This type of pose is called a 3/4 bust or portrait, because it shows about 3/4 of the person’s face. I like this particular image because the young woman looks pensive without being too gloomy. Perhaps this was a graduation or pre-wedding portrait.
The photo was made by D. C. Burnite in Harrisburg, PA.
According to The Evening News, October 23, 1939:
At first I assumed he had lived into the 20th century because of the date of the newspaper, but they must have been doing retrospective stories on town fathers as it reveals he died in 1886 at the age of 53. Note that he was born 106 years almost to the day before the story was published. Perhaps they were celebrating a notable citizen’s birthday?
PS Happy birthday to site reader Auntie Kat!