Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Returning to the Red Velvet Album today, we have this unidentified photograph of a substantial mustache and its host. The middle aged man has his hair flattened to his pate in a clear attempt to hide his receeding hairline. He is definitely making up for it on the upper lip! This mustache is full and bushy, long and curly. He could have waxed the ends into a pointy handlebar if he chose to – perhaps for fun but not for photos apparently. He has a standing shirt collar and cravat style necktie, piped edges of his lapels on both his vest and coat, and something…a pocket? to the right.

The photo is mounted on a maroon card, dating it to 1885-1895. The photographer was J. E. Hall in Meadville, PA.

2 thoughts on “Thin on top, full on lip

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Nice tie and an even better mustache!

    And even if it looks like a “J” the photographer was Ira Eugene Hall (b. July 1855 in PA) who married Inez A. Ellison and had no children.


  2. Auntie Kat says:

    I bet you the pocket has a (maybe) silk handkerchief beautifully folded in it. At least that’s what my mind sees.


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