Today’s entry for the Mearns Family Album is a collodion print of a gentleman with a fancy mustache and the slightest fringe of beard under his mouth. It’s strange. He has classic facial features and a regular appearance, but that odd beard makes me think there was something wrong under his mouth that he is trying to hide. Perhaps a scar?
The photographer here was Ernsberger of Auburn, NY. He was known to have photographed a relative of Rutherford B. Hayes and also Harriet Tubman in 1908. However, being as this is a collodion print, that dates it after 1894. After the turn of the century cabinet cards evolved to resemble the more modern photographs mounted with a wide margin of matte surrounding the print, or with an embossed oval around the print. So I will date this after 1894 but before 1900 just to be tidy.