Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This photo is strangely not in as good of condition as many of the other photos in the Dobb Long Book. I suppose it could be that whomever put together the album gathered up all her cabinet cards to insert & protect, and some of them had become a little worn somehow. This fellow is a fresh faced young man, just on the cusp of manhood. He is not yet married I suppose, because he wears no wedding ring. He does wear a nice chain for his watch.

The photographer was Reed in Clinton, IA. I found a reference to a J. H. Reed as a photographer in Clinton, IA in 1884, and another reference to Reed as a landscape photographer. I’ll date this photo to 1885-1890. I don’t know much about men’s fashions to date it any better.

2 thoughts on “Young Iowan Man

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Oddly enough, this guy looks like my neighbor – he runs a landscaping crew.


  2. His suit looks like it is heavier winter weight…I wish I knew more about mens clothing too:)


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