Man with intense eyes in Santa Clara, California

By: usermattw

Apr 07 2019

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Category: Men


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What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Photographer is H. Schoene of Santa Clara, California.  Otherwise no information.



The longer I look at this face, the more I detect a kindness in it.  But first I have to get past the initial impression that he’s putting a curse on me, or getting ready to eat me alive.  I didn’t find any information on this photographer, but I found one or two other examples of his work, going back to the 1870s.  I’m not sure what the date for this one would be.  I’m guessing the 1880s, though I could be way off base.  If it helps to date it, here is the photographer’s logo on the back.

2 comments on “Man with intense eyes in Santa Clara, California”

  1. I love that it’s so local. It also reminds me of a story I just read about Boris Karloff’s “Frankenstein” makeup–his eyes looked too intense and alive, so they added the half-closed eyelid pieces. (You can sort of see what they mean here:

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