Thursday, August 03, 2006
Unknown Smyrna Man
This size of this old cabinet card photograph suggests that it was made following the Civil War, however the man's style of dress and grooming point to the latter part of the 19th century, perhaps as late as 1890. The photographer was "Bradford" in Smyrna Delaware. I've tried, but I can't find much at all about G.W. Bradford. Does anybody know what time period he (she?) operated the studio in Smyrna.
That is a wild bow tie, Mister. For more history about the origins of the bow tie, or instructions how to tie one on, you should check out Wikipedia.
If you are searching for more 19th Century Smyrna photos, please see my Smyrna Delaware blog entry from July 4th. You can see how Commerce Street looked to your granddaddy 100 years ago RIGHT HERE.