Who was he?

This gent is the first cabinet card in what I call the C. Murray Album. It is a wonderfully preserved photo album from the American post-Civil War era with cabinet cards and a few cartes de visite in the back. This gentleman has seen much in his days. The wrinkles around his eyes and his grizzled beard tell us that. I wonder at his age if he fought in the Mexican-American War in the ’40s. There is no name written on the card. Here’s the back of the cabinet card.

T.C. Haynes of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. I wasn’t able to find any information on this photographer to identify when he was in business.

Hope to see you again!

UPDATE: T.C. Haynes was found to have been in business between 1875-1888.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Far Side of Fifty Photos
    Jul 18, 2010 @ 23:58:29

    I read something awhile back about this pink color cabinet card..I will try to find it. Congrats on your new blog..I will be a regular visitor!! :)

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  2. Intense Guy
    Jul 20, 2010 @ 00:15:27

    I found a directory listing T.C. Haynes in business 1875-1888.

    The “T” is for Trustum. :)

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  3. Far Side of Fifty Photos
    Jul 20, 2010 @ 00:20:04

    Initially, cabinet cards were made from natural raw bristol board, both front and back. But in the mid 1870s the backs were coated with soft off-white or even light pastel ink. . The two most advertised card colors were primrose, a pale yellow and pearl, a rich off-white,4 though light pink, blue, and green can be found.
    I found this info for you! I knew I had read something about pink.
    here is the website
    http://www.phototree.com/ID_Cab.htm

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