This cabinet card portrait features a dapper young man with a handlebar mustache. Unfortunately, the handlebar needs alignment; one tip points down, while the other seems to have fallen creating a tonsorial crisis. Note the width of the gentleman’s necktie.This photograph was taken by Urlin & Pfeifer’s Mammoth Art Palace in Columbus, Ohio. Urlin and Pfeiffer are no strangers to the Cabinet Card Gallery. The gallery has photographs by Urlin and Pfeifer as individual gallery owners; as  well as multiple images taken during their partnership.  John A. Pfeifer (1859-1932) was active in the Columbus area from 1882 to at least 1913. For much of that time, he was partners with George C. Urlin (1854-1942). Urlin was active in Columbus between 1873 and 1887. The reverse of this cabinet card offers an interesting back stamp that highlights some of the medals the pair received for their photographic work. The latest date noted on these medals is 1887, which reveals that this cabinet card was photographed sometime during or after 1887. The advertising also notes that the firm was established in 1873. 


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  1. this guy looks pathetic and hes sporting the biggest tie knot in the western hemisphere😆🤣

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    • I don’t think this gentleman looks pathetic; he just looks like he is from the 1890’s. I am sure he looked quite ordinary to observers back then. People from the 1890’s would look at us in 2018 as looking unusual and bizarrely dressed. You are right about the tie knot competing for the largest tie knot in the western hemisphere or even the largest in the world.

  2. If you enlarge the photo, you will see that the down tip of the mustache is an touch-up,done either by the photographer or by someone else. It is done in black, while the rest of the photo is sepia. Same thing for the upturned tip. It looks to me like an “improvement” on a somewhat traditional, but not very pretty, mustache.

  3. Wouldn’t it be great if all cabinet cards had that much information on them?

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