Young man from Mishawaka, Indiana

What it is:

Carte de visite (CDV) measuring slightly less than 2.5 x 4 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is A. F. Wells of Mishawaka, Indiana (address is simply “Over Bieger’s Store”).    There is a name in pencil on the back that looks like Arthur W. Lutton, but if the handwriting is old enough, then it is probably Arthur N. Sutton.


His vest looked like it fit him oddly, and then I noticed the thing on the floor behind his feet.  If that’s the base of a posing stand (used to help keep the subject still during the long exposure times required in those days), then perhaps the two are connected.

6 comments on “Young man from Mishawaka, Indiana”

  1. He also looks extremely tall! I would assume that the chair he’s standing next to is for an adult. The top of the back reaches almost half his full height. The next time I’m searching around in, I’ll see if I can find him.

    • I was thinking he looked rather tall, but I wondered if it was an optical illusion because he’s so narrow. Plus, of course, I was trying to keep in mind that people then were shorter, so what was considered tall then would be average now. Hard to say, but yes, I was looking at the chair for comparison.

  2. He reminds me weirdly of a gangly 1930’s dancer named Hal le Roy, whom I just saw for the first time in a Vitaphone short last night (not this one, but here’s a youtube clip of him: I think your photo person is actually better looking, but since he might have needed to be propped up for a photo, maybe he wasn’t much of a dancer.

  3. Well, I looked for young Arthur on I had to face that fact that the task was too big. He could have come from anywhere in the area. Not just Mishawaka.

    Today a topic of conversation at work was ghosts. Perhaps he’ll visit one of us to tell us how tall he was, and whether he was a dancer. 🙂

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