Young man from Hartford, Connecticut

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What it is:

Photo (4.5 x 6.5) printed on a matte-like card stock (6.75 x 10.75 inches), inserted in a cardboard folder.  (I have cropped out everything but the image from this scan.)

What I know about it:

Photographer is Randall and Blackmore of Hartford, Connecticut.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


I think this is a very handsome portrait, and I think much of the credit goes to the photographer who knew how to position this fellow so that those strong features were flattering and not overpowering.  I found a reference to the Randall and Blackmore photography business that said they were in operation from 1908 to 1914, so if that’s true, then this photo can be dated to that six or seven year period.  Also, I had a feeling that I had posted a picture or two from Hartford before, and sure enough, this is at least the fourth.  The most recent one I posted was this one.  They were both purchased from the same source, though a lot of random photos were purchased in that lot.  Still, I look at the features on the males in that photo and our man here, and I wonder, “Hmm, relatives?”

4 comments on “Young man from Hartford, Connecticut”

  1. Could there have been enough time between the family portrait and this pic for the boy to have grown to be the man in this pic? I think it could, possibly be. He looks more like the woman in the family group here… Such a shame it is just wild guessing!!

    • That crossed my mind. Somebody else with more expertise would have to comment on the feasibility of that by comparing the clothing, but I thought this guy bore a particular resemblance to the boy in the family photo (the protruding ears, thin lips, straight nose, etc.). Of course, it wasn’t a connection I made until I looked to see if any other photos were from Hartford. Some people I recognize easily from photo to photo, but this might just be speculation based on the suggestion of the same location.

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