A clean cut young man poses for his portrait while wearing his dress military uniform. He  is either in the military or he is a cadet in a military school. Perhaps a visitor to the site can make the final determination. The photographer of this cabinet card is J. C. Moulton of 368 Main Street, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Joseph Carr Moulton (1824-1914) was born in Sandwich, Mass. to farming parents. He was a descendant of the famous Revolutionary War officer, General Moulton. He left home at 21 and went to Newton, Mass. where he worked in a machine shop. The job didn’t suit him, so he began working as a photographer. He arrived in Fitchburg in 1848, and one of his studios was located at 159 Main Street (1876-1900).  Moulton was involved in many aspects of Fitchburg’s community life. He was the superintendent of his church’s sunday school, he was a Mason, and he was the first President of the local YMCA.

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  1. Buttons appear to carry the Massachusetts State Seal — state militia?

  2. In your info pertaining to the photographer, J.C. Moulton, you say he had a studio at 159 Main St., 1876 ~ 1900. He was actually active at that address as far back as July 1864. I have a carte de visite ~ CDV with his back-mark that has a civil war era tax revenue stamp attached to the reverse which dates the image as early as July 1864 or late as July 1866. It would be interesting to know more about his photography business in Fitchburg. Perhaps he was at the Main Street address much earlier and also advertised as a daguerreian. Of course we’re getting way off of the subject of Cabinet Cards which is your focus here.

    • Thanks for the additional information about J. C. Moulton. Researching cabinet card era photographers has its limitations. Information on the internet such as city directories, census information, newspapers and professional journals tend to be incomplete and sometimes factually wrong. However, I am grateful for the resources that we have at our fingertips despite its inherent problems. I also appreciate when visitors to the site, such as yourself, make corrections or provide additional information about the cabinet card subjects and photographers.

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