Two men with a chair

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Yesterday I posted a young man with a chair. Today I give you two young men with a chair. I like the way these two are positioned in relation to each other and to the overall frame of the image, but it wasn’t until I enlarged it and took a closer look that I realized the man in the chair is actually sitting on some sort of booster seat. This, by the way, is a real photo post card. The paper manufacturer’s markings on the back (AZO, four triangles pointing up) narrow the date range of the photo to 1904-1918. The postcard is unmailed, but written on the back in the address area is “Ross Ingison, Hope, N.D.”. Is one of these two men Ross? Or was Ross the intended recipient? A quick internet search turned up an entry in the 1940 Census for a Ross Ingison in Hope, North Dakota, whose age was given as 48, which would seem to approximately correspond with the two young men here. Another thing I noticed when enlarging it is the rather nice looking ring on the standing man’s left ring finger.

5 comments on “Two men with a chair”

  1. It’s a nice pose, suggesting a close relationship between the two men. They could possibly be related.

    I’ve often noticed that early studios used chairs that we would consider very low. I guess they needed to be able to accommodate people of all sizes, and they could always add a cushion to prop someone up.

  2. Glad you did the research on Ross, so I wasn’t compelled to. 🙂 When I myself enlarged the picture, I noticed the shoes worn by the guy in the chair. I want those shoes!

    • LOL, nobody is ever compelled to research these unless they want to. And yes, I love those shoes, too.

      • For clarification, I like sleuthing about things that have nothing to do with me. Takes time away from the mysteries in my life! Also, it’s an occupational hazard. Part of my job duties is to find out about vendors that want to do business with the bank. Last week I got very much into the weeds about a vendor. By the time my research was done, I found that the prime owner is currently going through a divorce.

      • Well, if you enjoy it, then by all means, go for it. I enjoy the research, too, though just as often I enjoy leaving a little mystery around the images, too.

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