Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

For the final page of the wonderful Haberdasher’s album, we see the gentleman who first welcomed us to this fine repository of masculine imagery. He tips his hat as thought to say “farewell, dear traveler.” The other men on the page are once again overshadowed by the depth of character displayed by this fellow, but …

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This next page in the Haberdashers album shows us hats, mustaches, beards and bowties. We have again the gent with his high topped bowler, there in the lower left. He must have been a placeholder on many of these pages being as he is used so often, and that begs the question of just who …

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A youngish fellow, a boater, a bowler and a repeat grace this page with delightful details! Note the wonderfully large bowties on the top two gentlemen. They are almost absurd in their size. The ties must be a good 2″ wide to achieve such a dominating bow. While I’m not well versed in the history …

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Here’s the next page in our bowler hat extravaganza, with three more wonderful hats. Or are they new? The bottom left image is a repeat from a¬†previous page with the high bowler hat. The top left and lower right look like the same person at first glance, but are two distinct faces. I imagine if …

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Here is the second page of the wonderful Haberdasher book and just look at these wonderful chapeaux! The one at top right has the look of a top hat, but I believe it might be a high bowler. Frankly, I don’t know much about men’s hats…ladies bonnets, now I could talk for a while on …

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This fresh faced young man occupies the 18th opening of the Leather CdV Album. The photo is from the 1860s and you can see the simple formality of his clothing – coat, vest, shirt and tie. This was the most common suit of clothing men wore, even while working. It was considered suggestive to wear …

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