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What it is:
Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.
What I know about it:
Printed on the bottom front is Yours truly, “Little Jake”.
It’s unusual for the subject’s name or a greeting to be printed on a cabinet card or other photo of the time. It’s the sort of thing usually reserved for celebrities or other dignitaries, the card often being published and sold as a collectible or souvenir. Such was the case with a photo I posted here, which turned out to be one of a collectible set of the family members of a President. The implication, then, is that “Little Jake” was somebody well known, or who fancied himself well known. But who was he? Was “Little Jake” perhaps a stage persona? I didn’t find anything online, but I’ll admit I gave up quickly. Does anybody know? Meanwhile, it’s fun to speculate.