Unknown man

This fellow has such a modern haircut, don’t you think you could see his face in nearly any high school year book from about 1945 on? Maybe not so much today, but a few boys will still be clean cut, I hope! This is another of Ray Jackson’s photos, unidentified unfortunately. He is an handsome young man with high cheekbones and a strong face. He is wearing a cravat style neckcloth and his collar is not turned down, suggesting this photo is from the 1890s. He has his vest buttoned all the way and the chain for his watch is just showing clipped to the top button. We have seen other photos by Jacob Maul. Click on his name under photographers to see other images by him.




Purple pair

You can definitely tell this photograph is purple, indicating it was made using the collodion process and making its date sometime after 1894. The photo also seems to have something underneath it, making the ridge that you can see around the image. It’s almost padded. This photo is placed under the baby from our last posting. They don’t look like the couple on the other side of the page, so it may be a safe guess they are Io/Jo/I. O./J. O.’s parents. It is such a shame that nearly every photograph in the Dobb Long Book goes unnamed, as they surely picture families, friends, loved ones and relatives who led full and happy lives.

This post is a proud Sepia Saturday post. Please click through and take in the sepia goodness from around the world.

A name, maybe

Here we have a baby, perhaps three or four months old, resting on what looks like a miniature easy chair with flower & paisley upholstery. The photo is directly to the right of Mr. Mysterious and also has that lilac tinge of the colodion process to it, so presumably is after 1894. Written above “Chicago” is Io or Jo, or possibly I.O. or J.O. It’s not much, but it is more than we have had for pages on end!

The photographer was Jac. Maul, who’s work we saw previously here. His full name was Jacob Maul, and he has his two photographic medals duplicated in the artwork next to his name.

Bustle dress

A beautiful example of a bustle dress from the 1880s. This handsome couple is on the right hand page from our previous photo of the young/old youthful/matron in the Dobb Long Book. I believe this to be our “first impression” woman from the very first page of the book. She is a year or two older here, and dressed very well. This couple had some means. First, her dress is a fine example of a bustle dress – you can see the bustle sticking out behind her, to the left of frame. She has quite a lot of beading on the cuffs and at the center front of the bodice. She has a chain hanging across said beading in front, with a watch dangling there. Upon close up inspection, she has a fancy pin at her throat with a cross pendant. Her husband has a lovely tie, watch and chain, and well fitted suit. You can see his wedding band on his left hand very easily.

The photographer here was J. Maul of 439 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Mr Maul was awarded a first prize in the Chicago Photography Club’s competition in 1889 – in which he was listed as an amateur, and was awarded a first prize medal for prison and police photography in the 1889 Exhibition of the Photographic Society of Chicago – a prize which listed him as a professional.

I think it’s safe to date the photo to 1889 or thereabouts.

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