Two pictures. Same man?

What it is:

A tintype measuring 1.5 x 2 inches and a carte de visite (CDV) measuring 2.5 x 4 inches, both glued to a piece of card stock.

What I know about it:

Written on the back of the CDV in pencil is D. Sullivan.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


As long as I am puzzling over pictures of the Sullivans (see yesterday’s post for more), here’s another one.  Or rather, two.  I purchased this pair along with the photos of Mary and Artie discussed yesterday, and they all seem fairly similar in age (meaning the photos, not the people), so I think it’s a fair assumption that they are related, even if only distantly.  But do the two photos here show the same man?  They have both been glued to a seemingly random piece of card stock, suggesting, if not proving, a connection.  Peeling back the card stock as far as I could, I made out the name D. Sullivan on the CDV, but I don’t know if more is hidden.  I don’t have the skill to pull away the card stock and glue without further damaging the photos.  The men certainly look similar.  The man below seems to have lighter eyes than the man above, but that may just be some quirk of the photography.  I really go back and forth on whether or not this is the same man, and I’d enjoy hearing what other people think.

4 comments on “Two pictures. Same man?”

  1. i’d bet it’s the same guy 🙂

  2. The stuff that’s hard to change: eyebrow shape and ridge, eye size differential, and nose seem close but not the same.

    I still don’t have the confidence to vote one way or the other. But I’m leaning toward “yes, they’re the same guy”.

    • Agreed. It seems like there’s at least a family resemblance. Certain features don’t change, but they can look different with changes in lighting and things like that. So hard to tell. I’m inclined to think it’s the same guy, but I don’t think I would have made the connection if they hadn’t been presented together.

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