This photograph from the early 1860s (1862-1863) is a nice bust of a handsome fellow sporting a small mustache and skinny beard, a la Colonel Sanders, but more likely General Custer considering the time frame. The poor fellow is suffering from a severely receding hairline which may have been his inspiration to flourish his hair elsewhere. The cheeks of this photograph are tinted as well. The photographer was F. Forshew of Hudson, NY. The bottom edge of the bristol board has been cut as have the upper corners, probably so it would fit into a frame or photo album.
3 thoughts on “Young Colonel Sanders?”
Looks like he was trying to grow the sides of his hair to help compensate too..and curling it toward his face..it looks like it has quite a bit of natural curl too:)
http://www.dean-thomas.info/Forshew4You/forshew.htm is a beautiful site detailing the life of Frank Forshew, Hudson NY Photographer.
He was one of the most prolific photographers of his era.
Interpreting the info at that site, it appears this is an “early Forshew” cdv. Very cool!