A boy and a man in Binghamton, New York

By: usermattw

Apr 13 2014

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Category: Children, Men


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What it is:

Two cabinet cards, each measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Photographer for both is French of Binghamton, New York.  (The fancy monogram in the middle should be comprised of the photographer’s initials, but I’m having a hard time sorting them out.)  Otherwise undated and unidentified.



As always, it’s interesting to take two similar photos and compare and contrast.  I don’t know if these guys are related, but it seems like a definite possibility.   Both photos came from the same eBay lot years ago, and while there were plenty of seemingly random photos, there were a number from Binghamton.   Comparing them, I noticed that French’s photography studio was located at 82 Court Street, a photographer named Gilmore was located at 80 Court Street, one named Murphy was located at 120 Court Street, and one called Evans was located at 48 & 50 Court Street.  That’s a lot of competition in one small area!


6 comments on “A boy and a man in Binghamton, New York”

  1. Their features are similar enough that I am guessing father and son. Same style of dress too, although the backdrops are different and perhaps they were given or choice or maybe I’m just all wet.

    • I was thinking father and son was a good possibility. I assume they were given a choice of backdrops, though the chair and the curtain to the left are the same. The other one I have from French’s photo studio has a different border for the card, and a different overall look to the setting, though the chair is the same.

  2. Hi Matt
    Seeing you re-start your blog has inspired me to do a post. Thanks for “liking” it. Hoping it will not be another three months before the next one!

    • I was happy to see another one of yours, and I’m honored to know that I helped inspire it. It can be a challenge to keep up a blog, because life keeps getting in the way, but it’s nice to know that others notice.

  3. I see an F and a J in the monogram, plus a third letter that may be either C or E. But there’s an odd descender on the lower right that I can’t attach to any letter.

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