Young man from Olyphant, Pennsylvania

What it is:

Real photo post card measuring slightly less than 3.5 x 5.5 inches, mounted into a cardboard folder.  (I removed the folder for this scan.)

What I know about it:

It is undated, but the paper manufacturer’s logo on the back (Defender brand, with the diamond inside) dates it to 1920-1940.  It is unidentified, but it is from the same photographer as this photo.


This charming, dapper fellow looks like a good-hearted sort, don’t you think?  The date range provided by the manufacturer’s logo is pretty broad.  I’m guessing it’s from the earlier part of that range.  And I have no idea if he has any connection to the girls in the other photo beyond the fact that they went to the same photographer.

6 comments on “Young man from Olyphant, Pennsylvania”

  1. Yes, definitely a good hearted sort. He has a kindly twinkle in his eye.

  2. He totally reminds me of Dagwood (both the comic and movie versions). The combo of the hairstyle, suit and stickpin makes me want to date this in the 1920’s, but I couldn’t swear it in a court of law. I shall be looking out for stickpins worn that way from now on!

    • You’re right! All he needs is the cowlick and the giant sandwich. 🙂 I agree with your estimate of the 1920s. That’s what I would have guessed, too.

  3. This is a charming young man. This photo really makes me smile. He looks like he would be a very loyal and kind friend. I love this one! Thanks for sharing.

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