Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Portrait of Unknown Woman by Ethel Standiford, Louisville KY ca 1910

Here is another unknown woman from the Moran Place photo collection.  It was taken by Ethel Standiford at her studio in Louisville Kentucky in the early 1900's.  

We don't know the subject of the portrait but the photographer was well-known.

Born Ethel Conway Jan 1871 in Indiana to John Hoaglund and Rebecca Buxton Conway, she married Frank L Standiford in 1891 in Jefferson Kentucky. She trained as a teacher but instead became an apprentice in a local photographers studio.  Ethel opened her own Lousiville studio in 1901 while her husband Frank was a bookkeeper in a local furniture store.  Frank died in 1916.  In 1917 Ethel married a dentist, Dr. Harold David Mehling in Brooke, West Virginia.  Ethel and David moved to Cleveland about 1919 where she opened another photography studio. While in Cleveland she was elected president of the Cleveland Photographers Association, the first woman to hold the position. She closed the studio in 1936 after going into debt. Ethel Conway Standiford Mehling died in 1963 in Ohio. She was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery beside her first husband, Frank Standiford.








Ethel was most known for her portraits of notable Cleveland men and her innovative portraits of children. She entered and won 1st Prize in the Photography Portrait division and received the Penton Medal for Excellence from the Cleveland Museum of Art.  She was also a golf enthusiast and a convert to the "new" Eastman Film Process.

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