Percy Whiting Brown (United States, 1891)


Figure 1.-- This cabinent card portrait of Percy Whiting Brown (sp?) was taken in 1891. It was taken at the Emerson studio in Lowell. We assume that is Massachusetts. It is unusual for an American cabinet card not to indicate the state. Put your cursor on the image to see the inscription on the basck of the card.

This cabinent card portrait of Percy Whiting Brown (sp?) was taken in 1891. It was taken at the Emerson studio in Lowell. We assume that is Massachusetts. It is unusual for an American cabinet card not to indicate the state. We know nothing else about Percy and his family. He looks to be about 5 years old. There is an inscription on the back in ink script "Percy Whiting (Brown?) and dated 1891 with the notation "My first pants!". This means that Percy was just breeched. We do not know how he was dressed before he was breeched. He has a tam instead of a sailor cap or hat. We suspect this was the headwear he wore with a kilt suit or other skirted garment. He wears a knee pants sailot suit with a light-colored scarfe. There is a pocket in the middy blouse with a hanfkerchief. He has his hands in his pocket, unusual in these portraits. This shows us how the pants were constructed in period knee pants. His long stockings seem rather heavy, I suposed understandable for a northern state with a cold climate. You can't see Percy's hair very well because of the tam, but it looks to be cut with bangs. The cabinent card was black with gold script. This appears to have been a popular style in the 1890s. Also note the stand to help Percy hold steady. He is also leaning against the chair. We seen these stands quite commonly in earlier cabinent cards, but they were less common by the 1890s.










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