A dapper man poses for his portrait at the studio of Lewis C. Fowler, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This gentleman is nicely dressed. He is wearing a long outer coat with what appears to be a velvet collar and satin lapels. He is holding a pair of gloves and has a derby hat on his head. The subject of this photograph’s image possesses an aura of success and importance. Fowler’s photographic studio was located at 12 West King Street, in the town of Lancaster. An advertisement in the Lancaster Board of Trade directory appeared in 1887. A  directory of businesses in Philadelphia, indicates that Fowler operated a studio there in 1890. It is unknown whether he conducted businesses in both cities simultaneously. To view other photographs by Fowler, click on the category “Photographer: Fowler (Lewis)”.

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  1. Hello – I’m writing in reference to the photo you have posted titled DAPPER MAN WEARING A DERBY IN LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA. I was wondering if there were any indications of who the subject is? The gentleman looks somewhat like the photo of my great-grandfather Ansel Purple taken in the 1880’s. Ansel lived in Columbia in Lancaster County and used a photographer at 42 W. King St. at some point. I would appreciate any feed back you might have, and although I know it’s a very long shot, it would be wonderful if this did turn out to be him.
    Thank you.

    • I wish I could be of assistance but I have no more information than I wrote about that would be useful in identifying the subject of this photograph. Perhaps you can contact the Lancaster historical society to see what information they may possess. Good luck in your search.

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