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Rare Early Cabinet Card Photograph of El Paso

An early cabinet card birdseye view of El Paso, Texas, looking south (roughly from current day Scenic Drive), showing downtown El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in the distance. A vast undeveloped landscape is shown in the foreground. A young girl wearing a bonnet is seated in the foreground.

This photograph was likely made by Amen James Tift Joslin (b. 1839), a peripatetic practitioner who worked as a photographer in several western states, including California and Texas. It is also possible that Amen Joslin, Jr. made the image. According the Palmquist & Kailbourn, an A. J. T. Joslin was operating the Cottage Photo Parlors in El Paso in 1892, though they remark that "it is unclear if he was the father or son."


Joslin's Photo Parlor photographs are evidently quite rare. We can find no records in OCLC.

Condition Description
Original albumen photograph on card mount, cabinet card format. Both the mount and photographic image are in beautiful condition. Clean and nice. Photographer's ink stamp on verso of mount: "Joslin's, Photo Parlors. Fine Work a Specialty. 213 El Paso St. El Paso, Texas."
Palmquist & Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide, 1839-1865, page 365.