Spot #29 and the final image in the Leather CdV Album is a tintype in its paper sleeve, showing a young man in a fine suit of clothes and nice boots. Although the back of the paper sleeve just has a piece of tissue holding the tintype in place and no photographer information, I’m thinking this is an 1870s or even 1880s image, based on the backdrop used. It looks like the walls in a fine drawing room.

I hope you have enjoyed all the images. Our good friend Iggy (aka Intense Guy) has found some traces of the family this could have been from, but no firm decendents yet. Perhaps one day it shall happen. Until then, if you would like to see all the images in the album, click on the category Leather CdV Album.


Another doppelgänger



They say everyone has a twin out there somewhere, and this man’s modern twin is without a doubt Gene Hackman.


If there was going to be a movie about the people in the Leather CdV Album, Gene would definitely be cast as this character, whoever he was. As noted by T. L. Darnell the photographer, clergy photos were half price, so perhaps this is the right honorable Reverend Mr. So-and-so of Cumberland, MD.

Long nose



In the days before rhinoplasty was readily available for all who had self image issues, people just lived with their flaws. It doesn’t mean they liked them or didn’t try to change them – the advertisements for shaping implements for women’s bosom and bottom are hilarious and copious – but here is a man with a rather long nose and he proudly sat for his portrait, and apparently gave out the images. Imagine what we would be like if we didn’t have the ability to surgically change our features…  It’s quite a compelling thought.

The photographer for this aquiline gentleman was J. T. Blume of Bedford, PA. This CdV is in spot #27 of the Leather CdV Album.

Hold still….

I accidentally put photo 26 before 25, so here is photo #25 from the Leather CdV Album. This pose is similar to the Just Dandy photo of last week, in that the man is holding onto a chair and you can see the base of the positioning stand behind his feet. Also, he looks rather formal and a bit uncomfortable while trying to look casual and relaxed. His frock coat was a popular style in the 1860s and beyond. This is a style we sometimes see men wearing in weddings today. Much of today’s men’s formal wear flashes back to the every day styles of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. We are so casual these days! I saw a TV personality wearing a three piece suit recently and I hope that style comes back into fashion, it is just so dapper.

No photographers information was included on the back, so this will fall into the Unknown category.


Today’s photo from opening #26 of the Leather CdV Album is either a poor quality print, or faded out, or both. The fellow, with his puffy hair style and slight “I’m trying to carry a caterpillar here” mustache, makes me think of some of the boys in my high school back in the ’80s (the nineteen 80s). He has one of those faces that transcends time and looks like he could fit in just about anywhere. No photographer information was on the back of the photo.

Just dandy!

Today’s photo from the Leather CdV Album is a fine image of a young man posed quite attractively, presumably so he could impress the ladies he visited and thereby left his visiting card. The square corners of the card indicate the 1860s but this is mid to late century (my guesstimate) due to the entire card being filled with the image. Early century photos were tiny images in the center of the large card.

Note that behind his feet you can see the base of a positioning stand. I heard from a photographer and historical photography enthusiast recently that setting up the photo and holding for the exposure could take up to 15 minutes in the early days. Unfortunately for us, the photographer did not order card mounts with his name on them. Our young buck has a fine set of whiskers on his chin and could possibly have curly hair, but I can’t quite tell. His frock coat is pulled open to reveal his waistcoat and the velvet lapels suggest some means. He is holding his hat against his hip in a rather casual mien.

This is a proud Sepia Saturday post! Click over where you will find photos of trios, brothers and sisters, hats, fancy dresses, and who knows what else?

Hats off to sepia!

Another tax stamp


Today from the Leather CdV Album is a photograph of a woman made between August 1864 – August 1866. The tax stamp in this case has been cancelled by pencil marks across Washington’s face. The lady is finely dressed and my costumer friends will notice how the tops of her sleeves are trimmed. First, they have large pleats to fit the voluminous sleeve to the small armhole, then a button was sewn over the pleats in such a way as to accent the quality of the work. The sleeves look like a cross between bishop and coat sleeves; there is a large amount of fabric made to fit into small top and bottom bindings, but the cuff area is finished as a coat sleeve would have been (not a cuff) and then undersleeves were used. Her dress is of a dark color, but I do not believe it to be a mourning dress because of her white collar and undersleeves. It is lovely and probably was silk or fine wool. Her hair has a glossy sheen that to our modern eyes looks like it needs a wash, but “back then” was attractive. It was probably oiled and/or pomaded as well as not washed in modern hair care products that strip away a lot of the natural oils from our hair.

The photographer of this lady was Evans & Prince photographers in York, PA. It is interesting to note that the print number 3416 was handwritten on the back, but also just under the right hand side of her skirt on the photograph.

To see all the photographs from this collection, scroll down the categories to Leather CdV Album.

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