This cabinet card features a man with a big head and a little beard. This gentleman could not commit himself to growing a full beard so he restricted its growth to his chin area. He even lacks sideburns. To view other interesting images of beards, click on the category “Beards (Only the Best).  The photographer of this image is Charles M. Lutz & Co. The studio was located in Sullivan, Indiana. A Sullivan County directory (1896) reveals some biographical information about C. M. Lutz. He was born in 1842 in Huntingburg, Indiana. He began working as a photographer in 1861. He served in the 27th Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the civil war. He mustered in the unit as private and mustered out with the same rank. Lutz served in Company B of the 27th. Lutz married Sarah South in 1884 and came to Sullivan County in 1887. In 1891, he entered a partnership with photographer, W. F. Devol.



This Cabinet Card photograph captures a very well dressed couple at the studio of Lutz, in Portsmouth, Ohio. The couple may be posing for a wedding portrait, or perhaps, they’re dressed for another special occasion. It is interesting to note that the man, rather than the woman,  is sitting for this photograph. This is typical of many photographs of this time period. In modern day times it would be more common to see poses where the woman is seated and the man is standing. Research reveals that L. B. Lutz was a photographer in Portsmouth between 1896 and 1897. It was also discovered that John N Lutz was a photographer in Portsmouth between 1873 and 1879. John Lutz was born in Germany in 1842 and arrived in America in 1855. He studied photography with W. S. Porter in Cincinnati, Ohio for five years; before opening his own studio.

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , , , ,