Tag Archives: 1880s-1890s

The serving barkeep

Barkeep serving group. Tintype. Private Collection.

Barkeep serving group. Tintype circa 1880s-90s. Private Collection.

A tintype of a barkeep standing over a fur rug and re-enacting pouring ale to a group of gentlemen with a little boy looking on. The gent to the far right’s expression is funny. He looks disappointed as if saying “but there’s nothing in my glass…”

Studio photographs of fellows drinking together were very common. Because saloons were most always the main place for men to socialize and organize away from the house,they wished to remember their after-work get-togethers with a studio picture.

Victorian gentleman Walton Stauf of Baltimore

1880s Walton Stauf. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

1880s-1890s Walton Stauf. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

back of card signature.

back of card signature.

Mr. Cool is posing in a fine long tail coat with matching waistcoat, and with his hands in pockets. He doubled up his fob chain, made a hole into the waistcoat pocket, passed it through and extended it all the way to his pants’ pocket -that’s one very long chain. I can see this gent thinking up something like this after losing an expensive pocket watch and then wanting the replacement to be more secure.

Well, we know he was right-handed. :)

And from the suit with the creased pants that he wasn’t hard up for money, but I couldn’t find anything about him. Pity!

There were/are very few Staufs in the U.S. A Henrietta Stauf emigrated from Germany to Maryland passing through Canada in 1858. She likely was related to Walton.

Photographer: Jeffres & Rogers. 112 N. Charles St. Baltimore. Maryland. The back is blank.

The respectable Victorian gentleman

Victorian gentleman with cane, top hat and mustache. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

Victorian gentleman with cane, top hat and mustache. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

No, you are not dreaming. I’m usually not a fan of facial hair but this portrait is so much what a mature Victorian gentleman should look like I just had to get it. Under the mustache this man was a handsome fella.

He looks noble with his gaze going up. Fascinating how facial hair can change one’s appearance. This gent was in his thirties at most but the mustache makes him look older. But yes, I love this one very much.

See, he looks younger now.

See, he looks younger now.

The moustaches are glorious, glorious. I have cut them short, and trimmed them a little at the ends to improve their shape. They are charming, charming. Without them, life would be a blank.” Edgar Allan Poe

I took this quote from a great BBC article explaining the reasons why Victorian men wore beards and mustaches. A fun good read. Thank you, Mr. Gillette, I’ll never see one of your disposable razors the same way again.

The back of this cabinet card is blank.

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Sad Bouquet Boy


detail of 1/6th plate tintype. Private Collection.

Quick, somebody give this sad Victorian gent a hug! Doesn’t he look like he needed one? Maybe he missed his love. What a romantic with his bouquet in hand! He had very pretty eyes too…and the bowler fits him just right.

This is a very beautiful tintype too, the darks are satin and the lighter areas matte. The scan is not doing it justice.

1880s-1890s tintype.

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Digital restoration work titled Sad Bouquet Boy by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

1880s post mortem of little boy

Post mortem CDV

Little boy post mortem CDV

Most of the time I’d rather post happy pictures, but this one tugged at the heart. A friend of mine said “doesn’t he look peaceful?”

This boy was loved. The way they placed his body, as if he’s asleep.



Photographer: De Lamater Photo. 258 Main Street. Hartford. Connecticut.

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