July 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Boys in their Best Attire | Betsy Woodman
I’ve got quite a demographic assortment in the biscuit tin–men, women, girls, boys, couples, groups, even a few babies.
I’m guessing that the fellows below are in their early teens, since they don’t have the full beards and magnificent mustaches of the older males.
Unlike for the girls, the names of several were penciled on the paper sleeves.
Here’s J.D. Hill of Starksboro, VT. His tintype is truly teeny–less than 2 cm in height, so it’s dwarfed by the embossed sleeve. By the way, the notice on that sleeve,”Potter Patent March 7, 1865.” would help date the photo.
Another tiny photo shows A.P. Wheeler, who lived in “W Ctr, VT,” presumably Waterbury Center.
Wide-eyed Fred Smith, also of Waterbury Center, slicked down his hair for the sitting.
Plaids and window pane checks seemed popular in ties.
I hope this kid didn’t trip over those trousers.
I love his nonchalant stance! All these decades later, a twinkle of personality comes through.