This New York City boy had ha CDV portrait taken at the Rockwood studio on Broadway. The name written on the back looks like V.A. Blasque, although the writing is a little difficult to read. The only other information I have on the origin of this CDV Photo is that It was with other photos from the mid- to late-19th century from photographic studios in Michigan, Washington D.C., and Colorado, with the surnames of Bailey, Stoddard, Mabons, and Thompson. The boy looks to be about 12-13 years old. We are not entirely sure when this portrait was taken. The military looking collar buttoning jacket was a popular style in the 1850s and 60s. Notice how he has left the center buttons unbuttoned. Also notice the very small white collar and cross tie bow. We are a little unsure about his cap, but it may be a peaked cap, possibly with ear flaps.
The CDV was a popular portrait format in the 1860s, but rapidly relaced by the cabinent card format in the late-1860s and early-70s. (CDVs continued to be popular in Europe, but not in America.) The studio set, however looks more like the early-70s. Thus we would guess the portrait here was taken sometime around 1870, probably the late-1860s. It could have been taken any time dyring the late-1860s or the very early-70s.
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