Young man with a fake fence

What it is:

Cabinet card measuring approx. 4.25 x 6.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Photographer is C. R. Hollis of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.



The fence is a little daffy to me, albeit typical of “outdoorsy” studio portraits.  (I have others with things like fake boulders.)  But mostly I’m struck by this guy’s outfit.  When I look at the fashions of different eras and consider them odd, I sometimes feel that running them through the filter of my modern tastes must amount to a sort of prejudice.  Yet I look at this guy’s ensemble and can’t help wondering if it was ever in style.  I gather that boldly patterned fabrics were more common on men’s clothes then than today (and I wonder what this suit looked like in color).   But the sleeves strike me as too short.  The jacket hangs on him almost like a capelet, making him look more pear-shaped than he probably is.  And am I wrong in thinking that it is missing at least one button?  The more I look at this photo, the more I think he’s probably younger than I initially thought, and maybe the suit is a hand-me-down, purchased or made for somebody else’s body.

One comment on “Young man with a fake fence”

  1. Then there is the plastered down hair, parted in the middle. Poor kid!

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