Dan Brown had his CDV portrait taken, but we are not sure where in A,erica he was from. His propername was probanly Daniel. All that we know for sure is his name and the fact he was 8 years old. There is no printing on the front or back. That helps to date it, because blank cards were most common in the 1860s and early 70s. The clothes suggest the 1870s to us.
A HBC reader expert on 19th century studio portraits, however, thinks that this portrait was taken a little later. "The early 1870s is really too early for this portrait. I believe it was taken later in the 70s or perhaps the early 80s." Dan really was concentrating for the portrait, his eyes are fixed on the camera. He has an Eton collae with a soft point whoch he wears with what looks like a stock tied with a a kind of cross bow. We suspect that this represents a transition from the stocks worn in the 1850s-60s to the bows worn beginning in the 1870s. His hair is a little shorter than was common in the 60s. He has a suit with a loud check. The jacket has matching pants. He hold a hat with a wide brim, but we can't make it out very well. One interesting aspect of the boy;s clothings is the shirt or shirtwaist that he is wearing. We can't see much of it, but note the glimpse of the wrist cuff. It has wide stripes.
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