I would call him austere

Here we have couple number two, lower left and lower right of the first open page of the Dobb Long Book. The gentleman is what I would call austere. He is not a man I would want to debate as to whether work can be done on the Sabbath, if you get my impression. His wife is plump and serene of face, with a rather tight fitting bodice and a bit of adornment. I find it interesting that the pattern on the fabric of her sleeves matches the pattern on her lapel, but the body of the dress does not have a pattern. I have not seen a lot of contrasting sleeves. Not being able to see the colors of the dress it is not possible to guess how it looked. These cabinet cards are on green backing, which we know to have been in use in the mid-1880s. Green cards were more expensive than the more common maroon and black cards, so therefore are less commonly found. Lucky us, we have two!

The photographer was Azariah M. Burgess, who was a photographer in both Holland, MI and Muskegon, MI. There is an obituary for Mr. Burgess dated January 18, 1894, indicating that Mr. Burgess had crossed the street from his studio to visit at the store. While there, he said he did not feel well, and then seemed as though he was going to fall down. He was assisted back to the living quarters portion of his studio, where he died ten minutes later. Unfortunately, his wife was visiting out of state and was not with him at the time of his death. Mr. Burgess had only returned to Muskegon six months prior to his sudden death, although he had lived there previously. Very sad.

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