Two men by Langley of Manchester, New Hampshire

By: usermattw

Jun 02 2013

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Category: Men


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What it is:

Two cartes de visite (CDVs), each measuring 2.5 x 4.25 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer in both cases is Langley of 864 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


As with the post from a few days ago, here we have two people who went to the same photographer around the same time.  (The backs of these cards are different, suggesting, but not proving, that they were taken on different days, though they seem to be from roughly the same time period.)  But since neither is identified, I don’t know what, if any, connection exists between the two people pictured.  These photos were among a bunch purchased together online, which is suggestive.  In fact, these two were apparently taken at a competing photo studio a few blocks down Elm Street from the ones the other day.  So perhaps all four people are somehow connected?  Friends and neighbors in Manchester?  Relatives?  Or, of course, it could just be a big coincidence.  Meanwhile, the photographer is apparently Josiah True Langley (1856-1916).  I keep finding references to him at other addresses, but all within a block or two, so I’m assuming it’s the same guy, and that he just moved his studio a bit.  Meanwhile, pictures of him, his family, and his house can be found here.

7 comments on “Two men by Langley of Manchester, New Hampshire”

  1. My first thought is that they must be brothers. Their lips are so similar. The eyes are different though.

  2. These two look more alike than most brothers I know. The similar nose, face structure, and lips simply can’t be coincidence. The ears and eyes make them their own people. But still. I vote brothers. Or uncle and nephew (they’re several years apart, it seems).

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