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Thursday, July 2, 2015

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Do You Know This Gentleman?

This was one of many photos saved by Marguerite Cook Clark and her family.  Most persons found in the photos are related to the Bryan family of Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 

The identity of this gentleman is unknown. The photo is a cased image and, even if I could open the case without damaging it, there is only a slim chance that it would be labeled. 

I am not a photo expert, but from reading books about old photos, I know the man has blue eyes and a hairstyle from the 1850s or early 1860s (full sides with height on top - ears were covered late in the 1850s). 

Men's clothing in the 1850s had a generous cut and vests were worn. They wore two inch wide half-bow ties until at least the late 1850s and collars were turned over the ties. This man's tie is difficult to see in its entirety, but it appears to be about two inches wide and might be a half-bow. 

So, why am I posting this unknown man on my blog? You might have this photo in your family bible along with his name. OR, someone might find this post five years from now and have the identical photo - hopefully with a name. Many of my family photos were identified this way. 

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014 and September 14, 2014. Used with permission.

"Men's Clothing." - 1850s. Web. 2 July 2015. <>.

Taylor, Maureen Alice. Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries. Cincinnati: Family Tree, 2013. Print.

Taylor, Maureen. Fashionable Folks : Hairstyles, 1840-1900. Westwood, MA: Picture Perfect Press, 2009.

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