And the man was a shoe craftsman. A coincidence after the cut.
The pose is great, of course! This photo I acquired from the family album of Greek immigrant Charles (Chas) Pappas, a mandolin/banjo teacher based in Lewiston, Maine.
Elsewhere I did find a photo of the same man from the same album, 6 years later in 1928 and at work at a shoe shop:And this is where it gets interesting from a collector’s point of view.
The first shoe craftsman (called a shoe hand back then) I added to my collection is Frank Newell Libby on a tintype taken in the 1890’s. After seeing the photo of this gentleman at a shoe shop I realized both were from the same area: Auburn-Lewiston in Maine. Frank’s two sons -Harold Blake and Howard Stanley- were also shoe hands and would have been around Mr. Pappas’ age; one about forty and the other in his twenties.
If Frank Libby and his sons knew Mr. Pappas through their common craft this would be a nice coincidence, and really not a crazy stretch of the imagination due to their close shared location (literally 5 miles or under).
Also, at first I wasn’t sure if this man was a Pappas. He could have been a family friend but unfortunately I believe his identity was validated when I found one of his descendants, a young man of the same last name and from the same area who tragically passed recently and looks *uncannily* like him.
Second photo source: delcampe.net