A WORKMAN POSES IN HIS OVERALLS IN DALLES, OREGON

handyman 1A bearded gentleman poses for his portrait at the D. C. Herrin studio in The Dalles, Oregon. The subject is wearing overalls and his attire indicates that he is a workman of some type. He is resting his hand on a wicker chair and is striking an unusual pose in that his feet are crossed at the knee. The gentleman looks rather bored as he endures the process of having his portrait taken. David C. Herrin began his photography career in Medford, Oregon (1888). He and his photographer wife, Margaret, operated a studio in The Dalles from 1892 through 1898. The couple moved to Portland, Oregon in 1899 and joined Frank G. Abell for establish Abell & Herrin photography studio. David Herrin died in 1909. An interesting side note concerns the name of the town that hosted the above photographic session. The city of “The Dalles” is named after a rock. Dalle is a French word meaning flagstone. The name of the town refers to the basalt rocks carved by the Columbia River on which the town is located. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).   (SOLD)

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Published in: on March 11, 2019 at 11:00 am  Comments (3)  
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  1. Most unusual to see a subject in such rag-tag clothing. Having one’s photograph taken was serious business, and individuals wore their best. Perhaps he was enlisting help back home and this was proof of his need?

    • That is very similar to my idea, that you was showing to someone : “look at me now….” because o his gesture of feet and body someone would rather pose in an elegant suit.

      • must be “he”, not “you”


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