I share with you today one of my favorite photos! As soon as I saw this gentleman – with his hat – I knew I must purchase for one of my blogs! The name written on back in small block print is Jean Batist. Evidently a Frenchman, or of French descent! This is a Cabinet Card photo, but the bottom portion has been cut off – perhaps to put in a frame – and also the portion that would give the name of photographer and where the photo was taken! Such a pity!
One of the most interesting aspects of the photo is the hat worn by this gentleman! Does anyone recognize this as a particular hat – or a hat worn by a group? I thought perhaps Masons or Odd Fellows, but could see no similarity.
He wears a beautiful watch chain and his velvet vest gives him a very dressy look. As does the pinky ring on his left hand.
Our Jean Batist is very old – I would say in his eighties due to the soft folds under his chin and the wrinkles in his hands. This should put his birth date around 1800-1810. Just look at his face – much character in the eyes and mouth! Don’t you want to ask him a hundred questions?