Figure 1.--This is one of the latest cabinent styles we have found. The boy is Ben Favies. The girl may be Lo Benta--but we are not sure. They were cousins. Her iconic flapper wave hair style helps date the portrait to the 1920s. Ben wears a white short pants suit with fashionanle two tone low cut shoes. They look to be about 8-10 years old.

Ben Davies and Lo Benta (United States, 1920s)

Photograpic portraits of children were generally made of sibling, but in the larger and more cloesly connected families in the 19th and early 20th century, sometimes cousins were photographed together. This is the case here with Den Davies and we think Lo Benta. At least on the back there is an inscription "Lo benta + Ben Davis (cousins)". They look to be about 8-10 years old. Lo benta of course is not a recognizable name, but we are not sure what else it would be. This is a very late cabinet card, al least according to the dealer. It is not dated, but the girl's finger wave flapper hair style clearly dates it to the 1920s. The ankle socks and low-cut shoes suggest the later part of the decade. The flapper hair do While a popular style for fashionable young women of the Roaring 20s, it was not usually used for girls. It was the iconic hair style of the decade. The fact that a girl is earing it also suggets the late-20s because it had become a more common style. She is wearing a dark dress with a light colored lace collar. By the 1920s lace collars had become exclusively for girls. She seems to be wearing lipstick to go along with the flapper hair styling. She also has white anklets and patent "T"-strap shoes. That is something that we have not seen before and some at the time would have seen as rather sandelous by most people. Ben is wearing a white short pants suit with grey or colored ankle socks and fashionable two-tone low cut shoes. They are sitting on a studio bench. The decorated cabinet card has no studio information. The photo measures 6.5" x 4.5". the whole cabinet card measures 9.5" x 6.75".


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