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The bowler hatted benefactor

RPPC vignette. Private Collection.

RPPC vignette. Private Collection.

This is one of the first RPPCs I got. I had to have at least one vignette portrait of a gent in a bowler. This one wrote to a lady named Roxie. He made good on a promise and gave her something -with the postcard picture of himself- that would help her father ‘next spring when he plants corn’. What it was is lost to time, but this seems like it was a thoughtful message and nice gesture. And maybe getting into the good graces of the father does help. :)




1860s ‘Uncle John Randolph’

John Randolph. CDV circa 1870. Private Collection.

1860s ‘uncle’ John Randolph. CDV. Private Collection.

This handsome fellow with the small smile came on a CDV with the beautiful design around the vignette portrait. His name is written in pencil on the back. Was he of the famed Randolph family of Virginia?

I wonder if his bowtie was a patriotic red and white.

John Randolph CDV with the intricate chandelier-like frame design.

John Randolph CDV with the intricate chandelier-like frame design.

Harris Norris, the Thinker in Mary-Janes

Man in mary janes shoes. RPPC. Private Collection.

Edwardian man in Mary Jane shoes. RPPC. Private Collection.

Harris Norris. University of Virginia

I did a double take on this one. Look at this cheeky gentleman! While today these shoes are exclusively worn by women and girls, I read on (the always reliable *cough cough*) wiki some pre-WWI men wore them too, but apart from this photo I have yet to see evidence of this and I’ve seen many. I believe that if some did indeed wear them, the shoes were never popular with gentlemen. By the time this image was taken the name of Mary Jane was already in use. I think the university student was being humorous by wearing ladies shoes! He’s smiling in that “what do you think of this?” sort of way. This was taken in the mid 1910s, seeing the pants cuffs.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

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