He doesn’t look awfully happy

In 1898, this fellow had something very bad smelling stuck to his lip, just under his left nostril, and no matter how he scrubbed, it lingered. It caused him to perpetually look like he was on the verge of tears. This fellow might have been an incredibly happy-go-lucky fellow, but his facial expression is very unfortunate.

We have seen many photos from Chicago and the surrounding areas, New York, England, and Iowa. Now we venture into Missouri. A. Rino Art Photography was known to be in business as early as the 1880s, although the back of this cabinet card says 1898. I will date this to 1898.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. IntenseGuy
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 08:23:09

    Back in 1898 the streets of every American city were filled with horse poop. This guy looks like he’s tired of stepping in it!

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  2. Far Side of Fifty
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 16:18:21

    Look at his wild tie..and the tail of the tie is showing…I have not seen a tail on a tie showing in any of my old photos:)

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