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Coming of Age II

Austrian boy with very high collar & cigarette. CDV. Personal Collection.

Austrian boy with very high collar & cigarette. CDV. Personal Collection.

A thick late period CDV of a dapper Austrian boy. He’s wearing a high collar and white tie that together elongate his silhouette. His jacket’s wrinkled but his gentlemanly appearance is complete with a straw boater hat, buttonhole jewelry chain and a cane tucked on his arm.

The backdrop is plain and looks like a painted room corner.

This card reminds me of the German one.

Photographer: Atelier Tegeffhoff. Inh. F. Jelinek. Vienna. Austo-Hungarian Empire.


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.


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