This photo of a mature couple features a long beard and an Edwardian styled dress. This dates the photo to after 1904. The lady’s hair is also more softly styled, an influence of the Gibson Girl style so popular around the turn of the century.
The photographer was probably G. C. Bauman in Burlington, IA. He was active beginning in the 1890s and has been documented as late as 1907. Bauman was also known to have photographed early Burlington, an area that has been registered with the National Registry of Historic Places. For a historical society, photographs of the early town must be a treasure! One wonders if the couple pictured above were important in the early town history, or simple residents. I think I’m going to contact the historical society and have a little chat.