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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!

New York City back of train trio with a Wilson whiskey bottle

New Yorkers and a Wilson whiskey bottle RPPC. Private Collection.

Holding Wilson whiskey bottle in New York City. RPPC. Private Collection.

My, oh my…How long did this bottle stay unopened? A New York minute.

Wilson Whiskey label

Wilson Whiskey label of the era


Back of RPPC

Photographer: High Grade Postal Studio. 134 East 14th Street. N.Y.C.

Backdrop Artist: N. Wortman Prop. First time I see the backdrop artist credited!

Dapper David Strader and the Merry Widow hats

Cabinet card. Private Collection.

Zuli, David and a lady friend. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

My 200th post!

Zuli is one gorgeous lady. David is in a bowler and high collar with dark gloves, but the ladies…look at the ornate big ‘Merry Widow’ hats! There’s a whole cake on top of Zuli’s head! What a cute and uncommon name too. The ladies in these pictures are always the stars, but I love group pictures of handsome gents with their pretty women. ;)

David’s last name was Strader, Miss Zuli’s last name was Frop. The name of the second woman in glasses is illegible. I think she looks like she was related to David -maybe his sister. There’s a number too: 5-10. May 1910?

Summertime75 posted a funny article from 1908 on the ‘Merry Widow Hat’ trend that swept the nation. It’s worth reading for a good laugh. People of the day found those large hats rather ridiculous! This was an upper society trend. Those hats were quite expensive and a status item.

Another funny N.Y Times article dated June 14, 1908 describes a stampede when at the end of the Broadway show (which inspired the trend) 1,200 souvenir hats were supposed to be handed to 1,300 awaiting women.

Photographer: Emery’s. 162 Main Street. Blank back.

Three best pals

RPPC. Private Collection.

RPPC. Private Collection.

Three tight buddies in gloves, overcoats and American Boston shoes (sometimes called Bulldog shoes) which made their debut in 1910. I have nothing more to say about this one. This sweet photo speaks for itself, and of course I love the fashion!

Detail after the cut.

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An early 1860s Scottish trio

CDV. Private Collection.

CDV. Private Collection.


H. Hancock Photographer. Lovingly [sic]. Copies can be had

An early example of a gentleman wearing a bowler hat. He’s surrounded by two ladies wearing women’s derbies and two piece dresses. The young lady to the right is on the thick side, which leads me to believe they weren’t struggling working class people. There’s a probability the man was a banker or public servant, since those were the early adopters of the bowler.

The back is blank but the photographer made sure to write his name. Smart man. And now, a hundred and fifty plus years later, he can be credited!

Photographer: H. Hancock. Scotland.

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