photograph of a New York City coachman in winter dress

New York: Patch Brothers, 1885-1890. Unbound. This wonderful studio photograph of a New York City coachman in winter dress and holding his whip is complete with fake snow and snowflakes. The albumin image measures 4.75” x 7.75”; the card measures approximately 5” x 8.5”. The card is labeled “Pach Bro’s 841 B’way, N.Y.”. Very good. Item #009162

The three Patch brothers became interested in photography in the 1860s while still boys and roamed the streets of New York taking pictures of local residents. They established their business in the Bowery but split up by the early 1870s, and one brother moved uptown in 1877, first to 841 Broadway but eventually settling at 935. They later reunited, as by 1881, the city directory lists the firm as “G. W. Patch and Brothers.” Between 1885 and 1890, they referred to their business as simply “Patch Brothers.”

The New York City Historical Society holds a Patch Brothers photograph collection produced by the studio between its founding and 1947. Most of the images are of nationally prominent people or socially prominent New Yorkers which were assembled by the company for a 1937 studio exhibit and later gifted to the society following the exhibition. Ten years later, in 1947, the company donated an additional group of famous American portraits. (See “Guide to the Pach Brothers Portrait Photograph Collection” at the New York York Historical Society.)

A splendid occupational cabinet card of an proudly uniformed New York coachman made all the more appealing by the inclusion of faux snow and snowflakes.

Price: $200.00

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