Distinguished

Today we have a British-looking fellow, only he’s got his hand tucked inside his vest. I don’t recall exactly why that became popular but for some reason I think Napoleon might have been involved. This man is sitting at a desk, as though he just turned from his work to greet his visitor (and scratch his chest), perhaps to discuss going hunting? Note his boots and his pants are somewhat tight, suggesting he might go riding after he finishes his conversation. This CdV did not have any photographer’s back mark, but the weight of the card places it somewhere after 1870. My guess is more toward the 1880s.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Far Side of Fifty
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 08:26:22

    here is a link
    http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2010/09/28/TheHandinJacketPoseInOldPictures.aspx

    I have also read that it keeps the hand busy during the exposure wait..no chance of a blurr:)

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