CDV. 1860’s Young man wearing a homburg hat. Private Collection.
A sitter of the 1860’s posing with his hat on, and not with it on the table or knee. This looks like a short homburg. I don’t normally associate the 1860’s with this hat, so I like to have an early example of the period. He’s also wearing a ring on the pinky, and there’s a pineapple motif on the tablecloth. The photographer (and the sitter) didn’t care too much about the backdrop. The way it’s propped to the side is like it was put there as an afterthought.
By the type of lines framing this CDV, the picture was most likely taken between 1864 and 1869. There is no name or photographer info on the back.
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Combine inspiration from my little debacle with the Prince of Wales’ photomontage, a boring Saturday, and this is what you get.
Our Victorian gent on this CDV had too good of an expression to leave him be, so a jackdaw flew in and perched on his head. His face brightened. I think he likes it. ;)~
Here’s the original vs. the retouched:
Hm…don’t know if I am in the mood for this…
And well, if you’d like to see this gent retouched but without the bird, here he is:
Staring at the viewer and a hint of a smile make a huge difference. Click for larger image.
Original front and back. 1870s-80s CDV. Private Collection.
Photographer: Carl Anderson (a British expat photographer?). Wenden. Russia.
Circa 1870-80. CDV. Private Collection.
This unidentified young man posing in front of a plain backdrop comes off as comfortable in his skin. And the tilted hat adds flair to the otherwise nice but generic suit.
Alas the back is plain with no photographer info. I hope the kid did well for himself, he sure looks like he had the self assurance.
CDV. Private Collection.
Well, this gentleman certainly was easy on the eyes! This post Civil War CDV is unfortunately without a name or date. Pity, because this soldier surely made a few hearts aflutter! I hope he was able to return home to his awaiting love for he most likely had one, along with a few heartbroken ladies.
This bubble portrait carte de visite with the round corners is post 1870. His hair flattened close to the forehead is also very much of the decade and the next. Note the large round buttons on his coat, someone may be able to tell what unit he belonged to.
1870s teen. CDV. Private Collection.
This teen has beautiful features yet he appears frail; he’s swimming in his collar. Was he recovering from an illness, or losing weight from sickness? If he were naturally this gaunt I think his collar would better fit him.
Photographer: G. Whipple. Valparaiso, Indiana.