Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past



This is such a handsome boy. Lately I have been thinking about what the subjects were thinking of during their sitting. He has the optimistic look of one who is thinking of catching frogs or pollywogs. Instead, he has been cleaned up, dressed in a fine suit of knitted wool, and posed sweetly on this chair.

The photographer was Tennants of Haverhill, MA. His name was actually Polaski W. Tennant and he was active between 1882-1889. Polaski was married to Harriet Jane Norris in October 1863, and they had one child, Herbert Wendell Tennant. Other cabinet cards indicate the business was named P. W. Tennant & Son.

3 thoughts on “A right handsome lad

  1. Mustang.Koji says:

    A treasure indeed for some family…


  2. I think this boy is a cosmic twin with the actor, Johnny Whitaker, on the 60s sitcom Family Affair.


  3. A great cabinet card. I love to see smiles on them.


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