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All cozy and bundled up for winter

Bundled up on a tintype. Private Collection.

Bundled up on a tintype. Private Collection.

An affectionate trio posing all bundled up with their overcoats, a knitted fringed scarf and a blanket. Brr! The two in front with their pork pie hat on look like they may have been brothers, the older one with the mustache. I like that the third pal in cap is resting his hands on the other two’s shoulders. There’s a good vibe out of this photograph.

(That scarf reminds me of Hogwarts ha ha)

This tintype is a 6th plate yet is taller than average. It measures 2.5″ by 4″.

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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1880s three brothers and their other

Three brothers and their other. Tintype. Private Collection.

1880s three brothers and their other. Tintype. Private Collection.

These three brothers look very close in age, a pair of twins in the mix maybe? Maybe the two in straw boaters to the right. Note the chap to the front left who I think is the third brother, he’s wearing some nice looped buttons on his shirt, a short double tie and a light bowler. The whole look makes him look very ‘western sheriff’. The fourth man looks related too, same ears, same nose but of a darker complexion with different eyes. Maybe he was a cousin…or half brother. Ha! :)

No waistcoats on all four…Too hot for summertime.

Larger detail.

Larger detail.

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Digital restoration work titled 1880s Three Brothers And Their Other by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Mr. Alpha and company

Two canes, three hats, a mustache and a whole lot of attitude. Tintype. Private Collection.

These three 1880s gentlemen by a balustrade are all very well-dressed, the one to the right with the creased pants, the other to the left with a tight-fitting striped pair. All are wearing Windsor ties typical of the decade.

The men look like they were business partners. The confident attitude of the man to the left makes him look like a ruthless go-getter. Roar!

The happiest little cabinet card on earth

'The happiest gent on a cabinet card'. Private Collection.

Man laughing on cabinet card, by Dan Cleave. Private Collection.

My starry-eyed self HAD to add this very happy gent to my collection! And my regular followers know exactly why.

What a picture! Isn’t his laughter just contagious? I’m in love with this. What did the photographer tell his sitter to catch him laughing his head off like this? But whatever Dan Cleave did or say, hats off!

This is a very rare sight on a cabinet card, and such a lovely and precious moment caught at just the right time. The way he wears his straw boater hat too. As you can imagine, this is an absolute favorite of mine. And he’s got a nice set of teeth too. :)

The card has golden scalloped edges. I date this wonderful photograph to be from the 1890s to early 1900s.

Photographer: Dan Cleave. Dexter. Iowa. Back is blank.

1904 group at Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey

Private Collection.

1904 Lake Hopatkong -New Jersey tourist group. 1/6th plate tintype. Private Collection.

I love this casually posed group! They had their photo taken at a studio near the lake Hopatcong in New Jersey, sometime in the warmer months of 1904. The original orange sleeve came with it and is falling apart, but at least it has the name of the lake stamped on and the date in pencil.

These dapper friends decided to all pose with coats off and sitting on the wood floor, so the ones in the back were on their knees!

What’s funny too is the one in the middle decided to roll up his trousers’ hems, revealing some leg with the socks and sock garters (oh la la! lol). His pal with the cigar hanging off his mouth is also showing his socks.  Because they’re without coats we see the sleeve garters, and the mixes of patterns on their shirts, ties and braces.

And of course, the hats and smiles. Such a great group portrait!


They give off the vibe of office workers (‘White Collars’ – guess that’s where the expression comes from). Maybe New Yorkers on a fun trip out of the city, the lake was a hot destination and just 80 minute from N.Y by train.

A bit on the lake and its visitors:

1900s Lake Opatkong advert.

1900s Lake Opatkong advert.

The single most important factor in Lake Hopatcong’s growth as a resort was the construction of the Hotel Breslin completed  in 1887.  This hotel’s construction by a group of wealthy and influential individuals (including Garrett Hobart, who later served as Vice President of the United States under President McKinley) gave Lake Hopatcong instant credibility as a resort.  As Gustave Kobbe noted in his New Jersey guidebook of 1890, “The Hotel Breslin gave to Hopatcong its first decided ‘boom,’ for it brought to the Lake the element of wealth and fashion, in the wake of which everything else follows.”

At the same time that the Lake was becoming a large hotel resort, other development was also occurring.  Many early visitors camped at the Lake or built crude cottages.  Wealthy individuals also were learning of the Lake and building Victorian “cottages,” including an entire millionaire’s community around the grand Breslin Hotel in Mount Arlington.


Lotta Crabtree

As with any “hot” resort, Lake Hopatcong was a magnet for many of the “rich and famous” of the day.  The most famous female actress of her era, Lotta Crabtree, had a home built here in the 1880’s.  Hudson Maxim, noted scientist and inventor, came here at the turn of the century and built a large estate in the Borough of Hopatcong.  During the heyday of Vaudeville and Burlesque, the Lake became a favorite rest stop for performers during the summer when most theaters closed.  Bud Abbot, Bert Lahr, and Milton Berle were among the many show business people to spend considerable time at the Lake.

Source: lakehopatkong.org

The city father and his two dapper sons

1880s tintype. Private Collection.

1880s tintype. Private Collection.

This one made me laugh some. The father in top hat looks quite stiff looking straight to the side, while his two sons didn’t miss the camera, each posing with confidence.

The one in the middle who appears to be the oldest of the two looks casual of demeanor, relaxed even with a smirk on his face. The youngest -I wouldn’t put past 16- is taking this occasion seriously, strutting his stuff in fine evening wear with the nice white tie. What a dandy!

The dad’s gloves are so tight fitting they look painted on.

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