PORTRAIT OF AN OLD MAN WEARING A “NECK BEARD”

This carte de visite features an old man wearing a “neck beard”. This style of beard was popular in the 19th century. This gentleman is in good company. Other neck bearders include Richard Wagner (composer), Henry David Thoreau (Essayist, Poet, Philosopher), and Horace Greeley (Author, Statesman, Newspaper Editor). It is interesting to note that in today’s culture, “neck beard” is a perjorative term for social awkwardness or pretentiousness. The subject of this cdv photo is well dressed. He gives the appearance of a kind good humored man. The photographer of this image is the Rodgers studio, which was located in Hartford, Connecticut. The Connecticut Historical Society’s online site provides some information about Hart J. Rodgers (1831-1905). During the 1850’s he worked as a daguerreotypist in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1855, he married Grace A. Rodgers. By 1871, he was operating a photo studio in Hartford. Interestingly, in the 1880’s he was the owner of a skating rink. This cdv image is in very good condition.

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  1. What an interesting bit of information r/t the use of the expression “neck beard”. – When men age, they grow beards. When women grow old, – well, most of us don’t have that option. – Not unless we want to work in a circus = pitiable attempt at humor.

    As you note, this gentleman has a fine face with, deep, affecting eyes. Abraham Lincoln is known to have said that “After 50, a person “owns” their face.” – I wish I knew who this gentleman was.

    Thanks CC. Wonderful pressentation.


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