DAPPER GENTLEMAN WITH A HUGE MUSTACHE IN SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed gentleman wearing a huge mustache. The mustache is joined with his sideburns. To see other amazing mustaches, click on the cabinet card gallery’s category of “Mustaches (Only the Best). The photographer of this facial hair extravaganza is D. B. Millard. He operated a studio “Over the Post Office” in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His cabinet card price list can be seen on the reverse of this photograph. The cost of a cabinet card was $3.00 but volume buyers could purchase a dozen photographs for $1.50 each. The internet resource, Langdon Road, reveals that Millard owned Millard’s Gallery, at 314 Lackawanna; in the city of Scranton. His obituary appears in the “Photographic Times and American Photographer” (1891). The article labels him as the best and most popular photographer in Scranton. The obituary notes that Millard died of heart failure after a short illness. Millard’s name appears in Scranton’s business directories from at least 1879 through 1888. Other directories list his name as “Durand B. Millard”. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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HANDSOME DEVIL IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

A handsome dapper man, exudes a cool confidence as he poses for his portrait at White’s Postals, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a well groomed mustache and sits with his bowler hat on his knee. The gentleman in this photo is wearing a suit that appears to be quite baggy. It is possible that the suit was borrowed from the studio’s prop room, and doesn’t actually belong to the subject. Preliminary research found little information about White’s Postals except that at least one of their postcards is part of the collection of Temple University’s digital library. This real photo postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition. The card’s AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard is from sometime between 1904 and 1918.  SOLD

HANDSOME GENTLEMAN WITH A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (CARTE DE VISITE)

This carte de visite portrait features a well-dressed handsome gentleman wearing a handlebar mustache. This photo as taken by S. H. Waite who operated a studio in Hartford, Connecticut. Stephen H. Waite (1832-1906) is known for a photograph he took of African American orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The Connecticut Historical Society’s website offers a brief biography of Stephen Waite. He was born in Massachusetts and as a young man was friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson (essayist, poet), John Greenleaf Whittier (abolitionist, poet), and Theodore Parker (Unitarian minister, Abolitionist). He opened his Hartford photography studio in 1863 and conducted business until 1879 when he was succeeded by Charles Stuart. He later worked as a photographer in Kansas City, and later retired and died there. This cdv photograph has excellent clarity and is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

This cabinet card portrait features a lovely couple posing for their portrait at the Philadelphia Gallery in San Francisco, California. The gentleman is wearing a three piece suit and a pocket watch. He has a handsome mustache and is holding a walking stick. The woman is well dressed. She is wearing a collar pin and earrings. She is holding a small bouquet of flowers. This cabinet card has great clarity and is in very good condition.

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CUBAN GENTLEMAN WITH A GLORIOUS MUSTACHE IN CIENFUEGOS, CUBA

A handsome Cuban gentleman with a handlebar mustache poses for his portrait at the Mariano, Gonzalez, and Blanco studio in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Cienfuegos is a city on the southern coast of Cuba and is about 160 miles from Havana. The man is well dressed and wears an intensely serious expression. The photo studio belonging to Mariano, Gonzalez, and Blanco exhibited at the Exposition of Pan America (1901) that was held in Buffalo, New York. The exposition was basically a Worlds Fair. The exposition was very much in the news after President William McKinley was shot there at the “Temple of Music”. McKinley died eight days later from effects of his gun shot wound. The assassin was Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. McKinley was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt. This photograph measures about 8 1/2″ x 5″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A LOVELY COUPLE IN ANDRINOPLE, TURKEY (POSSIBLY ARMENIAN ETHNIC ORIGIN)

This cabinet card features a lovely couple posing for their portrait at a studio in Andrinople, Turkey. The pair are attractive and well dressed. The gentleman has a handlebar mustache. Is this couple of Armenian origin? It would be so interesting to know more about this couple, but that is an impossibility. The name of the photographer who photographed this image is L. Nicolaou. Preliminary research revealed that the name “Nicolaou” is a surname that can be found in multiple cultures and languages (including Portuguese and Romanian). In addition, the name is also found in Cyprus. This information indicates that the photographer was probably from Bulgaria, Greece or Cyprus; but operating his studio in Turkey. The city of Andrinople is also known by other names, including Edirne (Greek). The city is located in northwestern Turkey, and close to Turkey’s borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne was once the capital city of the Ottoman Empire. In 1928, Edirne replaced Adrianople as the name of the city. Edirne has been the site of numerous battles through history. Some consider Edirne to be the most frequently contested location in the world. A battle that occurred near the time that this photograph was taken is “The Siege of Adrianople” (1912-1913) which was a battle fought during the First Balkan War. An article in Wikipedia states that in 1905, the city had 80,000 inhabitants comprised of 30,000 Turks, 22,000 Greeks, 12,000 Jews, 10,000 Bulgarians, 4,000 Armenians, and 2,000 people of unknown origin.

 

PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN WITH A FANTASTIC MUSTACHE IN DURAND, WISCONSIN

This cabinet card portrait features a well dressed man with a masterful wiry mustache and chin beard. He is wearing a watch on a chain as well as a very serious expression. This photograph was taken at the Raitt & Parsons studio, which was located in Durand, Wisconsin. The town of Durand is in western Wisconsin and was first settled in 1856 by 21 year-old Miles Durand Prindle.. The town was incorporated in 1887. Photographer, Thomas G Raitt (1847-1904) operated a studio with Mr Parsons between 1891 and 1892. He was a sole proprietor photographer between 1893 and 1904. After Thomas died, another Raitt continued to work as a photographer in Durand. The most likely suspect is Mazie Penelope Raitt (1880-1945) who was a daughter of Thomas and his assistant photographer. In 1905, she ran her own studio, which was likely her late father’s business. One can assume she succeeded her father after Thomas’s death. It appears that Mazie later joined forces with photographer Oscar Fryklund. The pair are listed as partners in the Historical Index of Wisconsin Photographers. An inscription on the reverse of this photograph indicates that the subject is “Uncle Let Briggs”. A preliminary investigation did not obtain confirmable biographical information about “Let Briggs”. There was a “Let Briggs” born in Michigan in 1875, but if the subject was this man, it would mean that he would have been in his mid twenties when he posed for this image. The man in this photograph is clearly significantly older than the mid twenties. 

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YOUNG MAN WITH A HANDLE BAR MUSTACHE AND A TONSORIAL CRISIS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

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. 

HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WITH A FLASHY BOW TIE

 

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A well dressed and handsome young man wearing a flashy bow tie poses for his portrait at an unidentified photography studio. The gentleman has a neat mustache and thick dark curly hair. Note that his wild patterned bow tie looks like a colorful butterfly.

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PORTRAIT OF AN AUSTERE GENTLEMAN WITH A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE AND WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS

This vintage real photo postcard features a family posing for their portrait and a photographer’s studio. The backdrop in this photograph is quite detailed. All four family members are well dressed. The two daughters are wearing similar but not identical dresses. The father in this family seems quite severe. He is also fashionable and well coiffed. Note his handlebar mustache. The writing on the reverse of this postcard is in German and from the best I can tell, the writer is simply sending greetings to someone.