Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

The back of this photograph was inscribed W. R. Austin in pencil, presumably identifying our subject as said person. The mustache featured here today is in the style of George Armstrong Custer, famous Civil War general and infamous Indian fighter. The photographers were Taylor & Preston, known to be in business between 1879-1883 at least. …

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This handsome man sat for his portrait showing off his fine handlebar mustache at the studio of A. B. Cross of Salem, MA. The Cross Photo studio is considered one of the most prolific of the CDV era (roughly 1870-1890). Salem of course has a long history in America, and by the time this photo …

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