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Civil War era Mr. Burghy with the curly hair

CDV. Private Collection.

Civil war era 1862 CDV of dandy Mr. Burghy. Private Collection.

Just what is going on on top? It looks like a big swirl. How this could stay in place while the gent wore his hat demands an explanation. I’m not sure if the curls on the side are entirely natural or ringlets.

The hat next to him is a “John Bull” most commonly worn in the 1860’s. The back of the CDV is blank but has his last name and is dated May 24th, 1862. Mr. Burghy was a dandy if ever there was one, and he seems to have come from a well-to-do family.

‘Bowery Boy’

Bowery Boy. Personal Collection.

Bowery Boy. Private Collection.


This one feels special to me. This young man walked the streets my characters roam in their little universe. He has kind eyes, don’t you think? And he was right smack in the middle of the slums.

Photographer: Riker. 234 Bowery, N.Y.

Mr. Talmage of Landisburg, PA

Civil War era Jonely. Personal Collection.

Civil War era Mr. Talmage. Private Collection.

with the tax stamp.

with the tax stamp.

“Yours, Truely [sic] F.W. Talmage” written in the back in tiny and beautiful (yet hard to read) cursives.

We can estimate this CDV to be from between 1864 and 1869 by the border style with one thick line, the other thin. Then we can narrow it down further to in-between 1864 and 1866 because during those two years the tax stamp helped fund the Civil War.

Photographer: J.T. Couch & Co. Landisburg, PA.

Bowler wearing English boy

An English boy. Personal Collection.

An English boy. Private Collection.


2.5″ x 4″

A, no doubt, well-to-do little English gentleman with the short bowler hat and gloves, and a great pose.

Photographer: Blake & Edgar. 74 Midland Road. Bedford, UK.

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