This cabinet card portrait shows Herman Newcomb who looks to be about 6 years old (figure 1). He is wearing a period sailor suit. There is a V collar, but not a pronounced one, covered by a good sized bow. There is also a white collar. The bow suggests the early-80s to us rather than the late-70s. There are stripes everywhere, even on the knee pants. The knee pants are shorter than we commonly see in the 70s, another indicator of the 1880s. Herman also has white long stockings and low-cut oxford shoes. High-top shoes were more common. Notice his cap at left. Boys sailor suits were still quite varied and not yet closely following actual uniform styles like the ones we see in the 1890s. The portrait is undated, but the suit styling and the mount style suggests tht it was takem in the late-1870s or early 80s. The boy's nanme is written on the back. Notice his center part. Center parts are usually a reliable indicator that the child is a girl, but like we see here, boys also could have center parts. The portrait was found in a Connecticut family album. The portrait, however, was taken by Marc & Schlum in New York City--Sarasota Soprings Branch.
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