Rather Continental, old chap!

This is another of my favorite photos from the Dobb Long Book because it exemplifies that snooty impression that so many men tried to exude (and yet failed at miserably). This fellow has the Oriental smoking cap, mustache/whiskers, and tweedy suit with a dotted tie. Interesting, he has some sort of jewelry on the base of the tie knot, and it looks very much like it has a woman’s face on it. I bet he wanted people to think he was someone important, but at heart he was a sweetie pie. I can just hear him saying “Rather Continental, old chap!” to a friend while they talk about hunting dogs and smoke cigars, all the while he privately wonders what his wife has gotten up to.

The photographer here was A. S. Holmes of Troy and Albany, NY.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. IntenseGuy
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 09:05:47

    Such a wonderful picture! He has rather piercing eyes. I think I find your musings on this photo to be as charming as the photo itself.

    Now this is one (of the several) people from the Dobb Long album that I am left really wondering what became of them. He looks to me like a man with vigor, intelligence, and energy.

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  2. Far Side of Fifty
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 15:18:20

    So that is an oriental smoking hat..interesting! I think he just has it on to cover up a receding hairline..I think he is just a little vain:)

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