In his 20s in the ’20s

By: usermattw

Nov 09 2011

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Category: Men


What it is:

Unused real photo post card measuring 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Undated and unidentified.  But the paper manufacturer’s markings on the back (stamp box with “AZO” and two arrows up and two down) are the same as yesterday’s post, dating the postcard to roughly the 1920s.


Last week my scanner was making my photos look more sepia than they are.  I think I figured out how to correct it, so I’m testing it (and celebrating my minor triumph) with a mostly black-and-white photo that would have looked sepia if I had scanned it a couple days ago.  I think this turned out well.  Plus it’s just a nice photo.  I’ve been noticing these corner-backed chairs turning up in a lot of vintage photos.  I don’t know if they were especially popular then, or just popular with photographers.  And note the unlit cigarette in his hand.  Also, the more I stare at this photo, the more I think there’s an odd sort of lightness along his right (our left) cheek, almost like the photographer employed some special key light, or even some darkroom trickery, to give that otherwise shadowed side more definition.  Or maybe I’m just imagining things.

4 comments on “In his 20s in the ’20s”

  1. Interesting about the chair. I’ve not seen those before. And glad you fixed your scanner! 🙂 I can’t figure out if he is a serious type of person or he’s about ready to smile. And i think you may be right about his left cheek. It looks a bit off for some reason. Great catch, Matt!

    • Thanks, Katie. I know you do architectural photography, so while I post photos of people, I’ll have to post some more of people with buildings and interesting furniture. 🙂

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