1860’s Carte de visite. J.W. Gould. Ohio. Private Collection.
A handsome sitter from the 1860’s with very light blue eyes! Several points to make about this portrait:
I like that the picture was framed within the border lines of this carte de visite.
Also, the way he tied his neck ribbon is interesting.
And he chose to open his waistcoat with the top and bottom still buttoned, like many Civil War soldiers did on the pictures of the era…Was he a veteran in civilian suit? A good chance, the lines and corners of this CDV date this picture to be between 1864 and 1869. The next decade saw the rise of a civilian fashion trend where men wore their coat with the top buttoned but not the bottom. The thought behind it was to show the waistcoat, but I have a theory on it. I think the trend emerged out of respect for soldiers whose uniforms were standard issued and were too small for their frame…For example, the trend of bushy beards became popular with mature Victorians when they wished to imitate the soldiers who fought the Crimean war. I believe people were looking up to those brave boys and adopted their style…so why not the way a coat or waistcoat is buttoned?
Photographer: J.W. Gould. Main Street. Carrollton, Ohio.
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Hardy. Boston. Cabinet card. Private Collection.
A possible Victorian gang member? This hatted young man from the 1890s is described as “one of the Alleys” on the back of the card. It seems to me the writing was added later on, perhaps by someone who knew not who, but what the person was part of. Sounds like a gang name to me, and the fact this card was made in Boston adds to the possibility. Well, in any case this handsome gentleman in profile was dressed to impress, and that’s one stylish hat on his head.
“One of the Alleys”. Boston. Hardy back of cabinet card.
Hardy. 493 Washington Street. Boston. MA.
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1880s-1890s Walton Stauf. Cabinet card. Private Collection.
back of card signature.
Mr. Cool is posing in a fine long tail coat with matching waistcoat, and with his hands in pockets. He doubled up his fob chain, made a hole into the waistcoat pocket, passed it through and extended it all the way to his pants’ pocket -that’s one very long chain. I can see this gent thinking up something like this after losing an expensive pocket watch and then wanting the replacement to be more secure.
Well, we know he was right-handed. :)
And from the suit with the creased pants that he wasn’t hard up for money, but I couldn’t find anything about him. Pity!
There were/are very few Staufs in the U.S. A Henrietta Stauf emigrated from Germany to Maryland passing through Canada in 1858. She likely was related to Walton.
Photographer: Jeffres & Rogers. 112 N. Charles St. Baltimore. Maryland. The back is blank.
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Kough & Leeper cabinet card portrait. Private Collection.
This very handsome gentleman from the 1880s is very smartly dressed. The striped tie is rather nice too.
No need to edit the contrast or erase scratches on this one. Like the timeless elegance of the sitter, this picture stood the test of time. The scalloped edges are golden too, truly a beautiful card which was kept in an album.
Photographer: Kough & Leeper. Fayette St. Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
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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.
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.
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