CDV of man from Kenosha, Wisconsin

What it is:

Carte de visite (CDV) measuring approx. 2.5 x 4.25 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is Truesdell of Kenosha, Wisconsin.  It is undated and unidentified, but it comes from the same Civil War-era photo album as a CDV and a tintype that I previously posted.  (This one doesn’t have a revenue stamp on the back, which made the other CDV easier to date.)


Not much to say about this one except that, as always, I find it a little haunting to see a man staring back at me across 140 years or so.  I like that his pose is relatively casual.  The bit of fringe peeping out from behind his elbow makes me wonder what the whole chair looks like.  Also, and this is just a (possibly erroneous) generalization, but it seems like portraits of this era were much more content to let their subjects exist in front of a blank wall, rather than trying to enhance things with the scenery that was more common in the next couple of decades.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: