Church Tinsley Armstrong we believe was from Kentucky. Tinsley was his middle name and his mother's maiden name. The photograph looks like a snapshot, but was done as a cabinet card. Cabinet cards were done at studios. so we think Mrs. Armstrong took a snap shot into a studio to have it printed as a cabinet card. This was not real common, but we do note this being done in the early-20th century. The card was 6 x 7 incheds. The incription on the back reads, Church Tinsley Armstrong son of Mrs. AA Armstrong who was Mr EW Taylor's Secy." E.W. Taylor owned the Taylor Distillery in Kentucky. The photograph is not dated, but the card mount suggests the 1900s. Church is sitting in front of a church reading a magazine. He has a kind of sun hat with the brim turned up. It's a little difficult figuring out what he is wearing, The top has a Peter Pan collar with color trim. There are no front buttons. We wonder if he is wearing some kind of one-piece outfit. He is weating knicker pants and going barefoot.
A reader writes, "You have a question about the image. If you look at rompers from the time between 1900 and 1915 boys up to age 8 wore them. From the catalog description this is probably what this boy is wearing." This certainly could be, but rompers were usually worn with legs above the knee. And Tinsley looks a bit older than the American boys we usually see wearing rompers in the photographic record.
Alsina, Bobbi Armstrong. eMail message (March 25, 2017).
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