Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This young man looks so handsome, similar to many young men in high school or college today. I am certain that all the girls in his town were taken with him! He isn’t identified unfortunately, so we don’t know if he is related to the Mearns, Clugstons or Fultons! Note that he is wearing a wide lapeled coat and vest, with an enormous knot in his necktie and pointed collars on his shirt. I believe these are the type of collars that were buttoned onto the shirt and then removed so the shirt could be laundered. The collars were heavily starched, although not as uncomfortable as those popular in the beginning of the 19th century. Those collars were very high and often the chin sat directly on the collar! Our photographer was Squyer (an interesting spelling) at 130 Genesee S, Auburn, NY.

4 thoughts on “He’s a cute boy, for sure

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Looking at Census records (which I know aren’t conclusive), it appears that if this young man is one of the Clugstons, Fultons, or Means – the chances are he is a Fulton. There were no listings for Clugstons or Means in Auburn, NY and a large bunch of them of Fultons.

    I would say this you man is about 15? which would put is birthday around 1875-ish. the best fit that I see would be Robert H. Fulton (b. July, 1881) – so that’s my shot in the dark. :)


  2. IntenseGuy says:

    An aside… the photographer, Horatio Seymour (his wife’s name was Frances Elizabeth Sheldon) Squyer won an Eastman Prize that was listed in the American Journal of Photography in 1893. He was instrumental in the development of “mugshots”, working for the New York Prison System and involved in innovative work to improve the value of photography for identification of prisoners.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Interesting, I have a Sheldon ancestress from the same area. How funny would that be!?


  3. Thatis one enormous knot in his tie..he is very handsome and looks very sure of himself:)


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