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The mystery occupational tintype

Occupational tintype ca 1880's. Private Collection.

Occupational tintype ca 1880’s. Private Collection.

This teen is posing with a CDV size piece of paper in his hand. He’s also sitting on what looks to be a hanging dark oil cloth. He’s resting his arm on some sort of machine behind him. A Difference Machine as was suggested by another collector? I’m not sure but this looks to me like it is photography or plate printing related. The seller thought it was a voting machine. A person suggested it is a balustrade, but I digress…I welcome opinions.  What is it? 

occupational-photography-detail


Waiting for the job to get done

RPPC. Private Collection.

1910s worker with anvil and hammer. RPPC. Private Collection.

The gent to the right with his pipe in mouth is IDed as Ed Herndon, the handsome worker with the hammer and anvil is unfortunately not. His hands are darker, from the soothe of burning coal? Oh, ladies broke things on purpose with this one. ;)

Ed has a pose I find humorous because it makes him look so impatient. This was taken in the American countryside of the 1910s with an apple orchard in the back, or some field of other fruit trees.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

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The 1910s Canadian worker smiling in cap and overalls

Handsome smiling Canadian worker. RPPC. Private Collection.

A smiling Canadian worker. RPPC. Private Collection.

Hm…give me a hammer. I need to make some holes in the wall for this guy to come by. Then I can lounge with a piña colada and watch him work. Ha ha! Seriously, what a cutie smiling in his white work overalls with the turtle neck, cap and rubber boots. A painter perhaps, or a plaster worker?

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918. The RPPC is ‘Made in Canada’ and the dealer is from Nova Scotia. I assume this gent was from the area.


Holding hands at T. Hugh Miller Custom Tailoring

T. Hugh Miller Custom Tailoring. RPPC. Private Collection.

T. Hugh Miller Agent Custom Tailoring for Klee & Co. N.Y City. RPPC. Private Collection.

Tailors and salesmen in front of their place of business with the stylish Art Nouveau sign. We have a bowler, fedora, pork pie, all sorts of caps, two white neck scarves, bowties, ties…There’s a little of everything here, as it should be!

And four of them are holding hands. Gents holding hands didn’t necessarily mean they were gay, just close buddies not afraid to show affection toward each other. This was taken in the mid 1910s.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1018

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