Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

When I became fully enthralled with this past time, I trolled internet auction sites looking for good deals on old photos. Much to my delight, one auction I won I call “the big batch from ebay” because there were over 100 CdVs, many of them incredibly interesting and all in fairly good condition. A large number of them featured men with facial hair, so this kicks off a series of photos of men and their whiskers.

These are some prodigious sideburns! The CdV is probably from 1862-1863 due to the use of two thin lines to border the image. The photographer was Bogardus, at 363 Broadway, New York. That address is now the corner of Broadway and Franklin and quite possibly houses a Quiznos sandwich shop. It’s on the southern portion of Manhattan Island, just west of Chinatown.

2 thoughts on “Now those are some sideburns!

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Bogardus tells every thing you’d want to know about the photographer. If you think the dude in the photograph has a beard.. get a load of the photographer’s!

    Abraham Bogardus (November 29, 1822 – March 22, 1908) was a photographer who made some 200,000 daguerreotypes during his career!

    “Bogardus opened a studio and gallery at 363 Broadway in New York in 1846, becoming very successful.”

    “His New York City gallery was moved to 229 Greenwich Street in 1851 and the old Root Gallery at 363 Broadway refitted in 1862. He opened a new studio at 1153 Broadway in 1869, maintaining the 363 Broadway address.”

    Is it just me, or is that confusing?

    He retired around 1884.


  2. Those are some great sideburns..this series will be great to see! Way to go a hundred CdV’s at one time! I am not brave enough to buy them online yet:)


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