Rugged man, grandly framed

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What it is:

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

What I know about it:

This photo has no information (date, identification, photographer, etc.), but it came in what I’m calling my Wisconsin Album, other photos from which can be seen here.

Comments:

While it’s probably impossible to know for sure, I’ve been operating under the assumption that all the photos in this album are original to the album, not, say, assembled from other sources by a later collector or dealer.  The fact that they (at least the ones I’ve managed to pull out and look at) are from more or less the same region and time period seems to support that idea, as does the fact that one or two people appear more than once.  But without any other identification, it’s hard to know their relationships to each other.  It’s also hard to know if there is any significance to the order in which they appear.  Were they simply inserted as they were acquired, or does the order help clarify relationships and status within the group?  If there is any significance to their placement, then it should be noted that this photo appears first.

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