Today’s photo from the Leather CdV Album is a fine image of a young man posed quite attractively, presumably so he could impress the ladies he visited and thereby left his visiting card. The square corners of the card indicate the 1860s but this is mid to late century (my guesstimate) due to the entire card being filled with the image. Early century photos were tiny images in the center of the large card.
Note that behind his feet you can see the base of a positioning stand. I heard from a photographer and historical photography enthusiast recently that setting up the photo and holding for the exposure could take up to 15 minutes in the early days. Unfortunately for us, the photographer did not order card mounts with his name on them. Our young buck has a fine set of whiskers on his chin and could possibly have curly hair, but I can’t quite tell. His frock coat is pulled open to reveal his waistcoat and the velvet lapels suggest some means. He is holding his hat against his hip in a rather casual mien.
This is a proud Sepia Saturday post! Click over where you will find photos of trios, brothers and sisters, hats, fancy dresses, and who knows what else?