Old Mr. Buck

By: usermattw

Sep 11 2012

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Category: Men


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What it is:

Carte de visite (CDV) measuring a bit less than 2.5 x 3.75 inches.

What I know about it:

Written on the back in pencil is Edward A. Buck.


Hold this little photo in your hand and his face looks a bit alarming, with hauntingly sinister eyes.  Enlarge the scan and it looks warm and amused, with a faint smile and bright, laughing eyes.  I’m hoping that in person he was more like the latter.  In any case, this is quite a face to find staring back at you across time.

4 comments on “Old Mr. Buck”

  1. That’s one of the reasons I love photographs. We think they’re inherently real, but the angle, the size, the lighting all make changes that wildly vary our interpretations.

    He looks to me as though he is a goofball of an uncle. Twinkle of mischief, and all that.

  2. I can see what you mean about this image. I too found it somehow alarming. But when I look closer, I can see a humorous glint in his eyes. That generous mouth…he would probably look so much different when truly smiling. Very captivating image.

    • I’m glad you see what I mean. Faces resonate differently with different people, of course, but I think this guy’s face leaves you with different reactions the longer you stare at it. 🙂

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