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What it is:
Carte de Visite (CDV) measuring 2.5 x 4.25 inches.
What I know about it:
Photographer is W. L. Bachelder of Durand, Wisconsin. Written on the back in pencil is Aunt Emma [or Erma] / Uncle Ed / for / Russell.”
Emma or Erma? Feel free to click on the link above and weigh in if you can decipher the handwriting better than I can. He appears relaxed, staring confidently into the camera, while she appears to be barely tolerating that awkward corseting, gazing off to the side as if awaiting rescue. But then I noticed the strangely thick, rough material at his wrists beneath his jacket sleeves. It almost looks like an unraveling sweater. Is it the lining? His shirt almost appears to be a scratchy woolen work shirt with a white dress collar stuck on it. Could that be right? It made me wonder if he’s really as comfortable as he initially looks.