Wednesday, February 20, 2019

. . . And Some Sporty Young Victorian Men

I have been very remiss in blogging. I have a lot of things to blog about, and in some detail. Particularly, I have a ton to write about in regards to costuming stuff--let's just say the white dress was not the end.

I wanted to get this quick blog post in, though. I saw this photo in a book at the Gettysburg studio where I had a tintype taken of myself. I was waiting for the tintype to cure (set? whatever the term was!). Luckily, while I waited there was a book of early photography discussing the details of the dress in each picture. Stupidly, I did not take note of the title of the book. But I did take a picture of this photograph and its caption:

If you zoom in on the second picture, you can read more of the details. I wanted to share this mostly because of how much energy and fun is in the picture. These two young men appear to be friends or brothers, rather sporty and athletic and ready to leave the studio and have a good time riding their horses too fast or getting a drink or rowing a boat or courting the young women of San Francisco (where this was taken). Their clothes, too, are exuberant; that's a lot of check pattern they both have going on!

And, of course, they reminded me of the characters I write about. These two could be Uriah McIntyre and Augustine Hanleigh in their heyday. So I took a picture and decided to share the joy.

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