This CDV portrait shows Joe Meyer. The portrait was taken in the J.P. Weckman studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. We do not know any thing about Joe except that years later he was "Harry's father". He looks to be about 10-11 years old. Joe has slicked down hair. Its a little hard to tell about his collar, but it is probably a wing collar. He wears a neck tie with a large knot. I think this is called a Windsor knot, popularized by the Price opf Wales in Britain (future Edward VII). His suit jacket has very wide lapels. It was a three-piece suit with a matching vest. The CDV is not dated, but the clothing suggests the 1870s to us.
We are, however, not entirely sure and would welcome reader insights on dating this portrait.
CDVs were still relatively common in the 1870s, although rapidly losing out although to the popular cabinent card format with a larger image. It was becoming increasingly popular to dress boys in juvenile styles, but many boys in the 70s wore rather adult styles like Joe here (figure 1). Notice the oval format. They were perfect for putting into CDV albums which commonly had oval viewing windows.
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