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These two cabinet cards were made in a travelling photo studio similar to the one illustrated below, which was used by Hutchings and Crum photography. I have not been able to discover anything about Smith and Willson but I imagine they had a very similar set-up.

I do love the idea of this type of early itinerant photographer going from town to town fully equipped to capture details of the lives of isolated people, who would have had very little opportunity to have their image captured in any other way.

There is an interesting lack of information about this type of photography studio online, yet I cannot imagine it was particularly rare.