This cabinet card is a portrait of a well dressed gentleman sporting a bow tie. Cabinet card portraits of men with bow ties are not common place. The photographer is Paullin, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Further investigation is required, but this photographic studio may likely be the studio of William Paullin. W. F. Paullin (1812-1871) was an aeronaut who built his first balloon at the age of 21. He flew balloons in Philadelphia and other parts of the world including South America, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. During the civil war he was in the service of the balloon corps of the Army of the Potomac. His final ascension was under the command of General Joseph Hooker. After resigning from the Army, he became a photographer. This cabinet card was most likely produced after the death of Paullin. Perhaps a family member, or someone else continued the studio under the Paullin name. Further fact checking is needed.

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